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EmoPulse Smile: A Bracelet Smartwatch Jam-Packed With Useful Features

EmoPulse Smile: A Bracelet Smartwatch Jam-Packed With Useful Features | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
There are a lot of technology companies announcing their own innovative smartwatch right now, but are they as innovative as the EmoPulse Smile smartwatch?

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Everyone is getting in on the act of wearable technology

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Maxime Lanave's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:58 AM
Smartwatch prochaine innovation technologique à la mode ?
rrenny's curator insight, September 18, 2013 4:09 AM

nice 

Alex Simon's curator insight, September 18, 2013 6:00 PM

I love technology!

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Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Problems with a component of the Apple Watch could exacerbate a shortage of the much-hyped wearable technology.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that the taptic engine made by China-based AAC Technologies Holdings breaks down over time, which forced the tech giant to scrap some already-completed watches.  -  The taptic engine involves a small motor that alerts wearers by gently tapping them on the wrist; the technology also enables users to send their heartbeats to others.  -  Nidec Corp., a Japanese company that also supplied the engines to Apple, did not experience the same reliability problems. Apple reportedly shifted nearly all of that work to Nidec, but increasing its production capacity could take some time.

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$20M Police Body-Camera Program unveiled

$20M Police Body-Camera Program unveiled | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The move comes amid growing calls for transparency and accountability in the law enforcement community.
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US officials on Friday announced a $20-million pilot program to help equip law enforcement agencies across the country with body cameras. - The program is part of a general push by US police agencies to outfit officers with cameras to provide clear recordings of arrests, and is part of a proposal by President Barack Obama last year to invest $75M to purchase 50,000 body cameras.

The move comes amid growing calls for transparency and accountability in the law enforcement community after a string of high-profile deadly encounters between white police officers and black men. - “Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability, and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” the new attorney general, Loretta Lynch, said in a statement.

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Mobile identity and wearables: You are what you wear

Mobile identity and wearables: You are what you wear | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Making the very detailed case for biometrics for security in the mobile and wearable space - "There is probably more mileage in the physical access control (PAC) industry, where the ecosystem is ready to see corporate badges replaced by smartphones and wearable devices. The development of biometric-enabled smartcards also provides an alternative method of providing stronger security for card-based PAC deployments; users cannot access a building with the badge that I have found in the street or stolen from a handbag because the card will not work without the authorised fingerprint." 

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The Next Premium Smartwatch To Take On Apple Watch

The Next Premium Smartwatch To Take On Apple Watch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A startup called Olio Devices is announcing that it's entering the fray of smartwatches. Its founder and CEO, Steve Jacobs, is a veteran of Apple's iPod and iPhone teams, as well as design work for...
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The Model One series, which Olio is unveiling today, has several distinguishing characteristics. Compared to most connected watches already on the market, the Model One has a premium feel, with hand-finished, water-resistant steel cases, glass backs that display the charging coils within, fancy straps, and a variety of proprietary technologies designed to do things like improve the display’s quality and extend the battery life to two days of use between charges. Starting price of $595, places the Model One near the top of the current smartwatch market. -  Like most smartwatches, the Model One is on the hefty side, but Olio put four weights inside to balance it on your hand and reduce the chances of it slipping around on your wrist. The colour LCD screen looks good, and lets you accomplish everything through touch (no available buttons).

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 1, 3:57 PM

Startup Olio enters the smartwatch fray with an elegant premium timepiece.

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IT Outsourcing: How Offshoring Can Kill Innovation

IT Outsourcing: How Offshoring Can Kill Innovation | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School professors David Pisano and Willy Shih argue that overzealous offshore outsourcing can cripple a company's ability to innovate. Pisano and Shih discuss what CIOs can learn from the manufacturing sector about how 'not' to approach offshore outsourcing.
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Not only true about IT, but also true about outsourcing innovation  as Willy Shih, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School: The troubling thing that our research turned up is that offshoring can lead to damage to what we call the industrial commons—a set of capabilities embodied in your supplier network, your workforce, the educational infrastructure associated with a technology area. For example, in the 1960s Kodak gave up making sophisticated film cameras, and the U.S. consumer electronics companies offshored their product manufacturing and development. So the industrial commons for consumer electronic and optoelectronic devices in the U.S. withered away. So when the digital camera revolution came along—even though Kodak invented the first digital camera in the 1970s—there was no longer any capability base in the U.S. to develop or manufacture such products.

