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Wearables and biometrics in music at the 6th Annual Future Music Forum

The Future Music Forum (FMF) is an annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today's digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.

Amongst the topics being discussed there is a panel session on wearables and biometrics in music. With wearables having become technologically adept and usage widespread, that excites us.


Panel discussion on wearables and biometrics in music

FMF is a platform that brings together selected groups of music futurists, label owners, managers, music and mobile technology entrepreneurs and digital music consumption analysts. In its sixth year now, the event has grown from a small room of curious participants in 2010 to become one of the more talked about and respected music conferences in Europe today.

The same goes for wearables and biometrics: only in recent years these devices have gone from a simple curiosity to having fueled the quantified self movement, with wearables being ubiquitous now in fitness and wellness. Biometric identifiers, mostly using physiological characteristics, have gone mainstream with the introduction of the fingerprint identify scanner labelled 'Touch ID' in Apple's iPhone and iPad range of products. They too are now used by millions of people around the globe.

How does this relate to music, you may ask: for one thing, music and personalization have always been closely tied together ever since music was recorded, and became portable. Sensors in wearables can now deliver information on your running pace, or body temperature - both of which can be used to direct curation of playlists so every song matches your tempo while you're out for a run, to name an example.

But there is more to it, examples such as these are just the beginning of a new world in music that is taking shape now. Grab your ticket for an epic event after the summer break in Barcelona and join the crowd there!

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