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Rebecca Minkoff: Wearables Kinda Suck Because Dudes Kinda Suck I Fast Company

Rebecca Minkoff: Wearables Kinda Suck Because Dudes Kinda Suck I Fast Company | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Rebecca Minkoff—the designer and the fashion brand—is not shy about adopting technology. From debuting drones on the catwalk to installing interactive mirrors in dressing rooms to selling bracelets that double as phone chargers, Minkoff is at the forefront of fashion technologies.

And yet, she is the first to admit that most everything going on in wearables at the moment is horrible. In an event at her SoHo store for Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, she dished on what everyone is doing wrong—and why she blames men trying to design for women for a lot of it. Here are the best bits from our discussion.

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6 Ways to Handle the Thriving Consumer Internet of Things

6 Ways to Handle the Thriving Consumer Internet of Things | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

In industrial manufacturing, machine-to-machine communications allows sensors in one place to communicate with control systems for an automated response. For example, if the temperature in a commercial food processor reached a critical high, a sensor could send that information through a supervisory control and data acquisition system. In response, the control system could trigger a cooling system to bring the temperature down. No human interaction was necessary and plant operations sailed along without any downtime.

To allow these communications, devices had to be connected to each other and to larger systems using standard protocols like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. These systems are referred to as the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
While the industrial IoT got an earlier start, the consumer IoT is not far behind and it is going to be big — really big.

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BMW Integrates Voice Control Through Alexa Connectivity I Luxury Daily

BMW Integrates Voice Control Through Alexa Connectivity I Luxury Daily | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

German automaker BMW is enabling owners to operate functions of their vehicles from inside their homes by integrating Amazon’s Alexa voice service.

An extension of the BMW Connected application launched earlier this year that allows for remote control of functions and journey management, this latest development adds voice commands. BMW is the first automaker to announce Alexa compatibility within the United Kingdom and Germany, with this new integration available as early as late September.

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Apple Watch Hermès Gets New Look With Expanded Designs I Luxury Daily

Apple Watch Hermès Gets New Look With Expanded Designs I Luxury Daily | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Tech giant Apple and French leather goods house Hermès are continuing their collaboration built on similar values of beauty and utility.

Revealed during Apple’s livestreamed event on Sept. 7, the next generation of Apple Watch Hermès will be available with an expanded selection of leather straps as well as a new orange sport band. This partnership between fashion and technology allows Apple to raise its luxury appeal while affording Hermès the opportunity to position itself as an innovator.

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Michael Kors Brings Really, Really Big Design To Android Wear I TechCrunch

Michael Kors Brings Really, Really Big Design To Android Wear I TechCrunch | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Back in March, fashion brand Michael Kors announced its entry into the space, with help from longtime partner Fossil, a company that knows a thing or two both about luxury branding with companies like Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs and wearables, having released a seemingly unending stream of smart devices under its own name.

When the company dropped one of the watches off at our offices, it was stashed safely inside a Michael Kors shopping bag, lest anyone think this was just another Android Wear device. Fitting, as the watch is anything but subtle. As such, it casually drops phrases like “The launch is geared towards the fashion-focused consumer and features a smart timepiece that focuses on glamorous style and innovative design from a leader in luxury fashion” in its press material.

Big words, but is the world of luxury wristwatches finally ready to get smart?

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The ZENTA Wrist-Wearable Tracks Your Mental Health, Not Just Physical I TechCrunch

Physical wellbeing has been the focus of most wearables to date. Products such as the Apple Watch, Microsoft Band, FitBit and Jawbone all track things like movement, heartbeat etc. At the same time some startups are appearing which try to track mental states. But these are usually head bands which make you like an updated 21st Century Hippie.

The new ZENTA wrist-wearable takes a different approach. Created by VINAYA, a London-based technology design house, the Zenta goes down this mental wellness path.

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Visa  Created A Ring That Can Make Purchases I The Verge

Visa  Created A Ring That Can Make Purchases I The Verge | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

What better way to express your wealth than to literally wear your credit card around and use it to buy more things to wear and adorn your life? Visa would very much like it if you did that, so it's made an NFC-enabled ring that's able to make purchase at terminals that accept contactless payments. The idea is to make it as quick and easy as possible to make a payment; no need to pull our your credit card or phone — you can just tap your ring to the terminal.

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Google And Levi’s Team Up On A “Connected” Jacket That Lets You Answer Calls, Use Maps And More I TechCrunch

Google And Levi’s Team Up On A “Connected” Jacket That Lets You Answer Calls, Use Maps And More I TechCrunch | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

At Google’s I/O conference today, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) research unit offered an update on its interactive textiles project unveiled last year, Project Jacquard. ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev announced that the company was collaborating with iconic clothing company, Levi’s, to launch a “connected” smart jacket aimed at urban cyclists that will allow wearers to do things like control their music, answer phone calls, access navigation and more, all by tapping and swiping on the jacket’s sleeve.

