The Psygraph App
The Psygraph app consists of four tools: Stopwatch, Timer, Counter, and Note. It optionally synchronizes with your favorite WordPress server (maybe this one?). The basic operation is simple: start using the various timers, alarms, and notes to keep track of your meditation and other activities. This data, as well as data from the sensors on your mobile device, is saved and can be analyzed and visualized to help you track patterns over time. To the degree that the tools can help you track your level of mindfulness, you can use this feedback to guide your practice.
There is in-app documentation which explains each tool and its settings, but the following general principles will help you to easily understand Psygraph.
Psygraph consists of several Tools that monitor your information. For example, when you start and stop the Stopwatch, the start and stop times are logged to a server. While the Stopwatch is running, various data that you specify (such as GPS location and acceleration) will also be logged.
Briefly, the four tools are:
- Stopwatch: The Stoppwatch tool is used for tracking the length of time that you meditate or spend on another activity.
- Timer: The Timer tool is used to set reminders, such as a gong which indicates the end of a meditation session. You can also set the gong to go off at a random time during the day and print an inspirational quote.
- Counter: The Counter tool is used for the practice of breath counting, which can be used as a measure of mindfulness. You can also use this page to set a motion alarm that goes off if you move too much :).
- Note: The note page allows you to annotate your meditation sessions with text and/or audio notes. These notes can automatically create posts on your WordPress server if you are logged in and that option has been turned on.
All events and their associated time and position data belong to a particular category. The default category is “Uncategorized”, but you may create new categories for your data and change the category of existing data. If you wish to see the data belonging to all categories, you can create the special “*” category (categories can be created on the Preferences page). Categorizing the data is useful if you wish to distinguish the timers for different types of events (such as time spent in shamatha vs vipassana meditation).
All events have a time. The time of an event is specified as follows:
For example, to specify one minute and eight seconds, you would write “1:08”. To specify one and a half seconds, you would write “1.5”. This format extends to months and years in an obvious way (today’s date would be YYYY:MM:DD:HH:MM:SS). If you wish to specify one hour, just write “1:00:00” (or, since zero minutes and seconds is the default, you can just write “1::”).
The data from Psygraph can be used in different ways. Within the application itself, various types of visualization can be used, which list the data, show the data on a 2-D graph, or chart the data in a Gantt chart.
Data can be exported directly from the web site in various formats (such as CSV), which can then be processed in other applications.