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Is Wearable Technology Red-Carpet Ready?

Is Wearable Technology Red-Carpet Ready? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable technology is undoubtedly the future of consumer electronics, and developers are already starting to recognize that style is just as important as functionality.
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A fashionista's take on wearables for fashion 

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Philips aims to relieve persistent pain with Smartphone-controlled Devices

Philips aims to relieve persistent pain with Smartphone-controlled Devices | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Philips will soon launch a couple of iPhone- and iPad-controlled devices, but they're not the company's usual phone docks or Hue smartlight models -- they're gadgets designed to help suppress persistent pain.

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The Amazing $50 Smartwatch – Misfit Flash Tracks Users’ Fitness and Sleep Habits

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The Flash is capable of tracking a user’s sleep habits, on top of being able to track physical activity when running, walking, swimming, or even playing certain sports; the Misfit Flash can actually discern if you’re playing one sport or another in some cases. It's water-resistant up to 30m, has a battery that’s good for six months (and not six days, mind you), and can be worn anywhere, and not just around a user’s wrist.  Potential gotchas, the display isn’t capable of showing much as compared to other smartwatches, but then again, that’s mostly nitpicking considering all the Flash’s strong points.

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Microsoft Brings OneNote To Wearables - InformationWeek

Microsoft Brings OneNote To Wearables - InformationWeek | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Microsoft releases OneNote for Android Wear, gets OneNote ready for iOS 8, and introduces a major Office Lens update for Windows Phone.
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How Other Fitness Wearables Can Fight Off the Apple Watch Juggernaut

How Other Fitness Wearables Can Fight Off the Apple Watch Juggernaut | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The newly unveiled Apple Watch should give existing wearable fitness trackers a run for their money, but the tech giant's competitors in the burgeoning category aren't about to take the onslaught lying down, industry experts said.
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Downside to Apple Watch is it's high price and short battery life 

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Apple Shows Off Smartwatch, Larger-Screen iPhones

Apple Shows Off Smartwatch, Larger-Screen iPhones | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In an ambitious blitz of new products, Apple unveiled a pair of larger-screen iPhones, a smartwatch and a new payment system aimed at making in-store purchases easier.
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Salesforce sees big growth in wearables

Salesforce sees big growth in wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Hardware and software manufacturers flock to Salesforce's Wear platform. Salesforce wants all wearable tech to work together to blend into the enterprise world.
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Unlike Samsung's closed-off micro OS, Salesforce Wear has already opened up to several existing hardware and software products in the wearable tech sector. Salesforce Wear already supports Android Wear, ARM, Fitbit, Google, Myo, Nymi, OMSignal, Pebble, Philips and Samsung's own Gear 2.  -  "Workers in the field are often juggling multiple physical tasks, and having a device to monitor their safety or provide real-time prompts based on inputs from a wearable is making the future a reality for today's workforce."  For Etherios, the Salesforce Wear platform has been facilitating the expansion of the company's push for the IoT. Etherios envisions a world where workers use wearables to interact with smart objects in the office and in the field. "With wearable solutions, Etherios is transforming device data into actionable information through the IoT in order to better patients' lives," "Remote monitoring facilitated by wearable devices is enabling independence from the comfort of patients' own homes."

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Garmin vivofit activity tracker review

Garmin vivofit activity tracker review | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
I have a thing for activity trackers, fitness trackers, pedometers or whatever other name you like to call them. I've reviewed at least a dozen of them in the last couple of years and don't see an ...
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Intel partners with Michael J. Fox Foundation for wearables study on Parkinson’s

Intel partners with Michael J. Fox Foundation for wearables study on Parkinson’s | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Awesome move by Intel - “The variability in Parkinson’s symptoms creates unique challenges in monitoring progression of the disease,” Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group said in a statement. “Emerging technologies can not only create a new paradigm for measurement of Parkinson’s, but as more data is made available to the medical community, it may also point to currently unidentified features of the disease that could lead to new areas of research.”


This is the second study that Intel and MJFF have partnered on this year. The first study analyzed whether it would be feasible to use wearable devices in a trial and whether the data would be accurate. That trial had 16 Parkinson’s patients and nine control volunteers who wore devices continuously over four days and during two visits to a clinic. The data was collected in the background by the phones and included movement data from the built-in accelerometer, data about the user’s tone of voice, how much the phone was turned on and used, data from the built-in compass and GPS, and an ambient light sensor. One of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s is tremors, which could be detected either from voice or movement. 

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A (Very) Little Intel

A (Very) Little Intel | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Behold, the 'smart' bracelet by Intel and Opening Ceremony.
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MICA, or “My Intelligent Communication Accessory" has curved screen on the inside of the wrist. What the technology does, on the other hand, is still a relative mystery.  “We’re not going too much into detail before the product is actually on the market,” said Aysegul Ildeniz, VP and GM for Business Development and Strategy, New Devices Group, at Intel. “But what I can say is we’re calling it a communications accessory. It’s intended to enable you to be connected at all times, through social feeds.”  It reportedly does not need to be connected to a phone. The price will be “under $1,000.”

