Let’s have some FUNF!

In 2012, I enrolled in DYNM 692, Dr. Freeman’s “Innovation” courses. One of the highlights was a 3 day trip to Boston centered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We learned about the annual hi-tech pranks  (http://www.boston.com/yourtown/cambridge/2012/09/17/hackers-delight-history-mit-pranks/RTncCPQ02YSNy7YLHCY7UJ/pictures.html) and how many “ Smoots “ the bridge across the Charles River measures (students measured the bridge by using one of their fellows, named Smoot).

What we also learned about was some incredible cutting-edge research that MIT’s “Media Lab” was doing.  MIT Media Lab: http://www.media.mit.edu/about

MIT media Lab

Members of Dr. Alex “Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics research team explained some of the projects they were working on using smart phones. (http://www.media.mit.edu/about)

Your cell phone has as many as 14 different sensors built into it. (http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/sensors/sensors_overview.html) for example,  GPS locator, an accelerometer, a barometer, and various types of gravity sensors.  The MIT projects (and others) are broadly similar, in that they treat the mobile phone itself as a sensor. Put hundreds of millions of sensors out there and you start collecting a lot of data. Collect a lot of data and you can learn some interesting things.

One of the applications they showed us was FUNF (http://www.funf.org/).

The Funf Open Sensing Framework is an extensible sensing and data processing framework for mobile devices, supported and maintained by Behavio. The core concept is to provide an open source, reusable set of functionalities, enabling the collection, uploading, and configuration of a wide range of data signals accessible via mobile phones.

Basically speaking, FUNF allows you to access the data that is constantly generated by those 14 or more sensors in your smart phone.

FUNF was the winner of 2012 SXSW “Accelerator” award http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2012/03/14/ginger-io-funf-represent-boston-as-sxsw-accelerator-winners/


The FUNF application records a number of “Probes” that you establish when you set up the program.

Probes are the basic data collection objects used by the Funf framework. Each probe is a contained unit responsible for collecting a specific type of information. These include data collected by on-phone sensors, like accelerometer or GPS location scans, but also many other types of data that can be collected through the phone – from information on the media files stored on the device to call-logs, application usage, or browsing history. Each probe can be remotely configured to be enabled/disabled, what scan intervals or triggers should be used, as well as other parameters.”

So, what can this do for YOU and what is this good for ?…Experimentation mostly, and collecting data about yourself . The data becomes more revealing and useful when it is collected for a group. The MIT Human Dynamics team measured “proximity” in a group of bank employees: how frequently device-equipped people met with other device-equipped people. They found that high performing departments had many interactions and low performing departments few. Once they had visualized the data, they also found the reason, these low-interaction departments were located on other floors or wings from the main group.

Get the code: https://code.google.com/p/funf-open-sensing-framework/

Mobile and Sensors

In addition to sensors embedded in the hardware (or software) of your phone, there is an explosively growing list of accessories, add-ons and peripherals that are designed to collect various data and send it to your smart phone for processing and display. These add-ons and peripherals start to show the range of promise available.

A list of some cool smart phone accessories with sensors: (http://www.christiandelrosso.org/blog/mobile-and-sensors/)

