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ChrisMurphy
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12/6/2013 | 4:56:57 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I use Strava in the same way to track bike rides, and the value is purely entertainment. By following other riders I can, if I miss the morning ride, see if the group had a particularly fast ride that would've left me in the dust anyway, thus making me feel good about sleeping in. 
castrotech
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12/4/2013 | 11:03:27 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
Thomas,

I agree that data needs to be basically plug-and-play for many people to take advantage of it. But remember a lot of devices will just be talking to other machines; they won't necessarily be bugging you with data.  

 

My think tank -- the Center for Data Innovation -- just released a report on the potential benefits of the Internet of Things, and how it can help do thing like protect the environment, conserve energy, make farms more productive, make transportation safer and faster, improve public safety, and create better health care.  No device is perfect for everyone, but I think we are seeing a lot of examples of devices that are having big impacts even today.
Thomas Claburn
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12/4/2013 | 8:53:51 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I'd be curious to know how much time you spend dealing with running data and configuring gear to deal with it? And what meaningful change has resulted from having such data? I've run for years on a treadmill and I just don't see the advantage to having a statistical breakdown of my exercise routine. Perhaps it's just a personal preference for such information, but if that's the case, then the Internet of Things is being overhyped. Big Data includes a lot of Pointless Data, as least from where I'm standing.
Kristin Burnham
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12/4/2013 | 8:46:24 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I'll play devil's advocate here: What about the good that can come from companies tracking your data: personalization, etc.? I wonder where people draw the line. How much is too much?
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12/4/2013 | 7:12:37 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
@Doug but wouldn't they also know precisely where in NJ you are at particular times? I wonder if they will start some kind of promotional tie-in that alerts you to the presence of stores along your route. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/4/2013 | 6:39:16 PM
Re: The hackers will follow close behind
Does this fake Fitbit data report that you've run a 6-minute mile? Becasue I would be ok with that. Kidding aside, IoT privacy and data breaches are a huge concern. Trust will take time.
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/4/2013 | 6:25:00 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
One thing data can do is help you face the truth. With that said, I'm getting a Nike+ Fuelband or Fitbit band for Christmas. It's time to shatter the delusion that i'm running faster with age.
David F. Carr
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12/4/2013 | 6:18:51 PM
The hackers will follow close behind
How secure is your Internet of things? Probably not so much. I'm talking with computer science researchers who had fun hacking the Fitbit's wireless interface and otherwise manipulating it into producing fake data. (they did also come up with some possible defenses to suggest to the manufacturer)

See http://users.cis.fiu.edu/~mrahm004/fitlock/

 
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12/4/2013 | 1:05:30 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I guess they know I'm an avarage runner for my age who mostly runs in NJ. They also know I don't use Nike shoes exclusively and sometimes track X-country skiing. What more might they know?

As for what I do with the data, I know that I'm lagging behind my totals for the last two years by about 100 miles. I also know whether I'm picking up my pace as I'd like to as a 5K or 10K approaches. Serious training gets into heart rate monitoring to see if you're really getting fitter. Lately the data tells me that I'm running less and slower, sadly.
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12/4/2013 | 12:24:50 PM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I'm curious what Doug does with all that data. I run regularly but still think wearing a good pair of running shoes is leading edge. Well, I stopped wearing cotton shirts as well, in favor of material that wicks away sweat...went truly leading edge! 
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