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How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape

How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

How sensors are having a major impact on innovation and the competitive landscape for the life sciences industry (medical devices, diagnostics and pharma)..


  • Smartphones, with their portable computing power, built in sensors and always-on internet connectivity are continuing on their path to ubiquity, with over 56% of the US adult population now having smartphones, and over 500,000 new smartphone users being added every month.   
  • Sensor technology has continued to get cheaper, smaller and more sophisticated, with different types of sensors being combined to capture an increasing array of physiological measures.
  • These sensors can be connected to smartphones via miniaturized, low energy via low energy wireless technologies such as low energy Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC).


As the world population ages and more


Continuous Monitoring


Lightweight, wireless enabled sensor networks connected via smartphones to cloud/server based storage and applications make it feasible to continuously monitor physiological measures.  This is enabling  “aging in place” for the world’s rapidly aging population, allowing more older adults and individuals with chronic conditions to remain in the home environment while they are remotely monitored for safety.

Early Detection and Prevention


Data from continuous real time monitoring can be analyzed to provide early detection or in some cases prediction of changes in health status.   This approach is being applied across a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, epilepsy, parkinsons disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.  

Extending Therapies from Clinical Settings to the Home


Sensors capturing movement data can be particularly useful for home-based rehabilitation, often leveraging both wearable and ambient sensors to provide augmented feedback. 


Improved Adherence


MedSnap’s Medical App To Improve Medication Safety for Patients

Medication and therapy regimens are only effective if patients adhere to them. Sensors can be applied to monitor adherence and provide inputs to systems designed to improve adherence through alerts, reminders, persuasive design and gamification techniques for patients, caregivers and therapists.


Management of Chronic Conditions


Wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to manage chronic conditions.

The number of wearable physiological sensors connected to smartphones are expected to grow significantly over the next 5 to 10 years.  As the healthcare industry faces increasing pressure to improve outcomes while lowering costs, the ability to combine data from these sensors with data from other systems to measure treatment effectiveness will become more important, not just in clinical trials, but in the context of managing population health.


Companies that are proactive in using sensor technology together with other techniques to create and demonstrate superior effectiveness will reap significant rewards in this environment.


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Sensors - the eyes and ears of the WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) for healthcare applications, and there are so many others for many other applications

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petabush's curator insight, September 12, 2013 8:11 AM

Article is missing out on a few other areas where adherence could be improved. Just looking at the photo of these devices is far from inspiring.

 

Also does not consider that when it is necessary to wear these devices daily, there is an impact on the wellbeing of the wearer, that becomes pyschological, emotional and social. a health device worn on the body needs to consider all these and more to become a wearable object of wellbeing

Mary Jo Gehrking's curator insight, September 18, 2013 1:27 PM

Lightweight and wireless, wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to remotely manage chronic health conditions via cloud-based storage and applications. While this enables aging and chronically ill adults to to remain in their home environment, there also needs to be ongoing training and tech support for the users, which is often where the funationality of this concept fails.

Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:40 PM

New sensor technology enables seniors to stay independent longer.

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Sensor Tech isn’t yet ready to Power the ‘Wearable Internet’

Sensor Tech isn’t yet ready to Power the ‘Wearable Internet’ | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Powered by your body heat, solar panels or an electromagnetic charger, sensors would capture information both about you and everything around you. From knowing your heart rate, location, direction you’re proceeding, outside temperature and activities also your weight, sensors would know all about you.
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With the pricing of sensors has dropped 200 times over the last two decades,some sensors are one-tenth the price they were just four years ago, despite having vastly improved their function. This is why it's easy for people to think sensors will get cheaper. But a lot of sensors are still expensive, and many of them don't perform as well as they should.  There are hundreds of different sensors whose prices needs to drop to 10 cents for the wearable Internet to reach its full potential. Accelerometers used to be the size of a human thumb and costed about $25. Now a millimeter square cost 10 cents and also perform better than the thumb-sized version. The 10-cent compass in your smartphone is navigation-grade, meaning it is about as good as the compass in an airplane cockpit.Medical sensors are also in their infancy.  Sensors are unlike other smartphone components where you cannot outsource manufacturing to other nations just to have them cheaper but they solely rely on technological innovation. Since more sensors are analog, they need to convert their readings to digital so that it can be shared. Since these are innovated by highly paid engineering, master engineers with a PhD, they cannot come cheap.  The sensor section is also highly diversified since each entity relies on different technology. Ranging from chemical to physical and medical, each of these have their own sensors, it takes a lot of research and innovation to have them work upon. These are some problems that need to be solved before reaching the required potential for wearable internet and while there are problems like these it might take a while. But the change is real, it has already started with smartwatches and wearable technology is only about less than a decade away.

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Not The Internet Of Things Generation: Only 9% Of Teens Likely To Own A Wearable

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Not The Internet Of Things Generation: Only 9% Of Teens Likely To Own A Wearable - 03/29/2016
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Discussions about IoT adoption often take into consideration the expectations of what the next generation will do.  This is a challenging concept, since the next generation won’t be looking at buying the current generation of IoT products.  But there are starting to be some early indicators of some of the thinking of the next generation, at least about the current state of smart or connected objects.  For example, only 9% of teens are likely to own a wearable, according to a study of how teens and millennials use email, conducted by Adestra, a marketing a technology company.  More (19%) millennials, in this case those 19-34 years old, are more likely to own wearables.  As yet another indicator of not yet jumping aboard the IoT train, the majority (54%) of elementary school age children and 59% of those in middle school have no great interest in autonomous cars, as I wrote about here recently 

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Discussions about IoT adoption often take into consideration the expectations of what the next generation will do.  This is a challenging concept, since the next generation won’t be looking at buying the current generation of IoT products.  But there are starting to be some early indicators of some of the thinking of the next generation, at least about the current state of smart or connected objects.  For example, only 9% of teens are likely to own a wearable, according to a study of how teens and millennials use email, conducted by Adestra, a marketing a technology company.  More (19%) millennials, in this case those 19-34 years old, are more likely to own wearables.  As yet another indicator of not yet jumping aboard the IoT train, the majority (54%) of elementary school age children and 59% of those in middle school have no great interest in autonomous cars, as I wrote about here recently 

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Discussions about IoT adoption often take into consideration the expectations of what the next generation will do.  This is a challenging concept, since the next generation won’t be looking at buying the current generation of IoT products.  But there are starting to be some early indicators of some of the thinking of the next generation, at least about the current state of smart or connected objects.  For example, only 9% of teens are likely to own a wearable, according to a study of how teens and millennials use email, conducted by Adestra, a marketing a technology company.  More (19%) millennials, in this case those 19-34 years old, are more likely to own wearables.  As yet another indicator of not yet jumping aboard the IoT train, the majority (54%) of elementary school age children and 59% of those in middle school have no great interest in autonomous cars, as I wrote about here recently 

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Wearable tech takes aim at health care costs | ET HealthWorld

Wearable tech takes aim at health care costs | ET HealthWorld | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Stroll around the office or neighborhood six times a day, and earn $1.50 toward your health insurance.Step up activity a bit more and bring the total ..
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'Gamification'  As a further incentive, Target said it would allow teams of employees which log the most average daily steps to collect more than $1 million for local non-profit organizations.

This strategy of providing financial incentives for healthy activity is known in the industry as "gamification."  "We have a lot of clients who want to subsidize the program and make it free, but it's less effective," Fleming said. "There has to be both a carrot and a stick."  One program being offered through health services firm Vitality Group provides an Apple Watch for $25, a fraction of the retail cost. But employees must "pay" for the device by completing workouts and gym visits each month.

Growth in such programs over the past few years coincides with incentives to meet Obamacare goals on preventive care, and with new research suggesting that more activity can ward off many medical ailments.

Data mining  But the new programs raise questions about private data collected and stored by insurers.  While employers and insurers must comply with US privacy regulations so that health data cannot be seen or used by employers, critics still worry.  "Technology is outpacing the legal protections in place,"

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The Past Ten Years in Smart Textiles – The Pros and Cons

The Past Ten Years in Smart Textiles – The Pros and Cons | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

In this article we are specific to smart textiles that contain electronics. There has been extreme progress in the chemical side of manufacturing textiles that can repel odors, stains, as well asprotect against impact, and even change color and shape. These new findings have affected the global progress of smart textiles evolution; yet do not fall into the category of wearables -unless stimulated with the power of electrons.


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An overview of Smart Textiles projects that have been developed over the last 10 years, worthwhile read

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, December 15, 2015 4:02 AM

You like fashion ?
A must read : this overview of Smart Textiles projects that have been developed for 10 years.  It delivers focus on brands and artists that created game changing smart fashion concepts. (Anouk Wiprecht, auline Van Dongen, Cute Circuit ...).


The journalist forgot to mention Google Jacquard project which is damnly interesting as it tries to makes to synthetize these innovations in a mass market tech vision.

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Wearables are inching toward a purpose in 2016

Wearables are inching toward a purpose in 2016 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Before CES 2016 began, I was expecting wearable technology to occupy less space on the floor than in 2015. I'd reasoned that the industry's failure to make the...
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What all of these devices show is that maybe crafting a smartwatch that does as many things as a smartphone is the wrong goal. The most interesting devices that I saw at this show were all designed to do a single thing, and do it well. Maybe the idea of a general-purpose device that acts as an analog or companion to your phone is simply not the way to appeal to the masses. There were plenty of smartwatches on the floor, but none of them do anything new that we haven't already seen.  Wearables are still a niche proposition but this year has made me think that it's not actually a bad thing. As companies and startups move away from just making a second, smaller screen for your phone, the less inessential they become. We're still a long way away from everyone in the world owning or desiring one of these things, but maybe it's time to admit that a Swiss Army Knife isn't the way forward. 

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TrendForce Says Smart Bracelets to Remain Dominant in the 2016 Wearables

TrendForce Says Smart Bracelets to Remain Dominant in the 2016 Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The annual wearable device shipments in 2016 are expected to grow 64% to above 112 million units, according to TrendForce. Wearable VR technologies wi
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Smart bracelets focus on functionality whereas smartwatches rely on brand names  Smartwatch vendors so far have only been able to leverage their brand names to sell their devices. The market positioning of smartwatches is still unclear and provides too few reasons for consumers to buy them. Apple Watch is currently the only smartwatch that has exceeded 10 million sets shipped this year. Nonetheless, Tsai noted that sales of Apple Watch have fallen short of expectations since its launch over six months ago. TrendForce therefore has lowered the projected annual shipments of Apple Watch for 2015 from 15 million to 12 million sets. Next year’s annual shipments are expected to reach 20 million sets.  “Smartwatches will become more appealing if vendors can aggressively market two or three device-specific features that consumers would find valuable,” Tsai pointed out. “Apple, for instance, has successfully used its brand name to build an initial user base for its smartwatch. The next step is to capture consumers who want value for their money, or else Apple’s smartwatches will remain only as collectibles for Apple fans.”

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Wearables market ripe for takeovers: Misfit Founder

Wearables market ripe for takeovers: Misfit Founder | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The wearables market is ripe for further takeovers, the founder of Misfit told CNBC, in the wake of his company's $260 million takeover this month.
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Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of London's unBound startup conference, Misfit founder and director Sridhar Iyenga, said that his company's sale to Texas-based clothing and accessory firm Fossil Group is part of a larger trend sweeping the wearable technology sector.  "What you're seeing is that the audience that the new technology companies can address and garner is very different than what the traditional companies can actually get a hold of,"  He pointed to the exercise app company MapMyFitness, which clinched a $150 million takeover by sports group Under Armour back in 2013.

But it's Fitbit's successful flotation that's had the biggest impact on the wearables market, with shares soaring in the wake of its New York Stock Exchange debut in June. The company is now worth around $4.1 billion."What they've done for the industry has been really good for us. They've actually legitimized the fitness tracker market and because of that all of us have benefitted,"

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This Swatch watch will let you pay with your wrist

This Swatch watch will let you pay with your wrist | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In its first foray into wearable tech, the Swiss watchmaker strikes a deal with Visa. The Swatch Bellamy will sport an NFC chip, enabling contactless payments.
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Swatch has partnered with Visa on a watch capable of making smartphone payments with the swipe of your wrist. The Swatch Bellamy, scheduled to launch in early 2016, can be used anywhere contactless Visa payments are accepted, the companies jointly announced Monday. It looks much like any other Swatch watch, but has an NFC (near-field communications) chip inside, giving it its payments power. Unlike other smartphones, the Bellamy doesn't connect to the Internet and makes payments without using the watch's battery.  Switzerland-based Swatch is the world's largest watchmaker by revenue. It's one of several traditional watchmakers collaborating with companies outside of their industry to make connected timepieces. Watchmaking for many years had seen little innovation, but partnerships that have sprung up in 2015 show the industry's biggest names are now embracing change.

