Lifelogging app Instant's chatbot shows you just how addicted you are to your iPhone

Indian startup Emberify's lifelogging app Instant has picked up a major update to version 4.0 that adds a coach feature, delivered in the form of a chatbot. The feature analyzes your iPhone usage trends and gives you a daily overview of time spent on particular apps, places visited, sleeping and fitness activity, and so on. There's also the option to query the chatbot for insights from a particular day. For instance, if you're interested in finding out how much time you've spent playing Pokemon Go, you can ask Instant's chatbot and view the relevant information.

All data is logged automatically, and you can view detailed statistics over your phone usage. From Shashwat Pradhan, founder and CEO of Emberify:

The problem users are facing with the Quantified Self movement is that they are not being able to stick to it. This has been happening since self-tracking hasn't been automatic or too many apps are needed for it. In some cases, users track themselves for years and then realise that they aren't getting value out of the data.With Instant we have made self-tracking automatic and seamless using the smartphone OS/sensors. Further to add value to the data we have created reports that convey data through story-telling techniques and the Chatbot coach to analyse trends and correlations

Instant also collates data from HealthKit, and syncs with the Apple Watch. All the data that's collected by the app stays on your iPhone:

Instant keeps all the user's data only on the smartphone which can be cleared at anytime. The Chatbot is built-in the app so that data doesn't need to be sent from the smartphone to a server.

Instant has slowly gained momentum on Android and iOS, with the app seeing over 75,000 monthly active users. The app is free to use, but there's a pro version that costs $2 per month, or $8 for a lifetime license that shows app usage history, weekly reports, and the ability to backup data to Google Drive should you wish to do so.

Harish Jonnalagadda

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