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D. Henschen
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12/4/2013 | 11:23:05 AM
Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
I have amassed close to four years worth of running data using various Nike+ devices. It started with the Nike+ Sportband pedometer (since repleced with NikeFule band). That captured pace, distance, time, calories burned, and -- if I was wearing a heart monitor sensor from Polar -- heart rate. Then I bought the Nike+ Sportwatch with built-in GPS. So for the last year or so, all my runs are mapped, including elevation, lat/lon, satellite view/map view, etc. In each diary entry you can make comments about the run; indicate street, trail, track, treadmill or beach; choose from five weather conditions, and a five-grade scale on how you felt.

After four years this adds up to a tremendous amount of data just for me, and Nike is storing it all for free. As of August 2013, more than 18 million people were using Nike+ to track fitness. Now that's big data!
Lorna Garey
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12/4/2013 | 11:49:50 AM
Re: Internet of Blood, Sweat & Tears
Doug, You understand the implications of Nike having all that data on you. The vast majority of people do not. They haven't thought through the concept of entities from the local utility to appliance vendors knowing a LOT about their habits. Who else thinks that's a privacy bomb that will dwarf the NSA revelations once Joe Consumer gloms on to it?
RobPreston
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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! 
D. Henschen
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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.
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/

 
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.
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.
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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. 
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?
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.
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