Mustafa “Neo” Mohsenvand often walks with a fisheye lens on a smartphone to his chest Black, Cats covered neoprene EEG cap on his head. All what you have to for science.
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Mohsenvand, a graduate student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media, is to try to figure out what makes the moment memorable by enthusiastically collecting as much data as possible about himself and the world around him, and matching the biometric signal with times and events.
Since January, Mohsenvand been wearing black camera physiological signal tracking band strapped to his left wrist, generally for three to 16 hours a day. In June he added a mobile EEG headset to collect brain wave data during development.
Even now it is registered more than 1500 hours of footage. Every few days he uses the program to combine videos of biometric signals create long minutes of the film that slow down the speed according to metrics such as acceleration or deceleration of the heart rate and not the level of the skin actions—things he can’t control consciously, and it is thought to correspond to the noteworthiness of events in his life.
“I can take a whole day, and squeeze it in five minutes, and watch it,” he explains.
The resulting film—about 300 so far, some of the individual days, some three to four days Friday—fantastic to watch, even when you just log in in the details of daily life. The one who presses on after 40 minutes of real time in two minutes, there is a sped up excerpt of it (the camera of course) walking with his girlfriend Hannah Campbell, then slower shots of him standing alone at the train station. In another bike around the city at lightning speed, but after that he plays guitar at home and music oscillation decelerates.
One clip is simply two minutes of condensation how his heart rate is varied while watching the movie Whiplash (a film about a teenage drumming prodigy no abusive music teacher; even if you haven’t seen it, it may seem the title of which is a fast-paced film). Drumming sequence fly by too fast to distinguish between individual notes, but the film slackens in a few key locations, most relating music teacher (played by J. K. Simmons), like the one where the drummer (Miles Teller) “you got.”
“I’m a sensitive father-son relationships, it turns out” Mohsenvand say notice how his heart rate sped through the interactions between the film’s main character, Andrew, and his father.
He learned a number of things other than Collection, summarizing, and re-watch his daily life. For example say: I didn’t realize how nice the people are not even watching a day worth of footage and saw that nearly every person encountered in the Media Lab asked how he was doing.
He uses the data he gathered to find ways to be kinder with others also. He didn’t pay a lot of attention during the conversation with his roommate about the upcoming exam calculus roommate was studying. But after watching the chat at a later time, Mohsenvand texted him to see if he wanted to help their goal.
Mohsenvand have some registration rules. When he uses the bathroom, he covers the lens of the camera or tilted up to show his face. (No full stop recording, though, because he wants to measure any physiological changes when they need it. The most noticeable is that his heart rate tends to go down.)
The base of the other? No registration during sex. Mohsenvand says that was a choice he and his girlfriend at the beginning of the project because she was concerned that this type of footage stored remotely in a password-protected DropBox account—can eventually be stolen.
To stop the privacy concerns on the passers-by, which explains registration and the logic behind it when it enters, say, an elevator or a room full of people. Recording app I’ve built Pixel 2 smart phone on the chest of his know loud when it starts or stops recording, and says that if someone doesn’t want to be arrested, the recording stops.
Heather Abercrombie, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, who heads the school mood and Memory Laboratory says scientists tend to capture data from groups of people rather than viewing them as individuals. But because people must have different physiological reactions to different situations are different, Mohsenvand is one person recording the life can be helpful.
“If we can pick up through time, what is different about individuals, this is great”.
After a while Mohsenvand is to pay attention to signals such as the speed of the beat of his heart increase, Abercrombie’s research in men and memory suggests that it may be looking in the wrong signal. According to her work, your heart rate actually slows down for half a second when there is a little thing happens when you get an unexpected phone call, for example, or spot someone familiar in the crowd of people—and then go back to normal.
Abercrombie also believes that it will be difficult for Mohsenvand get a lot of useful information from the EEG cap since simply flashing while collecting EEG data cause signal interference. (Mohsenvand says flashing only affects a small number of EEG headset 32 channels.)
And with that Mohsenvand committed to this trade. He plans to keep a lid on about nine hours per day (maximum battery life) over the course of the next year, along with the rest of the gear he uses.
After a year, I ask, Is it a plan to stop the export?
“I will do this probably until I die”.
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