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How wearable products missing the boat?

How wearable products missing the boat? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Find out more at Wearable World Congress, May 19-20.
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Urska Srsen's co-founder and COO of BellaBeat focuses on female health and fitness: "Other wearable products are not adjusted to a specific user, they only produce raw data. They want to cover everybody instead of focusing on one user, and providing information and insights that are important for that user—not just numbers and charts and raw data. This is one of the things we're always trying to avoid. That's why Leaf doesn't have any interface on the hardware. All the data is presented on the software, so that we can present you with an insight on your health, not just overburden you with raw data. That doesn't really mean much, if it's not put into a context."

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Wearables, the IoT and 3D Printing Could Revolutionize Field Services

Wearables, the IoT and 3D Printing Could Revolutionize Field Services | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
By optimizing workflows and cutting inefficiency costs, smartglasses and other emerging technologies are proving their worth in the field.
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In forward-thinking enterprises, a potent mix of technologies (augmented reality, 3D visualizations, and video conferencing) is piped through smartglasses to give field service workers critical information and facilitate valuable interactions, hands-free. Schematics are overlaid onto the machines that workers are servicing, right before their eyes. Workers in remote locations can see what field service workers see to lend a helping hand. And, straight out of a scene from Minority Report, field service engineers scroll through data downloaded via the cloud using hand gestures.

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8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch

8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Ugh....
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Not an unreasonable list either 

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The IoT: What Does It Take to Make it Real?

The IoT: What Does It Take to Make it Real? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

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Cisco VP of IoT Systems and Software Group Kip Compton and his take on what needs to be addressed.

• There is a lot of interest in fog computing; participants see the limitations of a cloud-only approach and understand the value of our fog approach

• There is deep interest in the skills gap and how to address it (see the education initiative we launched at the IoT World Forum last October)

• There is much interest in how to achieve interoperability, which involves leveraging the stack from things up to applications

• And, no surprise here, there was widespread agreement that IoT security is a big challenge and one that is ripe for innovation (see my April 15 blog on Cisco’s plan to team with Identiv for access control and identity management)

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Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon

Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The second-generation Google Glass could be here before you know it. The CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, Massimo Vian, spoke earlier today in Milan and mentioned that the next iteration of the connected specs are coming out soon. Vian's company became one of Google's partners in March 2014, involved in the OG Google Glass. Viam couldn't reveal a precise date when we can expect to see the next-gen wearable...
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The 2nd-gen Google Glass could be here soon. The CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, Massimo Vian mentioned that the next iteration of the connected specs are coming out soon. Viam couldn't reveal a precise date when we can expect to see the next-gen wearable.  - Led by Tony Fadell, who heads up Google's Nest division, the second-generation Glass moves away from portraying the device as a toy for tech nerds, and turns it into a useful product for the average Joe.   - Vian says that version 2 of Glass is being prepped and that the Glass team is working on ideas for version 3. Google Glass head Ivy Ross has previously said that the next version of Glass would be cheaper (the OG model cost $1500 retail), offer a better display and sound quality, and be equipped with a longer-lasting battery.

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The ticking cybersecurity risk: Managing wearable tech in the workplace

