We are nearing the end of phase one of the Orla Beta Programme.

We have so far release only the fully self-writing component of the diary that notes where you have been (Places) and how you got there (Journeys). This is a fully automated framework for a diary that can capture your ‘digital self’. Even as it stands now, most of our Beta users have been finding the Orla diary both useful and interesting. There will be further ongoing improvements to the accuracy of the information presented as well as further improvements to the battery life.

Orla diary

Here is a snapshot of the phase one Orla diary

However, the current functionality is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. In phase two we will be revealing the scrapbook, an area where you will be able to select what information you want collected about yourself. This will be presented in a clever format that enables you to access all of your ‘digital self’ without the clutter and confusion of information overload.

As part of this process we are currently deciding what information to append the dairy with for phase two (and beyond). We have already obtained feedback from most of our current Beta users. They have told us what current features they like, dislike and new features that they would like. We are also conducting a wider survey that includes people who have not actually used Orla yet and so you can all be of help by completing our short Facebook poll. It will take about two minutes of your time and as a small incentive one respondant will be chosen at random to receive an Amazon voucher (the poll closes on 31st July 2017).

Once we have added some of the new features requested (and removed or changed features that were not liked), we will launch phase two. After a further period of testing we will again be asking our Beta users for more feedback and will also be adding more users into the Orla Beta Programme.

Orla is currently optimised for use in the UK and Ireland but does still work abroad. We do have a few overseas users and many people have also travelled abroad with Orla. Internationalisation will be an area we will be working on in phase three towards the end of this year.