See your traveled distance now in Storica

In the newest Storica update to V2.0.4, we have added the menu option in the map view that lets you view the distance you traveled that day:

Screenshot_2015-05-05-11-17-52This comes handy when using Storica as a travel or fitness tool (e.g., when running). The calculation is fast and shown as a brief toast message, when clicking the button shown above.

 

Invited presentation at Cambridge Wireless Big Data SIG

Dana will be talking about AIRS and Storica and her previous work in more complex lifelogging systems at the Big Data event organised by Cambridge Wireless on 23 April 2015. The event takes place in The Shard and focuses on using various types of ‘open’ software in researching and building lifestyle monitoring solutions.

Storica V2.0 now released: AIRS integrated into Storica!

With the newest Storica V2.0 update, we have now integrated AIRS local recording into Storica (note that remote recordings are solely a feature of AIRS and are not supported by Storica!).

Things got simpler

Integrating AIRS into Storica simplifies the handling of your lifelogging platform. All settings, including those for the recordings (such as the selection of sensors, the individual settings per handlers, etc.) are now found under the same Settings menu! Synchronizing your recordings with other Storica platforms is also now found under the drawer menu of Storica.

Also, you can now start and stop the recordings directly from Storica, as shown in the image here:

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What happens if I have AIRS installed?

In case you have AIRS already installed, you will be asked to import the AIRS recordings into Storica after you updated the latter. With that, the entire database of recordings will be copied under Storica – you can uninstall AIRS after successfully importing the recordings into Storica!

Unfortunately, we cannot import your templates and widgets. You have to create the former again and place the latter again on your launcher homescreen – sorry for this!

Does this mean AIRS is no longer supported?

Integrating local recording into Storica does not mean the end of AIRS, however.

We are committed to equally update AIRS and Storica with new functionality, such as local recording handlers! This will ensure that everything that AIRS provides is also available in Storica!

However, you will no longer be able to visualize AIRS recordings with Storica. Instead, you will need to import your AIRS recordings into Storica and record with Storica in the future. We realize that this is a break for long-term AIRS user but felt that it will simplify the usage of Storica and future users of the platform, i.e., no longer is there a need for two installations, AIRS and Storica!

AIRS now supports BT Smart heart rate monitors

Since its latest update to V2.8, AIRS now supports BTLE (often called BT Smart or BT4.0) compatible heart rate monitors (thanks to C. Herndler for supporting this work!), such as the Polar P7 or the Zephyr HxM Smart.

With this, you can now use more modern and power-efficient monitors. For this, we have updated the relevant configuration menus. Note, however, that the instant movement sensor (HI) is currently only supported through the HxM BT sensor from Zephyr.

The latest update also addresses various issues, such as changing the TR sensor towards running applications (rather than tasks) due to Lollipop-introduced security restrictions as well as improving backup/restore to deal with VERY large databases. Also, the AS handler has been improved in terms of stability.

 

Storica updated with refreshed design

In our latest Storica update to 1.6.9.5, we refreshed our layout more cleanly towards the latest Lollipop Material Design. We also improved several Lollipop-related layout bugs.

Search in Storica with Google Now!

With our last update of Storica to V1.6.9.4, you can now search Storica’s monthly trends with the help of Google Now!

How does it work?

Since the latest Google Now update, applications can plug into the search capabilities by allowing for search terms delivered to them. For this, simply open Google Now (e.g., through the HOME button swipe up action on your launcher screen or by saying “OK Google“, depending on your mobile’s configuration). You can either type the search term or use Google’s voice recognition. An example for a search in Storica is:

search date event had coffee in storica

Type in the above sentence (or speak in into your microphone when Google is listening). Google will indicate that it has recognised a search term to be delivered to the Storica app, as shown in the picture below:

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In case you used voice recognition, Google will automatically launch the Storica search activity and you should a result. In case you typed the query manually (in the search box), you will need to press the (check) button shown under the Storica icon. Storica will show the results of the query, depending on what was asked. For the example above, Storica will show (on my device, of course):

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What queries can I formulate?

The queries you can formulate are similar to the ones you can build in our monthly search facility within Storica, explained in a previous blog post.

However, due to Google limitations (Google has problems using words like ‘where’ and ‘when’), the search queries must use specific keywords. Generally, the structure of the query is

search for qualifier information condition value in storica

where:

qualifier is one of date, place or count (date is the ‘when’, place the ‘where’ and count the ‘how often’ query, as used in the graphical interface of Storica)

information is one of event, mood, temperature, pressure, noise, heartrate, speed

condition is one of was, was not, had, had not, greater, lower

value is a single or multiple word value description

The preamble ‘search for’ is required as well as the ending ‘in storica’ in order to start the search within the Storica application.

With the above in mind, examples for valid queries are:

search for date event had coffee in storica (shows you on how many dates you had coffee during the last month)

search for place mood was happy in storica (shows you all places where you were happy during the last month)

search for place mood was very happy in storica (shows you all places where you were VERY happy during the last month)

search for place noise greater 80 in storica (shows you all places where it was rather noisy)

What else can be done?

At the moment, we allow for rather simple queries only, similar to the graphical UI of Storica. The query resolver that we are using can be extended, depending on how useful this feature turns out to be.

Why does it not work?

There are several reasons for why the search might not work. For once, it is really important that Google recognizes the ‘Storica’ keyword at the end in order to direct the query properly to the program. If it is not recognized properly, it might instead search in websites or similar.

Also, the query syntax, as outlined above, is a strict one. Hence, you must use the right keywords and qualifiers as defined. Otherwise, Storica will deliver an error as a small toast message that the search term is not a qualified one (i.e., it is somewhere incorrect).

Reminisce with Storica V1.6.9.2!

In Storica V1.6.9.2, we have added the Storica daydream service as a new feature. Starting with Android 4.2, applications can now provide a so-called daydream service, which shows animations, graphics and alike while the device is charging or is docked.

For Storica, we use this feature to enable some reminiscence, showing you meaningful events from a selectable range of days back from when the daydream started (in the settings for the daydream, you can select a range between one day and four weeks).

How do I enable the daydream feature?

For this, go into your Android system settings:

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Here, select the Display setting menu:

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Now select the Daydream entry:

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You will need to first enable the daydream feature with the switch in the action bar. Then, select the Storica Reminiscence entry to enable this daydream. With the When to Daydream setting, you can select to never dream, only when charging or when docking.

With the settings entry next to the Storica Reminiscence item, you can open more detailed settings for your Storica daydream, such as the diary mode used, the length of period looking back in your dream and the delay between events shown:

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When is it shown?

Depending on your daydream settings (see above), the dream will start when you are charging your device or if it is docked. You can also immediately start your dream in the daydream system setting (see above).

Can I jump into my memories?

Yes you can! Simply click on an event when it is shown in the daydream. Storica will start and jump to the day of this event as well as the event itself. You can then browse the day of this event as you are used to in Storica – however, you will need to exit and start Storica separately if you want to view other days.

Note that if you have a lockscreen enabled, clicking on the screen will first fire up the lockscreen (e.g., asking for a password) before the Storica screen is shown.