@alex, I totally agree with you. I put quotation mark around recognition -- to emphasize it; with no intention to minimize the significance of it to all people. It's basic human needs. I remember sitting in a room with a ZTE executive in Shenzhen a year ago.
Ni Fei, I was interviewing, was telling me how important it is to have a really good camera in a smartphone. It's because people want to show off a really cool pix they took in the best light and "to get recognized," he said.
@Junko, why is "recognition" in qutoes? In some sense publishing news or a book, you get some personal recognition, but a lot of "virtual" recognition , knowing many people read it, talked about it and probably liked it, and recongition is important to authors.
Of course i'm not comparing this to selfies, but creating nice food and dressing nicely(in the case of selfies) are subjects that interest many, and selfies are just a way to get some of that "virtual" recognition.
The reasons behind selfies and food pics is simple. Humans have a strong need for self expression coupled with feedback from others. Selfies and food pics are : a sort of self expression, very easy to create, and get much more likes than text on facebook(because they're easy to consume, and do elicit emotion from viewers). Hence they're optimal to the task.
Is it silly ? No more silly than listening to the fads of fashion. But humans are silly.
"I suppose these wearables will finally let us correctly answer the question we get asked on the witness stand: "What were you doing at 3:05 on July 28th and who can confirm that?" But normally, by the next day, who really cares?"
On one hand, by submitting your GPS data and other info captured by the wristband, you answer the question and prove innocent.
On the other hands, I hope people don't equate failing to submit those information proves otherwise.
I wonder what this technology does exactly. I have seen multiple apps that measure your heart rate by touching the camera and the flash at the same time. The accuracy is reasonable, about 5-10% error depending on how heavy you pressed the camera.
Nonetheless, it is a cool device to have your heart rate measured every now and then. Maybe, a heart attack warning or overly stressful warning can be raised. ;)