A visualization of Funf. Design: Cody Sumter
Funf, which launched in October, explores how mobile phones can be used as sensor platforms to track the location, movement, app activity and extended networks of its users and communities.
With Funf, users can contribute anonymously to creating data sets for themselves and their communities. For example, during a disaster, Funf would use the data from the sensing networks in people's cellphones to create real-time maps of which roads are clear or blocked, where there is a cell phone outage and where people are trapped. Funf also collects data about the surrounding environment, including levels of light, pressure and temperature.
Researchers may be able to predict small changes in individuals’ behavior - like changes in sleeping and waking patterns and communications - that could have important implications for predicting diseases.
Collected data can be measured by the Funf framework and configured in a variety of ways, including in data visualizations, notifications and other applications.
Knight Foundation, a sponsor of the Accelerator Competition, sat down to interview key members of the Funf team - Nadav Aharony, Alan Gardner and Cody Sumter - to learn what winning the competition meant for them and what’s next for the project.