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It's cool to find this group on Google+. I've been thinking a lot about health and fitness wearables lately. (Jawbone UP, Nike FuelBand, etc.) I'm wondering what you all think about the software side of these devices. It seems to me that they all put out cool charts and graphs, but is what really resonates with mainstream users? I'm not sure the software for these devices is really motivating users in the longterm. Anyway, I wrote a short paper about this and wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.

http://www.oveninc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Health-and-Fitness-Wearables.pdf

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I just finished writing a paper about health and fitness wearables. You know, things like bracelets and pucks that can measure and track your activity. There are some interesting things going on with Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP and Fitbit. And there are lots of opportunities for improvement, too. I thought I'd post the paper and get some feedback.

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But, tragically, the computer can't hug every cat.

http://nyti.ms/Lmw7zo

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I've always wondered what this looked like. Thanks, YouTube!

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Google+ just suggested that I add a listserv email address to a circle. Dangerous!

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Artefact Report #7. ~Adjusts bowtie.~

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This site about "the future that never was" is terrific. Of course, a lot of these conjectures are here now. But instead of typewriters and CRTs, we're using touchscreens and LCDs.

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Hatsune Miku is a vocaloid -- a completely synthesized musical artist. Her voice was designed by Yamaha. Her identity was rendered by Crypton Future Media. Her concerts -- which have already passed through Los Angeles -- are sponsored by Toyota and SEGA. In short, she represents the carefully designed artistic expression of corporations. The title of this song is "World is Mine," which is creepy enough coming from a towering and fluidly moving hologram. But keep in mind that this sentiment is also the siren song of industry. The omission of the word "the" in the title is kind of awesome, because it reads somewhat barbarically. It's as though she is unable to conceal her voracious, primal appetite to consume you.

Demand for Hatsune Miku is high. Her albums, yes. Her concert tickets, of course. But also her very being. In the first 12 days of her 'sale' she brought in 3,000 orders.

Lady Gaga should be worried. Unless she can convincingly make the transition to a fully virtual performer, she probably won't be able to compete with the inevitable upgrades in power and flash that are sure to come from Hatsune Miku.
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