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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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A connected cap for letting your pooch explore the city on its own? See the #video

A connected cap for letting your pooch explore the city on its own? See the #video | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A connected device concept will let your pooch go for a stroll, alone
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I can't believe this one, must be a publicity stunt!

 

That being said, the video is hilarious even though the concept is absolutely ridiculous.

 

That being said, the idea of dog activity trackers is a reality, as exposed previously here: 

http://sco.lt/538C13

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CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices

CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices

Via JP DOUMENG
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CES 2016 has introduce a plethora of wearable gadgets and other devices to track your health, improve your fitness and wellness. This is a list of those products including the Montreal based OMsignal.

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StartUp Health Insights Report: 2015 Year End

2015: The Year Digital Health Hit Its Stride While 2014 was the year that digital health broke out, 2015 was the year it hit its stride. A slow start in Q1 did…
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Another field where there is huge activity with the introduction of cheap, powerful wearable devices with sensors and Big Data analytics capability. Here again, expect huge growth in the next few years.

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Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new #computer

Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new #computer | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It's the same price as a latte.
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The price is the big news here because it shows just how cheap computing power has become. 


This is just an announcement summary. More details here: http://bit.ly/1QLypP8


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

There will be a computer in everything very soon. Chairs, tables, food packages, name it, there will be a computer in there. Because it costs nothing - or close to it. This is what we call Internet of Things, and why everyone is saying it will be HUGE. Believe it.

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Carlos Diego's curator insight, December 2, 2015 12:55 PM

O RaspberryZero mal foi entregue pela revista MagPi  e zerou nas lojas online. Bom, útil e barato vamos esperar a próxima remessa!

Philippe Guillaume's curator insight, December 3, 2015 7:15 AM

Si petit et si peu cher qu'il a été donné en goodies, vendu avec le magazine Magpi... Extra pour créer des objets connectés de plus en plus puissants...

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BLOCKS: The World's First Modular #Smartwatch via @kickstarter

The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a smartwatch unique to you.
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A kickstarter campaign for a watch made up of modular components that are interchangeable, promising to let your watch evolve with the times.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Apple sold 230M iPhones last year (http://bit.ly/1MDG5vH) each with a planned obsolescence of 5 years. This level of consumerism cannot be sustained and I assume we will see more and of these modular solutions, with parts that can be replaced by more recent ones, or repaired when they break, thus preventing the need to throw out the whole thing when one little thing becomes obsolete...

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Would Building a "Quantified Self" Actually Change My Health? A story about loosing 100lb

Would Building a "Quantified Self" Actually Change My Health? A story about loosing 100lb | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What I’ve been wrestling with now that I no longer quantify myself is why I don’t want to write the stories and take the pictures that made my diet blog compelling. I think it’s because it’s too detailed a mirror. I’m not in denial about the calories, or the snacking, or the judgments of the scale. I just don’t want to tell that story any more.
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A very personal story on the use of trackers and quantified self to loose weigth.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

More than ever, quantified self and wearables will provide very personal information to help guide us towards wellness - and allow people to share them with the world. Not everyone is ready and willing to do so.

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Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit?

Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The healthcare industry thinks so—the next generation of fitness trackers will be able to continuously monitor a patient's vitals, from blood pressure to temperature. Here's how daily updates from these devices might eliminate the need for a yearly physical.
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A review of the different type of wearable devices and software to track our fitness and wellness, and the shortcomings of many.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

As we enter the new age of internet of things,  quantified self and life logging, with our bodies and minds covered in sensors, our current information overload will grow exponentially. The need for algorithms that analyze all this data to translate the raw data into actionable information will become essential.

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George Schildge's curator insight, September 21, 2015 9:58 AM

Do you have one?

Ron Abate's curator insight, September 21, 2015 10:59 AM

Technology will soon monitor our health....

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Can biking to work be bad for your health? #Wearable Sensors Measure Your #Pollution Intake

Can biking to work be bad for your health? #Wearable Sensors Measure Your #Pollution Intake | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Researchers are studying the health cost of being healthy on your commute.
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#Venture Capitalists Invested 2.6B$ in #Wearable Companies since 2008 @CrunchBase

#Venture Capitalists Invested 2.6B$ in #Wearable Companies since 2008 @CrunchBase | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
According to CrunchBase, venture investors have spent nearly $2.6 billion backing 138 wearable companies since 2008. Over half of this total ($1.6 billion) has gone into 45 California-based startups.
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Data on venture funding of wearables startups with links to other interesting posts.
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#Digital #Wellness now a corporate strategic pillar- EmoryU uses Fitbits to help employees 'Move More'

#Digital #Wellness now a corporate strategic pillar- EmoryU uses Fitbits to help employees 'Move More' | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
"This program fits within the Healthy Emory strategic plan which focuses on three key areas: increasing physical activity; improving healthy eating and nutrition; and enhancing stress management skills," he says.
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Emory University subsidizes fitbit wearable step tracking devices to improve 1200 employee wellness, leveraging the fitbit corporate wellness program http://bit.ly/1cNGtgv


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We think digital devices, wearables, watches, and fitness apps as personal health improvement devices. Corporations are also seeing them as useful ways to improve their bottom lines as they expect that healthier employees are more productive, less prone to taking sick days, etc. I expect this trend to grow at a rapid pace in the future.


