It would seem to me that we are in an age of numbers. Data is heralded as the solution to virtually any problem, whether the task being tackled is website optimization with Google Analytics, or the effective tracking of personal finance using Mint. Thanks to Nike+, you can even chart your progress towards being an Olympic athlete…or not.
Along with the obvious shared subject of data, these leaders in their respective fields also share a particular attribute — a heavy bias towards data visualization. Numerous studies have shown that when figures are presented in a more graphical, comprehensible form, they become more engaging and instructive. The success of services like Visual.ly, and the ubiquitousness of the infographics created with them, is surely testament to this.
So why, then, isn’t there a service, a platform, or an app which provides visualizations of the measurable data we create every day? You know — stuff like work done and money spent. A new, $1.99 app called mem:o is hoping to fill this apparent gap in the data marketplace with a mixture of simplicity and beauty. Whether it is worth spending the time logging hours of sleep or grocery bill totals just to get some geeky graphics is a conundrum I’m hoping to solve….
Since being released in 2009, Wolfram Alpha has become very popular over the years. Based on the computational platform Mathematica, written by British scientist Stephen Wolfram in 1988, WolframAlpha is capable of interpreting and answering basic questions such as, “How old was FDR in 1942?” and “What is the distance between the north pole and the south pole?”
A service like this is already accessible to iPad users via the website, however, the app provides a much simpler and more convinient approach to solving all your problems. With the price drop putting it from $50 to $2, do we have a bargain on our hands? (more…)