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Wearable Technology as a Human Right | MIT Technology Review

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Hostility to the use of wearable computers and cameras threatens to limit their benefits, says Steve Mann.
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8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch

8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Ugh....
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The IoT: What Does It Take to Make it Real?

The IoT: What Does It Take to Make it Real? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Tony Shan
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Cisco VP of IoT Systems and Software Group Kip Compton and his take on what needs to be addressed.

• There is a lot of interest in fog computing; participants see the limitations of a cloud-only approach and understand the value of our fog approach

• There is deep interest in the skills gap and how to address it (see the education initiative we launched at the IoT World Forum last October)

• There is much interest in how to achieve interoperability, which involves leveraging the stack from things up to applications

• And, no surprise here, there was widespread agreement that IoT security is a big challenge and one that is ripe for innovation (see my April 15 blog on Cisco’s plan to team with Identiv for access control and identity management)

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Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon

Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The second-generation Google Glass could be here before you know it. The CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, Massimo Vian, spoke earlier today in Milan and mentioned that the next iteration of the connected specs are coming out soon. Vian's company became one of Google's partners in March 2014, involved in the OG Google Glass. Viam couldn't reveal a precise date when we can expect to see the next-gen wearable...
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The 2nd-gen Google Glass could be here soon. The CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, Massimo Vian mentioned that the next iteration of the connected specs are coming out soon. Viam couldn't reveal a precise date when we can expect to see the next-gen wearable.  - Led by Tony Fadell, who heads up Google's Nest division, the second-generation Glass moves away from portraying the device as a toy for tech nerds, and turns it into a useful product for the average Joe.   - Vian says that version 2 of Glass is being prepped and that the Glass team is working on ideas for version 3. Google Glass head Ivy Ross has previously said that the next version of Glass would be cheaper (the OG model cost $1500 retail), offer a better display and sound quality, and be equipped with a longer-lasting battery.

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The ticking cybersecurity risk: Managing wearable tech in the workplace

The ticking cybersecurity risk: Managing wearable tech in the workplace | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablets took time to effectively crossover from consumer device to business staple. Wearables, despite still being the infants of IT hardware, are already starting to make that leap.
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At a minimum, organizations should encourage wearable-equipped staff to disable Bluetooth or automatic Wi-Fi detection settings when their devices aren't in use. IT managers might also instruct employees to connect to a guest network when need be, ensuring some degree of separation. Software/firmware updates are also a critical part of security management, and while the emergence of self-updating technologies may alleviate some challenges, these advances in-and-of-themselves are fraught with peril.  -  In territory as unchartered as wearables, it’s that much more important for organizations to understand who their adversaries are. The form factor, computing, and power limitations of such devices may create new blind spots that make room for a new crop of bad actors. We see this all the time with low power or CPU-constrained devices that do not use proper encryption algorithms because of power consumption or compute limitations. Thermostats, wireless home security systems and home control devices, automobiles, and fitness equipment all have problems today due to these tradeoffs. The emergence of shared platforms (such as Android and Apple) with security in the base plumbing will help—nearly everything today is custom from the ground-up.   Organizations must work to bolster security before wearable adoption reaches a critical employee mass. Corporate cyber defenses that were sufficient five, ten years ago won’t necessarily be enough to ward off wearable threats. One approach is to start with a threat assessment in order to gauge what data is passing through the corporate network, and what investments can be made to guard it. Establishing geofences that disable the network in sensitive spaces, such as R&D labs, is another step to consider

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How Evernote Is Tackling the Wearables App Challenge

How Evernote Is Tackling the Wearables App Challenge | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We spoke to Evernote's senior software engineer for wearable technology Damian Mehers about how making an Android Wear app is different from an Android app.
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Android Wear in particular doesn't stop developers from adding any features, and that's sometimes dangerous. Just because you can do everything doesn't mean you should do everything."  -  The temptation to add a host of features that a phone app has can be overpowering, but Mehers feels it's very important to pick the right features for the watch app. Evernote has taken time to optimize its app for wearables that have strict hardware limitations in terms of screen size and battery life.  -  "The battery was going down very fast because it's a CPU intensive [process]. What I ended up doing was what I should have done in the first place - transfer the raw audio file over to the phone and do the conversion there. You need to really think about where you're doing the work and offload as much of the CPU intensive, battery draining work as possible over to the phone."  -  However, pushing all the work to the smartphone app isn't the best solution either as that would make the watch app useless. As of now, this is the only solution for Apple Watch development, since there are no standalone Watch apps on Apple's platform yet and it's the iPhone app that also includes Watch-specific components. Google's Android Wear doesn't have this limitation.

