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ChrisMurphy
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4/22/2014 | 4:57:18 PM
Re: Another smart scale worth mentioning
A subscription fee for a door lock? I've been wrong before about the appetite for people to pay subscriptions, but that doesn't seem like a mass market business model.
Shane M. O'Neill
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4/21/2014 | 4:05:37 PM
Re: I Prefer Dumb Robots to Smart Houses
The Deebot D77 featured in this slideshow has advanced sensors so it doesn't tumble down stairs, smack into a table leg, or vacuum over an electrical cord. Legos and pencils, however, are probably not safe from harm.
Thomas Claburn
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4/21/2014 | 3:54:38 PM
Re: Another smart scale worth mentioning
Is there a business model that makes sense for wearables? When you actually ask people to decide whether they want to pay a monthly subscription for health monitoring, I suspect few will want to add yet another recurring fee.
Laurianne
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4/21/2014 | 1:01:32 PM
Re: I Prefer Dumb Robots to Smart Houses
In my house it was Roomba vs. Labrador fur and the fur won. The machine has to be emptied often, during one round of cleaning, so it proves less convenient than I had hoped. But there is plenty of room yet for automating housework.
Shane M. O'Neill
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4/21/2014 | 12:24:27 PM
Re: Another smart scale worth mentioning
I just went all in with the Nike+ ecosystem so I was disappointed to hear they're killing the Fuelband line. I suppose they're realizing hardware will take care of itself through iPods, smartphones and smartwatches, and they should focus on software. I don't think the Nike+ platform needs to be a completely holistic health platform. They cater to athletes and fitness fanatics so fitness measurement will be enough as long as they're the best at it. They'll have to stretch beyond being a sportswear company, but these days every company is a tech company.
D. Henschen
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4/21/2014 | 11:40:01 AM
Another smart scale worth mentioning
Another scale worth mentioning is the Fitbit Aria, which integrates weight and body-fat readings in with your fitness, diet and sleep-tracking data. I'd call that a more holistic approach to health monitoring.

It's interesting to note headlines breaking today that Nike is apparently getting out of the wearables business. Maybe it sees the light that fitness measurement alone will not be enough. It faced going deeper to compete in this game, and that's not really a fit for a sneaker and sportwear company.


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