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Automatic journaling – internal services (part 2) | MAR 18

Few months ago we’ve explained in detail how data import from Fitbit and Jawbone devices works in STEP Journal. If you are curious, full post is accessible here. Today we continue with Automatic journaling series detailing how STEP Journal handles data import from internal sources (iPhone’s Calendars, Camera Roll, Location services and Motion activity) – new feature available with v.1.3.0

Automatic journaling?
The purpose of automatic journaling is to make #lifelogging easier by intelligent usage of existing resources – for example Calendar entries, pictures taken, location and motion information – all of what can be acquired from the device. So, how does it work? Let’s follow Carla, a new employee of WePlanet.

1. Calendar based entry

On March 17, 2014 – the first day at office Carla added an event in her iPhone Calendar app saying “Team meeting” scheduled at 6:30pm. As Calendars and Location Service are connected to STEP Journal, at 6:30pm Carla finds the following entry:

STEP Journal - entry from Calendars

Note that “Team” and “Meeting” automatically turned into STEP Journal keywords and also appear in Note. “Near [place name]” is a result of connecting Location Services – STEP Journal suggests what could be the likely place based on iPhone’s location data. It also means this place hasn’t been yet used in STEP Journal (remember, it’s Carla’s first day at work).

During the meeting Carla takes a few pics and later opens STEP Journal.  She sees the first pic in the main Step entry:

STEP Journal - entry from Calendars and Photos

As Carla took several pics, she is wondering where are the other pics and finds them under section RELATED PHOTOS in in-depth Step page. The major difference between sections PHOTOS and RELATED PHOTOS is that pics in PHOTOS are backed up to STEP Journal’s cloud and thus, remain in Steps even when deleted from iPhone’s Camera Roll. Pictures under RELATED PHOTOS are not backed up, thus if Carla deletes any of the from Camera Roll, they also disappear from this Step. Moving a pic from RELATED PHOTOS to PHOTOS is executed by tapping + on each picture

STEP - add from Related photos

After managing pics, Carla wants to change place name – it’s her first time to visit this coffee shop, but she really liked it, thus taps the three dots next to the created Step and sees the following options:

STEP - confirm place

In this dialogue “Confirm place” means “Yes, I’m at WePlanet”. Carla is close to WePlanet’s office, but this meeting is held at a nearby coffeshop, thus she taps “Edit”, selects the right place (Philz Coffee) and at the end of the editing, the final entry looks like this:

STEP Journal - entry from Calendars and Photos

Later Carla might consider adding team members from her Facebook friend list (given Facebook is connected to STEP Journal in Connected Services). By doing so she creates a shared Step which automatically appears on the STEP Journal Timeline of the tagged team members. By the way, Carla feels safe tagging friends as she knows that STEP Journal does not post to people’s FB timeline 🙂

2. Location based entry

Time fast forward – in few months overworked Carla got seduced by a cheap flight to a new hype destination – Seoul, Korea. After checking in at the hotel by the river, armed with an iPhone, she headed for a walk with an old friend who lives in Seoul. While strolling along a wide path they found a cosy place to sit and chat until the sunset. One amazing sunset it was and Carla took a pic! After opening STEP Journal she found this (note the symbol we use for Location based Step):

STEP Journal - location based entry

As she’s next to the river, place seems to be right and by taping 3 dots > Confirm Place her new Step entry changes into:

STEP Journal - location based entry - confirmed

3. Photo based entry

Upon return to Silicon Valley Carla found weather to be so indecently great that she decided to get chair and desk out to the garden in front of her house. In a while few of her friends came as they agreed to introduce her to the world of Google Glass. Of course, Carla took a picture of two matching things – coffee tools and Glass. Once she opened STEP Journal, she saw a new entry (note the symbol for Photo based Step):

STEP Journal - Photo based entry

Even though she’s at home, Carla hasn’t set it in STEP Journal yet and prefers to use the place called “Downtown Palo Alto”. As she has created multiple Steps using this place name, STEP Journal listening to iPhones’s GPS “decided” she’s here again. For frequently visited locations there’s no “Near [place name]” in place suggestion. After some editing (adding activities and tagging friends), the Step is colorful and lively:

STEP Journal - Photo based entry

4. Motion data

STEP Journal does not create Steps based on Motion data acquired from iPhone. Instead, Carla can see her step count data in Dashboard, given she chooses to source it from Motion activity sensor instead of her wearable device Fitbit.

STEP Journal - Dashboard device settings  STEP Journal - Dashboard devices

How to connect services?

Page at STEP Journal’s Menu > Connected Services details all the services which are possible to connect to the app. Connecting internal services requires no authentication, while for Social services and Devices, Carls needs to log in and authenticate access to data for STEP Journal. Upon successful completion of process, the status next to each service changes into “Connected”. Keep in mind that Motion Activity (using M7 co-processor) is an iPhone 5s feature.

STEP Journal - Connected services (iPhone 5s)

Questions? Comments? Drop us a line at feedback (at) step (dot) pe. Happy automatic journaling, friends!

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