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 24, 12:37 PM

These are the types of wearable devices we would like help get funding on our crowdfunding platform www.moolahonly.com

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Cross embeds wearable tech in leather products

Cross embeds wearable tech in leather products | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
White House's official pen brand is tweaking its pricing to enter accessories market
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The Cross Grabado Tech+ wallet was chosen out of 4,928 entries.

The wallet also has features like an anti-theft mechanism and is touted as a loss-proof accessory. It is encoded with a Bluetooth tracker and seamlessly syncs with the owner's cellphone.

Once a Cross app is downloaded, a lost or stolen wallet can be tracked down.  -  If stolen, the wallet will transmit an alert to the owner's phone and the Cross app will show a map to track down the wallet.  -  The wallet is also being seen as Cross' innovation in wearable tech.

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How wearables and mobile health tech are reshaping clinical trials

How wearables and mobile health tech are reshaping clinical trials | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Guest The average cost of bringing a drug from development to FDA approval is over $2.5 billion. But if researchers can use wearable devices to grab insights early on in a drug trial, they can cut failure rates and reduce costs.

Via Richard Meyer, Rémy TESTON, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The average cost of bringing a drug from development to FDA approval is over $2.5 billion, according to a recent study by The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. This figure includes costs for the drugs that don’t make it through to the approval phase, and the Tufts Center notes that higher drug failure rates contribute significantly to increases in R&D costs.  -  But there’s a big opportunity here: If life science companies can get enough insight early in development, they can create a more efficient drug development process and prioritize resources for the most promising therapies. Big data analytics and new clinical technology — such as mobile health solutions and wearable devices — promise to significantly change how trials are conducted and increase the value of the data and insights that come out of these trials.  -  Advancements in computing power and predictive analytics tools enable us to process vast amounts of information and develop insights in mere seconds. Technology’s role is to bring together disparate data sources so the industry can share data and use advanced analytics to make better decisions — all with the goal of getting effective drugs to market faster.

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Could the Apple Watch Be the Death of Passwords?

Could the Apple Watch Be the Death of Passwords? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Could the Apple Watch's heart rate technology be used to end passwords once and for all?
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It’s important to point out that heart rate authentication is not a current feature of the Apple Watch and no announcements have been made by Apple nor App developers at this time. (So don’t expect to be authenticating your Gmail using your heart beat when you finally get your hands on your Apple Watch in the coming days.) The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that the technology is there. With the Apple Watch moving towards mainstream adoption (1 million pre-orders day one), the potential for such an app and large-scale adoption of heart rate authentication increase drastically.

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Roger Smith's curator insight, April 22, 2:03 AM

But, who wants to be forced into buying an apple watch

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Developing Apple Watch Apps: The Challenges

Developing Apple Watch Apps: The Challenges | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Strava Mobile Engineering Director Alexandre Aybes discusses the challenges in designing and developing apps for Apple Watch. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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Video interview with a developer of the Apple Watch applications, if you're a would be developer there are some important things to understand.

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Esteemed Apple blogger: Third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck’ and are ‘really slow’

Esteemed Apple blogger: Third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck’ and are ‘really slow’ | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

During this week's episode of John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, Gruber sat down with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal to talk all things Apple Watch.


Via Jesús Hernández
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Not a positive review by some of the Apple faithful about the Apple Watch - is the watch an over-reach by esteemed company?

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The Promise Of Invisibles

The Promise Of Invisibles | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same..
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The brazen wrist-worn wearables of today will soon be eclipsed by the next generation of ubiquitous technology that will be essentially invisible. Gartner estimates that by 2017, 30 percent of wearables will be “unobtrusive to the naked eye.”

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 20, 3:27 PM

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Recon Jet in the Flesh

Recon Jet in the Flesh | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It's finally here. Pre-orders of the Recon Jet are being filled. This has been one of the most anticipated releases of a sports microelectronic in recent years. How well does it work?
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An example of a Use Case of how the Recon Jet is used by runners,  interesting and informative

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 20, 3:25 PM

Interesting.

