Experience sampling on Android

I’ve started writing a personal informatics application for Android phones to quickly record moods throughout the day, at random intervals – a technique which seems to be called Experience Sampling. It would work well with a service like your.flowing.data, and I’m intending to add support for uploading to something like that soon.

The motivation is to make use of the rich data that comes from a smartphone to allow a bit of objective introspection into our own lives, to find out what actually makes us tick (a la Quantified Self). I’m intending to start with a mood diary, but then try to correlate this with other data streams that can be captured: my location, the weather; data from my bank balance and diary; perhaps diet or exercise habits.

The code is on github if you’re interested. It builds and runs on my HTC Hero now, but it’s pretty basic – when there are a few more features I might give it a proper licence and release it on Market if there’s interest.

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5 responses to “Experience sampling on Android

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  2. Hi, I am a doctoral student (Applied Social Psychology) and a research staff member (School of Community & Global Health) at Claremont Graduate University.

    My research group is interested in using android mobile devices for a Context-Aware Experience Sampling Study.
    I am just wondering if you are still working on your project?

    Also wondering if you might shed light on how difficult it might be for a programmer/ app developer type to develop something like this MyExperience tool (http://myexperience.sourceforge.net/) for android.

    • Sarah.

      Thanks for your interest.

      I’ve not been developing mine recently, and it looks like MyExperience is a very long way ahead. It would need to be completely rewritten for Android, which uses a different platform. The MyExperience source code and documentation would provide a good head start though.

    • Hi Sarah,

      I am also a doctoral student in Social Psychology. We are currently using MyExperience, but are also very interested in experience-sampling software that utilizes the android platform. I recall people on the ESP forums submitting a proposal to develop ESP2 for Android, but don’t know much more than that. Have you figured anything out?

      Rob

  3. Hi Rob,
    Still researching this. Recently found this one developed by a group in the Netherlands “My Pocket Bee” for android 2.1…. I talked to the developer over email, and he said they are close to packaging a release for use by the academic research community (for $$$). You can find a pdf article online at:
    hci.uni-konstanz.de/downloads/pocket_bee_camera_ready_v1.pdf

    I take it you are currently using MyExperience on windows mobile… how has worked for you guys? Buggy or smooth sailing?

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