QuantifiedIzzy asks the question “Can we make data more digestible?”. I came across her “fitness plant” and asked her for some additional details about it’s construction and meaning. Here is what Izzy had to say:
Basically I’m asking the question can we quantify ourselves in a way that doesn’t get us wrapped up with numbers and stats, forcing us to be de-attached from our lives and become obsessed and anxious about our numbers. I’m not necessarily saying the Information Age and this new quantified movement is solely negative, but feel if we take away the numbers and bring a bit of gamification and fun, it will give us a better relationship to our own data.
This is where I made the ‘fitness plant’ I created a simple pedometer which logs my steps, each step I make gets converted into one second which is sent to a mysocket, and then to an Arduino turning the lamp on. So the growth of the plant is in direct correlation to how fit I am effectively.
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