Warning: of course, this raises a number of concerns regarding information privacy and the use of private health data by corporations. The fear that employees may have - I know I would - is that the corporation will use the data to discriminate against employees. For example, they could raise or lower certain benefits, such as insurance premiums, for employees that do not exercice as much as others. Big data coming from millions of device users could provide those "standards" or benchmarks. A proper governance program must be put in place along with strong and long-term communication plan.


Further reading using the wearables, data or privacy tags in my blog

http://bit.ly/1cNHSU4

http://bit.ly/1cNI1Hb

http://bit.ly/1cNI5Xj 

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HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter

HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
HidrateMe, a smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated
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The bottle promises to track your water intake and remind you when you have not taken enough.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

All quantified self trackers want to track your food and water intake but it is a pain to do it manually. I guess this lowers the barrier to track your life thoroughly.

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Wearable tech nearing tipping point via @ipsos

Wearable tech nearing tipping point via @ipsos | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

According to a recent study conducted among American adults by Ipsos MediaCT, Apple is the presumptive king among wearable devices. When asked which brands Americans would consider purchasing in the wearable category, Apple (62%), Google (44%) and Samsung (43%) were the top three most mentioned brands, not at all surprising given they dominate the mobile platform market. Fitness brands were also highly mentioned, with Fitbit (31%) ranking fourth in consideration and Nike in sixth (27%).

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Fitness drives the wearables market

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What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone

What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Instead of staying up binging on House of Cards, celebrate sleep week by pledging to go to bed early. It'll help your body and mind get the sleep it needs.
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fascinating what data from many people can tell us.

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New Google Glass model hits the FCC website, images included

New Google Glass model hits the FCC website, images included | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The new model has a larger Glass prism and can fold up!
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Pictures have started to emerge but what I find most interesting when reading the patent application is that Google proposes to use magnetic material to change the shape of the device using a new kind of material to better fit the user head shape. Very interesting and promising.


Also read the FCC patent application: http://pimg-fpiw.uspto.gov/fdd/67/950/091/0.pdf

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Best of 2015 wellness programs in businesses

Best of 2015 wellness programs in businesses | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Wellness champions know that beginning and executing a successful wellness program isn’t about finding one cookie-cutter option. It takes careful planning, thoughtful communication, and understanding your employee base well. Really well.

From Fitbit Wellness, we honor nine companies that have done corporate wellness right. From small businesses to a Fortune 500, and a communications agency to a health care system, see what leading organizations have done to rally their team behind a cause, and how they got the most bang for their wellness buck. 

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a review of 9 companies that have sponsored fitbit devices for their employees. The result is a more active, productive and healthy workforce.

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More reading on Transhumanism: To be or not to be Human?

More reading on Transhumanism: To be or not to be Human? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Want to spy on bats or whales? Cochlear implants could enhance hearing beyond the human hearing range. Did you ever want to see like Superman or Star Trek’s Lieutenant Geordi La Forge? The Fraunhofer Institute might just be able to fulfill such fantasies since they are developing an eye equivalent which can distinguish between light …
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More reading on transhumanism.

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Ruth Robinson's curator insight, December 10, 2015 12:00 AM

I wish not to be, but all the tech that's going on and experimenting can't tell!

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The Future Of Retail Might Get Under Your Skin: get #RFID implants

The Future Of Retail Might Get Under Your Skin: get #RFID implants | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Early this year the staff at Epicenter, a Stockholm based high-tech company, were given a choice; they could either be issued a standard employee ID card for access to the building and office equipment, or they could be injected with a tiny radio frequency identification device, placed just under the skin of their hand – otherwise known as a subcutaneous implant. Surprisingly, a number chose the chip, on the promise that with a wave of their hand they would be able to access the building, open doors, operate photocopiers and even pay for lunch in the company cafeteria. No ID cards to forget at home or passwords to remember.

In fact, the Epicenter case is hardly the first experiment of its kind. Going back as far as 2004, Barcelona nightclub owner Conrad Chase offered RFID chipping to his VIP clients enabling access to special lounges and payment capability.


Via André Bélanger
Farid Mheir's insight:

I knew they did this for dogs but never thought they did it for humans. But come to think of it, makes perfect sense. Or it will become the biggest invasion of privacy ever.


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André Bélanger's curator insight, November 11, 2015 4:55 PM

Ouf... Un bon nombre d'employés ont choisi de se faire implanter une puce au lieu d'utiliser une carte magnétique. L'argument ici, c'est que la crainte pour la vie privée eu égard aux traces qu'on laisse sur Internet qui amènerait les jeunes à choisir des puces...

