I've got a turn of the century digital scale that estimates body fat percentage as well. If I want to track that over time, I have to manually write it down or enter it somewhere. The new models will communicate that wirelessly to my PC or phone, and they are integrating more data sources, like a pedometer.
We can imagine it would be cool if we could electronically share that data with selected health care providers if there was a good reason to (maybe we can already).
What if you could get a scale that would automatically send your weight and any other data it gathers to a centralized system that tracked all health-related data collected during your life? Would that be cool? What if you couldn't turn that feature off?
What if you had to use that scale and upload every reading as a condition of getting government-funded health care?
What if the data went to a non-profit organization set up by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and the Gates Foundation?
What if they provided your weight data to private companies that are trying to do research on your personal habits and create and market products based on that data? And they charged your state government for doing this (after getting them hooked on a free sample)?
As far as I can tell, that's an accurate description of how inBloom is supposed to work with your child's educational data. Everything measured, quantified or recorded about every child will go into the national data set.
If I'm getting something wrong, please let me know.