Clement Charles

Clement Charles 's thoughts
September 1st, 2014


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5 years ago, I looked crazy stupid naive when I mentioned the idea, that in the future (which is now), telco’s will be selling disconnection as much as connection, access restriction as much full access.

Similarly, when I spoke at ITU last year on data privacy in World Telecom in Bangkok, I mentioned the fact that selling privacy and secured data access, I remember people being really surprised in the audience. Then, later during the event, I was happy to see fellow future-thinker (Swiss too) Gerd Leonard mentioned the exact same concept when he addressed the crowd of operators and regulators telling them “telcos are in the trust business”. You can view the full keynote here.

Logically, in the space of personal data, especially with lifelogin and quantified self data, trust is not an option, it must should be a central piece of the product offering.  This is way I’ve loved the concept of Pryv from the very start, in the field of QS  meta platforms to aggregate your various data. Contained in the name (Pryv, as in private) , but also in their DNA (they’re Swiss, and as such love secrecy), their concept is really right and fair, proposed in a rich user interface.

Now to the business, I just discovered the business of Respect Networks, dubbed as “the leading platform for secure, verified and mutually agreed sharing of personal data”. This is just a start of new business, where people will pay for trust.

August 4th, 2014

vessyl let you know what you drink

The video is nice. The concept is fun. Tis said, I think this will be an expensive cup to loose or forget in the train. My favorite moment is 0:39 when the guy put beer from a can, look at the cup, the cup say “beer” and the guy nods, moved and impressed, by the quality of the insight provided ; ) Cheers.

March 4th, 2014

Back on ITU World 2012

Invited as speakers in the “Who Owns My Data” session in Dubai in 2012, I had the opportunity to share (… and scare) with my vision of the digital immortality. I also met and discovered MIT professors John Clippinger, founder and Executive Director, Idcubed, that made understand how we may control and monetize our flows of data.

As we I am already preparing possible participation in Doha 2014 after my successful panel and meet the experts session in Bangkok last November, I wanted to go back on that session in Dubai which was greatly quoted. You can view a great report here, and view the session in full simple with a easy free login with your mail.

January 30th, 2014

The QS GVA Meet Up – Happy 2014


Back on blogging after two intense months of 200% work. I hope you are all fine and the holidays were good. Happy New Year. 2014 will be a great year, glad to be looking for it !

We also back on track with the Quantified Self Meet Up in Geneva. The first 2014 Meet Up – the 10th in total – will be held in the nice cowering / digital culture space of La Muse ! As for the program, we plan a short but dense meet up.

As you know, QS, as all new technologies and society changer, has one step in the present and an other in the future. Our next meet up will provide the same perspective with some really immediately relevant and useful content, as well as some more futuristic forward thinking to fuel your imagination.

Bruno Chanel, a digital strategist and Evernote ambassador in CH, will present a graphic compilation demonstrating links and correlation between various sets of his personal data, collected with Withings (weight, BMI), Evernote Foods (meals) and Jawbone UP (steps, sleeps).  A first time disclosure of all this very, very personal data.

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Clement Charles, digital media pioneer, promoter of awareness of both Quantified Self and data privacy, will share a “down the line vision” of the digital immortality, or how connected mankind could stays around for centuries by using life long collected data to create digital copies of themselves.

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This meet up will televised !

At the RTS is currently doing a report about QS for health, they are inviting us to have the meet up in the highest tower of the city, with an exceptional view on the city. They will be filming the meet up as part of their report, but no presentation or personal data will be recorded.

There is no bar service, so please feel free to bring some drinks along.

Event is free – please do subscribe via MeetUp to ease planning: Quantified Self Geneva (Genève) – Meetup


June 12th, 2013

QS GVA June 13 – Session review

For our June event of QS GVA, we had a great meet up last night at the Green Café last night in GVA. Around 10 self trackers attended the meet up. We were pleased to welcome newcomer like Melody, Thomas, Malek, Felipe, and to catch up with regulars like Marcello, Laurent, José, Kat and my self.

After a first order of drinks, we briefly spoke about the QS EU 13 event in Amsterdam. Marek and I both attended and had a great time. Marek shared in experiences of having offices hours to present his app and meeting this the community, when I mention is new understanding of the motivation of trackers and briefly reported on the digital immortality break out session. We briefly announced the upcoming global QS conf in October.

Marek made the first presentation of the night, presenting QS iOS Apps Systematic, that let’s you tracks habits and things to do in ways that can help you achieve your goals. It’s a nice and elegant app, and the team has a lot idea to make it even better and extend its reach (Android apps, Google Glasses). The app is on sales on the app store for a while and you can look at the slides here or visit the app’s site. You can also view the slides below.

