01-07-2020, 05:11 AM
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Quote:Bic wants to design better razors via a new prototype connected wet shave called "The Next Bic Thing." It looks like a normal five-bladed shaver and handle, but it can capture tons of shaving data, including temperature, humidity, hair density, shaving speed, number of strokes, time spent shaving, blade dullness and even water use.
https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/06/bic-...ter-shave/

A case of "you're the product" - while this is a prototype / limited production device, we might be heading there in a couple of generations more of battery powered, heated, vibrating, multibladed cartridges... because who don't want an app with that?

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 01-07-2020, 06:07 AM
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  • Johnny
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Why is a very good question.  I think the term "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies here.

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 01-07-2020, 08:17 AM
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  • shaveR41
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Data about everyone who would use these razors. Data is the new gold. Everyone collectes massive amounts of data about consumers. Facebook collects data, Google, Netflix, Apple, Amazon. etc.. 

If you look at all the devices from CES 2020, dishwashers, laundry machines, ovens, garage doors, locks, etc.. collect data. For these companies, this type of data will produce pinpoint targeted advertising. Understanding purchasing/usage patterns is vital to creating products for these companies - that's what they say.

If this razor can tell them you shave everyday at a certain time, and you turn on your coffee maker at a certain time, how many times you turn your toaster in the morning, then the household count be gleaned, etc.. Are you travelling with this razor, where did you go, etc...

It's amazing what they'll be able to do using AI with all this data. Facebook already does incredible stuff with it. 

Is this good or bad for society is a different topic.

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 01-07-2020, 11:05 AM
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When shaving soap contains a sensor that will be the last straw.

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 01-07-2020, 12:12 PM
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(01-07-2020, 11:05 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: When shaving soap contains a sensor that will be the last straw.

Not far off Smile

There are already fashionable water bottles that have sensors that do some useful things, consequently those sensors collect data.

The venerable Levi's brand has collaborated with Ggoogle on a jacket. It also collects data! Here is a quote from the Levi's site

"A Jacquard Tag tucked into the left jacket cuff connects with your mobile device. With your jacket paired to your phone, you can perform essential actions on the interactive cuff and receive alerts through the Tag, so you're in control and connected without looking at your screen."

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 01-07-2020, 12:35 PM
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I think I've seen 1 too many James Bond films.

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 01-07-2020, 03:39 PM
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It’s kind of a cool research project. I’d be interested in knowing the results. The thing is though, how will they try to make money with the data?

The other thing I want to know is, who’d be more impressed, Roddenberry or Orwell?

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 01-07-2020, 03:42 PM
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My guess for most impressed: BIC's CEO and board

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 01-07-2020, 03:45 PM
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(01-07-2020, 03:42 PM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: My guess for most impressed: BIC's CEO and board

Touche’

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 01-07-2020, 03:47 PM
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is that touche or Touche Ross CPAs?

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 01-07-2020, 03:52 PM
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  • chazt
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Almost did a spit take with that one, Jack!

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