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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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FTC: "Internet of Things" poses consumer risks

FTC: "Internet of Things" poses consumer risks | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The growing number of household products that connect to the Internet could be tempting to hackers, the government fears
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"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez .

The FTC advises consumers to ask themselves the following questions before buying the latest gadgets:

  • Does it connect to the Internet or other devices?
  • What kind of information will it collect or transmit about me?
  • Who will get that information?
  • How will my personal information be used, stored and protected?
- We think the public are going to want the FTC to eventually regulate the privacy aspect of IoT devices if manufacturers don't come up with a protocol to protect consumer's personal data.
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Winter Is Coming For Wearables

Winter Is Coming For Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Remember wearables? Those wristbands and glasses that were going to take over our lives? This time last year, many of us had high hopes that 2014 was..
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The hyperbole of wearables is over according to the author, "Today’s wearables require an investment that many aren’t ready to make. We hope this won’t always be the case, but finding killer use cases (other than step counting or fitness tracking) has proven elusive."

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Wearables: Not Just a Technical Challenge, a Human One

Wearables: Not Just a Technical Challenge, a Human One | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
For wearables to catch on, designers need to consider how they will affect the people who use them.  By T. Grant Leffingwell Jins Meme, wearable, smart glasses Jins Meme smart glasses were one of many wearables on display at CES.   If the 2015 CES consumer technology show is any indication, wearable computing has entered the mainstream. Wearables aren’t just for wrists anymore.

Via Celine Sportisse, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The 3 suggested directions for wearables:  Human Centered Design, Transparent to users, and Designed to interact with other devices, which all boils down to having a solid use case before you try and sell into the marketplace

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Apple Watch faces battery life challenges -- report

Apple Watch faces battery life challenges -- report | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The watch's life on a single charge may not meet Apple's target of a full day of use, according to 9to5Mac.
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Apple chose to use a fairly beefy processor and high-quality screen for its Apple Watch, sources told 9to5Mac in a story published Thursday. But that combination impacts how long the watch functions on a single charge.  Apple initially planned for the watch to run 2.5 to 5 hours based on active use. It was also eyeing a goal of three days on standby mode and four days in sleep mode. But the wearable device may last only two to three days in either standby or low-power mode.

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based on previous smartphone and iPhone experience, who'd have thought i!

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Wearable sensor clears path to long-term EKG, EMG monitoring

Wearable sensor clears path to long-term EKG, EMG monitoring | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

A new electrophysiological sensor developed at North Carolina State University is as accurate as the 'wet electrode' sensors used in hospitals for EKGs and EMGs, but can be used for long-term monitoring and is more accurate than existing sensors when a patient is moving. 


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HTC's first smartwatch and M9 smartphone coming soon

HTC's first smartwatch and M9 smartphone coming soon | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

HTC is close to unveiling its first wearable, according to a new report.The Taiwanese company is expected to show off its first smartwatch and its next flagship smartphone, the M9, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in March, Bloomberg reports.


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Voxel8 3D printer can print a complete quadcopter, including the circuits

Voxel8 3D printer can print a complete quadcopter, including the circuits | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
3D printing at the consumer end of the scale is still a very new form of tech. The price of the printers has come down significantly, but for the most part they will [...]

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At CES this year Voxel8  printed a quadcopter from the ground up. It’s a multi-stage process that first sees part of the plastic body printed complete with spaces for the electronics and circuit pathways. That body section is removed, the electronic components dropped in, and then the whole thing returned to the printer for the conductive paste extruder to go to work adding the circuits. Finally the rest of the body is added before the rotors are inserted. - Cost is $9,000 to pre-order one, should arrive in a year

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The future of fitness could just be a chest-worn sticker

The future of fitness could just be a chest-worn sticker | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

For the last couple of years, medical science has been working on a way to build health sensors into stickers for better patient monitoring. It looks as if the folks behind AmpStrip might have gotten there first. AmpStrip is a piece of wearable technology that sticks onto your chest (we're told that the ideal location is below your nipple) and monitors your vitals without needing any other of the numerous fitness products we've seen on the market.


Nestled within the Band-Aid-sized hardware is an accelerometer, thermometer and a heart rate sensor, which, combined, are capable of monitoring your heart rate, movement and activity. You don't actually stick the AmpStrip directly onto your skin, it has to be said; instead you use a sticky pad that lasts for between three and seven days, depending on your workout. Stick it down properly, however, and it should hold firm even when you go swimming, which you can do with the AmpStrip.


Because the hardware is self-contained, you'll need to drop it onto a wireless charging plate for a couple of hours. That's not much charging, but the company promises that a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy and some secret algorithmic sauce will keep the battery ticking over for a full seven days. The hardware itself is currently in beta, but now that AmpStrip has beaten its Indiegogo goal, production should begin sometime this summer.



