We’re on the verge of a wearable technology revolution. Although the reception of Google Glass left a lot to be desired, hoards of companies are looking into integrating smart technology into their products- from smart watches and wristbands to home furnishings which can interact with each other. VisionGain already values the wearable tech sector at $5 billion, and that’s only set to rise.
If wearable tech is the future, one man is ahead of the curve. Chris Dancy, dubbed the most connected man on earth, has approximately 300-700 applications, devices, sensors and services connected to his daily movements at any given movements. He collects an incredible amount of data that monitors everything from his blood oxygen and blood pressure levels to whether his posture is correct. Having spent over $40,000 on monitoring technology, it’s hard to think of a piece of equipment Chris is missing – he even has sensors attached to his dogs that tell him their daily activities.
Dancy is often keen to highlight the positive changes that have come about since he became so connected. “I’ve lost 100 pounds and learned to meditate,” he says. “I’m much more aware of how I respond to life and take steps to adjust to my environment. I’ve also formed better habits thanks to the feedback I’m getting.”
Below, we spend 60 seconds interviewing Chris about his views on technology, and the impacts that wearable tech and personal data have had on his life.
1) How are you today? What does the technology you are connected to tell you at the moment?
73 degrees, 67% humidity, 300 meters above sea level, 440 CO2 ppm, 77db, posture good, weight 189, sleep 5 hours deep, 3 light, 420 calories eaten, 81HR, 770 steps logged, 41 songs listened to, 11 emails read, 20 evernotes changed, 11.20 spent, i could go on and on….
2) How large is the quantity of data you generate on a daily basis?
Daily 200-300 MB, 31 TB in the last 5 years.
3) How do you think the development of technology will change the concept of free will?
We will discover we don’t have any.
4) What do you think about the recent Facebook mood testing?
I’m more shocked at how the academic community is responding to it. It’s a real show of entitlement. I wish Facebook would do more mood testing. People are unaware of their behavior, this type of thing could really help.
5) Do you see yourself as a model for the way humans interact with technology in the future?
A role model and a leader.
6) How has the use of technology changed your life style? Would you recommend it?
I wouldn’t recommend what I did any more. I used to. There are levels of “awareness” people are not ready for. I’ve changed too much too soon. This isn’t new. In reality TV and other parts of life people are trust into different portions of their life. For me, it was the total change of mind, body and integration of all my habits, that was a deal breaker.
7) What are your plans for the rest of the day?
I don’t know, that’s the best part.
Is this the future and would you want to live like this? Let us know in the comments below
(Image Credit: Christopher M Dancy)
Sounds cool. It’d be easy to get too caught up in your own data though. Ultimate narcissism.