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Neil Harbisson implanted a camera in his head to "hear" colours and became a #Cyborg

20 min conference on the life of Neil Harbisson, born without colour vision, has changed when in 2003 he had a camera implanted in his skull to hear colour.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This video offers a glimpse into our collective future as we will soon all be looking to expand our capabilities with implants of different sorts. 

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Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic 

Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We are just starting to scratch the surface of what we can learn when we analyze the personal data from social media. When everything is connected with Internet of things products and when we measure everything we do using wearables and quantified-self technologies, the insights will be even greater. Companies should prepare to analyze this massive data rush and us all should start to think about our information privacy more carefully...

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Apple Invents a Major Wearable Sensors Network for Total Next-Gen Workouts

Apple Invents a Major Wearable Sensors Network for Total Next-Gen Workouts | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals wearable sensors and, more specifically, to a network of wearable sensors for recognizing and tracking movements and exercises. Instead of limiting athletic sensors to running shoes for joggers, the new sensor system will expand and support sensors that could be worn by athletes of all levels to measure important workout data related to floor exercises, weigh
Farid Mheir's insight:

Apple has filed a patent that describes a network to link to the various electronic devices we wear.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Our body will soon become the center of a digital network, connecting the devices and sensors we wear but also I assume the ones we will have implanted in our heart, brain, muscles, etc. Much like the enterprise and the car have needed a network to enable and make communications seamless, this has the same potential.

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One day with a Telepresence Robot: pros and cons via @gnat

One day with a Telepresence Robot: pros and cons via @gnat | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Our goal is to see what the robot is capable of while knowingly operating it outside of the environments and infrastructure that it’s intended to be most effective in. The Double 2 is designed to operate indoors, in offices and workspaces and classrooms where you have strong and reliable Wi-Fi. And it’s not unique in these requirements: it’s where all telepresence robots do best. If you want to use a Double for business, then great, go right ahead. Personally, I’m less interested in business use cases, and for this review I wanted to know what this robot can do for me in different non-structured environments (aka the real world).

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A hands-on test of a telepresence robot aimed at seeing what limitations may exist for those wishing to use it as their avatar in real-life.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Robots come in many forms and one day we may want to have them travel on our behalf so we do not have to suffer the pain, delays and other downsides of travelling. This is an interesting trial of such a robot and I appreciate the author's viewpoint - for example when he describes being able to join his parents on a beachfront hotel vacation. As funny as it may seem, I think it may help someone to start to consider what may be possible and the limitations of telepresence.

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Health care gets connected with patients: a multi-B$ industry close to disruption

Health care gets connected with patients: a multi-B$ industry close to disruption | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Connected health aims to better connect patients and doctors in a mutually beneficial way, using high tech to analyze and diagnose patient issues.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Connected health is the emerging industry that leverages Internet of Things to connect patient with doctors. Estimated at 117B$, this is a huge industry with as big opportunities for digital transformation.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Digital transformation is at its most personal for all things related to health, healthcare, wellness, fitness, and anything that touches your body and your behaviour. Watch out for the changes that will come in this field for both opportunities and privacy issues.

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The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here

The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
New wearable technology for infants aims to help parents close the "word gap," but some early childhood experts are skeptical.
Farid Mheir's insight:

The article lists a number of new products to measure baby data, especially the number of words they speak during the day. The objective is to encourage parents to speak to their child more and more often, as studies suggest.

 

Nonetheless, quantified self and quantified baby solutions are bound to raise a number of questions about usefullness and privacy. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning... ;-)

 

More on this here: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Quantified+Self

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A connected cap for letting your pooch explore the city on its own? See the #video

A connected cap for letting your pooch explore the city on its own? See the #video | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A connected device concept will let your pooch go for a stroll, alone
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I can't believe this one, must be a publicity stunt!

 

That being said, the video is hilarious even though the concept is absolutely ridiculous.

 

That being said, the idea of dog activity trackers is a reality, as exposed previously here: 

http://sco.lt/538C13

http://sco.lt/5PQlrF

 

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Would Building a "Quantified Self" Actually Change My Health? A story about loosing 100lb

Would Building a "Quantified Self" Actually Change My Health? A story about loosing 100lb | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
What I’ve been wrestling with now that I no longer quantify myself is why I don’t want to write the stories and take the pictures that made my diet blog compelling. I think it’s because it’s too detailed a mirror. I’m not in denial about the calories, or the snacking, or the judgments of the scale. I just don’t want to tell that story any more.
Farid Mheir's insight:

A very personal story on the use of trackers and quantified self to loose weigth.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

More than ever, quantified self and wearables will provide very personal information to help guide us towards wellness - and allow people to share them with the world. Not everyone is ready and willing to do so.

