By Ben Sin – March 1st, 2016
The so-called “Internet of Things” — meaning the way every device can be connected to transmit data and media — is omnipresent and have changed our lives undeniably for the better, but with a few sacrifices. The obvious, and most pressing, is privacy concerns — if you use an Android phone, chances are every step of your movement over the past however-many months/years have already been recorded onto Google’s database. Don’t believe me? Click here, pick a date, and be amazed/creeped out at seeing your entire day’s route mapped.
I can think of two more negative aspects to this Internet of Things thing:
1: having to type and say a term as dumb as “Internet of Things”
Samsung, of course, are among the leaders in pushing for a smart-everything world. At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the South Korean electronic manufacturer unveiled the IoFIT, a line of smart sneakers that tracks your posture, balance and movement via pressure sensors and accelerometers stashed inside the soles.
It’s a very cool idea — you put these on, work out, then see data with IoFIT’s own app. The guys over at Samsung even built a video-record feature into that app that allows you to record your workout and then play the video side by side with data collected from your feet — weight distribution, force of hitting the floor etc. (Though, to use the video feature, you might be confused as one of those people who bring their phones to the gym floor and take mirror selfies between sets)
According to Samsung’s own press room and the product’s promotional video, the shoes seem to aim at the weightlifting and golf community, and while they seem to do wonders at the driving range — the Verge’s Sean O’Kane says it fixed his golf swing in two minutes — the gym stuff is problematic.
*Original article from http://www.forbes.com/sites/bensin/2016/03/01/if-you-wear-samsungs-smart-sneakers-you-should-skip-leg-day/#7513658c23ea