The Connected Self

The connected self is here. We are now part of the Internet of Things. It is strange not to see a person wearing a fitness watch, step tracker or equivalent. Water cooler conversations are now about heart rates, steps taken, sleep patterns and of course for the fashion conscious what colour straps are in.

Taking this to the next level is connected clothing or the shorts, t-shirts, jackets, etc. that you wear. Clothing now comes with embedded sensors that can monitor your temperature, heartbeat, breathing, sleep, movement and the speed and intensity of your workout. They come with inbuilt wifi so that the data generated can be transferred to your phone or computer even in real time. Some of the products out there even claim to be able to detect cancer in your body.

There is a host of companies out there that offer products including Ralph Lauren, Hexoskin, Omsignal, etc. For people with small children, there are smart wearables that can track the breathing or other vitals of the body and transmit this information to an app in real time. One company in particular claims to be able to generate a 3D image of you while you work out. Of course, it would be good to have a body that allowed you to wear such clothes.

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