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Wearables and the type of health data they collect

In this article I would like to draw a parallel between automobiles and human beings to make a point I seem to have understood well. This comparison may sound a little insensitive to some. While humans are way too superior biological machines compared to automobiles, we will agree that even automobiles have a notion of health.

Data Takes Center Stage

Both you and I leave a big trail of data as we consume information, conduct trade, or interact with our friends on the internet.


Take the simplest example of ripping a newly purchased CD into your iTunes repository. We all know that iTunes connects to a database called gracenote. Gracenote is a central server which provides more information about the CD being ripped. Each CD has a unique signature which could be a combination of number of tracks, length of each track and the digital encoding of the leader part of the individual music tracks. Using this data from the CD, gracenote serves the title of the CD, the track name, artist names, artwork and other metadata that is relevant. Makes music ripping a piece of cake.


Now that the whole world goes to gracenote for music metadata