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Apple’s New Device Isn’t What You Think It Is—and It’s Already Out

Apple’s New Device Isn’t What You Think It Is—and It’s Already Out | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Almost exactly a year ago, the blog AppleInsider revealed concept drawings of an iWatch, a wearable device rumored to be in development by Apple. Pundits and tech enthusiasts had been gossiping about the iWatch since at least 2010, but for years its very existence had been hypothetical. Information about the...
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Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors

Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The top-down approach that will ensure the success of some wearables in the enterprise is becoming more apparent daily. Here's why.
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Wearables will be a big deal in the enterprise and companies need to plan for them. The first step, ironically, is to understand what they are not: a simple extension of Bring Your Own Device.

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Beyond Wearable Tech: Philips and Connected Health

Beyond Wearable Tech: Philips and Connected Health | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Health tech was a big theme at SXSW last week, and I met up with Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice-President and Digital Technology Leader at Philips, to find out about how the…
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The photograph above shows a wearable diagnostic prototype for chronic illness, which was first unveiled at Salesforce’s Dreamforce event last year. Salesforce is a partner in Philips’ HealthSuite Digital Platform. The prototype patch feeds diagnostic information from the patient at home back to doctors via the platform. - In the audio interview, Ben-Zur explains how Philips wants us all to move beyond the novelty of connected devices and start to see how much broader the world of connected health can be.

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Another UK Survey uncovers negative attitudes towards wearable tech

Another UK Survey uncovers negative attitudes towards wearable tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smartwatches more popular among consumers than other wearable technology such as fitness trackers, according to recent research from Apadmi, but not everyone thinks smart wear makes the wearer smart.
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40% of consumers in the U.K. surveyed by Apadmi most want to purchase a smartwatch. Just 28% had their eyes on a fitness tracker, 23% said they wanted to purchase smart glasses and 18% were interested in purchasing smart clothing.  - However, when consumers were asked how they perceived currently available wearable technology, many of the responses were somewhat negative. While 10% said wearable technology made them feel cool, and 20% said it made people look intelligent and successful, a third (35%) said they would feel embarrassed or self-conscious and 34% feel wearable technology makes people look like show-offs.

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Wearables – not just a consumer trend

Wearables – not just a consumer trend | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
With Google's total commitment, the launch of Apple's first wearable in April and mindblowing advances in VR technology, wearable tech is set to be part of a seismic shift in the consumer tech landscape. Read this: Wearables must get positive if they're going to change our lives As with any major gamechanger, the business world…
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A study titled The Human Cloud At Work (HCAW) A Study Into The Impact Of Wearable Technologies In The Workplace by Goldsmiths, University of London, concluded that employees, on average, were 8.5% more productive when using wearable technology and 3.5% more satisfied in their work.  -  "The results show that organisations and employees need to be developing and implementing strategies for introducing and harnessing the power of wearables in the workplace," Dr. Brauer, the report's author, concluded. But how?

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FashionTEQ Founder Judy Tomlinson is Poised to Take Women's Wearables By Storm

FashionTEQ Founder Judy Tomlinson is Poised to Take Women's Wearables By Storm | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Judy Tomlinson -- founder and CEO of the two year-old smart jewelry startup FashionTEQ -- is poised to offer women something different than just another smartwatch.
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"I know what women would like -- at least a majority of them." - Listening to the women close to her -- and trusting her own intuition -- is how Tomlinson realized the essence behind FashionTEQ and its first product, Zazzi. Unlike unwieldy do-it-all smartwatches that put form behind function, Zazzi emphasizes fashion aesthetics, extending only the core smartphone functions that women want most. "Minimalist function" may not be a fashionable term in the technology industry, but Tomlinson has insightful reasoning behind her approach; "So what's really important to women is jewelry that works with their outfits," Tomlinson said. "Women are emotional about fashion because it makes them look good," she added, "but another thing they're emotional about is staying connected to their friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriend, parents..."

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New Expert Study Confirms NY Times Questions on Wearable Tech

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --??Wearable technology is raising health concerns worldwide. A recent New York Times ar.....
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 A recent New York Times article by Nick Bilton is raising important and unanswered questions about the safety of wearable tech, according to the non-profit research group, Environmental Health Trust (EHT). EHT believes, that in response to the article, several national media outlets such as Slate,Wired, and Medscape rushed to dismiss concerns raised by the NY Times piece and have each failed to report on growing evidence of harms linked with cell phones and other devices. - The authors note that exposures to wireless transmitting devices (WTDs) have increased exponentially in the past few years a trend that shows no signs of abating. They cite CERENAT, a national study in France, which found an up to 8-fold increased risk of brain cancer tied with cellphone use. "The CERENAT finding of increased risk of glioma [a specific type of tumor of the nervous system] is consistent with studies that evaluated use of mobile phones for a decade or longer and corroborate those that have shown a risk of meningioma from mobile phone use." 