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judyhaar's curator insight, January 15, 12:42 PM
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Will you wear a health sensor on your chest?

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CES Diary: Wearables may be headed mainstream, but many still aren't ready for prime time

CES Diary: Wearables may be headed mainstream, but many still aren't ready for prime time | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Many wearables makers remain very focused on the technology and the market opportunity, but not focused enough on the long-term wearability of their devices.
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Another op-ed on the state of wearable design - not an unfair assessment 

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LG Plans to Launch WebOS-powered Smartwatch by Early Next Year

LG Plans to Launch WebOS-powered Smartwatch by Early Next Year | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
South Korea‘s LG Electronics Inc. will use the WebOS platform as an alternative to Google Inc. ’s Android operating system in a new smartwatch lineup to be launched early next year, a person familiar with the plans said.

“We’re going to slowly try to build an (software) ecosystem around areas we can have more control over,”
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How the German national soccer team used wearable technology to win the World Cup

How the German national soccer team used wearable technology to win the World Cup | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
View image | gettyimages.com LAS VEGAS — It was the 88th minute of the World Cup final this past July, with Germany and Argentina locked in a scoreless dra
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Leading up to last year’s World Cup, the German team wore small devices during practice to monitor everything from speed, distance, and heart rate of each player. Norman and his colleagues would crunch the data after training sessions and see how exactly each athlete performed. Coaches then used the information to plan future workouts more effectively and make better personnel decisions.

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The Industry Hopes for a Wearable-Gadget Boom

The Industry Hopes for a Wearable-Gadget Boom | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
This coming year, wearable technology is expected to be big: companies at CES displayed every imaginable wearable gadget, designed for everything from baby monitoring to calmer meditation.
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This coming year, wearable technology is expected to be big: companies at CES displayed every imaginable wearable gadget, designed for everything from baby monitoring to calmer meditation.

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The Withings Activité Pop fitness-tracking watch is as fun and colorful as it looks

Here at CES 2015 Withings announced the Activité Pop, a low-cost version of its gorgeous fitness tracking wristwatch. I just spent some time with the device, and it's a fun, colorful alternative to...
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Low cost (relative to other wearables in this category) and colorful, you make the call on whether it's worth the investment

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Wearables making health claims will now be FDA regulated

Wearables making health claims will now be FDA regulated | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
wearables such as pedometers, fitness bands, and even smartwatches, before beginning a workout has become relatively commonplace, to the point that there
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The FDA has identified that there is a fine line dividing serious medical devices and casual wearable technology and it feels that the distinction needs to be made more clearly. When it comes to casual gadgets, it plans to keep its nose out of things, but when medical claims are being made, it will now be providing some oversight and regulation. The hope is that the line will become less blurry so that consumers will know which claims are and are not being made with FDA approval. 

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Apple Watch: novelty or necessity? - Telegraph

Apple Watch: novelty or necessity? - Telegraph | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The launch of the Apple Watch will propel smartwatches into the mainstream, but will they ever be more than a gimmick, asks Sophie Curtis
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Part of the reason that stand-alone fitness trackers like the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone Up have been so successful is that they are like a good corkscrew – they do one thing very well. They are also relatively inexpensive and have batteries that last for around a week without charging. - Smartwatches, by contrast, can be as expensive as smartphones, and generally have batteries that last less than a day. With the exception of a few that have always-on displays, like the Pebble and the Basis Peak, they are less convenient that traditional watches when it comes to telling the time, and they rely heavily on smartphones for their functionality.

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Best smartwatch 2015: Top 10 List from Techradar

Best smartwatch 2015: Top 10 List from Techradar | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Top iOS and Android watches for 2015
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Sony Smartwatch 3 and Pebble Steel grab the two top spots

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Leatherman's New Wearable Tech Can Repair Your Wearable Tech

Leatherman's New Wearable Tech Can Repair Your Wearable Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Leatherman's new Tread is an industry first: a serious multi-tool that's worn on the wrist. Each link on the band includes two to three functional tools, for a total of 25 usable features.
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This MacGyver wristband is constructed of metal-injected molded 17-4 stainless steel. The tools may be tiny, but they’re not going to snap or bend under stress. There’s an optional Swiss quartz movement watch (available in the fall of 2015), but the crafty Bushwick guys opting for the naked bracelet, which looks kinda Chrome Hearts.

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One of the First Apple Watch Games Shown off in Mockups from NimbleBit

One of the First Apple Watch Games Shown off in Mockups from NimbleBit | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

The Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine and Force Touch capabilities, to determine between taps and presses and deliver subtle alerts, may enable all new types of games and apps that we haven’t even considered yet.