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This Disney Smartwatch Knows What You're Touching and Tells You What to Do Next

This Disney Smartwatch Knows What You're Touching and Tells You What to Do Next | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Some smartwatches know your heart rate, and some know your location — but do any know what appliance you're using, or what door you're opening? A new device from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University does just that, then gives intelligent feedback suited for just that item or place.


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Disney in Wearable Tech?  Disney's smartwatch knows your heart rate, and your location — and what appliance you're using, or what door you're opening. The system, called EM-Sense, works by carefully monitoring for the minute electromagnetic signals that propagate through your body whenever you touch anything — every object produces a different pattern, and the computer can be trained to recognize it. Combined with other information, it can guess that you're on your way to work, fixing a specific meal or working on a certain project in the shop.  This electromagnetic detection of objects is a keen way to figure out what people are doing and using it as a feedback mechanism within the device, and presents the opportunity for a full range of practical daily use. 

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, November 12, 2015 1:55 PM

I am impressed by the sudden entrance of Disney in the Wearable Tech area.

This electromagnetic detection of objects is bright, and opens up a full range of practical daily use. Well done !

read also the complete research study published by Disney.

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Here’s Apple’s idea for a smart ring

Here’s Apple’s idea for a smart ring | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Apple has some interest in another wearable: smart rings. A patent application published today describes an interactive smart ring that could work in conjunction with larger devices, like a phone....

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Apple's idea for a smart ring, may have some traction, but it will likely play into the fashion side of people, the functionality will of course need to be of benefit.  Lots of opportunities for measuring biological measurements.  

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IBM Watson Makes Health Care Debut on the Apple Watch

IBM Watson Makes Health Care Debut on the Apple Watch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Health care goes cognitive.

The cognitive computing IBM Watson is pairing its artificial intelligence with the mobile sensing power of Apple’s smartwatch to create a health platform that can interact and adapt to each individual user.

It’s the first time Watson’s super computing power will be used with the Apple Watch to transform how people manage their wellbeing.

It all happens within an app called CaféWell Concierge, Powered by Watson, and developed by Welltok of Denver.


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The main features are :

  • Ability to ask health-related questions and receive personalized  responses
  • Inspiration and personalized tips related to diet, nutrition and exercise
  • Education on health benefits basics


You can also watch a hands-on video of the iPad App to get the principles. 

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, November 2, 2015 4:22 AM

To register to the iOS App "Cafewell concierge, you must be sponsored by a health plan, employer, provider or other health organization to register.

Or contact info@welltok.com to request an invitation. 

App is available on the Apple Store.


The main features are :

  • Ability to ask health-related questions and receive personalized responses
  • Inspiration and personalized tips related to diet, nutrition and exercise
  • Education on health benefits basics


You can also watch a hands-on video of the iPad App to get the principles. 


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Fossil's Sleek New Smartwatches Finally Hit Stores

Fossil's Sleek New Smartwatches Finally Hit Stores | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fossil's Q Founder, the first smartwatch made available for purchase by the Texan clothier, might come off as a bit heavy — but this classic-looking wearable packs a real sartorial and functional punch.
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Fossil revealed its plan to release a line of smartwatches and wearables, the company's first brand line, the Fossil Android Wear Q Founder, is priced at $295, is not only compatible with iOS and Android and functional, but it is also touted as a much more stylish option to the wider array of more Spartan wearables out there — and a lot more affordable than TAG Heuer's $1,500 smartwatch, which was more or less created with the same mission in mind.  The Intel chip-powered wearable contains 4 GB of storage and 24-hour battery life before it needs a recharge. The Q Founder has all of the heft of a traditional class act timepiece, weighing in a at 71 grams (the Apple Watch Sport, one of its more direct competitors, clocks in at about 50 grams), with a face that is 46 mm long and 13 mm thick.  While the Q Founder might be the first in the Fossil Q line to be made available for purchase, it's certainly not the last; as per Fossil's October announcement, we'll be sure to see Fossil's other smartwatch, the Q Grant, as well as the company's smart bands the Q Reveler and the Q Dreamer, come out just in time for the rest of the holiday shopping season.

