For some time now, I've been in the market for some sort of app that would make tracking work hours a bit more convenient (and bearable). I've yet to find that app. But recently, I came across Chronos
, an iPhone app that bills itself as an automatic time-tracker for your life.
Chronos immediately intrigued me as much as it creeped me out.
Here's how Chronos works, according to TechCrunch
: Using the iPhone's built-in compass and accelerometer, along with data from location databases such as Google and Foursquare, Chronos assesses where you are and what you're doing at any given moment of the day, then categorizes the time spent for you. So, it will tell you how much time you're spending at work, at play, exercising, spending time with family and friends, etc. Then, it will let you set goals for how you'd REALLY like to be spending time. For instance, you can resolve to spend more time exercising, or less time at work. And then, it lets you compare your time spent with that of your friends.
On the one hand, I can see how this app could be a really useful method of quickly assessing your life and resolving to change it in various ways.
On the other...Holy Big Brother.
It's rather sobering to think that an app like this could so quickly and easily pull from other accounts and technologies to create an accurate time assessment of your entire life. It's one of those things where you know in the back of your mind it could happen, but when it does...it's a surprise.
Would you use an app like this? Are there any other time-tracking apps you recommend?