Aug 21st, 2014

Chris Dancy

As we sit and obsess over the next great gadget or connected devices hitting the scene — Google Glass, smartwatches, WiFi powered thermostats, Bluetooth door locks — sometimes we have to take a step back and reorganize our priorities. As someone who owns both Google Glass and an Android Wear smartwatch, there was this almost embarrassing moment where I stepped out the house wearing both. Not that there would be anything inherently wrong in it, only that it seemed a little… much.

Make no mistake, I love technology and in most cases, embrace it with open arms. But after seeing this new featurette by Mashable about 45 year old Chris Dancy — the self-described “most connected man in the world” — I have to wonder where my gadget obsession could be take me in a few years.

Dancy owns upwards of 700 tracking and life-logging devices, valuing somewhere around $40,000. According to Dancy, this is helping live a more “quantified life,” but to the ordinary Joe Schmoe, this probably looks more like hoarding. A caricature of our future selves, tech experts say this is this is future that is, indeed, coming. We can only hope it doesn’t swallow us whole like it did Dancy.

As crazy as Dancy may look now, it’s entirely possible all these little gadgets could one day come bundled inside a single smartphone or wearable computer. Video below.

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