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A Smart Wristband Adds You to the Internet of Things | MIT Technology Review

A Smart Wristband Adds You to the Internet of Things | MIT Technology Review | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Jawbone’s new activity-tracking wristband can be used to start your coffeemaker when you get up.
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(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables): Interesting analysis, but keep in mind MIT is late to this game on IoT & Wearables

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Wearable tech puts smartphone control at your fingertips

Wearable tech puts smartphone control at your fingertips | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The latest in wearable makes smartphone control as easy as tapping your fingers.
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Not sure about the value add of the Use Case though

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Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces

Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Did you get a G Watch R or Moto 360 and promptly give it a watch face that simulates a mechanical timepiece? Don't count on doing that again.
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When famous watch faces can be digitized / replicated on your smartwatch its like buying a knockoff for the looks, look cool for next to nothing relatively speaking.  You can see why the mechanical time piece folks are going after this.

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Even Google Employees Are Giving Up On Google Glass

Even Google Employees Are Giving Up On Google Glass | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Google employees are not wearing Google Glass anymore.

Via Nikolas Daras
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"If people like Honan and Google employees don't feel comfortable wearing Glass in public, then it's never going to become a normal thing. Those people need to wear them enough for the world to get used to Glass. If they're scared to wear them, then it remains a niche product."

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Nikolas Daras's curator insight, January 22, 3:43 AM

Wired's Mat Honan says: 


"My Glass experiences have left me a little wary of wearables because I’m never sure where they’re welcome. I’m not wearing my $1,500 face computer on public transit where there’s a good chance it might be yanked from my face. I won’t wear it out to dinner, because it seems as rude as holding a phone in my hand during a meal. I won’t wear it to a bar. I won’t wear it to a movie. I can’t wear it to the playground or my kid’s school because sometimes it scares children."


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Wearable Computing: A 2014 HorizonWatching Trend Summary Report

The slides provide information about the Wearable Computing trend in 2014. Information is provided about both the consumer and enterprise markets. Summary re…

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Good list of trends directly affecting wearable tech

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, October 3, 12:45 AM

Some useful summaries of trends.

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Smartwatch detects skin's electricity to predict seizures

Smartwatch detects skin's electricity to predict seizures | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Embrace measures the skin's electrical activity to detect changes that foreshadow an epileptic seizure – and sends out a distress call

Via Pekka Puhakka
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Called Embrace, it can spot the warning signs of an epileptic seizure.

It measures the skin's electrical activity as a proxy for changes deep in the brain, and uses a model built on years of clinical data to tell which changes portend a seizure.  It also gathers the usual temperature and motion data that smartwatches collect, allowing the wearer to measure physical activity and sleep quality. 

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In the World of Wearables, Tech Companies Are Suddenly Taking Heart (Rate)

In the World of Wearables, Tech Companies Are Suddenly Taking Heart (Rate) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The focus on heart rate has come full circle.
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Athletes and fitness buffs for decades have relied on heart-rate readings, usually through a chest strap and high-powered watch, for training sessions; Mio’s Liz Dickinson points out that athletes want to work within fairly narrow zones to achieve specific goals, and that heart rate can have a big impact on caloric expenditure.

So what would a non-athlete need “continuous” heart-rate tracking for? Most companies in the space say these readings will inform algorithms around calories, sleep staging, hydration and even stress and emotion levels. And resting heart rate can be a valuable parameter for cardio health. - I'm betting this is far too narrow a market to justify the product development investment and hopes that many high tech exec's are wishing for

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Samsung Gear S tries to be a smartphone and smartwatch at the same time

You can make phone calls and even use Samsung's feature-packed Gear S as a standalone watch, but don't get too excited: you'll still need your phone nearby. Take a look at how it works.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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For those wanting to know more about the Samsung Gear S

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Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In a global forecast on fitness wearables, the analyst projects shipments will reach 68.1 million units in 2015, down from 70 million in 2014, as a larger proportion of buyers opt for smartwatches instead (it estimates that half of people considering buying a smart wristband will purchase a smartwatch instead next year — which is, of course, when Apple is expected to launch into the space). But by 2016 it sees shipments bouncing back – to total 91.3 million units.

