Privacy Activists, Rejoice! The ZeoDecoder Viewer is now in alpha!
When Zeo launched in 2009, you all started to tell us about what you expected. Specifically, you raised the issue of data privacy. You wanted control over your data and the ability to play with it, all without uploading to our servers.
We heard a lot from you in the early months about data--who owns it, what you can (or cannot) do with it, and why exactly you didn't want our hands in it. Some the reasons were:
Granted, there are plenty of reasons to not admit that someone's words hit a nerve, but to say that we didn't care, didn't listen, and didn't address this issueafter you told us just how you felt would be false. We care deeply about our users--and we brought along a little something to back that up.
We're proud to say that there is now desktop app for viewing your data: the ZeoDecoderViewer. This is new open source software that uses unencrypted Zeo data (see how to get that here) from the SD Card directly and gives you a basic viewer.
If that wasn't enough for you, this software allows you to view naps and polyphasic sleep - something our website currently can't do (we're sorry about that one, too). You can thank two of our winter interns, Brian Schiffer and Harry Bock, for this neat little guy.
There are some caveats to this:
We don't believe folks like Steve Jobs who claim "Open systems don't always win." We don't believe that it's ethical for body measuring companies to block users access to their information.
We don't believe that Zeo shouldn't be ripped open and hacked--hell, do that and we may just give you a job.
We do believe that you own your data, can take your data with you, and get to decide what to do with it. We believe that you should be able to hack your SD Card data and get at your raw brainwaves. We believe in the power of open source softwarethat anyone can modify to their own needs.
And we believe in our users ability to set us straight when we go off course.