Two interesting products that I’ve been using lately. The first is an application for your phone (android in the play store, Apple in the iTunes store) called Sweatcoins. First, Sweatcoins tracks your steps. It also gives you coins when you walk outside. I had enough Steps that I was able to trade them for a pair of Pixel computer glasses. They (Pixel) are designed to reduce the strain on your eyes from working with the computer. Overall they are very nice. Now, would I have spent money on them? No probably not, there are many things in this world that are interesting, but neither wants or needs. However, now that I have them (I am wearing them right now) I do feel like they are helping me. Eight hours in front of my laptop every day and 3 or so hours on the weekends makes my eyes tired.
Now Sweatcoins is interesting. First off, I do not know if that is a US only application, but I suspect it is currently. My apologies to my friends outside the US. The pedometer tracks your walking, an nd as I said you get credit for walking outside. I have turned my forced daily march (the Labs demand a daily walk) into a free pair of glasses!
Like most applications like this, they rely on advertising. I hope they will last, but advertising is fickle.
I did spend some time this morning thinking about the following. What else would you track? The funny thing about GPS’s on our phone is that everywhere we go in theory we are tracked. The same is true for the number of minutes, the amount of data we use and so on. What would other things beyond steps be useful for you? For example what if, you could use special glass and the phone could track how much water you drank, today? There is a Bluetooth spoon already that tracks how much and how fast you eat. It is an interesting thing for me to think about. The reality of the Internet of Things is that well, you are going to have more and more things around you that track you.
Excuse my phone is tell ing me it is time to go upstairs and get more coffee!
Is something watching you?