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Australians Will Own Wearable Tech in 2014 as 88% Already Have Smartphones - International Business Times AU

Australians Will Own Wearable Tech in 2014 as 88% Already Have Smartphones - International Business Times AU | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Australians Will Own Wearable Tech in 2014 as 88% Already Have Smartphones International Business Times AU Wearable technology is seen as the next phase in personal gadgets with Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft hoping to release the...
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The folks down under want wearables now, 88% said they will buy
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Volvo smart helmet system could help save lives

Volvo smart helmet system could help save lives | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
An all Swedish trio of Volvo, POC Sports and Ericsson have teamed up to produce “an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists”, with the connected tech set for an official unveiling at CES 2015 in January. The premise of the Volvo Cars’ City Safety system is fairly straightforward: a POC produced helmet, containing Bluetooth,…
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Premise of the smart helmet system a helmet, containing Bluetooth, connects to a smartphone app and broadcasts a cyclist's position, albeit only Volvo XC90 cars will have connectivity with the system built in as standard, allowing drivers to be warned of a cyclist’s proximity

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Study: 19M fitness wearables in use today, to triple by 2018 | mobihealthnews

Study: 19M fitness wearables in use today, to triple by 2018 | mobihealthnews | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

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Scania's Wearable Technology Communicates with Trucks

Scania's Wearable Technology Communicates with Trucks | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Scania is taking the lead in wearable technology – the growing trend for fusing fashion and high tech – with a smart wristwatch that communicates with trucks.
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Scania has developed the watch together with Sony Mobile.  - “We wanted to develop technology that allowed the Scania Watch to truly serve as a friend of the driver," said Scania’s PM Jonas Svanholm. "Existing fleet management apps have primarily targeted transport companies and fleet operators. The Scania Watch, combined with the new app, takes the technology one step further and helps the driver in his or her daily work.”

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Apple Patents Earbuds With Fitness Sensors

Apple Patents Earbuds With Fitness Sensors | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

If you look at all the far fetched rumors, going as far back as two years, most will predict that Apple is either launching a full fledged HDTV set...


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Wearables Need to Be Out of Sight in 2015 - iQ by Intel

Wearables Need to Be Out of Sight in 2015 - iQ by Intel | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
As winners of the 2014 Intel Make It Wearable Challenge bring their wearables to market, they offer tips for next year’s contestants. How’s this for entrep

Via Celine Sportisse, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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One Example: ProGlove is a glove/wristband combo for factory workers that electronically captures their movements and alerts them to mistakes, locates missing parts, and automates inventory by scanning the barcodes of the parts they use. The team took their Intel coaches’ advice to spend more time observing factory floors. They learned that workers want their easily-soiled gloves to remain disposable. Designers decided to remove most of the sensors from the glove itself and incorporate them into the new wristband. - This is an excellent example of what is called good Use Case development, get on the ground with would be users, and care about what they care about. 

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Is wearable tech making us smarter?

Is wearable tech making us smarter? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
2015 is set to be the year of wearable technology. But can it actually make us feel cleverer?
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Samsung research found almost half (47%) of individuals who use wearable technology feel more intelligent, while 61% felt more informed.  - "One of the biggest challenges with the current crop of wearables, most specifically smart watches, is that they seem to be a solution looking for a problem to solve,” said Ben Wood of CCS Insight


"A wearable device can certainly help you feel more informed. Rather than having to reach for your smartphone you can quickly see who is calling or review a message and then decide whether to action it or not,” - The convenience of wearables, such as a jacket which vibrates on your left or right shoulder depending on the direction of your pre-entered destination, is a big draw for customers. But devices with less apparent functions can be confusing or merely pointless, 


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Cicret: Augmented Reality Meets Wearable Computing

Cicret: Augmented Reality Meets Wearable Computing | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable computing just got a date with augmented reality, called the Cicret Bracelet. Will the pair work out? - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder

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More on the Cicret Bracelet that has a pico-projector, accelerometer, proximity sensors, etc...kind of interesting, still thinking about the use case beyond the novelty of the wrist displayed screen which may make this the wearable device that does more than give you alerts from your smartphone.

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TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions

TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland (Reuters) - TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the
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"Smartwatches represent a challenge to the Swiss watch industry that is comparable to the appearance of quartz technology. We cannot ignore this tsunami that is coming closer,"  "We'll only do it if we can be first, different and unique," CEO Jean-Claude Biver said. He would not say how much the brand would invest in the project, part of a drive to refocus on accessible watches appealing to a large customer base.

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Skinteractive Studios is Making Wearable Tech Fashionable

Skinteractive Studios is Making Wearable Tech Fashionable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Tech wearables don’t have to be ugly. That’s something Amanda Parkes wants to help people realiz...
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“If you look out there, it’s basically Misfit wearables, the Apple Watch, the Fitbit — these are companies that are basically making gadgets that are attached to your body. That’s not innovation, really.”