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The FTC beefs up technology investigations with new office

The FTC beefs up technology investigations with new office | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The FTC plans to hire a bunch of new technologists for new research office.
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the FTC's consumer protection powers left it in the position of policing big tech companies. But that job requires a set of highly technical skills, resulting in the creation of the chief technologist position at the FTC in 2010, among other agency efforts to expand its ability to investigate new challenges facing consumers.

Bulking up further may be a sign that the agency wants to strengthen its grip on technology issues at a time when there's a potential turf battle brewing over enforcing privacy rules for Internet service providers, and some are questioning the agency's decision not to pursue action against Google in an investigation over alleged anti-competitive practices that closed in 2012.

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How Beacons are Paving the way for Smart Cities

How Beacons are Paving the way for Smart Cities | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

From tips on designing beacon-enabled apps in the age of IoT to how brands like Lowe's are focusing on providing more value to their consumers rather than delivering offers, read on to learn the best of beacon updates this week.

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Coming soon to a City near you:  Beacons are being used by marketers to get your eyeballs on the products and services they want to sell you, here are some interesting points about how to design for them - it's a lead in for downloading the publisher's e-book.

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Watchmakers show off wearable tech at Swiss show

Watchmakers show off wearable tech at Swiss show | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Tag Heuer said Thursday it will partner with US information technology companies Intel and Google on new products. The announcement was made by Jean-Claude Biver, head of the watches division at Tag Heuer's French parent LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
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Tag Heuer said Thursday it will partner with US information technology companies Intel and Google on new products. The announcement was made by Jean-Claude Biver, head of the watches division at Tag Heuer's French parent LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  - The Swatch Group is also preparing to enter the smartwatch market. The Swiss company recently unveiled the Smart Touch Zero One, a touch-screen watch capable of measuring how much the user has exercised and sending that data to smartphones. Ordinary Swatch models with contactless payment functions and other features are slated to be released as well 

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The Kairos smartwatch will be brilliant one day

The Kairos smartwatch will be brilliant one day | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We've said in the past that the Kairos smartwatch might never come out – that its tech was too ambitious to make it to market. Well, we were wrong. As we met Kairos on the top floor of a swanky hotel overlooking the melee of Baselworld 2015 below, the company revealed it would start to…
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The Kairos watches use a traditional automatic movement, the same as you'd find in any Rolex or Tag. It's an expensive and intricate system that demands a top price – which goes some way to explain why Kairos' smartwatches cost in excess of $1,000.  In terms of the build of the watch, it is nearly 2cm deep (17.1mm to be precise) and it's a fair weight. Female friendly, it certainly isn't.

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Apple’s new Smartwatch in Action

Apple’s new Smartwatch in Action | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The most anticipated Wearable Tech in recent times , see Apple’s new Smartwatch in Action

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Video demonstrating the $600 version, 42mm thick. How it basically works, see for yourself

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 20, 1:12 PM

An advance peek at the Apple Watch.

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Smart Helmets Are The Latest Innovation in Wearable Technology

Smart Helmets Are The Latest Innovation in Wearable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
While Google Glass largely failed with consumers, the technology behind it is finding a second life in industrial settings.
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Not new to us, designed a project for motorcycle police officers almost 2 years ago.   The concept of HUD's built into helmets is also captured in Skully helmet's design, you can expect to see more, particularly in the industrial domain.

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Design Principles For Building Better Wearables

Design Principles For Building Better Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We are seeing a wave of wearable products coming to market. According to IDC research, 19.2 million shipments this year will build to a global market of 111.9..
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"Wearables should be an extension of you that gives you super powers and, like any good technology, they need to make life easier. Wearables should allow you to see, hear and think better, as well as optimize your performance. Wearable technology should be your personal force multiplier, a mentor, an assistant, and a confidant. And it needs to be smart enough to know when to switch roles." - From the pov of the professional innovation manager said I would NOT consider this a list of design principles, more along the lines of don't cross these boundaries, that being said it's not a bad list to at least be familiar with.

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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

Wearable technology can help with public speaking | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for 'smart glasses' that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being ...
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However, there was no statistically significant difference among the three groups on eye contact, use of filler words, being distracted, and appearing stiff, judged by the Mechanical Turk workers. As part of their future work, the researchers want to test their system with members of Toastmasters International as a more knowledgeable audience.  - The researchers also believe that live feedback displayed in a private and non-intrusive manner could also be useful for people with social difficulties (e.g., Asperger syndrome), and even for people working in customer service


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Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries

Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
ProLogium is a Taiwanese company currently in the field of battery manufacturing that having spent the last 7 years in deep R&D mode, developing, testing have finally released a radically new b...

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As well as being lighter and much more flexible, FLCB-based batteries are also intrinsically safer. FLCB batteries do not catch fire, start to smoke or leak under almost any circumstances including physical, thermal or electrical impact. This is really good news for wearables which by their very nature will be close to the body, opening up several new applications that include today’s wearable technology in clothes, watches, jewellery, headsets and more. The FLCB batteries can be injection inserted or moulded in manufacturing processes that can reach temperatures of up to 2600 Celsius. They also don’t suffer from ‘Salting Out’ issues that plague electrolytic solutions and they can withstand cutting, piercing and even burning.


It’s also important to note that in terms of battery life, ProLogium claim their FLCB technology also provides exceptional energy density, with anywhere up to double that of standard lithium polymer batteries today, so there is no performance hit in terms of mAh figures with FLCBs. The most exciting aspect however, is the fact that an FLCB will continue to function after physical impact or even outright mutilation.


Being based on a printed circuit board, these FLCB batteries can also carry the signal and be joined to together as integral components in the device itself. This means that essentially the battery can be integrated in to the design, becoming part of the device itself, not a single and unwanted appendage that provides power.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 28, 8:17 AM

Wearables needs solutions like this. Another great advancement.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 28, 9:31 PM

This could be the breakthrough that clothing manufacturers have been waiting for.  When your wearable technology gets dirty, just wash it and don't worry about the survivability of its power components. You now can be "wired for success."  This is totally "shocking"--pardon the pun.  Aloha, Russ.

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Wearable Technology Futures 2020: A New Path for Public Health?

This report, Wearable Technology Futures 2020: A New Path for Public Health?, lends insight into some difficult but important questions currently challenging t…

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I like the approach on measuring the value of wearables to individual users, not a complete approach but definitely closer to the reality the "why" people would use a wearable technology.

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Desert Valley Medical Center First to Use Leaf Healthcare Patient Wearable Technology in its ED as Part of Hospital-wide Deployment

Desert Valley Medical Center First to Use Leaf Healthcare Patient Wearable Technology in its ED as Part of Hospital-wide Deployment | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
PLEASANTON, Calif., March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Desert Valley Medical Center, named a Top 100 Hospitals®...
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Clinical studies have shown that Leaf's novel, wearable patient sensor can help medical professionals' efforts to prevent the occurrence of pressure ulcers. One study found that using Leaf sensor increased compliance with hospital turn protocols – a standard of care to prevent pressure ulcers – from a baseline of 64 percent at the start of the trial to 98 percent after the monitoring system was deployed.  - "Preventing even one pressure ulcer case can save a patient from excruciating pain and prevent tens of thousands of dollars from being spent on medical care to cure a preventable condition," said Reinhard. "Leaf technology is an investment in improved care."

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Navy Engineer Impacts Public-Private Sector Research on Wearable and Embeddable Technology

Navy Engineer Impacts Public-Private Sector Research on Wearable and Embeddable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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The questions McMullen and his counterparts analyzed had one common denominator -"wearable and embeddable technology".  They examined surgically implanted items such as pacemakers and telemetry as well as wearable items ranging from physical fitness bands and chips to medical telemetry, including LifeAlert and GoogleGlass.  - The annual initiative - officially known as the Intelligence Community Analyst-Private Sector Partnership Program - facilitates collaborative partnerships between members of the private sector and teams of experienced intelligence community analysts. It provides intelligence community analysts and private sector partners with a better understanding of select national security and homeland security issues. 

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Smile, you're on a body camera

Smile, you're on a body camera | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Oregon News Coverage, Sports, Politics, Interviews. 26 newspapers all covering what is important for you locally.
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Not just a Portland Oregon issue, but a nationwide set of issues on how to integrate and use this technology.  The article lays out the concerns of citizens regarding privacy rights of video data, access to that data and by whom, as well as the all important the costs of storing the video data that would be generated as a part of what LEO's (Law Enforcement Officers) will have to contend with.  All boiling down to a solution (that industry has not yet provided) that manages not only the capture of video images but also addresses the issues articulated in the article.  It seems as though it's the old problem found in managing health care documentation - there are legal ramifications to contend with.  Some intelligent company will see the opportunity and build a complete solution for law enforcement.