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Google experiments with a Star Trek-style wearable

Google experiments with a Star Trek-style wearable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
No, it's not another attempt at high-tech eyewear. This one-of-a-kind prototype draws its inspiration from the communicator worn on a stylish shirt.
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Inspired by the sci-fi ingenuity of Star Trek, engineers at Google have worked up a one-of-a-kind prototype wearable device to test out the possibilities of a real-life communicator. It doesn't connect to any starships, though. Instead, it's meant to suggest new ways to tap into the vast knowledge banks of Google search.  The device, about the diameter of a casino chip but somewhat thicker. It's designed to be activated with a tap, and an embedded microphone would pick up your spoken query to relay via Bluetooth to a nearby smartphone and from there on to Google. The answer could come back through speakers or headphones.    "The destiny of search," by Google senior vice president Amit Singh wrote at the time, "is to become the Star Trek computer, a perfect assistant by my side whenever I need it."

The tech in the Star Trek-like prototype, which remains in testing, apparently isn't all that far removed from today's average Bluetooth headset, but it does give Google a way to play around with how we might continue to use its search tools in the future.

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Hi-tech bike helmet has two cameras and gives 320 degree vision 

Hi-tech bike helmet has two cameras and gives 320 degree vision  | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
According to the Cairns-based firm behind the helmet, the CycleVision weighs just 280 grams, has two 1080p cameras capturing a 160-degree field of view each.
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Designed by Australian firm Cyclevision, the lightweight helmet has two HD cameras embedded into the frame and can even stream the footage from the rear camera to a phone on the handlebars.  Footage captured by the cameras is recorded on 4.5-hour 'continuous overwriting loop' which is stored on a 32GB SD card. The helmet has two 1080p micro HD cameras - one in the front and one in the back.  Cameras capture a 160-degree field of view each, recording everything going on in front and behind of the rider.  Footage is recorded on a 4.5 hour 'continuous overwriting loop' which is stored on a 32GB SD card. But a 256GB upgrade is available. A rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides 5 hours of recording time.  By connecting the camera to a phone mounted on the handlebars, the rider can keep track of hazards behind them.  But the firm offers an upgrade to 256GB for better vision data storage.  According to the Cairns-based firm, the CycleVision helmet weighs just 280 grams and all the components are waterproof.  To get the footage from the cameras, wearers plug into a USB port and vision and audio files can be easily transferred to a laptop.  It is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that can provide five hours of recording time. 

But the most notable feature is the Wi-Fi connection of the rear camera. By connecting the camera to a phone mounted on the rider's handlebars, the rider can keep track of how close that truck is to their mud guard.

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Detect a child’s temperature “without disturbing them"

Detect a child’s temperature “without disturbing them" | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Pacif-i is hitting the market at a time when smart baby products are becoming more and more popular.
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Pacif-i, like so many other products these days, comes with its own application, which can be accessed on an Android or iOS device. The pacifier, created by Blue Maestro, can detect a child’s temperature, “without disturbing them,” surely a big selling point for parents who are loathe to wake their child to check for fever. The smartphone simply needs to be within 30 feet of the pacifier, meaning parents can check their child’s temperature from the next room. “If a baby is too hot, they have trouble regulating their temperature and they can’t get to sleep,” said Blue Maestro CEO Richard Hancock. “This application provides parents with a very easy way to monitor their child’s temperature and take action.”

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Pacif-i, like so many other products these days, comes with its own application, which can be accessed on an Android or iOS device. The pacifier, created by Blue Maestro, can detect a child’s temperature, “without disturbing them,” surely a big selling point for parents who are loathe to wake their child to check for fever. The smartphone simply needs to be within 30 feet of the pacifier, meaning parents can check their child’s temperature from the next room. “If a baby is too hot, they have trouble regulating their temperature and they can’t get to sleep,” said Blue Maestro CEO Richard Hancock. “This application provides parents with a very easy way to monitor their child’s temperature and take action.”

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Pacif-i, like so many other products these days, comes with its own application, which can be accessed on an Android or iOS device. The pacifier, created by Blue Maestro, can detect a child’s temperature, “without disturbing them,” surely a big selling point for parents who are loathe to wake their child to check for fever. The smartphone simply needs to be within 30 feet of the pacifier, meaning parents can check their child’s temperature from the next room. “If a baby is too hot, they have trouble regulating their temperature and they can’t get to sleep,” said Blue Maestro CEO Richard Hancock. “This application provides parents with a very easy way to monitor their child’s temperature and take action.”

