Hearables: Turning Activity Tracking On Its Ear?
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9/9/2014 | 10:45:27 AM
Re: is it the form or the function that's the problem?
@Thomas I think it can have a motivational effect. I've seen articles claiming that just exercising next to another person who is faster can improve one's time.  As for myself, I don't like to have to keep up with another's pace -- even for walking or biking. But I seem to not fit the standard consumer mold. 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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9/2/2014 | 6:53:45 PM
is it the form or the function that's the problem?
Activity trackers seem to be like privacy tools -- they appeal to a minority of consumers. And just as it's hard to assess the value of privacy, it's hard to assess the value of activity data. You can certainly measure improved performance by tracking activities; but it's hard to know how that would compare to not tracking the activity and still doing it. In the end, I fear activity tracking is just a hobby that has no real meaning beyond itself.

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