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The Dash: Wireless Smart Headphones

The Dash: Wireless Smart Headphones | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wow. That's one word to wrap up my impression of these in-ear headphones. Let's cover the basics: The Dash is a pair of completely wireless stereo earphones. You can play music through a Bluetooth ...
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Texas kindergartner gets 3D printer Iron Man hand

Texas kindergartner gets 3D printer Iron Man hand | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Keith Harris, 5, got to show off his new high-tech hand Friday as he exchanged high-fives with classmates at Mossman Elementary School in the Houston suburb of League City.
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A pretty cool wearable technology, that used a 3-D printer.  Keith got his 3D hand through a group called the E-Nable Organization, a volunteer in North Carolina created the hand, which cost only $45. A new prosthetic would have been too expensive, about $40,000, and would have lasted only as long as Keith didn’t grow.  

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This Is The Only Smartwatch That Matters

This Is The Only Smartwatch That Matters | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
This smartwach lasts a year between charges, and it highlights what the whole industry is getting wrong.
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It’s the "No Charge Smart Watch." It uses Bluetooth to put email, call, and SMS alerts on your wrist. And whereas existing smartwatches like the Moto 360 can’t make it a day before plugging in (and the Apple Watch’s runtime is still undisclosed but likely similar), the No Charge Smart Watch runs for a year on a standard watch battery.  - The smartwatches of today are by all means bulky and inelegant, yet ironically, they’ve been designed for sizzle, for their superficial benefit in our lives and 20 features that can be checked off for the marketing department. But all the value-added features in the world mean nothing when the battery bites it eight hours later.

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The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Mead chats with us about the Apple Watch, Glassholes, and Daft Punk copying one of his designs.
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Fashion is a temporary affectation. Fashion that's timeless is actually a practical response to need.  - Some great science fiction illustrations of how technology has been envisioned before.

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Are Health Wearables Evangelists Fools? #hcsmeu #quantifiedself

Are Health Wearables Evangelists Fools? #hcsmeu #quantifiedself | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it


Late last month, TechnologyAdvice released an interesting study looking at whether most people want to use health wearables such as fitness trackers and other tools for health purposes.



Here are the top-line results of this study:



- 75 percent of U.S. adults do not track their weight, diet, or exercise using a health tracking apps or devices


- 43.7 percent had no specific reason for not tracking their fitness 


- 27.2 percent won’t use these devices due to lack of interest

- 25.1 percent of adults are currently using either a fitness tracker or a smartphone app to monitor their health, weight, or exercise.


This sounds like pretty bad news for those who believe the era of health wearables is here. But, this study also raises another question: Are health wearables evangelists fools?


Fard Johnmar, Founder of Enspektos explains why relevancy is the key to boosting the adoption of health wearables.  


Read more at http://hitconsultant.net/2014/10/08/are-health-wearables-evangelists-fools/



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Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin

Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
There is an emerging class of computers that adhere to the skin like temporary tattoos, or attach to the body like an old-fashioned Band-Aid.

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Will.i.am's beast of a smartwatch makes calls and more, no phone needed

Will.i.am's beast of a smartwatch makes calls and more, no phone needed | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
American musician-cum-entrepreneur Will.i.am thinks he's got a radical gadget to beat the band: a massive app-infused watch that he says can do everything a phone can.
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More on will.i.am's smartwatch in a sea of competitors (Google,  Fossil, Samsung, Apple and LG)  Unlike those devices, Will.i.am's makes phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The device will also have 1GB of memory, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a pedometer, and accelerometer. It has a curved screen and wraps around the wrist like a cuff.

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Data Protection Officials Adopt Internet of Things Declaration and Big Data Resolution

Data Protection Officials Adopt Internet of Things Declaration and Big Data Resolution | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Representatives of the private sector and academia joined together to discuss the positive changes and attendant risks that the Internet of things and big data may bring to daily life.
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Mauritius Declaration on the Internet of Things

  • Self-determination is an inalienable right for all human beings.

  • Data obtained from connected devices is “high in quantity, quality and sensitivity” and, as such, “should be regarded and treated as personal data.”

