Institute of Design
IDN550 Personal Infomatics
Instructor: Kim Erwin
Teammates: Shiyi Li, HsinCheng Lin
UPDATE: Notable Award in Strategy and Research at 2014 Core77 Design Awards
Tinker.it is an online platform for self-tracking enthusiasts. Sort of like Git Hub, sort of like IFTTT, Tinker.it leverages its community to build "long tail" applications, which we call recipes, that make use of the growing assortment of self-tracking devices.
In this semester-long Communications Workshop, we created a service offering for a segment of people who use self-tracking devices in a completely new way. "Experimenters" hack their devices and data. They are not satisfied by learning what existing devices can tell them, but instead ask a question and seek a means to the answer -- building it themselves if needed.
For this class project each team was assigned one of four different segments of self-tracker: Performance Trackers, Goal-Oriented, Life Mission, and Experimenters. Our team chose to design a service for Experimenters, a small, leading-edge group that likes to create their own studies using what data they can record about their health and lives.
Experimenters currently make many unique and varied experiments on themselves. They are typically technically adept and self-starters. They start with a question, find the devices that will help them answer it, and collect and analyze their data. They do this all with support from informal communities.
For our final presentation, we created a website that explains Experimenters, and details our concept. Please visit our website to learn more about Tinker.it
In addition, we entered our concept in the Core77 Design Awards. For this competition, we created the following report and posters.