Via Tictrac, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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While smart wristbands and other fitness monitors are currently the most popular form factors, the analyst identifies the latter emergent category as having the “greatest potential for growth” being as it’s emerging from the testing phase. It’s projecting shipments here will grow from practically nothing (0.1 million units) in 2014, to 26 million in 2016.  Gartner adds that it expects continued overlap in functionality between smart wrist bands and smartwatches, but sees fitness bands and other fitness monitors carving out a non-retail niche in the future – by being increasingly offered by gyms, wellness providers, insurance providers, weight loss clinics and employers, sometimes at subsidised prices or for free. It said it expects a quarter of these fitness devices to be sold through non-retail channels between 2018 and 2020.

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Technogala's comment, November 20, 5:52 AM
It's same as fitbit
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Apple Unveils Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Apple Unveils Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced the release of Beats Electronics’ new Solo2 Wireless Headphones. Priced at $300, the new headset uses Bluetooth technology to
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For $300 the new headset (uses Bluetooth technology) connects to users’ audio devices from as far as 30 feet away

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Review | LG G Watch R: Sharp looks, dull performance

Review |  LG G Watch R: Sharp looks, dull performance | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It looks like a real watch, but the LG G Watch R is too big, buggy and uncomfortable.
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With limited use, the LG G Watch R cruised through a full day of battery life. But if I ran apps, read emails and generally used the screen a lot, it struggled to make it past hour 12. Unlike the Pebble, I could not go more than a day without charging the watch in its special cradle Unlike the Pebble, I could not go more than a day without charging the watch in its special cradle.  - Speaking of which, I wish smartwatches would do away with proprietary cables and power ports. Even the Pebble gets this wrong. If you can’t fit a micro USB, supply a tiny adapter that will work with any standard USB charger.

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Touching Tech – and the Future of Wearable Technology

Touching Tech – and the Future of Wearable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The future of Wearable Technology from TEDx Talks
A Video featuring Ben Moir who setup
Wearable Experiments (We:eX) and heads up the technical
development and integration of electronics into garme
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What Do We Do About Wearable Technology

What Do We Do About Wearable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Legal organizations must address the security and confidentiality issues that are already arising.
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The Legal take on Wearables: Technology staff will be required to make an investment in understanding how these devices work so that they can take appropriate measures. Many firms that perform work for financial and health care clients are now subject to audit requirements that mandate sophisticated DLP (Data Loss Prevention) protocols be in place to monitor and control access and use of client data. How many of our firms have included wearable technology in the list of requirements to discuss with our DLP software vendors?



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Nine real technologies that will soon be inside you

Nine real technologies that will soon be inside you | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Given the frenzy of interest following the announcement of the Apple Watch, you might think wearables will be the next really important shift in technology. Not so.

Via FredColantonio, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Very interesting list

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Rowan Norrie's curator insight, November 10, 8:52 AM

Science fiction or soon-to-be reality?

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Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness

Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
As we marvel at the gadgets that companies such as Nike, Fitbit, Jawbone and Apple have recently produced and brought to market--gadgets that can record our heart rate, calories expended, and steps taken—one can only think of how this technology could likely be used on a greater scale to help [...]
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Bit surprised by the title's Sould shift?!....I actually do hope from what I've been reading over the past months that firms are actually already focusing on chronic medical issues, it's where the use cases are

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Trends in Wearable Technology & Preventative Healthcare

Trends in Wearable Technology & Preventative Healthcare | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We surveyed over 900 U.S. adults to determine the size of the wearable fitness market, and how the healthcare industry can encourage personal tracking.

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Myths And Misconceptions Of Our Wearable Future | TechCrunch

Myths And Misconceptions Of Our Wearable Future | TechCrunch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables as a second brain. The Internet of Self and Things. One trillion sensors…. There’s no doubt that a sensor-laden world is the buzz of the..

Via Nikolas Daras
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Excellent list of the real underlying challenges of wearables and where the use cases need to go

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Therese Torris's curator insight, November 6, 6:35 AM

Original title is "myths and misconceptions,. but most wearables are not even known

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What does IDEO have to say about self-driving cars?

