Tomorrow: The Future & Speed of Technology & Fitness

 

I like trends.

And It almost seems like the pace of technology is relentless, doesn’t it? Well, according to Moore’s Law, it is, and the world of fitness technology is not immune to this phenomenon.

NextWeb‘s Courtney Boyd Meyers broke it down when she wrote,

“The path to the future of fitness relies on massive data aggregation, social elements and convenience.”

Data Aggregation and Fitness

Imagine a world of real-time feedback for personal health. Our own “health dashboard” displaying heart rate, blood pressure, most recent blood panel…all relative to various metrics (like, the weather, for example). Well, we aren’t quite there yet.

We have a problem similar to solar energy. With the advent of products like FitBit, Nike Fuel Band, among others, we’re gathering that massive amount of data that NextWeb’s article talked about. The problem is we don’t quite know where to put it; in the solar panels situation, battery tech isn’t as efficient.

I personally have used a FitBit and found that the web-based dashboard left me wanting. It didn’t quite have the in depth analysis of data that I’d assume FitBit’s technology is capable of capturing.

Social Networks and Technology

If you follow news about Google, you may have heard of some pretty interesting changes to their search algorithm. It basically means that social networks will play a more influential role in Google’s content delivery. And again, fitness technology is not immune to this. Fitocracy aims to take this head on. With it’s game-based exercise programs, you can compete with others. Cheers to 21st century jogging groups!

Convenience and Technology

Convenience is the name of the game for technology. And once again, fitness technology plays by the same rules. A cool example of a site not related to fitness technology but makes life more efficient: http://secure.motherknows.com. It basically stores your child’s medical information in an easy-to-access manner so that emergencies while away from home can be dealt with. That’s a great way to make people’s lives easier, relatively easily. The backend of MotherKnows isn’t powered by Watson, and yet it can provide peace of mind, one of the most valuable commodities.

Moral of the story, technology is speeding up. We don’t necessarily have to accept all technology hook, line, and sinker…but if it has the potential to make us all healthier, might be worth a look? What do you think?