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Wearable tech for music innovation?

by Mmmmmaaaaaxxxxx / March 24, 2014 2:07 AM PDT

I am interested in your thoughts about wearable tech and music. I think wearable tech has a lot of potential to change the way we listen to music.

For example, what do you think about the idea of using smartwatches to measure heart rate and movement and other vital information, in order to automatically select the appropriate music? E.g. if you're working out, a recommendation engine in your smartwatch could automatically play music to get you pumped etc.

Would you use such a recommendation service? What do you think about it?

Do you have any other ideas how wearable tech could create new music experiences?

Max

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Nothing new going on here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2014 2:20 AM PDT

I had a few smart watches over a decade ago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_Wrist_PDA for example) and there have been others.

Your ideas have been kicked around for years and with a new wave of low power electronics and better batteries it may happen. However patents and such can be a problem.
Bob

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by Mmmmmaaaaaxxxxx / March 24, 2014 2:23 AM PDT

Yeah sure, the ideas have been around for a while.

But what is your opinion on it?

Would you use it?

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I did.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2014 2:29 AM PDT
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But my use was to port my PalmOS apps to it. I authored apps for that back then and maintain them now.

So here's the deal. If you want these to do that you might have to get out there and write the app for the device you are looking at. There are some that want a device to do this, that and this other thing but forget they might have to write the app.

Today I see a lot of hurdles in the patents. So the only fix may be for you to create this app.
Bob

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by Mmmmmaaaaaxxxxx / March 24, 2014 2:35 AM PDT
In reply to: I did.

I have heard though that Spotify is working on a similar system.

Or if the smart watch is a platform like the iphone then I am sure someone is going to write an app for it.

I am just wondering if people would use a system like this ..

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Don't be so sure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2014 2:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Yeah

The app market is quite rough in that consumers are conditioned to free to 99 cents for apps. This means that an app has to well, find new revenue streams or possibly just not be done.

To me it's not about the tech, it's all about the tech being accessible for us to write our own apps. Otherwise we are cattle being fattened for the slaughter.
Bob

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by Mmmmmaaaaaxxxxx / March 24, 2014 2:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Don't be so sure.

Yeah definitely, I think it's about using tech to create one's own vision - where that's developing apps or creating designs etc. - tech just for tech's sake doesn't make any sense

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great idea
by lesterbrian / June 17, 2014 1:28 AM PDT

I really thing it's a great idea! Especially the one you've suggested about the heart rate during workout.

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