All Posts by Date or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
also by Lloyd: diglloyd.com photography and WindInMyFace.com
Thank you for purchasing through links and ads on this site.
OWC / MacSales.com...
diglloyd Deal Finder...
Buy other stuff at Amazon.com...
Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB
Handpicked deals...
$1275 $1275
SAVE $0

$140 $100
SAVE $40

$346 $170
SAVE $176

$689 $469
SAVE $220

$4499 $2649
SAVE $1850

$1699 $1199
SAVE $500

$5999 $5499
SAVE $500

$181 $141
SAVE $40

$7699 $7199
SAVE $500

$4499 $2649
SAVE $1850

$400 $330
SAVE $70

$4499 $2649
SAVE $1850

$4999 $4599
SAVE $400

$2350 $1950
SAVE $400

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

$799 $699
SAVE $100

$200 $157
SAVE $43

$1997 $897
SAVE $1100

$250 $110
SAVE $140

$1398 $898
SAVE $500

$1199 $1099
SAVE $100

$3999 $2499
SAVE $1500

$200 $170
SAVE $30

$3999 $2499
SAVE $1500

$1498 $1398
SAVE $100

$2497 $1897
SAVE $600

$748 $598
SAVE $150

$899 $699
SAVE $200

$1300 $1100
SAVE $200

With the Coming of the Apple Watch, Digital Monitoring is the Next Big Thing

I rather dismissed the Apple Watch* as something I had no desire for, at least in terms of time, tweets and such, but what really intrigues me now is its potential to radically change the “personal health metrics” game.

* 'Watch' is such a closed way to describe a device worn on the wrist which might be chosen for 1000 other reasons than just telling the time.

In my view, the Apple 'Watch' goes far beyond the iPhone in potential, because it’s an entirely new category applicable to nearly 100% of the population. It’s not a watch (though it can tell time surely), but rather a personal digital monitor even though at its debut it will likely be deemed a communications device. But the revolution will come not in duplicating what an iPhone can do, but in in opening up an entirely new playing field (personal digital monitoring).

Consider for example being able to monitor and continuously record blood sugar, sleep rhythms, heart rate, breathing rate and oxygen levels, blood alcohol, control of medical implants, all that stuff and more than can hardly be envisioned (sensors required for some of that). These are not just medical applications, but intriguing for sports use training and racing, for monitoring status of pilots and truck drivers and soldiers, and so on. And that’s just for starters. It’s a product that has far more meat to its reason for existence than an iPhone, because it spans every aspect of life, not just communications, and grandma or little Joey might have to have one (medically) unlike an iMac or iPhone. And it can be worn on the wrist.

So the Apple Watch intrigues me for its data recording and monitoring capabilities (albeit with some sensors required)—not at all for its communications aspects (mail, tweets, web, etc, though for some those things will clearly be a huge plus). It would be nifty if it supported wireless ANT heart rate, power, speed, cadence right out of the box, for cyclists and other sports.

I could see using the Apple Watch far more than my iPhone, if it were done right. I could see buying more than one if done really right, and configuring each for different things: customizing and “locking down” the Watch to as few as one specific function could be important to grow its market acceptance in dozens of smaller but not small market areas.

Hacking and personal data concerns are going to plumb interesting new crossover areas in the law.

On health

Some recent health-related posts on my cycling site:


Deals Updated Daily at B&H Photo
View all handpicked deals...

Nokia 2.2 TA-1179 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Tungsten Black)
$140 $100
SAVE $40

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__