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Wearing cameras could help police officers

Wearing cameras could help police officers | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In Laurel, Maryland, all street police officers now wear cameras. The initiative is spreading around the country as departments try to maintain accountability. Bob Orr reports.
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More coverage on wearables application in Law Enforcement - Deputy Chief says "it;s all about transparency"

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Moto 360 Watch $249 price, longer battery life than LG or Samsung's Smartwatches

Moto 360 Watch $249 price, longer battery life than LG or Samsung's Smartwatches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Moto 360 Watch price, release date
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The Moto 360 Watch’s OLED screens will consume 40 percent less power when displaying black images than LCDs due to its ability to turn off pixels, thereby extending battery life. - TechRadar noted that Samsung and LG wearables can last up to a day and a half when fully charged. It’s a challenge then that Moto 360 Watch has to meet once it’s out in the market.  

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7 out of 10 Americans will avoid Google Glass over privacy concerns

7 out of 10 Americans will avoid Google Glass over privacy concerns | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Potentially cause for alarm if Google wants to turn Google Glass into a mass market product, many Americans have major concerns about personal privacy and safety according to the results of a recent study.
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72% of Americans will avoid wearing Google Glass in public. Privacy concerns included the fear that private data could become public either through an accident or hackers breaking into the Google Glass software as well as the the fear of someone using Google Glass to remotely record user actions without express consent.   Beyond personal privacy concerns, respondents were also worried that Google Glass could be a safety hazard. The potential for distraction was a big concern, namely the possibility that reading text on Google Glass could be difficult when navigating the surrounding environment such as walking or driving. In addition, approximately 33 percent of the survey respondents were worried about the expensive device being stolen by a mugger. - It is our professional opinion that the cost and privacy concerns relegate tools like the Google Glass to the work environment, not the mass market, 

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'System on a chip' a boost for next-gen RF communications

'System on a chip' a boost for next-gen RF communications | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
DARPA researchers demonstrate an all-silicon SoC transmitter that could make RF systems smaller, lighter, cheaper and better.
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“What normally would require multiple circuit boards, separate metal shielded assemblies and numerous I/O cables we can now miniaturize onto one silicon chip about half the size of an adult’s thumbnail,” Palmer said. “This accomplishment opens the door for co-designing digital CMOS  [complementary metal oxide semiconductors] and millimeter-wave capabilities as an integrated system on an all-silicon chip, which should also make possible new design architectures for future military RF systems.” 

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The pros and cons of wearing a SmartWatches

The pros and cons of wearing a SmartWatches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Although smartwatches from major vendors are rapidly becoming the norm, it's clear that wearable technology is still in its infancy -- but the Apple Watch is expected to jumpstart the industry when...
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“These devices aren’t just for telling time,It’s going to be a business tool; to have employees use biometric data, to lock them into secure facilities, into hardware systems or the ability to make payments.”  This tool comes with a cost to our privacy as well. Smartwatches are being billed as some of the most capable health and fitness devices on the market — this means that they will be gathering more personal data about us than ever before. The Apple Watch also features a remote camera feature which could incite some of the same fear that Google Glass did when it was first announced.

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Tim Cook on Charlie Rose

An hour with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
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CEO of Apple Tim Cook explains the discovery process of the Apple Watch as well as the advancement of the new iPhones.  There are all sorts of nuggets for designers that makes this a very worthwhile interview

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Moto 360 Review: A Beautifully Flawed Watch

Moto 360 Review: A Beautifully Flawed Watch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The best part about the Moto 360’s design is that you don’t always notice just how thick it is. At certain angles, the flat black version (it’s also available in... Keep reading →
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Unfortunately, Android Wear is still buggy and it’s sometimes frustrating to use. For example, the watch would sometimes just disconnect from the phone. "I had the same issue with the LG G Watch and figured it was new OS bugs. But nope, the problem is still there and it makes the watch less of a smart companion and more of just a really thick watch."  -  Unfortunately, it’s held back by an OS that’s about 85 percent ready and if Apple’s Watch delivers on its demo, Android Wear and the Moto 360 will look antiquated very quickly. The watch is also a battery chewing machine and if you’re checking your notifications every few minutes (like I do) you’re going to be disappointed when dinner starts and your watch is now just a bracelet.