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Wearable Technology With Pedals and Wheels

Wearable Technology With Pedals and Wheels | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fitness finally comes to the Internet.
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Peloton's at-home bike "it’s easily the best indoor workout I’ve ever done. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and a power outlet. The class stream has been almost flawless over more than a dozen 45-minute workouts. The only digital glitch was one occasion when a class stream buffered for 30 seconds."  - the bike is solid enough to stand and mash the pedals as you would on the road. The best technologies just get out of the way, and during Peloton workouts, it’s easy to forget that you’re using a sophisticated—and expensive—device.($2000)  The tablet displays your pedal cadence, speed, and output, in both watts and calories burned. A live leader board, meanwhile, tracks your classmates’ output, providing extra motivation. Most mornings, I’ve burned 800-plus calories before even leaving the house.


“In 1995, the consumer Internet started,” Foley says. “That’s 20 years of technology innovation that has not been felt by the fitness-equipment category.” - The miniaturization of chips and sensors is making it possible to track and–here’s the key—analyze our body movement.

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XelfleX smart fabric means motion sensors without the gadgets

XelfleX smart fabric means motion sensors without the gadgets | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smart clothing doesn't have to mean dresses covered in LEDs. It can be much more useful than that. The futuristic smart fabric XelfleX is a superb example of a wearable that doesn't involve strapping gadgets to your body.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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XelfleX suit could be a great fit for motion capture for film, gaming and VR.

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PCB007 Highly-accurate Biometric Data Drives Wearable Tech

PCB007 Highly-accurate Biometric Data Drives Wearable Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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In 2014, Valencell saw a staggering demand for its PerformTek biometric technology, with a 300% increase in licensing partners Additionally, the company has expanded into the gaming and first responder/military markets, where highly-accurate biometric data is also in high demand.  - "The wearable industry is approaching a turning point. With more and more new products being introduced in a variety of form factors, consumers are left with many choices and limited information about what works best," said Michael Dering, CEO of Valencell. "Over time, we predict the products that provide the most accurate, comprehensive data will be the wearables that consumers will choose."

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Intel wants to put the smart into your smartwatch with data, analytics and chips

Intel wants to put the smart into your smartwatch with data, analytics and chips | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Intel may be late to the IoT game but it's working hard to catch up, emphasizing its data centers and analytics offerings as much as its chips.
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Not surprisingly, then, the IoT markets Intel chose to highlight put less of a priority on low power and more on processing data, an area where Intel excels. Intel used the event to launch a new IoT gateway, a device that will take in data from embedded sensors and devices and feed data to Intel’s data center chips and services

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Maybe late in the game, but catching up fast and putting the emphasis on processor, what they know best. Intel will be in the near future a player to count on as far as IoT is concerned.

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Ipswitch Research: UK will Lag Behind Germany and France in Wearable Tech in 2015

Ipswitch Research: UK will Lag Behind Germany and France in Wearable Tech in 2015 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The number of wearables used in the corporate world is set to increase in 2015 though many companies lack proper policies for its introduction
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Samsung says wearables will be the next 'power' trend in the workplace

Samsung says wearables will be the next 'power' trend in the workplace | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable technology will be to 2015 what shoulder pads were to the workplace in the 1980s.
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Samsung's Wearable Vision unveiled when they gave members of the press a peek at its vision for smart home automation. BK Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung, said during the 2014 IFA tech conference in Berlin that the future home will be responsive — the walls will move to create new floor plans when, for example, you're hosting a big dinner party and want to borrow a little space from the living room. The refrigerator will tell you when items within are expired. You'll be able to cook over a stove top with the help of recipe holographics, so you don't have to get your devices dirty by accessing directions via mobile.  Less mention on the power trend of wearables in the workplace though

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LED-based sensors for wearable fitness tracking products

LED-based sensors for wearable fitness tracking products | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The surge in bio-sensing armbands, smartwatches, smartphones, and other fitness-oriented wearable products that employ optical sensing technologies would not have been possible without the dramatic reductions in cost and power brought by LEDs.

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Excellent in-depth detail on the different sensors used in wearables

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41% of caregivers use a digital health device

41% of caregivers use a digital health device | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Parks Associates has released new research about caregivers and the role digital health devices play in their lives. According to Parks, 41 percent of US caregivers in households with broadband internet use a digital health device. Eight percent use some kind of online tool to coordinate their efforts.

 


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The feature caregivers are most interested in is an “electronic panic button” — something like a mobile personal emergency response system or mPERS.