Google’s partnership with Levi’s was first announced last year, but the two companies hadn’t yet disclosed how the clothing maker would implement Project Jacquard’s technology.

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Smart-home Technology Must Work Harder To Create Smarter Consumers I TechCrunch

Smart-home Technology Must Work Harder To Create Smarter Consumers I TechCrunch | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. From $5,000 refrigerators that can communicate when you’re running low on milk and eggs, to the ability to control lights, locks and thermostats from your mobile app or TV screen, these products and technologies all show very nicely — until the point when consumers are left to calculate when their smart-home investments will translate into cost savings, energy efficiency and enhanced convenience.

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IBM’s Watson Helps Design LED-Filled Dress For The Met Gala I Fast Company 

IBM’s Watson Helps Design LED-Filled Dress For The Met Gala I Fast Company  | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

At the Met Gala in Manhattan tonight, one model will be wearing a "cognitive dress": A gown, designed by fashion house Marchesa, that will shift in color based on input from IBM's Watson supercomputer. The dress features gauzy white roses, each embedded with an LED that will display different colors depending on the general sentiment of tweets about the Met Gala. The algorithm powering the dress relies on Watson Color Theory, which links emotions to colors, and on the Watson Tone Analyzer, a service that can detect emotion in text.

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At One Year Old Is Apple's Watch A Flop? Not Exactly.I Fortune.com

At One Year Old Is Apple's Watch A Flop? Not Exactly.I Fortune.com | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

The Apple Watch celebrated its very first birthday Sunday. And for many tech critics, the anniversary wasn’t exactly cause for cheer; the smartwatch was widely criticized for its often frustratingly slow speeds and unoriginal features. The debut model, many have said, is a flop. It isn’t a “breakthrough product,” the critics moan, and people just aren’t wearing it. Some birthday present.

But despite all the grumbling, the watch’s first-year sales were actually better than the company’s first-year iPhone sales. Apple Watch sales, at an estimated 12 million in their first year, according to the The Wall Street Journal, were double the first-year iPhone sales, at 6 million.

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A Year After Its Launch, It’s Now Clear That Pretty Much No One Needs An Apple Watch I Quartz

A Year After Its Launch, It’s Now Clear That Pretty Much No One Needs An Apple Watch I Quartz | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

I didn’t preorder the Apple Watch, or stand in line the day it came out. But I read every article about it, and when someone suggested that it would complement my “personal cloud,” I eventually felt compelled to buy one. I wear it every day, possibly out of determination to get something out of the $400 I spent on it, but when someone asks me if I think they should buy one, I usually tell them no.

The Apple Watch was released April 24, 2015. Nearly a year later, it’s become apparent that there really isn’t much of a need to get one.

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The Apple Watch Was My Guide Through The Oscar De La Renta Gown Exhibit In SF I Fast Company

The Apple Watch Was My Guide Through The Oscar De La Renta Gown Exhibit In SF I Fast Company | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

In some ways, the Apple Watch is a device in search of a killer use case, and I believe it will eventually find one, probably many. In the meantime we’re seeing a few apps that point at that tantalizing future. Apple invited me to an event at thede Young Museum in San Francisco recently to show me one of them.

With a small group of other reporters and Apple PR and developer relations people, I was given the run of the normally jam-packed museum to walk through a stunning visiting collection of dresses designed by fashion icon Oscar de la Renta. Apple had helped me load a cool museum guide app on my phone and Watch, and set me up with a pair of headphones.

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Intel Brings Wearable Technology To Hussein Chalayan's Paris Fashion Week Show I Forbes

Intel Brings Wearable Technology To Hussein Chalayan's Paris Fashion Week Show I Forbes | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Technology isn’t normally the first thing you think about when it comes to Paris Fashion Week. The home of the most traditional of luxury brands, it remains the slowest on the uptake of much in the way of both digital and technical innovation, instead sticking with more conventional collections and catwalk shows.


Unless you turn to Hussein Chalayan that is.


The Cypriot-British designer has long experimented with the relationship between his garments and the role technology can play. He has introduced looks that changed shape thanks to microchips and animatronics, dresses embedded with 15,000 LEDs to recreate a pixelated screen and even a coffee table that turned into a skirt.

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The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses I TechCrunch

The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses I TechCrunch | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer?

To quickly recount the basics, a video of Snapchat’s new camcorder sunglasses leaked last night. Business Insider reported it, so the company rushed out the news with a Wall Street Journal piece that was planned for Monday.

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3 of the Biggest Android Smartwatch Makers Aren't Launching New Devices This Year I Business Insider

3 of the Biggest Android Smartwatch Makers Aren't Launching New Devices This Year I Business Insider | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Google's smartwatch ambitions have hit a speedbump, with some of the biggest Android Wear smartwatch makers opting not to release new devices later this year.

