Complete feature list of uberman tracking app / more screenshots

OK. Sunday. The kids were staying with grandpa this afternoon. I am on a healthy second day of everyman-3 schedule. The perfect time to push the uberman project forward.

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I did mainly play with eclipse and built some little apps which I tested on my LG Optimus 3D / Android Smart Phone (Picture above). After I was content that I could solve all potential technical problems, I sat down and wrote a little doc with a description of all the features I have in mind for the first version.

This is a first rough design of what I am heading for right now. The application will consist of

  1. a web (browser) application for evaluation and administrative purposes and
  2. a mobile app which will be available for all major smartphone os (android, iOS, Windows Phone).

I am very glad for any reasonable suggestion / any feedback.

Also: If you dare to lay hands on this tool very early, please let me know. It will be months before this is publically released and several weeks before there is any stable beta. But I will certainly use the very first versions of this tool myself and so you might too if you can stand the risk to loose data, live with server downtimes or severe bugs (I will take care that none of these happen, but its always risky during development).

1 Features / Use cases

1.1 Web Application

1.1.1 Register new user

New users can register by simply choosing a nickname and a user password.

1.1.2 Edit user profile

Users can edit their profiles (Nickname, Password, Email) at any time.

1.1.3 Delete user

Users can delete their personal data. The sleep tracks (if any) remain as anonymous tracks for statistical purposes.

1.1.4 Add /Edit sleeping plan

User can add / delete a sleeping plan. A sleeping plan consists of a list of planned sleep times (Start/End). If a user chooses a known plan like uberman, everyman3 or such with fixed nap lengths and nap counts, the system will generate the plan for the user automatically (after querying some details).

Example:

A user creates an “Uberman” sleeping plan. This is defined as 6 equidistant naps of about 20 minutes length. The system asks the user for the start time of one nap (no matter which) and the planned length of the naps (allowed values: 15 minutes – 30 minutes, default: 20 minutes). It then generates all the naps with a gap of 4 hours between each).

The user can also choose a “custom plan”. She is then responsible to add all planned naps herself.

All naps are displayed in a timeline and as a list. Users can select/edit/delete and add naps at will.

As soon as the plan is finished, the user “activates” it. There can always be only one active plan per user.

1.1.5 Manually add/edit nap

If the user does not use the mobile app or has missed to enter some sleep times, he can enter them manually: Start and End time of nap / sleep and some information about the nap (How fast fell asleep? Was it refreshing? Did you dream? …)

1.1.6 Manually add/edit alertness timestamp

Alertness is just one value that is normally tracked by the mobile app by asking the question: “How tired do you feel now?” The answer is a value from 0 = “Zombie mode” to 9 = “Maximum alertness, flow”. This value is tracked with a timestamp.

1.1.7 Review progress

This is where all the effort is condensed to a few informative charts and metrics:

The main tracking view will look like this:

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This is a timeline which can be scrolled left and right and zoomed in / out.

The vertical orange line is the “NOW” line. To the right is the future, to the left is the past.

In the top row the system displays the sleep plan (gray boxes are planned naps). Below the plan is the actual sleep time. If the user slept during a planned nap time, the box will be “blue”. If he slept outside planned time it will be “purple” (oversleep). If he did not sleep in planned times it will be light red (“missed nap”).

Below is the actual development of the “tiredness” (values from 0 to 9). Values below “5” are displayed in red color (=more and more tired / sleep deprived), above 5 are displayed in green (=functional).

1.1.8 Export data

The user can export all his data into a documented XML File for further processing.

1.1.9 Import data

The user can also import sleep data from a defined CSV (Text File) Format. This is to be used in order to add existing data that was not tracked with the tool.

1.2 Mobile Application

1.2.1 Main Screen

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The main screen will look like above: The timeline is displayed and scrolls slowly left automatically. From the right the user sees “upcoming naps”, to the left he can see how he is doing.

1.2.2 Nap Reminders / Alarms

Users can choose to let the application raise an alarm x minutes before a scheduled nap as a reminder to prepare for sleep.

1.2.3 Nap Support / Nap Execution (Sounds / Alarms)

Once the user goes to sleep, he presses “Start nap!” and the nap gets tracked. The planned end of the nap will be automatically set to the end of the current planned nap (if it exists). The user can also vote to sleep longer or shorter by changing the “end time” of the nap.

During nap he can choose to play a sound file (i.e. “white noice”, “brown noice” or such) which automatically ends after the nap is ended.

He can also add a sound file which will be played as a “alarm” at the end of the nap.

1.2.4 Nap Logging

After the user wakes up again, he hits the button „nap ended“ and is asked some question regarding the quality of his nap, such as “how fast did you fall asleep? did you dream? do you feel refreshed?”

This data is then stored alongside the nap data.

It is also possible to enter data from a zeo device if one owns such: Amount of REM / Deep Sleep, etc.). For the moment, this data is only stored but will be evaluated in a later version.

1.2.5 Alertness logging („How do you feel?“)

Finally the user can hit the button “How do you feel right now?” at any time and enter his level of alertness with a simple slider with 10 Positions (Ranging from “Zombie” to “Flow”). This value can then be saved with the current time by hitting the “Log” button.

The user can also choose to let the system remind him every “x” minutes to enter this value. The app then displays a requester and plays a little reminding sound. The app takes care that these reminders never occur during naps.

8 thoughts on “Complete feature list of uberman tracking app / more screenshots

  1. Silvio

    Hey, i hope you are still awake.
    I will start Uberman at the 18.July,
    can i download your up / find the web application somewhere, or is it just in process? You wrote if we can life with downtimes we are welcome to test it – so where can i find it? ;)

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Silvio,

      No. Its not available yet. Only prototypes. I would estimate at least 2-3 weeks before I have a real server up and running. So I would suggest that perhaps you can track your naps manually (Excel or such) and import this data later into the app. You will have a complete track then.

      Regards

      Tobias

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Silvio, was just a suggestion – if you log your naps from day one you will have a complete track rather than start in the middle of week 3 or so. I will keep you updated.

  2. garfield

    hi there. if you do this you may want to name it “polyphasic” i came here by accident but I think if you made this app then I would like to get it. I am on the 2 nap everyman cycle, would I be able tpo use this?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Garfield,

      Sure! The app will support all kinds of sleeping schedules. At the moment it is just a tracking tool: When did you sleep? How sleep deprived are you? More features (Schedule planning, alarms, timers, analysis, community) are scheduled for the months to come…

      As to the name: Maybe you are right. It started as a private tool for my personal use on uberman only – hence the name.

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