The survey indicated that 44% of those who identify as current or future caregivers are interested in such a device, with a further 30% interested in an wearable wrist worn tracker with the same panic button functionality.  - In terms of current adoption, 27%  of US broadband households currently own and use at least one connected health device, 8% of caregivers use “an electronic watch” to track the family member under their care. 


In June 2013, the Pew Internet and American Life project tackled caregiving and found that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59% of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. 52% said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver.

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Wearable tech features on 1-in-3 Christmas present wish lists

Wearable tech features on 1-in-3 Christmas present wish lists | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A third of British adults have a wearable gadget on their Christmas present wish list, survey reveals
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Interesting infographic, however this is what people think versus their actual use, application and relevance of wearable devices.  We shall have to wait and see how this all shakes out over the post shopping season to see how this data really still holds up.

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Swipe: The Tech helping Disabled Athletes

Swipe: The Tech helping Disabled Athletes | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Swipe team hits the slopes and meets inventors at the cutting edge of disabled sports technology.

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This is an area where designers and inventors have to understand the exact needs of the person using their product. 

  • How can a partially sighted skier be more independent?
  • How can you make it easier for a wheelchair rugby player to right themselves after a fall?
  • These are the kinds of questions that students at Imperial College London have been trying to answer as part of the Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge.
  • These prototypes could play an important role in the future of technology for disabled sportsmen and women.
  • Currently, blind or partially sighted skiers rely on guides who ski in front of them. They are linked through Bluetooth headsets.
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It Looks Like Snapchat Paid $15 Million To Buy A Google Glass-Like Startup

It Looks Like Snapchat Paid $15 Million To Buy A Google Glass-Like Startup | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Snapchat secretly acquired a company working on...
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Vergence Labs' main product is Epiphany Eyewear, a product that subtly records video with the press of a button on the side of the frame. The glasses come with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of storage. Depending on which pair you get, you'll spend $300 to $500. The glasses hook into a computer, and you upload the video to an online account. You can't take photos with the device, but Epiphany has software that you can use to capture stills from the videos you upload 

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Wearable: Netatmo June UV review

Wearable: Netatmo June UV review | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Netatmo’s June UV bracelet is one of the earliest examples of wearable tech made by women for women. Most of the focus is on its design, as its functionality is limited to measuring UV rays and warning women about sun exposure.
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Tracking sun exposure … and nothing else
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After sitting out smartphones, Intel will do anything to ride the wearable wave

After sitting out smartphones, Intel will do anything to ride the wearable wave | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
After embarrassingly stumbling about while ARM and Qualcomm won the smartphone war, Intel has no intention of missing out on the next big trend. It's betting we'll be mad about wearables in the near future, and is taking a scattergun approach to ensure it's inside the winning device.
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"There are two problems with Intel’s plan. Manufacturers are still trying to work out what to do with wearables, and the public still isn’t sure it actually wants them at all. Analysts are convinced wearables are going to be huge over the coming years, but regular people still need some persuasion."   

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Revolutionary membrane can keep your heart beating perfectly forever

Revolutionary membrane can keep your heart beating perfectly forever | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
You're looking at a rabbit's heart beating outside the animal that once hosted it. It's alive, pumping blood on its own thanks to a revolutionary electronic membrane that may save your life by keeping your heart beating at a perfect rate.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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They custom made it to precisely fit the shape of the rabbit's heart: First, while the rabbit was still alive, they scanned it and created a 3D model using computer aided tomography. They manufactured the model in a 3D printer, which they used as a mold to create the membrane. After that they took the heart out, applied the membrane, and kept it beating at a perfect pace.  -  According to University of Illinois' materials researcher John Rorgers, co-leader of the team who has developed this device, it's like an artificial pericardium, the natural membrane that covers the heart:

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How Wearables Are Changing The Workplace

How Wearables Are Changing The Workplace | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Research last year by Credit Suisse called wearable tech “the next big thing” and predicted the industry was set to grow from around $3 billion to $5 billion today to $50 billion within five years. Wearable technology is an up and coming trend.  You may have heard of popular of wearable [...]
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Accenture chimes in with their take on wearables

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High-Tech Meets High Fashion: The New Look of Wearable Technology

High-Tech Meets High Fashion: The New Look of Wearable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable tech is getting a high-design makeover.
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“Silicon Valley has this misconception that if the technical feature is well-built enough, consumers will lap it up, no matter what it looks like. This is not the case,” adds Kate Unsworth, founder and CEO of Kovert Designs, a London-based startup that’s launching sleek, smart jewelry in time for the holidays. “Ever seen a smartwatch on the Champs-Élysées?”  - Unsworth is alluding to the aesthetic shortcomings of early wearable gadgets: Bulky, squared off, masculine and plastic-y, they were not likely to find valuable wrist real estate (or face real estate, in the case of Google Glass) among image-conscious consumers.

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