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The 'most connected man' in the world

Update : 15 Mar 2014, 07:40 AM

Chris Dancy is known to be the most connected man in the world.

Dancy, age 45, has about 300 to 700 systems running at a single moment; systems that can capture real-time data about his life, reports Mashable, a British-American news website for technology and social media.

Dancy wears a variety of technologies around his wrist to keep him connected, including the fitness wristband tracker Fitbit and the Pebble smart-watch. He even uses the Aria Wi-Fi scale to weigh himself, uses smart-phone controlled Hue lighting at home and sleeps on a Beddit mattress cover to track his sleep.

Dancy also keeps a track on his dogs using Tagg, which logs their daily activities.

He says that this type of lifestyle can be tiring and not suitable for everyone as he has to constantly deal with numbers throughout his day, however to him it is a form of motivation.

When talking to Mashable, he explained that he started to get more connected with technologies about five years ago, when he noticed that his doctor was having a hard time keeping up with his health records.

"Around the same time, I worried that the work I did on the Internet could be lost if there's a service shutdown. In an effort to collect this information, I started looking for ways I could gather data when I didn't have time to write things down," said Dancy.

Dancy, who says he's always been tech-savvy and has a background in IT, explains that staying connected has allowed him to get more out of the way he lives.

"I've lost 100 pounds and learned to meditate," he says. "I'm much more aware of how I respond to life and take steps to adjust to my environment. I've also formed better habits thanks to the feedback I'm getting."

With so many devices to choose from, Dancy says his favourite wearables are the Body Media fitness tracker and the Pebble. He also prefers products that offer contextually aware information, such as Google Now and Google Glass.

"I am most passionate about feedback that is haptic vibration or subtle environmental changes such as lighting that change to suggest the weather is changing," he said. "I do take days off with little to no tracking from wearables, however because I have so many systems that automatically track what I'm doing, it's impossible to truly disconnect."

As more companies look to integrate smart technology into products from smart toothbrushes to tennis racquets and refrigerators Dancy believes it's only a matter of time before people adopt a lifestyle closer to his.

"There are mountains of data in everything we use at home, even when it's not 'smart,'" Dancy said. "By the end of the decade, there will not be a job on earth that hasn't been changed by smart objects, wearable computing or personal information."

Although Dancy believes more people should infuse smart products into their lives, he cautions when to share personal information. 

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