Luigi Cappel's comment, November 21, 2015 2:25 PM
For me it would depend on what part of the world I live in. In New Zealand I would have no problem wearing a chip that I could use for ID for building access, customs, instead of passwords or finger scanners. Being a law abiding citizen in a relatively corruption free country, I'd be more than happy, providing as per the law, I knew how any information about me was being used and could revoke access where it was abused. If I was living in other countries, which may remain nameless, I would steer well clear, because being innocent and law abiding doesn't mean that you are safe.
Farid Mheir's comment, November 21, 2015 5:33 PM
@Russell R. Roberts, Jr. @Luigi Cappel both of you thank you for insightful comments and reshare... as always!
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Inside the Insane, High-Tech, Competitive Future of Fitness via @time @aimarcoux

Inside the Insane, High-Tech, Competitive Future of Fitness via @time @aimarcoux | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This next step in the gameification of fitness already has some people hooked—but some worry it could have some unintended negative effects on others. That’s because it’s not just about collecting tech specs. It’s about competition—in public.
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Gyms are changing with the introduction of technology that let's gymgoers - here bikers using the Flywheel solutions - see how they do and compare themselves to others.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Looks like we have just started to scratch the surface of what technology can do for humans and their wellness. To date, most digital technologies have been applied to office work - thinks MS office - or personal communications - think Facebook. More recent technologies that include sensors - think Apple watch - connected to the Internet are changing the game.


Not only do these new techs provide you with bio-feedback - instant heart rate, number of steps, watts, etc. - they also mash it up with the data from thousands of others. And the Internet has shown the power and the transformation that can come when you interconnect seamlessly millions and billions of people.

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How to Create Computer-Free Digital Experiences- great review of tech in our lives

My talk at Planningness 2013. The worlds of hardware and software are colliding: from art to intelligent robots, our interactions with the digital world are mo…
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A great visual review of everywhere computers touch our lives.

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Ian Harris's curator insight, October 7, 2015 6:58 PM

More food for thought!

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OURA ring. Improve sleep. Perform better. A new era in wellness trackers?

OURA ring. Improve sleep. Perform better. A new era in wellness trackers? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
OURA is a revolutionary ring-sized wellness computer that helps you sleep and perform better.
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A new sleep tracking device.


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Ring size, no screen, very small, 3 days of battery life: the future of wearable devices will be more like this I believe. Unobtrusive, with you all the time, the benefits comes form data analysis, not a big screen or multi-app support.

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Jake D'Imperio gis's curator insight, August 25, 2015 10:26 PM

OURA is a computer that helps people track many different aspect of their health and is also the size of a ring. While the technology is new and expensive the OURA may end up helping people with sleep related health problems by alerting them to the problem allowing them to seek treatment and maybe even save their life. I feel as if this ring, if it gets popular enough may actually help the population by allowing them to keep better track of thier health.

Tracy Harding's comment, September 1, 2015 9:19 AM
You need to pick more obvious global news stories.
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Thank you @Jake D'Imperio gis for your insights!
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Apps to track your #period reviewed by @Exist

Apps to track your #period reviewed by @Exist | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Apple just announced they’re adding period tracking to the built-in iOS Health app, but there are plenty of apps for iOS and Android that have been offering in-depth period tracking for ages.

Here are some of the best I found.

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This is getting very personal.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

Most people would not even think about tracking their every move and data like the quantified self movement is promoting. However, we are providing more and more of our intimate data to our apps and websites, as evidenced by these apps, some of which come pre-installed on iPhones. This is bound to raise privacy issues in the future.

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Corporate #wellness program saves 5% on insurance rate for employees & everyone wear a @fitbit for free

Corporate #wellness program saves 5% on insurance rate for employees & everyone wear a @fitbit for free | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
One day soon, your company could hand you a fitness-tracking device as a gift.
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Appirio 400 employees were offered free FitBit device for free and in return they got a 5% reduction in their insurance premiums. Similar program for BP America 24000 employees and relatives.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Again here the debate is how much is your personal information worth to you? We'll get more of these programs in the coming years so we all have to start asking ourselves how much we are willing to pay to keep our personal data private...?

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Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement

Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want their sexual performance analysed by a virtual sex coach? Exactly, and that's the thinking behind (or on top, or reverse cowgirl, or...we'll stop now) Lovely - the smart wearable sex toy for couples. Just landed on Indiegogo, Lovely slips on to a male you-know-where and is made of body-safe, silky smooth, medical-grade…
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Looks good but not certain I am ready for so much personal data but I guess it has to happen at some point in time... ;-)

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Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing? via @Make

Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing? via @Make | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I've been involved in technology, but this time they might be right.
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Been waiting for this to emerge for a while given the intensity of interest around wearables and internet of things.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BUSINESS?

In the wearable space, I guess what you want to wear are the sensors, not the processing gear. So being able to create cheap custom sensors allows businesses to gather more information  about the environment their products and people go through, then analyze it remotely to make decisions. This is a possible component towards that goal.

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European map of obesity via @withings

European map of obesity via @withings | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A higher prevalence of obesity in Northern and Eastern Europe United Kingdom, Iceland and Scandinavian countries, except for Sweden, are in the group of the countries most concerned with overweight and obesity issues. Is it because of the climate or due to eating habits? Some of them are among the wealthiest countries. With a prevalence …
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Data gathered with a simple device - the withings connected scale - can provide evidence of obesity and where it is most prevalent in Europe.

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