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A man who tracked five years of sneezes might have a fix for your pollen allergy

A man who tracked five years of sneezes might have a fix for your pollen allergy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Thomas Blomseth Christiansen is not an ordinary geek. For the last five years he has been tracking everyday things about his life—from steps to sneezes. He now has more than 100,000 data points, and he has used them to improve his health. After many minor, and some major, changes to his lifestyle, he’s nearly gotten rid of his allergy to pollen.

Farid Mheir's insight:

A man tracks his every sneezes - and many other health data. He is a legend amongst quantified self community.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

As more people track their health and wear sensors, the kind of health benefits that Christiansen has had will be available for all.

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Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit?

Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The healthcare industry thinks so—the next generation of fitness trackers will be able to continuously monitor a patient's vitals, from blood pressure to temperature. Here's how daily updates from these devices might eliminate the need for a yearly physical.
Farid Mheir's insight:

A review of the different type of wearable devices and software to track our fitness and wellness, and the shortcomings of many.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

As we enter the new age of internet of things,  quantified self and life logging, with our bodies and minds covered in sensors, our current information overload will grow exponentially. The need for algorithms that analyze all this data to translate the raw data into actionable information will become essential.

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George Schildge's curator insight, September 21, 2015 9:58 AM

Do you have one?

Ron Abate's curator insight, September 21, 2015 10:59 AM

Technology will soon monitor our health....

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Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement

Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want their sexual performance analysed by a virtual sex coach? Exactly, and that's the thinking behind (or on top, or reverse cowgirl, or...we'll stop now) Lovely - the smart wearable sex toy for couples. Just landed on Indiegogo, Lovely slips on to a male you-know-where and is made of body-safe, silky smooth, medical-grade…
Farid Mheir's insight:

Looks good but not certain I am ready for so much personal data but I guess it has to happen at some point in time... ;-)

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HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter

HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
HidrateMe, a smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated
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The bottle promises to track your water intake and remind you when you have not taken enough.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

All quantified self trackers want to track your food and water intake but it is a pain to do it manually. I guess this lowers the barrier to track your life thoroughly.

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European map of obesity via @withings

European map of obesity via @withings | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A higher prevalence of obesity in Northern and Eastern Europe United Kingdom, Iceland and Scandinavian countries, except for Sweden, are in the group of the countries most concerned with overweight and obesity issues. Is it because of the climate or due to eating habits? Some of them are among the wealthiest countries. With a prevalence …
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Data gathered with a simple device - the withings connected scale - can provide evidence of obesity and where it is most prevalent in Europe.

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What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone

What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Instead of staying up binging on House of Cards, celebrate sleep week by pledging to go to bed early. It'll help your body and mind get the sleep it needs.
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fascinating what data from many people can tell us.

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The effects of end of year festivities on health habits via @withings

The effects of end of year festivities on health habits via @withings | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
An overview of the impact of the end of year festivities on health: sleep, weight and physical activity
Farid Mheir's insight:

No surprise in the data: people go to bed late on xmas and new year and wake up later the next morning. But the difference in each country seems to demonstrate that Americans don't party a lot and that French party more than many others. Here again, no surprise... ;-)

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Farid Mheir's comment, June 2, 2015 5:16 PM
thank you @Hany Aly @Vandana Verma. Feel free to recommend my topic
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La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques

La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Les bracelets d'entraînement, c'est pratique. Mais la technologie sportive, c'est bien plus : dérailleurs intelligents, piratage potentiel et capteurs pour visualiser...
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Merci @Edwin Waldner @Miles Munroe @Sheldon Shelly. N'hésitez pas à recommander mon topic dans scoop.it ce sera très apprécié!
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Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts

Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Researchers from Drexel University in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, have invented a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to form a knitted textile that can store energy to power sensors and electronics integrated into smart clothing.


Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY
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Huge revolution around the way when these technologies become mainstream. Applications in healthcare, wellness, safety, quantified self, and many others in the business world will become possible.

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Carol Bently's curator insight, May 25, 2015 7:58 AM

very good invention

Farid Mheir's comment, May 25, 2015 3:10 PM
@Carol Bently thank you and pleas recommend my topic if you can!
Farid Mheir's comment, May 26, 2015 7:21 PM
@Russell R. Roberts, Jr. thanks for the great comments and editorial, I always appreciate reading your insights as they bring much value to the posts.
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The evolution of lifelogging #infographic

The evolution of lifelogging #infographic | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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I remember 1992! and just pre-ordered the narrative clip 2: can't wait to become a cyborg... ;-)

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Your Dog Is Fat and Lazy: 3 Activity Trackers For The Quantified Pet

Your Dog Is Fat and Lazy: 3 Activity Trackers For The Quantified Pet | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Big Data is coming to pets.
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Considering that a lot of people are treating their dogs better than some humans, I see the rise of products to quantify your dog or any other pet a growth industry.


More on quantified self here: http://bit.ly/1ECOYHW.

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Whistle, a fitbit for your dog, brings us closer to ​The Quantified Dog - is this a good or bad idea?

