CES 2014: The Internet of (Fat) Things?
Anyone else spot the dichotomy at the heart of some of the device and technology trends at CES last week?
Everyone and his dog now has -- or is planning to deliver -- a wearable mobile fitness device. These gizmos are getting more sophisticated in the type and amount of data they can collect about a wearer.
Meanwhile, however, I saw profusion of labor-saving robots on the show; everything from window-cleaning bots to one that rocked a baby's cradle. And some people buzzed around the halls on Segways or electric scooters, perhaps regretting the fact that they can't yet get Uber service in Vegas. (See CES 2014: Do Robots Dream of Electric Scooters?.)
You see where I'm heading with this, right?
Assuming you have enough money to pay for it, which is obviously a big assumption, technology is rapidly making it easier and easier for you never to have to lift a finger to do everyday menial tasks, or, you know, walk places and stuff.
Yet, your levels of health and fitness are increasingly easy for mobile technology to monitor and results could -- potentially -- have more influence on your lifestyle choices, and maybe even medical treatment in the future.
Oh well, good news for your friendly local gym, I suppose.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading