|Fitbit Force is also a watch|
It started with my Nike+ chip in my shoe about 4 years ago. I was a runner at the time and had been manually mapping and measuring my runs using the “get directions” function on Google Maps to record my distances. With the chip on board in my shoe and an iPhone 3G strapped to my arm, I was finally able to get an automatic map drawn of my run along with a record of my total time, I was thrilled.
Next, I migrated to the Nike+ application on the iPhone that produced the same map and timings, but now did it using the new iPhone 4 with it’s built in GPS rather than relying on a separate chip embedded in my shoe. The app would cheer me on with encouragement as I accomplished my goals. Later I migrated to RunKeeper in order to better capture my data over time and receive audio cues every 5 or 10 minutes telling me my distance, time, and speed. The accompanying portal built a day-by-day, month-by-month view of my running trends, showing me progress over time. My run had become quantified.
|Fitbit Activity Dashboard|
|Strava tracks my ride in real time|
|Nest tracks my energy history|
We all have been hearing about the rapid growth of the Internet of Things, but I think the real excitement comes when we can measure nearly everything about our selves and our lives, and emerge as the Quantified Self. Really when you get right down to it, each of us is somewhat obsessed with data that is “all about me.”