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New version on the AppStore – planning ahead for 2019

1. New 1.91 version 

A new version is now available on the app store. It is a minor release since it comes with few changes:

  • It solves Face ID and i-Cloud Bugs. If you have an iPhone X or Xs, you should definitely upgrade. This is mandatory if you want to protect Knomee with personal identification (touch or face recognition).
  • The quest library has been expanded with a few new quests. For instance we have added a quest for pregnant women (how to reduce cramps) and a keto diet quest. Knomee is quite useful to help you monitor your diet and we expect to see more such quests in the future. One team member is using Knomee to track the benefits of the paleo diet with surprisingly good and significant results.
  • The font size on the home screen is now dynamic and adapts to your iPhone model and the type of labels used by your quest.
  • The "quest swipe" capability (the ability to move from one quest to the other by swiping right or left on the home screen) has been significantly improved. This also applies to the "swipe up/down" capability to move from "home" to "chart" view and back.

2. 2018 lessons

Knomee has been available for over a year, it has been a great learning journey from our team. We have managed to recruit organically a fair amount of users, thus gathering very interesting feedbacks. This comes from the analytics  (number of user, various steps that were explored) and explicit comments through email and social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter). The short story is that Knomee is too complex for most users who quit after a few days of exploring the different menus. Fortunately, some of you go further with their Knomee experience, which gives deeper insights.

Our main hard problem is that the value proposition is not perceived by most users. For people who start a self-tracking journey, Knomee ends up delivering lots of value because the quests are personalised and because the insights that are permitted by the quest structure are actually useful. Some users have been able to improve significantly their lives thanks to the behaviour change supported by Knomee. Simply stated, it takes a few weeks of self-tracking before Knomee starts to shine and this is too long for most users.

A key request from you, the Knomee users, is to be able to personalise your tracking with notes, short time-stamped memos that record the context of a measure. This is a very legitimate request, since a self-tracking app is very much like a diary. Also it is a common feature of most mood trackers. Another key interesting message that we hear from our users is  "if I confide my personal data to Knomee I expect a nice display of my data, both pleasant to look at and insightful". 2019 will be a journey towards getting our data visualisation on par with the best professional tools.

3. Knomee version 2.0

The next release will add all the fixes that we have pushed forward during 2018 because they require a database model change. The good news is that we are going to solve irritating problems or add features that our users have been requesting frequently. The bad news is that it will require you to start fresh and reimport your data (quests or measures) ... or start with a new set of quests.

More precisely, here is the current list of features that we are implementing right now:

  • Memos: at last, you will be able to add notes and see them on the chart view, which will become your personal diary.
  • Upgrading our database schema will allow to make a number of choices persistent.
  • Quests will evolve towards an open library model (cf. next section) - where quests authors (a new role, this could be you) will enrich the quest with additional info such as a "pitch description" (why would anyone use the quest) or a feedback email (if you want to share your data). The notion of a "quest author" should match the needs of coaches (from sports to diet) who want to leverage Knomee to promote behaviour practices.
  • As told in the previous section, the "chart view" will improve constantly with better displays of the graphs (data tracking curves) and insights.

The current release date for Knomee 2.0 is April 2019.

4. 2019 strategy

Because our main challenge is a communication problem, our main strategy for 2019 is to listen. The app will continue to evolve to fix bugs as required by our users (after a year of feedbacks, it is obvious that a self-tracking app needs to be flawless), but we have no other plan for new features than those proposed with Knomee 2.0.

On the other hand, you can expect from us a redoubled effort on our communication front, either on this Web site or our social media accounts.

Last, we plan to open-source the library of quests using a GitHub account. Stay tuned, more will be announced after the 2.0 release. Quests are already encoded using an open format. Our new public git site will hold:

  1. Data sample files for fellow research scientists who want to apply their machine learning algorithms to self-tracking data
  2. The set of quests that is offered in the Knomee library. Very soon, this library will be open-sourced : if you upload a quest to our GitHub, it will be part of the next release !