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Michael Kors New Smartwatches Making A Statement

Michael Kors New Smartwatches Making A Statement | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Michael Kors has shown the world what he has planned in the wearables market with two watches that will ship in the Fall of 2016.
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Only two watches will make it to department stores and Michael Kors stores when they ship in the fall of 2016 ahead of the holiday shopping season. The wrists of women will have the opportunity to be adorned by a gold-plated wearable, while men will be treated to a sporty black number with both retailing for $395.   “We began by exploring a large number of designs, which we eventually narrowed down to a few body options,” Kors, chairman and chief creative officer, said. “There were many rounds of prototypes to get to the final product line.  “We looked closely at a range of colors and materials, so there were a lot of samples with various plating and material combinations before we arrived at the best options for both the watch and the straps. We also spent a lot of time exploring designs for the digital watch faces, because they’re an important part of what we are offering our customer.”   As each runs Android Wear, users will simply need either an Apple iPhone or one of the many Android options in order to get the true “smart” aspects from these timepieces. Those include but are not limited to: fitness/health tracking, text messages, email, and app notifications.  Both allow for customization  -  “It was important to us that the display watch was customizable, so users can incorporate their own personal style into their smartwatch,” Kors chairman and CEO John Idol told Mashable. “For example, through the day, customers will be able to change out straps or the watch face to reflect their mood or personal style.”   “Not only do we think the wearable technology business is going to grow in the future, we also saw the huge opportunity in the current space for products that look luxurious and focus on the design as well as functionality,” 

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A Smartphone in Your Bag May Be Able to Track Your Heart

A Smartphone in Your Bag May Be Able to Track Your Heart | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A smartphone may be able to measure your heart and breathing rates, even if you’re not directly touching it, researchers say.

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Biophone is exploring the possibility of using commercially available phones to monitor your heart and breathing rates, even if the devices are in your pockets or bags.


The idea is to rely on a phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to pick up even small vibrations and body movements that come from your heart beating and from the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe.

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Called Biophone, this research project is led by Rosalind Picard's Affective Computing Departement at the MIT Medialab in Boston.


Biophone is exploring the possibility of using commercially available phones to monitor your heart and breathing rates, even if the devices are in your pockets or bags.


The idea is to rely on a phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to pick up even small vibrations and body movements that come from your heart beating and from the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe.

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Withings is onto something with its Activité smartwatches

Withings is onto something with its Activité smartwatches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

For the past two weeks, I ditched my Apple Watch for the new Activité Steel, which is available exclusively through the Withings website. The $170 device, like the Activité Pop and Activité before it, is a 24/7 smartwatch that tracks physical activities during the day and sleep patterns at night.


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Very comprehensive review of pretty good wearable design, particularly since they've differentiated along user profiles for what each of the  Activité  versions do.  The Activité Pop ($150), Activité Steel ($170), and Activité ($450) each target a different audience. At the same time, the Health Mate app guarantees that no one is missing out on the many features each watch offers. This is a brilliant move on Withings’ part and one that Apple is currently lacking with its Watch line, which starts at a pricey $349 for its entry-level model.

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, December 3, 2015 3:02 PM

Good review of the Withings Activité, well documented.

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Survey Shows Robust Interest in Workplace Wearables

Survey Shows Robust Interest in Workplace Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smart watches and glasses are the two most-cited wearable technologies being evaluated among 200 companies queried in the industrial sector.
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Putting Wearables to Work

Putting Wearables to Work | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables aren’t quite ready for prime-time business use, but advances to the Apple Watch and other wearable devices are expected to address their shortcomings.
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A February 2015 Salesforce.com survey of 500 business professionals found that 79% believe that wearable technology will be a key to future success. Already, 76% report improvements in business performance for wearable devices in the enterprise.  The appeal? Real-time access to customer data, hands-free instruction for guides in field service, access to business analytics and alerts, and "see-what-I-see" coaching with a live remote tech or trainer. In addition, wearables will generate new and valuable data that will feed analytics.  Meanwhile, Google Glass is being redesigned for the enterprise.  Other wearables fall into the same general category of not-quite-ready-for-prime-time business. But expect things to begin tilting toward the enterprise when Apple releases the next version of Apple Watch in 2016. Also expect to see a greater use of smart cameras, embedded apparel or accessories as well as an array of clip-on or wrist-based devices.