The ticking cybersecurity risk: Managing wearable tech in the workplace | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablets took time to effectively crossover from consumer device to business staple. Wearables, despite still being the infants of IT hardware, are already starting to make that leap.
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At a minimum, organizations should encourage wearable-equipped staff to disable Bluetooth or automatic Wi-Fi detection settings when their devices aren't in use. IT managers might also instruct employees to connect to a guest network when need be, ensuring some degree of separation. Software/firmware updates are also a critical part of security management, and while the emergence of self-updating technologies may alleviate some challenges, these advances in-and-of-themselves are fraught with peril.  -  In territory as unchartered as wearables, it’s that much more important for organizations to understand who their adversaries are. The form factor, computing, and power limitations of such devices may create new blind spots that make room for a new crop of bad actors. We see this all the time with low power or CPU-constrained devices that do not use proper encryption algorithms because of power consumption or compute limitations. Thermostats, wireless home security systems and home control devices, automobiles, and fitness equipment all have problems today due to these tradeoffs. The emergence of shared platforms (such as Android and Apple) with security in the base plumbing will help—nearly everything today is custom from the ground-up.   Organizations must work to bolster security before wearable adoption reaches a critical employee mass. Corporate cyber defenses that were sufficient five, ten years ago won’t necessarily be enough to ward off wearable threats. One approach is to start with a threat assessment in order to gauge what data is passing through the corporate network, and what investments can be made to guard it. Establishing geofences that disable the network in sensitive spaces, such as R&D labs, is another step to consider

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How Evernote Is Tackling the Wearables App Challenge

How Evernote Is Tackling the Wearables App Challenge | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We spoke to Evernote's senior software engineer for wearable technology Damian Mehers about how making an Android Wear app is different from an Android app.
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Android Wear in particular doesn't stop developers from adding any features, and that's sometimes dangerous. Just because you can do everything doesn't mean you should do everything."  -  The temptation to add a host of features that a phone app has can be overpowering, but Mehers feels it's very important to pick the right features for the watch app. Evernote has taken time to optimize its app for wearables that have strict hardware limitations in terms of screen size and battery life.  -  "The battery was going down very fast because it's a CPU intensive [process]. What I ended up doing was what I should have done in the first place - transfer the raw audio file over to the phone and do the conversion there. You need to really think about where you're doing the work and offload as much of the CPU intensive, battery draining work as possible over to the phone."  -  However, pushing all the work to the smartphone app isn't the best solution either as that would make the watch app useless. As of now, this is the only solution for Apple Watch development, since there are no standalone Watch apps on Apple's platform yet and it's the iPhone app that also includes Watch-specific components. Google's Android Wear doesn't have this limitation.

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Cross embeds wearable tech in leather products

Cross embeds wearable tech in leather products | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
White House's official pen brand is tweaking its pricing to enter accessories market
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The Cross Grabado Tech+ wallet was chosen out of 4,928 entries.

The wallet also has features like an anti-theft mechanism and is touted as a loss-proof accessory. It is encoded with a Bluetooth tracker and seamlessly syncs with the owner's cellphone.

Once a Cross app is downloaded, a lost or stolen wallet can be tracked down.  -  If stolen, the wallet will transmit an alert to the owner's phone and the Cross app will show a map to track down the wallet.  -  The wallet is also being seen as Cross' innovation in wearable tech.

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At $50, Fake Apple Watch Offers Features the Real One Lacks

At $50, Fake Apple Watch Offers Features the Real One Lacks | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Gold plating not included
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At less than $50—you can pick up a smartwatch that looks quite similar to Apple's own creation, complete with replica Digital Crown and touch screen. Like the Cupertino original that went on sale today for seven times the price, the generic offering spotted in this bustling Chinese city features an activity tracker, chat apps, Web browser, and Bluetooth connectivity. A brief demo unveiled shortcomings in the browser with only the text loading on screen.

A replica Apple Watch on sale in China's Shenzhen City. The smartwatch features a camera and allows phone calls without the need for a smartphone connection.  - What this no-name watch provides that Apple doesn't is phone calls right from the watch—without the need to connect to your smartphone—through a built-in microphone and surprisingly clear speaker. Its 3-megapixel front-facing camera adds another feature that won't be found on the wrists of Apple Watch buyers.

