Earlier this week we wrote about how using public data available through background check services can potentially improve your dating life, finances and general decision-making. We suggested using data more in your life to help you reach your goals in 2015.
With the innovations in publicly accessible background checks available to you, there is no need to guess about the people and places around you anymore.
Equally exciting are some of the innovations involving your own personal data that you can harness to have a better year this year. Once you start tracking your data, just be careful with where and how you store it.
Here are three areas where data is set to make a big impact in your life in 2015:
With Apple’s announcement of its forthcoming Watch and a string of health-related apps, 2014 was the year that smart watches and fitness trackers broke through to the mainstream.
2015 will be even better as heart rate and sleep monitors improve. You’ll soon be receiving specific recommendations about how to manage your diet, blood pressure and a personalized exercise program, if you desire it.
If Apple’s Watch is too much of a commitment, you can dip your toe into health and fitness trackers with budget models from Jawbone, Pebble or Garmin. In any case, the days of the simple pedometer are coming to an end and the data you are provided about your health with potentially help you lead a healthier life.
Tired of paying higher car insurance premiums than you think are merited? Most people are. The same concept of personal fitness tracking also now applies to your car, with auto insurers and start-ups trying to disrupt the market.
Most major auto insurers now offer telematics devices that can track your mileage, the speed at which you drive and can even help determine fault in an accident. This way they can offer better rates to careful drivers.
Many people are familiar with Nest, the startup recently acquired by Google and famous for their smart thermostat, and yet remotely controlling your home’s temperature is just the beginning.
Recent innovations on the market now allow you to create intelligent lighting patterns that make it appear that your are at home when on vacation, or even change color when your favorite sports team wins. Intelligent locks, home security systems and more are all in the early stages of hitting the market and are set to add value in 2015.
We hope our posts this week help you think about how you can improve your life with public and personal data.