Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hallway Fitness Monitors

The following short excerpt is available at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/137/fast-talk-making-it-personal.html

How BodyMedia Is Making Fitness Data Personal By: Kate RockwoodWed Jul 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Ivo Stivoric, 38, has developed wearable fitness sensors for clinical patients for more than a decade. Responding to demand, BodyMedia introduced its GoWear fit line for consumers last year.

"Doctors will tell you to eat better and exercise more, but they're not specialists in behavior modification. If you're on a treadmill, that's the only time you have a dashboard that's telling you concrete numbers. We provide people with dashboards for their bodies. On average, our users wear them for 16 hours a day.

Right now, we're just feeding you the data so you can make your own conclusions. Over time, fitness monitors will be able to feed back more proactive, personalized content. Imagine getting a message that the last time you went a certain numbers of days with little sleep, you got sick. We could even lower your home thermostat after sensing when you've fallen asleep. We're just now scratching the surface of what's possible."



Okay....I think this is really cool technology. And philosophically, whatever makes for a healthier populace--hey, who can complain?

But...if you need a 16-hour-per-day dashboard to remind you to sleep, what deeper questions about intentional living should you be asking yourself? I'm just saying...

7 Comments:

At 9:30 AM , Blogger Citizen said...

I laugh because it's funny...I cry because it's true.

Now I am going to get all Kurt Vonnegut on you.

Truth:

These suits monitor metabolic information.

Information about your day to day health will be stored in a database.

Socialist Governments, like the one that Barack Obama is trying to create here in the U.S., will require people to wear these because the dispersal of health care funds come from Government Agencies. Since the Nanny Government is responsible for your health care, Nanny Government will require you to behave in ways that do not threaten your health...IN ANY WAY.

You want to book a vacation to visit friends in Florida. | Denied | Nanny Government says that since your family has a history of skin cancer you won't be permitted to travel there because you will get to much sun in FL.

You want to buy a birthday cake for your daughter. | Denied | You have diabetes & that cake will have an adverse effect on you. But the cake isn't for you...it's for your daughter. Nanny Government does not care, besides, Nanny Government thinks you're a liar. How can Nanny Government be sure that you will not eat that cake? Hey...Nanny Government will just monitor your glucose levels and if it happens to take off like an Atlas Rocket Nanny Government will dispatch a squad of shock troopers to slap that cake out of your mouth.


When we give up the responsibility of monitoring ourselves we are by definition giving up our freedom.

 
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