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Posts Tagged ‘wearables’

Smarthomes, Smartclothes, and Wearables: Being the Dumbest One in the Room is Fine with Me

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I can’t resist a post on this, because I’ve been thinking about it a LOT lately.

Everything is getting smarter around me (except, for me…hahaha!)

CES this year was all about smart appliances, like in this article. This article also over at Forbes about the top companies to watch for Smart Homes 2014 I saw as well…and with the baby boomer population heading towards retirement, this industry is going to explode in the years to come, because no one wants to go to the hospital.  If we can keep patients out of the hospitals, all of our healthcare spending will go down.

Wearables are important now too – I’m particularly infatuated with them for health.  I bought myself a Fitbit Flex for Christmas, and I gotta say, it’s holding my feet to the fiery treadmill – pretty much every day since Christmas I’ve hit my 10K step goal.  I saw this article online tonight, and it actually ranks the wearables thus far from worst to best.  Google glass still really isn’t quite available to the masses, but I’m not sure I could wear them just yet – they’re just a little too…Google Glass-ish for me.  (I guess I saw some hard core Google glass wearers at ADC/GDCNext in LA last fall, and I just don’t think they’re personally my style…)

While I dig my Fitbit Flex, it’s still kind of clunky, and honestly, I’d like to see more features added to the app (like, a BMI calculator or a way to track BMI at least, some kind of app where we could take a picture of our food from major restaurant chains and track calories–protein, fat and carbs, and a vitamin checkbox.  There’s definitely more that we could track here for patients long term too – like blood pressure and even blood glucose readings…come on, Fitbit! : )

Here’s my point: everything is getting smarter around us.  From refrigerators knowing when we are almost out of milk, to Amazon’s future drones dropping it off at our front door, to how many steps we walked per day, I think this is some fabulous tech we’ve got headed our way.  I hope you’re taking advantage of it.  I’m trying to…and, last but not least, just so you know…I didn’t write this point UNTIL I got my 10K steps in today!