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the new Boston Marathon Finish Line
Recently we were invited by Terrible Labs to the Quantified Self #QSUMMIT convened by a largely tech crowd. District Hall in the Innovation District hosted about 200 serious looking players involved in wearables - just in time for the Boston Marathon to hit. Some in attendance were Samsung, Partners MGH, MyFitness.com,RunKeeper, the Turner Broadcasting Network, BOLT.IO and others. The experts represented end users, product managers, venture capitalists and marketers. Jamaican and Kenya runners were the talk of the set - they, in addition to astronauts, are the most [ quantified people ] on the planet. Doctor's with Ph Ds measure, analyze, time, weigh, and build models of data from how their bodies perform. We're talking about the Ultimate OPTIMUM fitness thing going on here and to the rest of us mere mortals who struggle to work and get around to weight watchers every now and then - keep trying! That is what the Quantified Self is all about.

So Wearables is our theme on this page for the time being and the Boston Marathon hasn't even happened yet. So that's one small step for a a bus rider with a wearable and one giant leap for a couch potato who is thinking about buying a sports watch.

Some takeaways from the summit - wearables technologies are where cell phones were in the 1980's ( in the bag ). Nobody in the wearables industry has more than 50 million customers so its a wide open area. Partners Mass General uses a $50,000 fund to reward employees who come up with innovative inventions - they both share in rights to the product, patent and profits. The Turner Broadcasting Network - as does Samsung Ventures wants to capture data off your living room coach tv watch everyday so they can more effectively target you for advertising. Data is where all this is going, etc..

There was much to learn and we came back with the energy to pull together a collection of wristbands, sports watches, FitBits, WaveBones, and home excercise equipment you'll find on this page now.

Well, that's our recent update. Did you know there are over one million discounted sales items available at shop.blackboston.com today? ROPO with us - research online purchase online.

Dudley Center at sunsetThere are significant and historical real estate changes going on in Dudley Center right now.

Before Dudley Commons became a GUBA or gentrified urban business area, it was an important commercial hub and major contributor to Greater Boston's economic footprint, and we're excited as you are about its rebirth. Have you seen us write that we are building an inverted digital replica of this gentrified business area? Its happening ....