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2/5/2014
09:06 AM
Mike Feibus
Mike Feibus
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Internet Of Crap Takes On Your Love Handles

Today's manic rush to strap connected sensors onto body parts sometimes feels more like parody than business plan. Are wearable fitness trackers a game-changer or gimmick?
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Lorna Garey
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2/6/2014 | 10:26:06 AM
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The trick will be figuring out a wearable that lets people check their smartphones in situations where it's considered rude to do so. If you'd get stink eye for pulling out your phone, checking a large watch is only marginally less obnoxious. The first company that figures out how to let people see every incoming text and update without anyone around them knowing? Sign me up for the IPO.
ChrisMurphy
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2/6/2014 | 10:15:09 AM
Re: Fitness: Yes. Smartwatches: No.
I keep wondering: Is there enough insight in this fitness data stream to be that interesting? I got a heart rate monitor for a present last year, and I wore it a few times biking, skiing, even shoveling snow, out of curiosity what levels I hit. But after a few times, the numbers were always about the same at the exertion level I was at, no real surprise. So I'll wear it once in awhile to see if anything's changing, or just out of workout boredom, but find there's nothing really to learn after the initial tryout.
Thomas Claburn
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2/5/2014 | 4:36:03 PM
Re: Fitness: Yes. Smartwatches: No.
The early wearables have shown a remarkable lack of attention to the non-tech aspects of the device. Consider the recent Fitbit apology over distributing a device with nickel in it (which can cause an allergic skin rash) or the bulky non-folding, not-very-attractive Google Glass (which is sure to get smaller and less obtrusive in release). Wearables have to work as a tool and as something you'd be seen in. Now if we could just figure out what data is so meaningful that we'd wear a computer to access it.
Gary_EL
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2/5/2014 | 2:30:55 PM
Re: Fitness: Yes. Smartwatches: No.
If people will just do 20 minutes of moderately difficult cardio 3 or 4 times a week, they will have no need for any of this silliness.
WKash
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2/5/2014 | 1:45:14 PM
Ripe for Seinfeld
Seeing Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza (Jason Alexander) (and Newman!) going at it again during a Super Bowl commercial reminded me what a field day they could have coming up with material on all these crazy devices.  Hmm...hope Jerry and Larry David are listening.
Laurianne
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2/5/2014 | 12:11:56 PM
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Heh. Tom's droll humor is hard to beat. The thing that gets me about these fitness trackers is I have heard people from IBM (and elsewhere) wax rhapsodic about how wonderful it will be when you get an insurance discount because you walk a lot, according to your wearable gadget. The flip side of that would be a wearable gadget could be used to penalize people. It gets very personal, someone judging your number of steps in a day.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/5/2014 | 11:59:02 AM
Re: IoC
Isn't "Internet of Crap" redundant?
Kristin Burnham
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2/5/2014 | 11:47:24 AM
Fitness: Yes. Smartwatches: No.
I think the wearable fitness devices like the FitBit will have more staying power than something like smartwatches. Why people need or want one still eludes me. Apple's iWatch was rumored quite a while ago, and I have to think there's a reason it has yet to make it to market.
RobPreston
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2/5/2014 | 10:44:02 AM
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The guys and gals i run with on weekends track every fraction of a mile, every minute, and every fluid ounce consumed. i just run till i'm tired...and then run a few miles more.
MFeibus
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2/5/2014 | 9:40:11 AM
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The acronym's mine. But kudos to Laurie McLaughlin for the headline. It's all her.
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