CNET | Reporters’ Roundtable: Sit up straight! Exercise more!

Covering an emerging tech trend: the Quantified Self movement (or the collection of data streams about what we do, how we feel, how we move, and so on). Interview with two entrepreneurs who are working on a subset of the quantified self-movement: body monitoring. Both their companies have the goal of making us more aware of ourselves. Using that knowledge, hopefully, we can live more healthy lives.

Discussion points:

  • A brief history of body monitoring first. Pedometers, Fitbit, etc.
  • Discuss the Quantified Self and how these products relate.
  • Pitch time! What problems are you trying to solve? How?
  • Other products – Nike, Garmin, Polar, various iphone apps.
  • What about privacy of the data?
  • What happens when my insurance company gets a feed of my activity level?
  • Talk about psychology of self-improvement.
  • And the social component.
  • How does this relate to nutrition?
  • What else can be tracked? What’s future of these products?