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Connected kit: how Adidas is kicking off with wearable tech

Connected kit: how Adidas is kicking off with wearable tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Adidas is betting on wearables to shape its single customer view, kitting out trainers and apparel with near-field communications (NFC)...
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Adidas' innovation specialist Jon Wagner on his approach to how Adidas is using and applying wearable tech

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How Wearable Tech will change your life

How Wearable Tech will change your life | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Where does the public stand with the Internet of Things? It's focused now on Wearable Tech, especially as Wearable Technology crosses into lifestyle and fashion. With that in mind, this infographic appears to focus on where a millennial marketplace will spend its money on the next wave of technology... and not a word about laptops, phones or tech 1.0 here. The sources are listed on the infographic itself (apparently all from 2014), and while the Apple Watch is mentioned it's not actually shown or listed in the infographic. SOURCE: ComputerScienceZone.org
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Great infographic with lots of references

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Alison Winn's curator insight, Today, 5:33 AM

A great infographic from Viz Publications outlining how we will all come to embrace wearable technology and the exponential growth within that market.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, Today, 6:23 PM

Wearables have a lot of applications, especially in the health sector. This infographic paints a picture of a 'wearable future'.

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The History Of Digital Watches

The History Of Digital Watches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Memory and digital storage are key technical elements in the evolution of smart devices that we carry with us, enabling current capabilities and the evolving Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will be a big part of our everyday life in the near future and even further extend our senses and knowledge of ourselves and the world around us.
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In 1982 Seiko introduced the TV Watch for watching broadcast TV. In 1994 Timex introduced the Timex Data Link 150 Watch that it called the Personal Information Manager (PIM) Watch that could transfer data between a PC and the watch just by holding the watch in front of a computer screen with data on it.  -  There was some further progress in electronic watches in the 1990’s and early 2000’s but the move to today’s version of smart wearable devices probably started with the introduction of the Pebble Watch in 2013. Pebble used a 120 MHz processor with 32 Mb of serial flash memory to provide a number of useful functions, including health monitoring. Pebble’s initial production was financed by a Kickstarter campaign that allowed early purchase of these useful devices at a significant discount.

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amBX's curator insight, April 25, 5:23 AM

facinating, with the launch of the Apple Watch to see where we have got to.

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Chipworks Cracks Open Apple Watch, Looks Inside

Chipworks Cracks Open Apple Watch, Looks Inside | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Chipworks teardown crew finds some surprising components inside the smartwatch.
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"At the top left corner of the S1 module we were expecting to see a motion sensor from InvenSense, but, surprise surprise, we have a brand new STMicroelectronics 3 mm x 3 mm land grid array (LGA) package featuring a 3D digital gyroscope and accelerometer. Great job on STMicroelectronics for this socket win,"  - the interesting component was the  Analog Devices capacitive touchscreen controller inside the Apple Watch is a ' Cortex M3 Based Cap'

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Wearables in the Enterprise are Driving Improved Business Performance

Wearables in the Enterprise are Driving Improved Business Performance | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Salesforce Research shows success with wearables motivates 86 percent of adopters to increase spending on enterprise wearables initiatives

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 24, 12:47 PM

Interesting.

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The StrikeTec Sensor: Wearable Tech in Motion

The StrikeTec Sensor: Wearable Tech in Motion | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable tech.
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Wearable tech for boxers produced by EFD Sports, the StrikeTec is a boxing product that combines technology and the brawn of the sport. The sensor is a sports tracking gizmo that analyzes every movement of the user. By recording information including punch speed, punch force, punch type and punch count, among other metrics, the user is provided with information relating to the improvement of their technique. StrikeTec takes in to account where a user currently is in relation to their past workout routines, allowing users to track their progress and see, lit up on a smartphone or laptop screen, every miniscule detail related to their workout.  -  The sensors fit around the bass of each of the user’s boxing gloves but there’s more truly hi-tech workings within this product. Connecting via Bluetooth to a computer known as the brain, which in turn connects, via the cloud, to the StrikeTec Boxing Training App, users can instantly see and pore over their results. For the more competitive among us, users can even share and publish results, competing with their friends and team mates for bragging rights!  -  This product isn’t likely to just going to revolutionise training though. Big Knockout Boxing, a popular pay-per-view boxing TV service, has recently agreed to feature the sensors in their matches.

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You may be forced to wear a health tracker at work

You may be forced to wear a health tracker at work | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
To tackle rising health insurance costs, employers are expected to offer more highly-incentivized wellness programs

Via Philippe Marchal/Pharma Hub, Celine Sportisse, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Many companies already offer incentivized programs such as antismoking campaigns and free fitness rooms. But with employer insurance costs rising, including a projected 5.8% this year, according to Towers Watson, corporate wellness services revenues are expected to grow in parallel—by an annualized rate of 8.8% over five years, to $11.3 billion by 2019, according to IBISWorld.

