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Podcast: Before Google Glass, there was Jim Gemmell’s lifelogging software

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More than a decade ago Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell embarked on a project to record everything in his life, from conversations and his physical movements to every web site he visited and all his paper correspondence. At the time he walked around with a specially built, sensor-packed camera that took still photos instead of video. His team uploaded those to the web.

Jim Gemmell, a member of that team and occasional life logger, developed the software that tracked and made Bell’s digital data manageable, searchable and useful. In this week’s podcast we chat about how wearables are evolving and how a connected life of continuous data collection can change the world. We also discuss how he views sharing and current smart watches and other wearables.

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Show notes:
Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Jim Gemmell, CTO at Trov

Today’s episode is sponsored by Mobile Day.

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