The technology business loves a good moniker and the Quantified Self is one that we’re likely to hear more often over the next couple of years. This new movement is gathering pace as more of us become interested in the finer detail and data of our lives that technology can now give us. The digital footprints we leave as we breath, eat and exercise can now be recorded and analysed in a way that can help us understand ourselves a little better and perhaps even change our habits to give us a healthier life.
During the London 2012 Games, Atos unveiled a thought-provoking and in some ways controversial vision for the future of the sport in 2020 with the launch of the Digital Edition of the ascent thought leadership program illustrating their thoughts on how technology could radically transform the experience of athletes, TV and online viewers at home, and fans in the stadium by 2020. A controversial yet fascinating hypothesis they suggested was was a suggestion that by 2020 competitions could could stages where athletes compete in the same race but are not located on the same track, the same pitch or even in the same country. Athletes could perform or run in their own city, but maybe appear together as holograms in the same race, when viewed by the TV audience, or even by the stadium audience.
There's a lot more to wearable than smart watches and Google Glass though, and for me the big win for us as a society is in healthcare and how we can improve and monitor our health and vital signs using wearable technology - and perhaps make the first serious impact on the obesity and diabetes challenges being experienced in developed economies. A short piece with Myles, but I think we got some interesting thoughts in.