Sunday, December 27, 2015

I am the very model of a modern connected individual

This morning, I went for a walk. On my person were :
  • Four step counters
  • Two heart monitors
  • A pulse oximeter
  • A GPS (which was tracking speed, elevation, and location)
  • A posture alignment sensor
As I'm sitting here typing this, I'm wearing... exactly the same stuff. It's all collectivizing my data, all the time, from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed (When I go to bed, I'm only wearing a sleep monitor, which also happens to do step and pulse ox).

All these monitors report into my phone, which compiles the data and presents to me a dashboard for my body. My dashboard isn't limited to activity trackers and basic pulse monitors, though, heavens no! Also feeding into this little repository of personal medical data are:
  • A sleep monitor that tracks quality and phase of sleep.
  • A blood pressure cuff (which of course takes the pulse as well)
  • A blood glucose monitor (I'm sweet, but not diabetic yet!)
  • A scale, which measures weight, body fat, pulse (again), and air quality. It also tells you the weather forecast because why not?
  • A nutrition intake logger. Now that you can scan UPCs and it automatically knows when you're sitting at McDonalds (and knows all the menu items), it's really hard to justify not entering information.
The latest addition to these connected sensors? A thermometer. You know where the best place to measure core temperature is, don't you? That's right, I have technology literally out the wazoo.

But what's the point of all this, other than to enable a GATTACA-style impersonator?

Well, it's knowledge and awareness. It's my body, so I think I should have access to all the debug functions, since apparently I'm responsible for managing them through exercise and nutrition.

Now I just need an owner's manual.