The Rise Of The Wearable
The fitness news today is dominated by wearable products that track movement, motivate and even measure body fat levels from the wrist.
TomTom has announced three new fitness tracking wearables today at IFA. The first one is called the TomTom Touch, and it’s a fairly standard wrist-worn fitness tracker in terms of its design, but it also measures your body fat and muscle mass in addition to the more common stuff like step counting, sleep tracking, and heart rate. The other two are updates to Spark, TomTom’s fitness watch line, which offer much more advanced (and GPS-based) activity tracking. From The Verge
If you want your fitness tracker to have a little more style you are in luck. The Withings Activité, and the far more affordable Withings Activité Pop, showed the world that fitness trackers don’t necessarily have to look hideous. And while the new heart rate-tracking Steel HR makes some aesthetic compromises to gain smartwatch functionality, it’s still one of the most beautiful wearables you can buy. From Gizmodo
But its not all good news for wearables if you are worried about the rise of the machines.
You no longer have to look to science fiction to find the cyborg. We are all cyborgs now. Mobile phones, activity trackers, pacemakers, breast implants and even aspirins all act as biological, cognitive or social extensions and enhancements of our bodies and minds. Some have even predicted that human beings as we know them will be replaced by technically enhanced, god-like immortal beings within 200 years. Or at least rich people will.