What is a Statlet?
Simply put, Statlets is an application that allows you to create simple interfaces to keep track of things most people wouldn't care about but you do.
Does it feel like you just miss the train every single time? Are you curious if that's actually true, or if it's just confirmation bias? Create a Statlet and find out for sure. Every time you're at the train station, log whether you missed it or caught it. Over time, you'll be able to say for a fact what your catch/miss ratio is.
Speaking of "miss ratios", Statlets can be created for anything you want. Does your partner think you leave the toilet seat up every time? Create a Statlet and track it. (Be prepared for the worst though - you're not nearly as good as you think you are.)
Statlets let you track simple patterns over time by creating a friendly interface for quickly logging data.
How will you use Statlets?
We built this app because we're big data nerds, and we want it to exist - which is the best reason to build anything, in our opinion. But statistically speaking, it would be impossible to predict all of the cool and interesting ways people want stats in their daily lives. Let us know how you'll use Statlets by tweeting to us at @statlets!
OS Support iOS 3.5+ (Android, Windows Phone in development!) Version 1.0 (to be released January 2012)
Statlets is coming soon! Check this page for progress, roadmap and updates
Things are moving along quickly, and we're making great progress. I've got a feature list as long as my arm, but I'm pushing to do a v1 release with basic features very soon. Some of the features will be part of the Pro version, but early adopters who buy Statlets before Pro is ready will be upgraded to Pro for free.
Some of the features on the roadmap:
- Online data syncing
- Group Statlets: Ability to invite friends to participate in your Statlets
- Ability to require an image with your Statlet checkin (for proof!)
- Ability to export Statlet data
- Timeline views in addition to aggregate stats
Right now, Statlets uses local storage to handle your data. That's great for times when you want to record stats and you're not near a data connection, but syncing your data online will open up the ability to share Statlets and work in groups.
Let us know how you'll use Statlets and any suggestions you might have by tweeting to us at @statlets!
The idea for this app came to me one day when I was waiting for the New York City subway train. I always need an N, and if I'm at a station where the N and the R stop, I will always get an R instead of the train I need.
Likewise, if it's a station where the N and the Q stop, I'll always get a Q. Always? My friends who took the same train lines never seemed to have this problem. When I would complain about how the MTA apparently had a grudge against me, I would say things like "I swear, 90% of the time, the wrong train arrives!" 90%?
Probably not, but wouldn't it be great if there was an app that let you measure things like that? Even better, wouldn't it be great if there was an app that let you create simple interfaces for tracking stats on anything you wanted.
Wouldn't it be great if you could share these mini-stat interfaces with friends and let them participate in your data pool? Wouldn't it be really fun to bet on who is right and who is wrong? And wouldn't it be really cool to have awesome graphs generated from the stuff you learn?
Why yes. Yes it would be.
So the next time your partner throws out a meaningless stat, like "you leave the toilet seat up 99% of the time", you can create a Statlet for that and come back with a real number. "Why, no. I leave the toilet seat up exactly 94.569% of the time." Although if you enjoy your relationship, that might be one of those stats you keep to yourself.
What people are saying
We're just getting started, but here are some things people are saying about Statlets:
"Ever thought you could predict the future? Now track how often your 'intuition' was right!" -- @VanHalen1970
"seriously @Statlets, you're the idea I wish I'd had. well, that and whole "housewives" tv series thing." - @herkyjerky