  •  Portable      Smartphone Fishfinding Sonar, FishHunter
  • ProScope Micro      Mobile microscope for iOS devices
  • eMotion ECG,      an Android-based continuous ECG monitor
  • Samsung GamePad,      making the smartphone a gaming console
  • SmartCard,      a smartphone accessory for testing cholesterol from Cornell University
  • Snooperscope, a smartphone      camera accessory for night vision
  • Zepp sensors to improve your tennis,      baseball, golf swings
  • Occipital      3D Sensor The Structure Sensor gives mobile devices the ability      to capture and understand the world in three dimensions.
  • Peek Vision a smart-phone based      system for comprehensive eye examinations
  • Beddit automatically tracks your      sleeping patterns, heart rate, breathing, snoring, movements and      environment
  • Illumoscope  an       iphone case with  built in macrophotography optics
  • Controlling UAV      drones with an Android application and an external radio accessory
  • Salt meter      from Thanko
  • SuperMechanical has created Range,      and iGrill Inc is      another smart thermometer for cooking but with Bluetooth
  • Tile, Stick-n-Find, Wallet Tracker, Location tracking      of objects with Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Rijuven CardioSleeve smartphone      enabled stethoscope
  • Pixie Scientific, smart diapers
  • Lumu Labs created a light      meter for iPhone
  • Galvanic  created PIP Is A      Bluetooth Biosensor That Aims To Use Your Phone To Gamify Beating Stress
  • Motes from      Wimoto, tiny, rugged, wireless      sensors. They talk directly to your Bluetooth SMART enabled devices.
  • Thalmic      Labs Myo, UI innovations
  • Tagg the pet tracker; Whistle and Fitbark a fitbit for your dog
  • Kwikset kevo, Goji, Lockitron, lockers controlled with      a smartphone using Bluetooth LE
  • Safecast and  bGeigie Nano Kit, Do-Ra ,      Lapka to detect radiation
  • Ginger.io a platform to      collect and analyze sensor data
  • SkinVision, a smartphone app that      detects changes in your skin’s health
  • University      of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a      smartphone cradle that has optical components – lenses and      filters – to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other      molecules.
  • Scanadu Scout, the first Medical      Tricorder A scanner packed with sensors designed to read your vital      signs and send them wirelessly to your smartphone in a few seconds
  • Handyscope, a mobile connected      dermatoscope
  • BodyGuardian      Remote Monitoring System, by Preventice, is a wearable body      sensor that tracks ECG,Heart rate Respiration rate, Activity
  • ChatPerf, a Japanese company, has created      an accessory for iOS devices that puffs out a scent
  • MC10 wearable sensors that      communicates with smartphones
  • Zen Sensor from      Zinc Software, which clips to a user’s ear lobe to collect heart rate      data. The Zen connects to an iPhone or iPad app to provide heart rate      variability biofeedback. Similar to Inner Balance sensor from HeartMath.
  • AOptix      StratusTM a solution for iPhone, that delivers fully      integrated iris, face, fingerprint and voice biometric capabilities.
  • ThermoDock,      GlucoDock and      more by Medisana
  • MobiUS™ SP1      ultrasound system from Mobisante
  • The ds32a+      a digital Stethoscopes from Thinklabs
  •  SpiroSmart      is a mobile phone based platform that allows for the analysis of common      lung function measures
  • The Welch      Allyn iExaminer      allows you to capture pictures of the optic fundus and retinal nerve using      your iPhone 4.
  • The      NETRA-G, developed by Eyenetra
  • Asthmapolis, a      sensors that wirelessly syncs with your smart phone using the phone’s      built in Bluetooth technology.
  • Dash a Bluetooth LE dongle that      connects to a car on On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and transmits the      data to a smartphone (also in this space Carvoyant, Automatic, Delphi)
  • a      Bluetooth Golf swing analyzer, 3BaysGSA Pro
  • a      minuscule device implanted just under the skin provides an immediate      analysis of substances in the body, and a radio module transmits the      results to a doctor over the cellular phone network. At EPFL.
  • Lomography      Smartphone Film Scanner
  • breathalyzers: breathometeralcohoot, BACtrack, iBreathFloome
  • Thermodo, a      temperature sensor for mobile devices, attaches to the audio jack
  • Smart      Bluetooth 4.0 accessories from the Italian company +Plugg
  • CubeSensors, cubes that sense your      indoor environment
  • iExaminer      iPhone Adapter for Welch Allyn’s PanOptic Ophthalmoscope Cleared in U.S.
  • Tinkė an iPhone accessory      that measures heart rate, blood oxygen level, respiratory rate, heart rate      variability
  • CitySense,      a smartphone accessory to monitor pollution
  • smARtPULSE is a      hackable Bluetooth LE oximeter, iSpO2 Pulse      Oximeter, an iPhone, accessory to measure blood oxygen and pulse      rate, Nonin launches a      Bluetooth LE oximeter the Nonin 3230.
  • Withings Activity Tracker to      monitor steps, heart rate, sleep
  • Withings Blood pressure      monitor for iPhone
  • Your      Android Phone Could Help Scientists Predict Your Weather, smartphones      and barometric pressure sensors
  • Prexiso AG iC4, and Spike      smartphone accessories with a laser to measure distance
  • Shaka, and Vaavud       wind meters for iPhone and Android
  • Cellscope an accessory      for mobile disease diagnosis, at the moment ear infections, iPhone
  • Nest, the thermostat
  • Square, SumUp,      iZettle, Payleven, Jusp to accept credit cards
  • Zeo, the sleep monitor
  • AliveCor ECG
  • AgaMatrix      glucose meter, Glooko glucose      monitor
  • iHealth  which is a      subsidiary of China-based medical device company Andon Health, several      devices, Glucose monitor, oximeter, blood pressure monitors
  • Athena GTX Wireless vital signs      monitor, a single or multi-parameter vital signs monitor for EGG,      noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) and SpO2
  • OlloClipPhotojojo and      Sony      Cyber-shot QX10 camera lens
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