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What to Do With a Treasure Trove of Health Data
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Security issues
  • 7/31/2014 10:35:17 AM
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One quick update on health data. Symantec released a report on how wearables are subject to some security issues, including sharing the owner's location data and "leaking" personal data. More info here.

Re: On where and what to eat
  • 7/31/2014 8:51:05 AM
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@Magnetnorth. That app -- telling you where to eat -- would be popular. However, what it doesn't do it identify what type of food you are in the mood for. I'd see the greater value in wearables as being in collecting your health data, offering general advice along the lines of what to never eat and what to cut back on, and tracking exercise levels.

Re: What?!
  • 7/31/2014 6:57:03 AM
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I think it would work if we could ask an app what we'd have to eat the rest of the week assuming we have a fatburger today. Might even stop us from getting that fatburger.

On where and what to eat
  • 7/31/2014 6:53:27 AM
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It just dawned upon me that analytics could solve a problem that my husband and I constantly have: deciding where and what to eat. I could imagine an app getting data from a wearable that measures my health, accessing my location and checking a restaurant database (with reviews on menu items), and then asking for a few parameters from me (e.g. budget, seating preference). The app could authoritatively direct us to eat ______ at ______.

A very expensive solution to a very simple problem ;)

Re: What?!
  • 7/29/2014 1:47:15 PM
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@Broadway:

"let's eat as much as we can"

Sounds a good idea for those who know how to restrain themsefves from eating beyond their metabolic needs. 

Re: What?!
  • 7/28/2014 1:16:43 PM
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@Pierre. Great point about having the occasional Fatburger or another guilty pleasure. Maybe wearables will help us keep a balance between "should eat" and "want to eat".

Re: What?!
  • 7/28/2014 8:52:54 AM
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The truest measurements there are, Jim!

Re: What?!
  • 7/27/2014 9:58:13 PM
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@Pierre, I thought the rise of all those foodie places signified the "let's eat as much as we can" theme in American culture.

Re: What?!
  • 7/27/2014 8:27:18 PM
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Jim, I think much of the data about food will release better options for people to appreciate a Fatburger once in a while among the daily salad and sandwich.  Being able to better keep a record of intake will be possible with wearables, and may make UX and data input changes as well.  Everyone should not be a SQL-superstar to add and modify record of calorie intake.

Re: What?!
  • 7/27/2014 8:16:04 PM
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That two idea from @rbaz also implies a new purpose behind dining out - the idea of having something really good as an experience rather than just because one is hungry.  Take a lot at the number of specialty hamburger places that have sprung up, like Fatburger, or restaurants on Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins with rich food, and one can see how having "just one" is ok.

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