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The Inexorable March in the Quantification of Me

Great post by +Julian Stodd 

Wearable technology will transform every aspect of everything we do.

"It will geolocate and contextualise information depending upon who you are with, where you are and what you are doing.

"It will help you achieve that thing you are doing by both pulling in new information and letting you share your story as you learn.

It will move us from formal, abstract, old world models of learning to ‘on demand‘ learning and performance support fit for the Social Age.

"It will ground our learning in facts of performance and support us in changing those facts."

#Lifelogging #Social #OnDemand #Storytelling  

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A new Washington rat race: Fitbit-wearing power walkers vie for step supremacy

Quantified politicians! -- +David Pidsley 

Citation: This is the new Washington rat race. In a town that hits DefCon 1 on just about any issue, lawmakers, administration officials, congressional staffers, diplomats and bureaucrats have found something healthy and bipartisan to compete over: the number of steps they walk each day. In the era of political gridlock, at least they’re trying to move physically.
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The competitions are changing official Washington behavior in some corners. Elected officials insist on parking far away for meetings to get in their 10,000 steps a day, the total often recommended by fitness experts and dietitians. Legislative correspondents — they are underdogs in competitions because they answer e-mails all day — are finding ways to be at their desks less. Boehner’s staff even holds meetings in the Capitol Rotunda while walking in circles, which is not meant to be a metaphor for Washington politics.

#USA   #Lifelogging   #CentralGovernment  

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Student Health Indicators

USED FOR: Data analysis and decision-making
Linking health information about individual students—such as an asthma diagnosis or a high body mass index—to academic information through data systems gives states and districts the ability to trace the effects of student health in the classroom and to identify solutions, supporters say. 

EXAMPLES:
• Texas tracks student results on a comprehensive fitness test that measures factors like endurance, strength, and flexibility. This allows schools to see the effects of physical education programming, and it allows the state to track correlations between fitness and test scores.

• The Lincoln, Neb., school district collects student body-mass indexes, results on fitness tests, and academic information to identify which schools are best tackling student health issues and to target interventions to high-need areas.
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By tracking correlations between those factors and academic data, Lincoln has found that students' fitness levels have a greater effect on students' test scores than their weight, said Michelle Welch, the district's wellness facilitator.

Many thanks +Michael Josefowicz 

#DecisionMaking   #Education   #Healthcare   #USA  

#Lifelogging  -> http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/08/the-school-of-lifelogging.html

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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Wearables, earables, eyeables: Welcome to the next wave of computing

Citation: Yes, Google has moved firmly into the glass form factor — eyeables — which has drawn a great deal of backlash for personal use. But there are great use cases in business for that approach (see What can we expect from Google Glass in the enterprise), so it will catch on in medicine, construction, security, military, and many other sectors. In a few years, it will seem commonplace for your dentist to peer into your mouth wearing something like Glass.

And last week, Motorola offered another take on wearables: Motorola Hint is an earable. Hint is a bluetooth earbud that can cooperate with smart phones through voice commands, or perhaps more grandly, a means to remain connected to the world without manually fiddling with devices, but simply using your voice.

#VoiceInterfaces   #Mobile   #Lifelogging   #FutureTechnologies  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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Digital Transformation Moves Pharma 'Beyond the Pill'

Citation: The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting personal. Wearables, ingestables, even implantables – devices that not only help us with our fitness, but can monitor and manage disease and its treatment – are right around the corner. And where the IoT goes, money follows. In this case, Big Pharma smells opportunity.
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Big Data, therefore, are a critical factor in this new beyond-the-pill strategy, as the range of devices, from wearables and other patient-centric technologies to improved, less expensive diagnostic equipment in physicians’ offices, churn out ever-increasing quantities of information.
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As a pharma advertising executive, Eric Pilkington is particularly sensitive to the issues of customer pushback. “Consumers are too smart to fall for PR,” he points out. But even more concerning to consumers than overly aggressive marketing is the question of privacy. “Transparency is essential,” explains Pilkington. “If consumers don’t own their data, they need to be able to access it and know who’s collecting it and for what reason.” In fact, he points out a market failure that still resonates among pharma marketers. “Google Health failed for privacy reasons. They had algorithms to market and advertise to consumers based upon consumer data. But because of mistrust, Google GOOGL -0.16% Health failed.”
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The pharmaceutical business will never be the same – indicating true transformation, rather than superficial change. Novartis CEO Jimenez put it succinctly: “I really believe that in the future, companies like Novartis are going to be paid on patient outcomes as opposed to selling the pill.”

