Instant- Quantified Self
April 12, 2017
Let’s face it. We can’t live without our smartphones. While a smartphone is an essential daily gadget in today’s world, it’s not something that one should be addicted to. We even don’t realize that we unlock our phone 300 times a day, or spend 3 hours watching videos on YouTube, for example, because we simply don’t track our phone usage.
Well, many researchers have suggested that if you want to have a more productive day, then you must keep a tab on your smartphone usage. Once you know how much time you’re spending on different apps, you can limit the smartphone usage and focus on other important things in life – if you’re serious about utilizing your time to the fullest.
Above all, we should use the technology to our advantage rather than becoming slaves of it. That’s where ‘Quantified Self’ app called Instant comes into the picture. The app automatically tracks your daily activities and lets you understand how you spend your day.
Instant app just needs to be running in the background and it will track you based on your phone sensors. No manual entries. It also works with wearables like Google Fit, Fitbit, and Apple Watch.
The app automatically tracks how many times you unlock your phone and how much time you spend on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other apps every day. Plus, it tracks how long you sleep, how many times you get up in between and more. Not just that, it also tracks how much time you spend walking, running, and travelling by car. And if you allow the app to access your location, it can tell you about how much time you spend at different places, for example, work, home, or with friends. It puts all this information on a dashboard and provides data insights and trends with weekly reports.
The app also comes with a Chatbot Coach, which share trends and correlations based on your tracked data. For example, ‘You have been spending more time on your phone since the last few days (35%), also you have been sleeping lesser (-20%)’. You can also query the chatbot for insights from a particular day. For instance, you can ask the chatbot that how much time you’ve spent chatting on WhatsApp. All in all, Instant’s Coach is designed to ensure that you have a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Furthermore, there is also an option to set targets for sleep, phone usage, and steps.
Overall, the app is for quantified-self enthusiasts, who want to make the use of technology to better understand how they spend most of their day so that they can have a work-life balance.
Apple App Store Editors’ Notes described Instant as, “Love stats? Love life? Now combine the two with instant—the easy-to-use, award-winning app that tracks all your daily activities in one place so you can hit your goals and live life to the fullest. Now we know exactly how far we’ve travelled across India and the rest of the world, how much exercise and sleep we’re getting—and even how often we’re checking our iPhone or Apple Watch. Bringing all those activities and more in a single app also means we get straightforward data insights, trends and weekly reports. It’s never been easier to set personal targets—and smash them.”
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