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How The Apple Watch Legitimizes And Enhances The Entire Smartwatch Scene

How The Apple Watch Legitimizes And Enhances The Entire Smartwatch Scene | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Would you rather have 50 percent of a hundred million dollar market, or 10 percent of a one billion dollar market? That statement should help you understand why many of the existing players in the smartwatch market will be happy to welcome Apple into the fold. Today's announcement of the Apple Watch will legitimize public perceptions around smartwatches and wearable technologies.
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Not sure I buy the argument, but everyone is entitled to an opinion

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Lining up for a new Apple iPhone is a publicity stunt

Lining up for a new Apple iPhone is a publicity stunt | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Lining up for a new Apple iPhone is a publicity stunt

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Not an Apple PR stunt, but other firms hoping to take advantage of the release. Those waiting in line are either resellers (buy as many as they can and then resell them) or they work for a firm promoting their particular technology.  Lemmings will follow.

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Intel partners with Fossil for fashionable wearables

Intel partners with Fossil for fashionable wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The chipmaker and watchmaker hope to capture some of the new market, expected to reach $8 billion in revenue by 2018.
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Fossil -- which designs watches, belts and handbags -- will gain from Intel's tech and engineering expertise, and potentially allow it to jump into a wearables market already drawing in several major tech firms, including Samsung, LG and Sony. Also, the partnership could help Fossil keep up with other traditional watchmakers, such as Timex, which already moved into selling wearables. The Fossil effort keeps with Intel's strategy of partnering with product makers, instead of it selling directly to consumers on its own. That plan allows Intel to work off its partners' already established brands, retail presence and distribution networks, and focus instead on technology.

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Intel’s Core M Chips To Usher In New Wave Of Next-Gen 2-in-1 Machines

Intel’s Core M Chips To Usher In New Wave Of Next-Gen 2-in-1 Machines | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has launched a new Core M line of processors at the IFA consumer trade show in Berlin. The new Core M chip consumes half the power of comparable predecessors.
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The Core M processor line will not need cooling fans and will be able to run longer due to the chip’s low power consumption. These new 2-in-1 devices represent another step on the road to satisfying a long unfulfilled consumer need. Customers need devices that are powerful enough to carry out functions such as gaming and designing, yet light enough to be carried around as per convenience. As of yet, they can choose between one of those two options.

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Intel CEO says new Basis tracker will launch this year

Intel CEO says new Basis tracker will launch this year | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Krzanich also explained at the event that Intel wants to integrate Basis' technology into other form factors.
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The Basis Band includes an optical blood flow monitor, a 3-axis accelerometer, a perspiration sensor, plus skin and ambient temperature sensors. Basis unveiled more advanced sleep tracking as well as an aesthetic upgrade called the Basis Carbon Steel edition.  CEO Krzanich also explained at the event that Intel wants to integrate Basis’ technology into other form factors.

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Ralph Lauren Polo Tech biometric smart shirt latest in wearable tech

Ralph Lauren Polo Tech biometric smart shirt latest in wearable tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Ralph Lauren is debuting its first biometric smart shirt at this year's U.S. Open tennis championships. The shirt aims to revolutionize the wearable tech sector.
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The shirt comes with no plugs and no wires, making it wearable in a myriad of situations, including top-level athletic endeavors. It employs bio-sensing silver fibers that are then put into the nylon compression material. Data goes from the shirt to an attached black box (that you remove and recharge before you throw the shirt in the wash) to an app on your smartphone or tablet. It is able to track heart rate, breathing levels, stress, the number of steps a person has taken and the amount of calories burned.

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Can Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch Make Wearable Devices Truly Wearable?

Can Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch Make Wearable Devices Truly Wearable? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk about wearable devices as the future of technology, but from a design standpoint, thick black wristbands and large-face watches ar...
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"For [wearables] to reach mass adoption, it’s an exercise in cultural engineering," said J.P Gownder, a principal analyst at tech research firm Forrester who covers the wearables market. "People need to want to wear it on their own merits -- otherwise it’s limited to geeks and 'quantified selfers.'" - no mention of wearables in industry application or in business 

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Apple and Dr Dre versus Intel and 50 Cent

Apple and Dr Dre versus Intel and 50 Cent | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Just three months after Apple acquired Dr. Dre's headphone-making business Beats for $3 billion, Intel announced this week it's teaming up with rapper 50 Cent to make earphones that monitor your heart rate.
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Intel and 50 Cent - Intel teams up with the rapper to make earphones that monitor your heart rate..   The earphones include a built-in optical sensor that will measure the wearer's heart rate, pace of activity, distance, elevation and burned calories — while listening to music. That data will be compatible with RunKeeper, the popular fitness-tracking app. And the earphones pull power from your smartphone's  audio jack, meaning no batteries or charging is necessary.

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Lenovo has its very own Google Glass competitor, too

Lenovo has its very own Google Glass competitor, too | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Lenovo announced that it has partnered with tech firm Vuzix to launch the M100 Smart Glasses in China. The wearable will go on sale this September for 8000 Yuan ($1,291), with specifications rivaling that of Google Glass.
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The M100 Smart Glasses allow for voice recognition, as well as mapping and other cloud-based services. They are powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0.4 , they will will retail in China for around $1,291

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