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"FUTURE HUMAN" - Wearable Technology [2014 Documentary]

The year is 2014 and It's clear - the technology dominates our lives. What will be the next big step to become a true "Super Human"? From smart Newspapers to...

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Just in case you missed the PBS documentary on your local station

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ajouter votre aperçu ...

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The Secrets Behind Apple Watch's Most-Anticipated Feature

ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis got an exclusive first look at the company's secret health lab.
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Apple showing how to do the due diligence / homework on the Use Case for their Apple Watch - worthwhile to understand that developing a Use Case is measuring what the device is actually is supposed to be doing / achieving for the user - this is not a marketing approach,  this is making sure that the engineering fundamentals  are done correctly.

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Best smartwatch 2015: Pebble, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG and more

Best smartwatch 2015: Pebble, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG and more | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Choosing the best smartwatch for 2015 is a tough task given the rate the market is expanding, not to mention the top smartwatches that landed last year from the likes of LG, Motorola and Sony. Essential reading: Best fitness tracker There are so many great watches to choose between, from the Android Wear army to…
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GoogleX exec: Where Google went wrong with Glass

GoogleX exec: Where Google went wrong with Glass | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Google botched its wearable, Google Glass, and now the director of GoogleX labs is openly talking about it.

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Astro Teller, Google’s director of its research arm, GoogleX, said the company made mistakes with Glass. They needed to work out its wearable’s battery and privacy issues, and address miscommunications about the state of the project.. Even when it was being sold to early testers for $1,500, was never close to being ready for official sale. It’s a prototype and still solidly in the experimental phase. Even though its executives and its PR people were repeatedly putting timeframes on an official Glass release.Teller said Google did one good thing it launched the project but it also did one thing wrong. - “The bad decision was that we allowed and sometimes even encouraged too much attention for the program,” he said. “Instead of people seeing the Explorer devices as learning devices, Glass began to be talked about as if it were a fully baked consumer product. The device was being judged and evaluated in a very different context than we intended.” - That tactic frustrated a lot of early adopters
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 20, 8:02 AM

It'll make a comeback, I know it! 

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Tom Bryon's curator insight, March 25, 3:35 AM

"Google had the sizzle, they just didn't have the steak".

Technology will surely experience some form of metamorphosis, Google is pushing another form of wearable technology, possibly we could see this as the mainstream form of communication. It hasn't picked up the momentum it needs yet, but as its usability increases and new needs arise, that may change.

"The device still has a good shot. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.”

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The Rush To Find A Dance Partner Is Causing A Wearables Misstep

The Rush To Find A Dance Partner Is Causing A Wearables Misstep | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
This morning at Baselworld, the world's premiere luxury watch show, there was ample news about wearables. That's a sign that wearable tech is coming of age in..
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Wearable tech is an extremely promising area for hardware and software alike, but also one where we’ve seen a fair number of false starts. The ‘Dick Tracy watch’ vision has led to multiple wrist-phone creations, dating back to before even the advent of the iPhone. Dedicated activity trackers had their own moment in the sun, before hitting a wall just shy of wide adoption, owing in part to limited functionality, and also to design and taste compunctions among consumers. -  The problem is that simple addition doesn’t address the underlying problems facing wearables; you can’t just add “technology” to “fashion” and expect “fashionology” to come out the other end, in other words. A hasty union stands to do more harm than good, since dissatisfied purchasers of these devices will end up trusting each element less, and will be twice as shy about adopting anything wearable in the future. - Partners need convincing in order to build a network of services and device to talk to wearables, after all, and if wearables aren’t worn, it’s much harder to turn their head.

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Intel doesn't want Curie wearable computer making fashion statements

Intel doesn't want Curie wearable computer making fashion statements | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Intel wants wearable device technology to be inconspicuous, so it's making its Curie wearable computer available through a button-sized board or as part of a chip package.
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Intel wants wearable device technology to be inconspicuous, so it's making its Curie wearable computer available through a button-sized board or as part of a chip package.- The almost invisible Curie had technology that could read heart rates, and transfer the data wirelessly using Bluetooth. Blending technology discreetly into wearables is Intel's goal with Curie, which will go into a wide range of tiny coin battery devices that can run for days and months without a recharge. - The wearable computer is for non-technical customers, such as companies outside of the IT industry, that want to plug and play technology into devices, clothes and accessories.

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