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Connecting Your Body with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is often associated with the benefits it can deliver for businesses, homes and even large-scale healthcare systems – but have you thought about personally connecting your body to the Internet?

If you ran in the Chicago half marathon this past Saturday, or if you like to experiment with the latest fitness tools, you might already be using the Internet of Things to collect data about your body.

Here are 10 tools that have become part of the Internet of Things. These devices allow you to collect and track information on your exercise activity and health condition.

Nike Fuel
Nike+ Devices track runs, your walks, hikes and then sends the data to the Internet, so you can keep an eye on what you did, where you went, calories burned and more.

Wi-Fi Scale 
One of the major benefits of being able to connect things to the Internet is the collection of historical data. This scale includes a Web dashboard that provides intuitive information that’s automatically collected as you step on your scale each day. The data can allow parents to see their child’s growth and and health over a period of time, or measure the success of a diet and exercise program.

RunKeeper is a smart-phone application that tracks workouts via the phone’s GSP. The app aims to be social and easy to understand so that you can improve the quality of your fitness. The app collects data, and based on your preferences, can automatically share that data with your social networks. The online Web dashboard shows the run distance, route, route incline and running speed throughout.

Basis is a device that tracks heartbeats, caloric intake and sleep patterns to paint an accurate picture of your health. The Web application adds a motivational feature by allowing users to accumulate points and praise for progress.

Fitness Evolved Headphones
New Balance’s Fitness Evolved headphones have a heart rate monitor, pedometer and stop watch. The headphones provide insight to walkers, runners and athletes engaged in exercise, training or competition.

Jawbone UP
The UP wristband collects data and uses its own iPhone app to track steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level, active verses inactive time and routes. This device also tracks hours of sleep, deep sleep verses light sleep and even overall sleep quality.

The iBGStar is more than just a device to keep an eye on health, it helps people manage their diabetes. They can keep track of data and share the historical data with their doctors.

Fitbit Ultra is another device to track your everyday steps, stairs climbed, calories burned and sleep patterns. The data can be tracked both online and through a smart-phone application.

Need something to bring these devices together? Once you’ve set up a profile, you can link your Fleetly.com account to Runkeeper, Nike+ and Wi-Fi body scales. The Fleetly app incorporates social media elements and encourages competition. Fleetly.com is accessible with a web browser or by downloading the free iPhone app.

This list just skims the surface on how our bodies can be connected to the Internet to collect data. This post on Quantified Self takes a look at a number of health related objects that will be connected to monitor our health.

If you’re curious about other Internet of Things fitness devices, just take a look at your Facebook or Twitter feed, people are posting their fitness data constantly.

Are you using a connected device to track progress or learn more about your health? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter. Better yet, we challenge you to make your device (maybe with the iDigi Device Cloud) and let us know how it turns out!

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