 

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Do whatever you want with your data

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A key principle from the quantified self movement is that you should use tools that let you do whatever you want with your data, that is, that do not keep the data locked in some proprietary format.

Knomee stores two types of data on your iPhone:

  • measure data, that you generate each time you record a value from one of your quest.
  • quest meta-data, that describes how the measure data should be interpreted.

Measure data can be exported and imported through CSV files, as shown on the illustration.

  1. to export your data, you press the export button on the "chart view" (small rectangle with a outward arrow), and Knomee produces an email addressed to you with a CSV (comma separated values) file of all the measures from this quest. You can upload them in Excel or any tool of your choice.
    The format is:  date, longitude, latitude, measure target value, measuer first factor value, second factor value, third factor value.
  2. to import your data, you open the measure list interface (second screenshot on the illustration) and you click the import button (small rectangle with an inward arrow). This will open a text zone where you can paste any CSV file that you have copied from your phone. Using these two steps is a way to perform back-up & restore.

Meta-data can be exported and imported as JSON files.  The JSON format is a self-evident description of your quests, its attributes and its trackers.

  1. to export a quest, you open the edit interface and click on the export button. This will generate an email to yourself, with the JSON description of your quest. Remember our promise to use only email as a tool to move data out from the application so that you may control this flow better.
  2. to import a quest, you open the quest list interface (as if you were to select a quest), and you will seen the import button (same, a small rectangle with an inward arrow). This will open a text zone where you can paste the quest description.

What you need to remember is that your data belongs to you (we cannot see it at Knomee) and that it is not stuck in your app, you can get it back whenever you want.

Knomee 2.0 will make sharing quest descriptions easier since we will create an open GitHub with all the Quest Library descriptions. Anyone will be able to add to this list of quests.

 

 

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Design your own self-tracker for 2019 !

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Happy new year from the Knomee application team !

January first is traditionally the time for "New Year resolutions" ... that do not survive a few weeks most of the time. Self-tracking can help : science has shown repeatedly that tracking your goals and your habits develop both self-awareness and motivation.

Knomee is not just a tracking app, it is a generator for customised tracker. Using Knomee you can create in less than 10 minutes your very own tracker.

The picture above illustrates how you can use Knomee to track virtually everything. Four examples are shown:

  • The first one is a "business life / performance" case where you want to see how to improve the engagement in your meetings. You assess the performance (i.e. engagement here) of each meeting that you attend, and you also track three factors : the number of attendees, the duration of the meeting and the presence of a meeting agenda.
  • The second example is self-tracking applied to improving your family chocolate cake recipe. You track how good your cake tested based on which kind of chocolate you used, how much sugar you used and how long the cake stayed in the oven. Obviously, as soon as you have found the best parameters with those three factors, you will move to other such as the amount of butter or the oven temperature.
  • You can use Knomee to monitor your performance with any kind of activity, since you are free to use your own scales with your own words (labels). Here we show a "Ultimate game tracker" where you also track your heart rate and weather factors such as wind and visibility.
  • The last example shows how personal self-tracking can be. Here the Knomee user is suffering from bladder discomfort when urinating, and trying to see if the number of drinks (especially coffees) and the current stress level have an impact and could be used to reduce the discomfort.

These four examples have nothing to do with New Year resolutions ... because each of these resolution (quit smoking, loose weight, play more with your kids, read a book each month, ...) is personal and we thought that showing you examples of resolutions might downplay your motivation.

It is time to act, and it is your job : define your new lifestyle tracker and use Knomee to get some insights about yourself.

When you start Knomee, it comes with three pre-defined quests, to help you get familiar with the app (mood, energy and sleep). Most often, we hear as first feedback : "Knomee is not for me, I do not care about these things. I don't want to track my mood and my sleep/energy patterns are fine". This is not what Knomee is about ! Knomee is about tracking what matters to you. Thus you should quickly forget about the pre-defined quests and build your own.

If you should remember one thing :

Knomee is not a self-tracking app,
it is a tool to help you define your personalised tracker.