After spending couple of years on the market, smartwatches and fitness bands seem to have lost their consumer traction, especially since the mobile industry is focusing more on other innovative technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and alternative futuristic wearables like smart contact lenses.
Its almost customary for all to have a health and fitness resolution in their bundle of new year’s resolutions. Yet, its hard to keep up with them. 2017 is going to different. Apple Watches and Fitbits have been the biggest gifts of Christmas last year. Exercising regularly sounds really good but, is very difficult to execute. All we need is a slight push every time until the exercise becomes a part of our daily routine that we cant live without.
The new Apple Watch series 2 managed to get some major traction in the smartwatch market. (Although it is not nearly as much as Apple would like) It makes a great tool to track swims, workouts, activity, sleep and heart rate. In the past few months we have seen some really interesting smart bands for the Apple Watch which are expanding it into a modular tracking device.
The Consumer Electronics Show has been growing by the year. 2017 had a lot of new types of wearables present at CES in Las Vegas. With many wearables bringing in new types of data, it will be interesting to see how they’ll help evolve the Quantified Self movement. Though many of the wearables this year went beyond lifelogging devices.
Time tracking is one of the key productivity hacks. To make an extra hour out of your day, it is crucial to understand how you currently use your time everyday. Millions of smartphone users time track every year using various apps. A major percentage of them always give up due to the limitation of manually entering time into an app.
The Quantified Self market has grown in the past year with an array of tracking wearables with expert services. With wearables & sensors in our smartphone, lots of data can be tracked automaticall. But that’s where the contextual experience ends. It needs to go beyond this. For example knowing what data to present when according to the user’s context or understanding patterns to customise the user experience, for every individual person.
Shivam Vahia is the Founder of EOTO Technologies. He has been an avid mobile technology blogger for the past few years. Along with that he’s completing his Engineering degree in Mumbai. Lifelogging has benefitted Shivam to manage his busy day efficiently. We chatted with Shivam to understand how he’s been using Instant to be more productive between his company and college.