#Healthcare   #BigData   #InternetofThings   #Lifelogging #Privacy  

Posted by +Dan Durrant  

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Top 5 Wearable Industry Challenges

These are all valid points...

1) OEMs still searching for and defining wearables’ value for consumers
It remains to be seen how much usage wearables can claim away from consumer use of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and game consoles. 
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2) A mistaken focus on hard-selling tech features while overlooking style and status motivations
Tech companies are used to selling their products by impressing their customers with the latest bells and whistles from their innovations. 
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3) An over-reliance on smartphones reduces consumer value perception
Though increased smartphone adoption is fueling the mobile revolution that includes wearable devices, consumers’ voracious appetite to use smartphones in all aspects of their lives is actually hindering the market. 
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4) Failure to leverage software and services to encourage habitual usage
The device will be used only for as long as the user stays dedicated to his or her fitness or health regimen. Consumers using these devices want to see results, need feedback, and believe they deserve encouragement and rewards for their efforts. These elements cannot be dealt with by hardware alone but by hardware and software/services offered together.
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5) Poor user experiences
The wearable market’s success will depend significantly on positive user experiences. 

#Lifelogging   #Wearables  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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Six-year-olds outstrip adults in digital understanding but teens lead the way

Citation: The ‘millennium generation’ have the most digital confidence and knowledge say Ofcom in its latest communications market report. 
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An average six-year-old has the same knowledge of technology as a 45-year old, according to the latest Ofcom communications market report.
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... those in the 16-24 age group reported spending a much higher amount of time communicating - 261 minutes per day versus 146 mins for UK adults as whole.
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 44% of households say they have a tablet with 14% of homes claiming to have two or more. As tablets have become more popular so has the importance of them as a device for connecting to the internet.
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In 2013, Ofcom decided to try and measure technological aptitude in a bid to understand an individual’s confidence, competence and knowledge. They found that the most tech savvy were 14-15-year olds and that as age increased, people’s digital confidence score decreased, with 61% of over-55s recording a below-average score.

#Demographics #Mobile #Consumerisation

Posted by +Dan Durrant w/ +David Pidsley 

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New blog: Could lifelogging address the educational "achievement gap" while preparing children from all backgrounds to work with data? Securing personal data from unwelcome eyes will likely remain a challenge. Lifelogging is not just about quantitative analysis. Highly engaging, qualitative storytelling can also emerge from data gathered by learners. Stories of self-determination would involve the learner's own understanding of personal ambitions and dreams.

#Education #AchievementGap #DriveInnovation #Lifelogging  #Storytelling #QuantifiedSelf

By +Dan Durrant 

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How Disney World is keeping tabs on visitors with rubbery wristbands

Citation: Beginning last year, Disney World started issuing "MagicBands," rubberized RFID wristbands that can do everything from unlock your hotel room to act as a fast pass to get you slotted to skip the long lines on rides. It also tracks your every move and lets you buy things. With tens of thousands of visitors to the park every day, Disney is amassing a wealth of personal information on its customers. "MagicBands offer a kind of data tourism, an uncanny experience of a future in which we don't just tolerate surveillance but openly embrace it as fashion," Ian Bogost says in his article on the technology. Read the full piece, and see what the inside of a MagicBand looks like, on Medium.

https://medium.com/re-form/welcome-to-dataland-d8c06a5f3bc6

#Lifelogging   #InternetofThings   #Privacy  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking

Citation: The NBA isn't the only professional sports league in the States getting serious about accurate stats accounting. With some help from Zebra Technologies' location system, 17 NFL stadiums will use receivers and RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags inside player's shoulder pads to track movement. The setup provides real-time position data for each player, offering up precise info on acceleration, speed, routes and distance as part of the "Next Gen Stats" initiative for fans. Referees are getting the tags too, in case you've ever wanted more info on those fellas. "Zebra's tracking technology will help teams to evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance, as well as provide ways for our teams and partners to enhance the fan experience," says NFL VP of Media Strategy Vishal Shah. The 15 venues that are hosting Thursday night games are getting outfitted, with Detroit and New Orleans added in to make sure each team gets tallied.

#USA   #Lifelogging   #Sports  

Posted by +Dan Durrant w/ +David Pidsley 

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