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Wearable tech: Supporting limbs, easing Parkinson's

Wearable tech: Supporting limbs, easing Parkinson's | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A striped onesie for infants, a vibrating shoe for people with Parkinson's.
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The PlaySkin Lift is part of a burgeoning movement in clinical wearable technologies. Researchers are fine-tuning a vibrating shoe that helps Parkinson's patients walk faster while maintaining their balance.  - Devices now in research and development range from a hand-sized stimulator for Alzheimer's patients, to a personal light tracker to help people with major depression, to a leg belt that delivers an electrical current to relieve chronic pain. - In the near future, we might see smart contact lenses to record blood glucose levels, smart diapers to detect developing kidney problems and mouth guards to analyze stress levels in saliva.

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An Illustrated Guide to Wearable Components

An Illustrated Guide to Wearable Components | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Steve Thomas
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1. CONTROL - microcontrollers specifically

2. INPUT/OUTPUT - everything from ink, to metal traces to conductive thread to sew soft circuit connections. 

3. CONDUCTIVE TEXTILES -  A material containing metals, such as silver or stainless steel, through which an electrical current can flow is said to be conductive. 

4. SENSORS -  Sensors gather information about the environment, the user, or both.  

5. POWER - the holy grail that many designers struggle with 

6. ACTUATORS - A generic way to describe a wearable system is: In response to X, where X is the input from a sensor, Y happens. Actuators such as LEDs, buzzers or speakers, and servomotors are what make things happen.

7. NETWORKING - To communicate with other devices, the internet, or other wearable systems, you need wireless connectivity. 

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Predict The Future With These Laws Of Innovation

Predict The Future With These Laws Of Innovation | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
While creating a new course for UC Santa Barbara’s Entrepreneurial Program entitled, “The Past, Present and Future of Entrepreneurship,” I was recently blessed to come across Steven Johnson’s PBS series and accompanying book, How We Got To Now.

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Not so much the Laws of Innovation but more along the lines of what has happened to how we have some modern technology, very similar to another PBS series by James Burke "Connections" which does the same thing.  I like the Connection's series better, but I do like that Johnson highlighted some of the .myths of innovating. 

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Here's what I learned by trying on almost every single wearable on the market

Here's what I learned by trying on almost every single wearable on the market | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I tried on 56 wearables. Fifty-six. And, unsurprisingly, most left me wanting more. But, by subjecting myself to a torrent of trackers, Android wrist computers, and even a smart sweatban...
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" one thing became clear to me: There isn’t a lot of value in the wearables product category yet."  - Translation: Wearables almost always suck. 

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HealthPatch MD alerts your doctor about heart problems in real time

HealthPatch MD alerts your doctor about heart problems in real time | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

What's more important than your health? Not much, we think you'll agree. The team behind HealthPatch MD certainly knows our well-being is top of most of our lists -- so it made the aforementioned product to help monitor it.


HealthPatch isn't a fitness-tracking wristband or a home health accessory; it's aimed at hospitals, doctors and medical services. What is it? It's a small patch with a module that monitors heart activity (ECG), heart rate (and variability), respiratory rate, skin temperature, activity posture and even fall detection.


What makes it interesting is that it's also a connected device, so you no longer need to go to a medical facility to be monitored. You can just go about your normal life.


Via Alex Butler, Art Jones, eMedToday, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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It's a small patch with a module that monitors heart activity (ECG), heart rate (and variability), respiratory rate, skin temperature, activity posture and even fall detection. What makes it interesting is that it's also a connected device, so you no longer need to go to a medical facility to be monitored. You can just go about your normal life.

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Art Jones's curator insight, January 7, 9:05 AM

A small device with all the capabilities of an ECG plus more and it's connected so your state of wellness can be monitored remotely. #TheFutureofHealthcare

Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 11, 5:35 PM

Heart monitoring is becoming less intrusive all the time.

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Intel unveils Curie, a tiny hardware module that let anyone create a smart wearable

Intel unveils Curie, a tiny hardware module that let anyone create a smart wearable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015), Intel announced a tiny button-size product called Intel Curie which can basically allow anyone to create a smart wearable product.
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The button-sized computer will go into different types of wearables, even tiny coin battery devices that typically run for days and months, said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. “This product—they can deliver wearables in a range of form factors,” Krzanich said.
It could go into rings, pendants, bags and “yes, even buttons on our jackets,” The module includes the Intel Quark chip, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and battery charging. The sensors included are a 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope and an pattern-matching accelerator (which is useful for gesture recognition). 

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Six cool new wearable tech devices - CES 2015

Six cool new wearable tech devices - CES 2015 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
CES Unveiled 2015 featured a range of new wearable tech including a device to help patients manage chronic pain, GPS trackers for kids and a disposable adhesive heart rate monitor.
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Wearables everywhere at CES 2015

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