Whistle, a fitbit for your dog, brings us closer to ​The Quantified Dog - is this a good or bad idea? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Last week, tech companies offered the web their April Fool's "jokes," like cats with dead mice, and we all sort of uncomfortably nodded. It's never been harder to discern a facetious idea from the genuine article than right now--and when "Fitbit for your pet" is considered a real business, who's to say what's a joke anymore?
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Considering that a lot of people are treating their dogs better than some humans, I see the rise of products to quantify your dog or any other pet a growth industry.


More on quantified self herehttp://bit.ly/1ECOYHW.


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The #Quantified Cattle: Dairy Cows now have #wearables to Tracking Their Monthly Cycle

The #Quantified Cattle: Dairy Cows now have #wearables to Tracking Their Monthly Cycle | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A new device called the Silent Herdsman can remotely monitor dairy cow libido, so farmers can "maximize the probability of pregnancy."
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I've been getting huge pushback from people when I suggest we should all lead quantified lives (http://sco.lt/5Iumx7). This is mostly due to privacy concerns which, I must admit, sound valid to me too. However, if you apply the same principles and technologies to animals, the whole concept becomes a lot more interesting, doesn't it?


Soon we may even see cows wearing apple watches... or not! ;-)

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Quantified Self Products from Automated Insights

Quantified Self Products from Automated Insights | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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I wrote about them in the past http://sco.lt/7FRff7 and I realize now that they are expanding their service offers into many other fields, including fitness which makes the whole solution way more personalized. Companies should take notice as they try to get more and more personal with their customers.

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Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One

Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Life quantification pioneer Nicholas Felton's latest annual report is his most ambitious to date.

For the last nine years, Nicholas Felton--who you may know best for inspiring the Facebook timeline or creating the life-logging app Reporter--has been recording some aspect of almost every moment of his life. And each year, he turns this data into a elegant, printed book that visualizes the year called The Feltron Report...


Via Lauren Moss
Farid Mheir's insight:

The Felton report is a beautiful peeping hole into someone's life when they start to quantify themselves. Focussed on fairly benign problem space - conversations during the year - it shows what possibilities, both good and bad, lie within the quantified-self movement which is bound to explode with the availability of Apple watch and others alike.


Of course it brings tremendous opportunities for monitoring someone's life in order to improve it. Whether it is by measuring exercice (as we do today with step trackers) or heart rate or glucose levels in order to improve health or medical diagnosis. In the context of business, organizations can monitor employees in order to minimize injuries or prevent illness and time loss due to sickness.


There is of course the dark side, where all this data, when made available without our consent or knowledge, can be used to track us and restrict our privacy or our rights. This is already happening in the contexte of government surveillance (ie. Edward Snowden http://sco.lt/5k4B29) or internet browsing tracking (ie. data brokers http://sco.lt/79yNZh)

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To update your #buzzword dictionary: The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014 via @dhinchcliffe @ZDNet

To update your #buzzword dictionary: The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014 via @dhinchcliffe @ZDNet | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Emerging tech often takes a while to get into the enterprise. This year's watchlist shows that there's plenty of hot new spaces to watch, while a few much older trends are just now reaching mainstream.
Farid Mheir's insight:

I always like these quadrants. Not so much for the rating or the position of bubbles, triangles, or squares but for the insight it provides into the trends of the day. 


I always appreciate Dion's viewpoint as he often tries to make sense of ideas and concepts that float around without much structure. In this case, the list is worth reading, if only to keep up to speed with the buzzwords (I did not know there was such a thing a "the quantified enterprise" - wow).


Moreover, as I've been trying to help my clients handle the "enterprise 2.0" since its early days, I find that what was initially a fairly well defined concept (bringing social into the enterprise) has now grown into a mix-grill of digital technologies - which is much in-line with the digital transformation of businesses I care so much about.

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Bedtime Stories: Learning from Sleep Data- from #jawbone #StrataConf 2014 via @mrogati

Bedtime Stories: Learning from Sleep Data- from #jawbone #StrataConf 2014 via @mrogati | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
We optimize ads, but not our mood. We know more about our tweets than our own bodies. That's all about to change. As wearables transform the 'quantified self' from a niche to a mainstream market, they are generating vast amounts of data about our health, habits, and lifestyles
Farid Mheir's insight:

Fascinating insight that companies such as jawbone can derive from the trove of data that is captured by their wearable devices such as the UP bracelet. I've been wearing a fitbit for 3 months now and the sleep data is to me one of the most fascinating because it represents information that I did not have before (as oppposed to number of steps for example).


What I find interesting with Monica's work at jawbone is the anlaysis they've done over 50M nights of sleep and the kind of analysis that is expressed in the chart here. Wow, just so very insightful and useful. I'd love to be able to get insight on how I compare with similar people. And maybe one day get suggestion to improve my sleep.


Of course, privacy is Paramount. I found that my sleep patterns are very personal and that I would not want them to become public. Something to consider and enforce at all costs.

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