Companies “have a very large vested interest to make sure you’re healthy,”  -  All of this may mean more fitness trackers at work, the tracking of employee activity data, the building of yoga studios in offices and the hiring of in-house doctors to run office health clinics, said Malay Gandhi, managing director of health-focused venture-capital firm Rock Health.   -  “It’s an advantage to make employees as productive as possible,”

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Gadgets for fashionistas

Gadgets for fashionistas | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
While in years gone by, tech products have focussed on function rather than fashion, times are changing and these stylish wearable-tech products could easily be found on a catwalk MISFIT SHINE Activity trackers have, over the last few years, bridged the gap between sports GPS watches and exercise apps. Yet, if you’re not so keen... Read Full Story
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More like kitsch for the fashionista, not anything I can say by looking at that would really get the ladies to go "Wow, I've got to have one of those things"

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In search of wearable technology’s killer app

In search of wearable technology’s killer app | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
-*+Unless wearable tech makers can somehow create a device that matches or surpasses the utility of our well-loved iPhones and Androids, they may never match up to their hype.
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For wearable gadgets to take off, consumers, too, must be able to do something that they can’t already do on the plethora of devices they already own – be it smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop PCs, or even a traditional watch.  -  As you can imagine, this isn’t an easy hill to climb. None of the wearable devices that users will come across so far have promised to solve a problem that their existing devices can’t. Between a smartphone and a laptop-tablet hybrid, what can’t be done?

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Top 5 Reasons not to buy an Apple Watch

http://cnet.com/cnet-top-5 The Apple Watch is a tempting wearable, but there are many reasons to stay away.
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Basically miss this 1st version of the Apple watch, wait for the 2nd rev before even thinking about buying one.

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Sickweather Apple Watch app puts a ‘Geiger counter for sickness’ on your wrist

Sickweather Apple Watch app puts a ‘Geiger counter for sickness’ on your wrist | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The app draws on 2 million monthly reports to locate and warn you local outbreaks of illnesses.
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Sickweather‘s iPhone app draws upon a variety of sources to create a real-time map of where and when illness strikes. The Baltimore-based company has put elements of that information in an app for the Apple Watch — along with a new feature. It sounds and looks pretty cool, although I’ve not tried it yet.

The Watch app includes Sickweather’s new SickScore, which provides you a relative threat index of contagious illness in your immediate area.  -  Sickweather’s service works by analyzing nearby contagious illnesses found in over 2 million reports gathered and processed each month from combined sources, such as social media, the Sickweather user community, and Sickweather partner apps. An algorithm then measures the nearby illnesses by their relative reproductive score along with other demographic factors, such as population density.

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ARM promises to extend battery life of wearables by 60%

ARM promises to extend battery life of wearables by 60% | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
ARM has acquired two low-power wireless communications companies that could help boost the battery life of wearables
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ARM has acquired  Sunrise Micro Devices and Wicentric, that will form the basis of its new Cordio portfolio, focused on developing low-power wireless communications for power-hungry devices like wearables.    - Sunrise Micro Devices is a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio intellectual property. Operating below one volt enables the radio to run much longer on batteries or harvested energy.  -  Wicentric is a provider of Bluetooth Smart software solutions, which will run on the sub-one volt radios and help to reduce power consumption further.  -  ARM claims that the Cordio radio technology system, operating below one volt, can extend battery life by 60 per cent, compared to radio hardware that operates at 1.2 volts.  "Operating below 1 volt enables the radio to 'sip' energy from a battery, thus greatly extending the device's life," 

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This chip gives wearable tech a much needed security boost

This chip gives wearable tech a much needed security boost | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It comes as no surprise then that Dialog has unveiled what it claims is the first Bluetooth Smart Wearable-on-Chip; the DA14680 SmartBond chip.
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Apparently this device does is combine all the functions needed to create wearable tech products with extremely good battery life and high levels of data security. It features flexible processing power, flash memory, dedicated circuitry for sensor control, analogue and digital peripherals optimised for wearable products and a sophisticated power management unit.  -  A big design advantage when it comes to designing fashionable technology is the fact the DA14680 eliminates several external chips from the overall product design which means that the finished design can be small. It also helps with competitive pricing by reducing overall system costs.  -  The DA14680’s ultra-low power 30uA/MHz ARM Cortex-M0 application processor may be programmed to a maximum clock frequency of 96 MHz.

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