& cplSiteName &

CES 2014: The Internet of (Fat) Things?

Dan Jones
1/13/2014
50%
50%

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

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
sam masud
50%
50%
sam masud,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/14/2014 | 11:42:12 AM
Re: Woof
Definitely the best advice I've heard in a very longtime.
PaulERainford
50%
50%
PaulERainford,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/14/2014 | 7:31:16 AM
Woof
Sod the wearable 'wellness'-monitoring technology, just get yourself a dog.
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 6:11:02 PM
FitBits
I got a FitBit and a Kindle for Christmas, so I understand the dichotomy. So far, the Kindle is winning my time and attention. And, I got the whole family FitBit Forces, which is apparently the best fitness tracker out there right now, and I think they're all returning it. It's nice in theory, but not something you need every day, once you understand how to acheive your goals (or give up on them). 

If it's taught me anything, it's that I will NOT be buying smartwatches for them next year.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 5:38:04 PM
Re: Help us, Dan
Sure, I'm just going to need some personal data first, then I can guide you. ;-)
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/13/2014 | 5:35:56 PM
Help us, Dan
We -- and I mean we the species -- need firm guidance for surviving in the post-human era. Which combination of digital technologies will allow us to continue to exist as reasonably free beings? Which should we avoid to at least delay complete subjugation to the robot overlords? If no one can truly be OFF the grid, is there a way to at least be less ON the grid? Our time cries out for such guidance. I think you're the man for the job. 
More Blogs from Jonestown
FirstNet is still on the starting blocks and seems to have been technologically outstripped by existing commercial networks.
The company is now simply saying that cellular service in the station will arrive 'as soon as possible.'
T-Mobile's CTO talks about how the operator plans to bolster its network for an expected avalanche of new customers.
Rumors are fueled by a mysterious press call with T-Mobile CEO John Legere Thursday, topic unspecified.
WiFi in the subway spotted in Brooklyn hood usually dominated by trust funds and artisinal pickles.
Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
NEXT COURSE
Wednesday, September 14, 1:00PM EDT
What Is Agile?
Kent J. McDonald, Product Owner, Agile Alliance
UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
Friday, September 16, 1:00PM EDT
How to Implement Agile
Alan Bateman, Director, Agile Transformation
Wednesday, September 21, 1:00PM EDT
What Is DevOps?
Colin Kincaid, CTO, Service Provider, Cisco
Friday, September 23, 1:00PM EDT
How to Implement DevOps
Burt Klein, DevOps Strategist, Tech Mahindra
in association with:
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Are You Ready for Huawei Connect 2016?

8|31|16   |     |   (0) comments


Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of Huawei Connect, an integrated conference for the global ICT ecosystem taking place in Shanghai.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat: UXP's Gemini Waghmare

8|26|16   |     |   (0) comments


Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
LRTV Custom TV
F5 Virtual Network Function Integrations With Partner Orchestration Platform

8|24|16   |   6:38   |   (0) comments


F5's Kishore Patnam, product manager for F5's service provider solutions, discusses why service providers are moving towards virtualization and how his clients are utilizing F5's solutions.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat: Intel's Alexis Black Bjorlin

8|17|16   |   06:23   |   (0) comments


Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Accelerating Telecom Digital Transformation With Nominum DNS

8|1|16   |   12:04   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's Steve Saunders gets an update from Nominum CEO Gary Messiana on how his company is helping carriers on the digital transformation journey.
LRTV Custom TV
Reinventing Operations for a Virtual, Software-Defined World

7|28|16   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges speaks with Accenture's Larry Socher and Matt Anderson about what service providers must do to transform their business to get the benefits of SDN and NFV including: leveraging DevOps, introducing real-time OSS and implementing analytics.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Fujitsu Sales Leader Shares Lessons Learned

7|27|16   |   5:12   |   (1) comment


As Fujitsu's only female sales leader, Annie Bogue knows the importance of asking for what you want, being flexible (she's been relocated five times), keeping a meticulous calendar, 'leaning in,' working harder than everyone else around you, being aware and more.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
VeEX Test & Measurement Solutions

7|25|16   |   08:57   |   (0) comments


Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX Inc., talks test and measurement with Light Reading's Steve Saunders at BCE 2016. This includes innovative products such as VeSion Cloud-Based platform for network monitoring; MTTplus Modular Test platform for Access, Business, Carrier Ethernet, Transport and Core services; and OPX-BOX+ for Fiber Optics.
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX: Live From BCE 2016

7|25|16   |   03:20   |   (0) comments


VeEX's Senior Director of Business Development, Perry Romano, explains how VeEX provides tools to help install, maintain, monitor and manage network infrastructure efficiently and effectively. The portfolio of products on display include the RXT-6000, MTTplus and TX300s.
LRTV Custom TV
Real-Time Telemetry & Analytics for Intelligent SDN Orchestration

7|25|16   |   03:09   |   (0) comments


Packet Design CEO Scott Sherwood discusses how real-time network telemetry and analytics are enabling a new breed of SDN orchestration applications.
From the Founder
The Russo Report: Driving Disruption

7|25|16   |   07:44   |   (2) comments


In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
LRTV Custom TV
NetScout: Maximizing Enterprise Cloud for Digital Transformation

7|20|16   |   04:53   |   (0) comments


Light Reading Editor Mitch Wagner talks to NetScout CMO Jim McNiel about maximizing the benefits of enterprise cloud and digital transformation while minimizing potential pitfalls with a proper monitoring and instrumentation strategy.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Google Fiber Can't Be Called a Failure
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2016
FirstNet: A Billion-Dollar Boondoggle?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/26/2016
WiCipedia: Should Men Be Included? & Olympians Face Discrimination
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 8/26/2016
Is There No Stopping Huawei?
Iain Morris, News Editor, 8/26/2016
600MHz Auction Climbs Over $22B
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/29/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Bridging the tech skills gap is a major challenge for service providers and suppliers alike today – and the challenge is two-fold when it comes to increasing the number of women in the comms space. Level 3 Communications has made it a priority to overcome both challenges by implementing several unique programs focused on building the right candidates from within – in addition to filling the funnel by supporting STEM and other education programs. During this radio show, you’ll learn about these programs from Mary Beth McGrath, SVP of Global Talent Management at Level 3, and the best ways to bridge your own skills gap so that you are motivated and equipped for change. Plus you’ll have the chance to ask Mary Beth your questions live on the air.