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Why wearable tech needs body Wi-Fi

Why wearable tech needs body Wi-Fi | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Move along Bluetooth, Wi-Bo is coming. Wi-Bo, or body Wi-Fi, is the proposed new wireless tech that one analyst thinks is the key to building a network of small, useful wearables around the body which talk to each other and the rest of the internet. Read this: Apple Watch review - what's it good for?…
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Trying to make the case for Wi-Bo, or body Wi-Fi, is the proposed new wireless tech that one analyst thinks is the key to building a network of small, useful wearables around the body which talk to each other and the rest of the internet.  -  Andrew Sheehy, chief analyst at Generator Research, outlined his proposal for a new wireless technology on the company's research portal TekCarta.  -  With so many devices built for wrists, faces, ears and other body parts, Sheehy argues that we need a couple of things to happen before everything can work together.  -  We need to move beyond Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and develop a "micro-range" wireless standard for tiny wearables which uses a frequency above Wi-Fi - say, 10 - 20 GHz.

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Technology Profit and Pivots in the $300 Billion Wedding Space

Technology Profit and Pivots in the $300 Billion Wedding Space | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The global wedding market is now a $300 billion industry. And behind all those silk covered buttons and wedding cupcakes, lies a goldmine of killer apps, wearables and platforms....
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One is the continued growth potential for wedding sites. Cloud-based do-it-yourself website development platforms are a growth industry worth $24 billion in the US, and growing 4.9 percent annually. , "Much of this wedding marketplace is comprised of small businesses that need services, tools, innovations and efficiencies."  

The wedding industry is bracing for a surge on the wearable technology side, as well. The industry predicted to be worth $20B this year, and expected to grow to nearly $70B by 2025, encompasses apparel from head to foot, and body adornment devices. "Soon these wearables will be measuring the bride and groom's heart rate at key moments," says Tito Chowdhury, founder and executive director of the influential FashionNXT, a Portland, Oregon-based fashion show which focuses on how wearable technology intersects with fashion.

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Apple Watch Review

Apple Watch Review | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious. Here..
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Pros:

Terrific hardware design

Basic features offer instant utility
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More advanced features are less than intuitive

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MSFT Awarded Patent For Emotion Detecting Eyewear

MSFT Awarded Patent For Emotion Detecting Eyewear | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has managed to get a patent for smart glasses that can interpret human emotions.
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Microsoft’s filling reveals that the user of the device could get an idea of another individual or even a group’s thoughts at any given time, based on changes in their respective body temperatures and vocal activity. The glasses are fitted with both visual and audio sensors that focus on the subject’s body movement. The recorded data which may or may not include slight movements in speech, physical movements, eye contact and other gestures, is then compared with corresponding emotional categories in Microsoft’s information database and subsequently displayed to the consumer.

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Researchers propose body WiFi for the wearable technology age

Researchers propose body WiFi for the wearable technology age | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A completely new wireless standard might be needed to provide connectivity in the age of wearables, replacing the WiFi with Body Fi, a researcher has suggested.
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In an article on the Generator Research website, editor Andrew Sheehy describes how the current wireless standards fall short of what’s needed to provide smooth connectivity for the increasing number of wearable devices and proposed a way to tackle the problem.  -  Instead of connecting each of these devices separately to a wireless network, he proposed to connect them to a single controlling device that could act as an interface for the rest of the body network.  - Due to the minute dimensions of some of the foreseen wearable devices, such as ear buds or capsules that are swallowed for measuring parameters inside the body, the network would have to use a short-range wireless networking standard that wouldn’t require bulky transmitters.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 29, 10:57 PM

How do you control things when you are wearing multiple wearable devices?

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Tech Leaders See Wearables Working in the Workplace

Tech Leaders See Wearables Working in the Workplace | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Robert Half Technology offers three questions for IT leaders to consider when evaluating whether to support wearables for the business:

  1. Will this implementation enhance our business and/or productivity? Consider whether or not a new technology benefits your company and how it will add value to the business. Beyond hopping on a new trend, it’s vital to measure the long-term benefits of additional devices and how they could positively impact the workplace. Effectively answering this question will help communicate the potential value to leaders in the organization.
  2. Am I aware of security risks and is the company equipped to handle them? New technologies have the potential to introduce security vulnerabilities. Technology leaders must understand – and communicate to other business leaders – the difference in security risk levels with enterprise-provided wearables versus employees’ personal devices and develop plans and policies to match.
  3. Have I prepared a sound policy, communications plan and training strategy around wearable technology at the office? It’s crucial to have a preemptive communications approach that will address any new
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How Wearable Tech will change your life