The second presentation was a device test and review by Marcello. He acquired the OnDaily tracker from Decathlon and tested rather extensively over a few days / weeks. Compared to the price, really low at 44 €, Marcello had a rather “good and fun” experiences, despite all the defaults of the product that he mention: 1min delay before tracking, weak sync between desktop and web app, poor content on the site and really cheap user interface.

The group then spent some time speaking about this user interface not knowing if it was purposely on beta or looking ugly not to compete with other more high end product sold the sport goods distributor, or if there was a really a problem in hiring UI and graphic designer for that project. I’ve made a similar review on my blog about the trackers and got an answer as comment from the product manager that explained they were working on the issues and that a new firmware should be released soon. The whole QS GVA is looking forward to re test it all once the new firmware would be provided.

After some Q&A with the speakers, we exchanged about the last tracking tools available, and agreed on the increasing trends of “stylish”, even “jewelry” like QS tracking devices. We also spoke about user interface, memoto life logging camera and beddit sleep trackers.

We wrapped up at 9.30 PM and a large part of the group stayed to enjoy a nice healthy asian dinner at the Green Café. Next events will be in fall, after the summer break. All the best until then.

If you did join our Quantified Self Geneva group on meet up, please jump on board.



Slides from Systematic.

May 29th, 2013

The 2013 Quantified Self Europe Conference Roundup

If you missed the big moment of European Quantified Self movement, you will surely enjoy the round up on the global QS Blog. You will see many different post, covering a large amount of topics and points of view, on Quantified Self in general, as well as on this great QS EU 13 conferences we’ve enjoyed so much.

You can access the full review with this link: The 2013 Quantified Self Europe Conference RoundupQuantified Self. You’ll also be able to view some videos, interviews and captures of conference and a great  Flicker album.

If you are looking for my post, my reports and feelings on the event, please use the following links:

A general piece:
A piece about the breakout session we’ve had: 
Some smaller, more targeted posts:



May 18th, 2013

Step Tracking: different paradigms

Hey – This article is in French – Sorry for my English readers. 


Dans le cadre de mon test de ON Daily, je conclurai enfin en disant que sur une promenade test de 9 kilomètres que j’ai eu l’occasion de faire, mesurée avec deux apps de tracking sur deux téléphones différents. La différence de pas et de distance était près de 2 000 pas et d’un peu de 1,7 kilomètre. Donc clairement, ce problème de configuration du tracker crée énormément de variations.

Sur ce dernier point, il est important de constater, dans la lignée de la conférence Quantified Self d’Amsterdam de ce week-end que la définition d’un “pas” en tant que tel n’est pas figée dans le temps ou défini par une norme universelle. Gary Wolf, le pionnier du quantified self indiquait que les tests montraient des variations assez fortes entre le podomètre de Nike: « Nike FuelBand » et le « Fit Bit ».

What’s a step ?

Selon Gary, son impression était de dire que pour « Fit Bit » n’importe quel petit mouvement était considéré comme un pas, le paradigme de l’objet étant de faire bouger les gens qui n’ont pas assez de mouvements, de faire que les informaticiens se lèvent de derrière l’ordinateur et de leurs chaises.

A l’inverse, ces petits mouvements de jambe, ces demi-pas, ces petits sauts sur les talons n’étaient pas considérés par Nike comme des pas et donc pas décomptés dans le décompte d’activités du jour. Selon Gary, cette différence venait aussi de l’idée que Nike étant un équipementier sportif, il créait des outils de mesure qui mesurait les pas actifs, volontaires, énergiques et non pas n’importe quel mouvement de l’accéléromètre.

Cela confirme une fois de plus l’immensité du champ des questions ouvertes par le Quantified Self. Des questions techniques bien sure, qui ont ausssi souvent une dimension philosophique.

May 13th, 2013

Comprehensive meta platform for QS and personal data

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The world of Qs, data gathering and life logging is still very, very, fragmented to say the least. This fragmentation  is also one of the current issues that normal user have that stops them of tracking their behaviors and habits. Indeed, correlation and therefore knowledge, is only possible were multiple data sets are in the same system, and can be correlated and produce information.

In that sense, I had the pleasure to discover three current project at the QS EU conference last week end. Fluxtream  (captions above), ZenoBase and Sympho.Me . Fluxtream seems the most advanced and the most “exhaustive one” but ZenoBase is also great, smartly done and seems to work very well. Sympho.Me is still in early stage with no much source of data that can be integrated into the account. I will test them a bit more extensively and provide you a more detailed feedbacks in the coming weeks.


May 9th, 2013

Quantified Self Europe this weekend !

This is clearly the big moment in the QS quarter with the QS Europe Conference. The whole team from SF / US is coming plus a ton of really great speaker.

qs-europeconferenceOn my side, I will be honored to host a break out session on Sunday about “Quantified Self & Digital Immortality”. If you there, connect me and let’s meet for a coffee and a chat.


If you cannot attend, I would assume that a lot of content of the conferences and presentation will be available online after the show.