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Technology – Tracking Every Part of Our Lives .
14 Sep 2012
Technology is taking over our lives and helping us in many ways. Today, it is possible to monitor calorie intake, personal goals and even the way people shop. There’s a growing appetite for data control, many apps and services are being introduced to help people to do exactly that.
Technology is taking over our lives and helping us in many ways. Today, it is possible to monitor calorie intake, personal goals and even the way people shop. There’s a growing appetite for data control, many apps and services are being introduced to help people to do exactly that. In a survey of 2,000 people, conducted recently by Future Foundation, 1,600 respondents said that they would love to have a service that could automatically help them switch to cheaper energy suppliers …and why not? Homes and businesses are now being fitted with energy smart meters. It’s estimated that between 2014 and 2019, UK energy suppliers will replace in the region of 53 million gas and electricity meters. Just over 70 percent of young people, aged between 16 and 24, would like to own an app that remembers the TV shows they prefer and automatically designs a TV schedule for them. A third of women would like a service that measures calorie intake as well as the nutritional value of food. Some of the UK’s health insurers have designed reward schemes to encourage policy holders to lead a healthier lifestyle. The app monitors the number of visits to a gym and the more sessions that each member attends, the more points they can earn. Nike have come up with a running app for smartphones, which records the distance a person runs using an accelerometer and a GPS system built into in the phone. Swimmers at health clubs can make use of Swimtag, a system that allows members to record details of every swim they make as a wristband transmits data to pool sensors. As we all become more and more technologically sophisticated, the desire for data control will rapidly increase. There will be a greater demand and appetite for innovations of this kind.