As originally reported by CNET's Roger Cheng, LG, Huawei, and Lenovo's Motorola are all not launching new smartwatches later this year. Last year, all three companies unveiled new devices in the Autumn. (It is worth noting that LG did bring out a new Android Wear smartwatch earlier this year.)

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Here Are All The Clues  We've Found About Snapchat's Secret Smart Glasses I Business Insider

Here Are All The Clues  We've Found About Snapchat's Secret Smart Glasses I Business Insider | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Snapchat's hardware ambitions are supposed to be a secret. Yet, there have been enough clues left behind (thanks to a combination of LinkedIn and the Sony hack) for us to begin piecing together a picture of what exactly Snapchat is up to.

The company started its eyewear ambitions as early as 2014, and most recently joined a Bluetooth special interest group as an "adopter" — an indicator that it's going to use that technology potentially in its secret glasses. 

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Meet The New Wave Of Wearables: Stretchable Electronics I Fast Company

Meet The New Wave Of Wearables: Stretchable Electronics I Fast Company | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

If you purchase La Roche-Posay sunscreen this summer, it may come with a complimentary device that looks something like a heart-shaped Band-Aid. But it’s even thinner—half the width of a human hair—and unlike a Band-Aid, it contains miniature electronics that connect to your smartphone and monitor your sun exposure in real time.

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How Will The $34 Billion Dollar Wearables Market Combat Wearables Fatigue? I Forbes

How Will The $34 Billion Dollar Wearables Market Combat Wearables Fatigue? I Forbes | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Fitness bands have come a long way from Nike NKE -0.36%+ Fuelband and pedometers.  Devices and phones now have medical-grade diagnostic capabilities and apps that can spot serious events and alert relevant parties – so why aren’t more people healthier and happier with their wearables?

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Mindful Technology Will Provide Us With A Better Understanding Of Our Inner Selves I PSFK

Mindful Technology Will Provide Us With A Better Understanding Of Our Inner Selves I PSFK | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Wearables are facilitating healthier lives by tracking our steps and calories, but if it’s a balanced lifestyle we seek, then physical activity is just one part of the equation. To fill the void, research lab and design studio Vinaya has announced Zenta, the world’s first biometric smart wristband for emotional wellbeing. A fashion statement and monitoring software in one, the product looks to be the first to market with a holistic new approach to mindful technology.

To first understand its significance, PSFK spoke with Vinaya founder Kate Unsworth about the new product and the thinking behind it. An evolution of Vinaya’s first product lineAltruis, the product will be a means of understanding our inner selves—a technology for navigating and connecting with the complexities of our emotional lives.

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Wearable Adoption More Than Doubled In Past Two Years I Venturebeat

Wearable Adoption More Than Doubled In Past Two Years I Venturebeat | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

The adoption of wearables has skyrocketed, rising from 21 percent of the U.S. population in 2014 to 49 percent in 2016, according to a report by consulting firm PwC.

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Making Wearables More Useful And Smart Homes Less Of A Chore I TechCrunch

Making Wearables More Useful And Smart Homes Less Of A Chore I TechCrunch | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Wearables might be set to get a whole lot more useful in future if research being conducted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group is indicative of the direction of travel.

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Brooklyn’s Wearable Revolution I The New York Times

Brooklyn’s Wearable Revolution I The New York Times | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

The headquarters of Manufacture New York is the wearables epicentre of a Brooklyn waterfront reinvention that has been taking place over the last few years.

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Intel Gets Inside The Wearable Industry I Digiday

Intel Gets Inside The Wearable Industry I Digiday | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

Intel has gotten inside something new these days. The technology giant is determined to bring its brand of high tech to the fashion world, melding stylish form with innovative function.

While the brand is not new to wearables or collaborations with designers, it has doubled down recently: Through Reddit AMAs, meetings with designers and a hefty presence at Fashion Weeks around the world, Intel is loudly proclaiming itself the partner of choice for the fashion industry.

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Bling, Safety, And Babies: What Wearable Manufacturers Think Women Want I Slate

Bling, Safety, And Babies: What Wearable Manufacturers Think Women Want I Slate | CONNECTED OBJECTS | Scoop.it

If you’re looking to get away from athletics-inspired wearables, there are more options than ever, especially for women. You can preorder a reusable menstrual cup that requires a Bluetooth antenna to extend outside of the vagina at all times. (Just don’t wear it through an airport security screening.) A nearly $500 MICA smart bracelet, plated in snakeskin and gold and set with semiprecious stones, will let you keep up on email and text messages (provided you pay the annual data fees). You can hang a jeweled security charm from Stiletto on your favorite necklace—the charm promises a safe lifestyle by sharing your location information, indoor or out, with others. Or you can insert a speaker into your vagina to play music for an embryo or fetus.

The U.S. wearables industry is big business. According to the International Data Corp., sales of wearables in 2015 were up 171.6 percent over the previous year; CCS Insight reported that the wearable industries are valued at $15 billion in 2015 and estimated to be worth $25 billion by 2019.

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