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Jawbone is building a health tracker you can swallow

Jawbone is building a health tracker you can swallow | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In the future, consumers will monitor their health by swallowing health sensors.

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Consumable electronics are on the way to you via Jawbone, albeit this is likely to infringe on big Pharma's move into this space, interesting vision presented on where this technology is going and how it can help us.

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, October 16, 2015 4:42 AM

The concept of embedding a chipset into a pill is not new. Proteus already get an approval from the FDA in 2012 for a system that use pills+patch that communicates with the chipset +iPhone App.


The news is more that Jawbone, a mass-market brand, intends to develop such product.  That means something, like an intrusion in the Pharma walled garden.

But how to reinsure the consumers to make them swallow a pill in their body ? 


Read also this article about Christopher Bettinger of Carnegie Mellon Univ. who presents a vision for creating safe, consumable electronics.

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Microsoft is testing a wearable 'clip' for women

Microsoft is testing a wearable 'clip' for women | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Microsoft is testing a wearable "clip" for women that is Cortana-enabled and can allow certain functions, such as setting reminders.

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The project — described as a "hearable" — is a small device that can either be worn or used as an earpiece. The final implementation is unknown, and Microsoft is currently testing how people react to different prototypes, the report says.   Just as with the Moto Hint, Microsoft's wearable would allow for quick interactions, such as reminders, making it ideal for a parent. According to Wareable, the target audience would be on-the-go women. 

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Johns Hopkins EpiWatch: App and Research Study

Johns Hopkins EpiWatch: App and Research Study | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Johns Hopkins EpiWatch™ is an app for Apple Watch™ and research study. EpiWatch helps you manage your epilepsy by tracking your seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. You can view this information at any time, and a dashboard lets you share a summary of the data with your doctor or caregiver if you want. With EpiWatch, you can also send a message to family members or caregivers to let them know when you are having a seizure.


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 EpiWatch helps you manage your epilepsy by tracking your seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. You can view this information at any time, and a dashboard lets you share a summary of the data with your doctor or caregiver if you want. With EpiWatch, you can also send a message to family members or caregivers to let them know when you are having a seizure.

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, October 16, 2015 9:26 AM

This project does not propose any Physiological data tracking, It is bright to take position on this market, but limited.

Embrace are to release their wristband for Epilepsy tracking. 


About epiwatch, read also this article on Futurity.org

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The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You

The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Austin-based tech company Chaotic Moon is engineering a "smart" stick-on gadget: Tech Tats, they're called. They're applied just like the temporary tattoos of your childhood—stick on and wash off—except these high-tech tats can monitor vital signs, track GPS location, even hold credit card information.


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The Tech Tattoos are compelling for their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified). The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances?  Energy harvesting from the human body itself. Short time wearable devices, is there a market for that, likely yes, but Use Cases will need to be defined. More work to be done on the viability of this technology to be proven.

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, November 29, 2015 9:46 AM

The Tech Tattoos are compelling regarding their fashion potential and their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified).

The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances ? 

And what can motivate me to spend some money for a very short time wearable device ?

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With Samsung Gear VR a sold-out success, is VR bad for kids’ eyes?

With Samsung Gear VR a sold-out success, is VR bad for kids’ eyes? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of years, we’ve asked every major maker of virtual reality headsets and content what their stance is on children in the VR realm. The answer is (almost) always the same: …
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The Samsung Gear VR appears to be sold out online, tiny and all is well in the VR universe. Why, you might wonder, would anyone suggest that using a virtual reality headset is bad for your kids? Maybe because their eyes are still developing. Perhaps because their brains are still learning what to attach to as real, and deciding what's to be believed in their universe.  You might also find that after wearing a VR headset for several minutes will result in slightly blurred vision once you take the headset off - but only for a moment.  The real reason any one of the companies we've spoken with would have said "no comment" with regard to children is the relative lack of research done with this specific application of displays and magnifying glasses.  If your kids want to use your VR headset, feel free to let them - but do so at your own risk. You'll find every VR headset released with a warning that suggests you and your loved ones take caution when wearing.

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