How Wearable Tech will change your life | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Where does the public stand with the Internet of Things? It's focused now on Wearable Tech, especially as Wearable Technology crosses into lifestyle and fashion. With that in mind, this infographic appears to focus on where a millennial marketplace will spend its money on the next wave of technology... and not a word about laptops, phones or tech 1.0 here. The sources are listed on the infographic itself (apparently all from 2014), and while the Apple Watch is mentioned it's not actually shown or listed in the infographic. SOURCE: ComputerScienceZone.org
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Alison Winn's curator insight, April 27, 5:33 AM

A great infographic from Viz Publications outlining how we will all come to embrace wearable technology and the exponential growth within that market.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 27, 6:23 PM

Wearables have a lot of applications, especially in the health sector. This infographic paints a picture of a 'wearable future'.

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The History Of Digital Watches

The History Of Digital Watches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Memory and digital storage are key technical elements in the evolution of smart devices that we carry with us, enabling current capabilities and the evolving Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will be a big part of our everyday life in the near future and even further extend our senses and knowledge of ourselves and the world around us.
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In 1982 Seiko introduced the TV Watch for watching broadcast TV. In 1994 Timex introduced the Timex Data Link 150 Watch that it called the Personal Information Manager (PIM) Watch that could transfer data between a PC and the watch just by holding the watch in front of a computer screen with data on it.  -  There was some further progress in electronic watches in the 1990’s and early 2000’s but the move to today’s version of smart wearable devices probably started with the introduction of the Pebble Watch in 2013. Pebble used a 120 MHz processor with 32 Mb of serial flash memory to provide a number of useful functions, including health monitoring. Pebble’s initial production was financed by a Kickstarter campaign that allowed early purchase of these useful devices at a significant discount.

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amBX's curator insight, April 25, 5:23 AM

facinating, with the launch of the Apple Watch to see where we have got to.

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Chipworks Cracks Open Apple Watch, Looks Inside

Chipworks Cracks Open Apple Watch, Looks Inside | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Chipworks teardown crew finds some surprising components inside the smartwatch.
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"At the top left corner of the S1 module we were expecting to see a motion sensor from InvenSense, but, surprise surprise, we have a brand new STMicroelectronics 3 mm x 3 mm land grid array (LGA) package featuring a 3D digital gyroscope and accelerometer. Great job on STMicroelectronics for this socket win,"  - the interesting component was the  Analog Devices capacitive touchscreen controller inside the Apple Watch is a ' Cortex M3 Based Cap'

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Wearables in the Enterprise are Driving Improved Business Performance

Wearables in the Enterprise are Driving Improved Business Performance | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Salesforce Research shows success with wearables motivates 86 percent of adopters to increase spending on enterprise wearables initiatives

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 24, 12:47 PM

Interesting.

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The StrikeTec Sensor: Wearable Tech in Motion

The StrikeTec Sensor: Wearable Tech in Motion | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable tech.
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Wearable tech for boxers produced by EFD Sports, the StrikeTec is a boxing product that combines technology and the brawn of the sport. The sensor is a sports tracking gizmo that analyzes every movement of the user. By recording information including punch speed, punch force, punch type and punch count, among other metrics, the user is provided with information relating to the improvement of their technique. StrikeTec takes in to account where a user currently is in relation to their past workout routines, allowing users to track their progress and see, lit up on a smartphone or laptop screen, every miniscule detail related to their workout.  -  The sensors fit around the bass of each of the user’s boxing gloves but there’s more truly hi-tech workings within this product. Connecting via Bluetooth to a computer known as the brain, which in turn connects, via the cloud, to the StrikeTec Boxing Training App, users can instantly see and pore over their results. For the more competitive among us, users can even share and publish results, competing with their friends and team mates for bragging rights!  -  This product isn’t likely to just going to revolutionise training though. Big Knockout Boxing, a popular pay-per-view boxing TV service, has recently agreed to feature the sensors in their matches.

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