Review: The ShredMate Computer lets you know how rad (or not) you really are…

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ShredMate recently introduced a GPS sensor designed for your mountain bike, but as it turns out, this ain’t no ordinary trip computer. As well as recording your riding speed, distance and route, the ShredMate will also tell you how hard you were railing a berm, how many jumps you’ve pulled on your ride, and how big (or little) those jumps were too. Sounds fun, but is it just a novelty? Or something more than that? We put one in the hands of our resident humanoid robot, David Hayward, to find out. Over to David. DATA! At the advent of smartphones, it became even more personal. From exercise, to nutrition, transport, location, education, sleep: startups told us everything was poised to reveal hidden patterns and revolutionise our lives. And while these tiny piles of digital excreta have their uses, it didn’t quite turn out like that. Before long, the impersonal mass of Big Data became the true centre of profit for vast platforms like Amazon and Facebook. Nonetheless, as any of you who play video games...

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