Self-tracking is a new level of self-awareness that focuses on quantifying the user’s own activities, and in which performance data is to the fore. As a technological basis, biofeedback sensors measure physical functions such as heart rate, skin temperature, muscle tone and brain waves. This makes emotional and somatic states, which we are not normally aware of, more visible and this information can help to improve our lifestyles or be compared to other people’s data. Diverse applications and new self-tracking devices, such as context-sensitive sleep cycle alarm clocks or networked tennis bats, support people as monitoring and coaching partners.
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