What does IDEO have to say about self-driving cars? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Part-study, part-imaginative exercise, a new project from an innovation think-tank offers a vibrant vision of how urban life will be altered by self-driving vehicles. While no one can nail down the specific nature of tomorrow’s roads, the team is confident that “automobility” will “unlock a new wave of efficiency, convenience, and urban growth.”


“The Future of Automobility” is a multimedia-rich proposal from international design firm IDEO, and manages to tease out a range of possible future-mobiles — ranging from party minivans to bubble-shaped delivery trucks — and their expected impacts within the next 15 years. “At IDEO, we are thinking about the broader range of impact that automobility will have on our lives and on the infrastructure in which we live,” explains Ricardo Figueiroa, an industrial designer and portfolio director for the company, to Design Boom.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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“The Future of Automobility” is a multimedia-rich proposal from international design firm IDEO, and manages to tease out a range of possible future-mobiles — ranging from party minivans to bubble-shaped delivery trucks — and their expected impacts within the next 15 years. “At IDEO, we are thinking about the broader range of impact that automobility will have on our lives and on the infrastructure in which we live,” explains Ricardo Figueiroa, an industrial designer and portfolio director for the company, to Design Boom.

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Intel's Basis Peak smartwatch hits online stores in the US for $200

Intel's Basis Peak smartwatch hits online stores in the US for $200 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable has already sold out at two of three retailers
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Fitness Tracker Fatigue? How to Make Wearable Tech Useful

Fitness Tracker Fatigue? How to Make Wearable Tech Useful | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Many people abandon fitness trackers because they are bulky and awkward, and don't provide useful or accurate information, one expert says.
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One of the best analysis on fitness trackers and their value to buyers, specifically what is the real value / use case of using a technology like this.  Namely fitness trackers need to better address people's main motivations for using them. "Fear, greed, being beautiful: Those things motivate a ton of people," 

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LG G Watch R Review: a Solid Smartwatch at a Steep Price

LG bills the G Watch R as the first smartwatch with a "full circle display," obviously a dig at the Moto 360's so-called "flat tire." And the G Watch R brings more improvements too, with much...

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Another review on the LG G Watch

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Google Glass losing Interest among Users: Report

Google Glass losing Interest among Users: Report | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Even though the gadget popped up for nearly two years at high-profile events, Google’s smart eyewear has failed to escape the public derision surrounding the new technology on which it is based.  The Reuters report also points out that the night may never be over for Google’s Glass as it may never be able to transform itself from the stigma of being worthy for Glassholes.

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Black Heated Jacket

Black Heated Jacket | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Just in time for the Polar Vortex hitting the US this week


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This jacket offers up to 7.5 Hours of runtime with a compact 20V MAX Battery. It features 4 heating zones which include L&R chest, mid-back and collar - all are run by a LED controller that has 3 temperature settings, plus a pre-heat function.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, November 12, 12:04 AM

For those cold days and nights. 

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The story of the 'most complicated' watch in the world

The story of the 'most complicated' watch in the world | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Providing deeper meaning to the word smartwatch - The hand made watch from 1932 'Supercomplication', has 24 functions including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Henry Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue. - a hint for smartwatch designers don't go too far.

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Wearable Technology Dives into the Pool with Xmetrics

Wearable Technology Dives into the Pool with Xmetrics | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Metrics is defined as the “standards of measurement by which efficiency, performance, progress or quality of a plan, process or product can be assessed." According to Wikipedia, “Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems such as humans…by means of the
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Xmetrics takes the concepts of biomechanics and metrics a step further by refining the study of how humans move through water. That, combined with metrics (a method of measuring something, or the results obtained from this) allow the company to do what no one has really done before: track swimmers’ progress, giving feedback on distance the swimmer has gone, how many laps completed, and other information vital to the swimmer, who is either pro or training for competitions. All in real-time.  Thereby having a Use Case.

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Mark Cuban gets into Wearables | Catapult Sports

Mark Cuban gets into Wearables | Catapult Sports | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Catapult Sports is at the forefront of wearable technology and its increasing role in sports.
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One of the Sharks from the Tank gets into the water -  Cuban not only understood the vision for how Catapult and its GPS tracking wearable technology would impact sports, but was “emotionally committed to the business” as well, with the Mavericks being one of the early adopters. - And they have a use case

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