  • Those offering connected devices “should be clear about what data they collect, for what purposes and how long this data is retained.”

  • Privacy by design should become a key selling point of innovative technologies.

  • Data should be processed locally, on the connected device itself. Where it is not possible to process data locally, companies should ensure end-to-end encryption.

  • Data protection and privacy authorities should seek appropriate enforcement action when the law has been breached.

  • All actors in the internet of things ecosystem “should engage in a strong, active and constructive debate” on the implications of the internet of things and the choices to be made.

Mauritius Resolution on Big Data

  • Implement privacy by design.

  • Be transparent about what data is collected, how data is processed, for what purposes data will be used, and whether data will be distributed to third parties.

  • Define the purpose of collection at the time of collection and, at all times, limit use of the data to the defined purpose.

  • Obtain consent.

  • Collect and store only the amount of data necessary for the intended lawful purpose.

  • Allow individuals access to data maintained about them, information on the source of the data, key inputs into their profile, and any algorithms used to develop their profile.

  • Allow individuals to correct and control their information.

  • Conduct a privacy impact assessment.

  • Consider data anonymization.

  • Limit and carefully control access to personal data.

  • Conduct regular reviews to verify if results from profiling are “responsible, fair and ethical and compatible with and proportionate to the purpose for which the profiles are being used.”

  • Allow for manual assessments of any algorithmic profiling outcomes with “significant effects to individuals.” 

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Will.i.am takes on Google and Apple with the Puls: A wrist-mounted, wearable phone

Will.i.am takes on Google and Apple with the Puls: A wrist-mounted, wearable phone | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Pop star and sometime Intel creative consultant will.i.am is launching an ambitious new company to combine tech and fashion.
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The most unusual aspect of the device is its ability to take calls without holding it up to your mouth. I conducted a phone call with my hands by my side; "I could hear the call crystal clear through the speaker and, more impressively, the caller could hear me talk at a normal volume." How will.i.am hopes to compete with the likes of Google and Apple, both which have entered the wearable space with a lot more engineering horsepower. The pop star’s device  “This is your communication device, and your tablet will be your consumption device,”

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Smart bike wheel could change transportation’s future

Smart bike wheel could change transportation’s future | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.
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As one MIT Professor put it, "anything that is mechanical could become automated".

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Basis Peak Fitness Tracker Adds Smartwatch-like Notifications

Basis Peak Fitness Tracker Adds Smartwatch-like Notifications | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The $199 Basis Peak offers the same fitness tracking capabilities as the older B1, but does so in a thinner design, and adds some smartwatch-like notifications.
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The Peak's new trick, is that it can show notifications from your Android or iOS device, making it more practical for non-fitness activities. When a call, email or message comes in, the Peak will vibrate and the text will appear on-screen. However, you won't be able to respond from your wrist. Basis says it's releasing an API, so that third parties will be able to send notifications to the watch as well. Like the original Basis, the backside of the Peak has an optical heart rate monitor as well as four additional sensors that measure galvanic skin response -- how much you're sweating -- and skin temperature. All that, combined with a 3-axis accelerometer, will provide wearers with a much more accurate gauge of their overall fitness and activity than other wrist-based trackers.

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Samsung Gear S Tizen Smartwatch Headed To All Four Major U.S. Carriers This Fall

Samsung Gear S Tizen Smartwatch Headed To All Four Major U.S. Carriers This Fall | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The wearable revolution is underway, and sometime before the winter months hit, you'll see an increasing number of people talking and tapping on the top side of their wrists. The reason? Samsung on Wednesday put the word out that its Gear S smartwatch is headed to U.S. shores this fall and will be available at all four major wireless carriers...
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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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Salesforce unveils big push into Wearable Technology

Salesforce unveils big push into Wearable Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables are tech's trend du jour, and Salesforce is trying them on in a big way.

Via TechinBiz
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Salesforce has jumped into recent investments in wearable startups and an initiative to get developers to build applications that connect devices worn on the face, wrist and body with Salesforce’s technology.  Salesforce’s interest in wearables illustrates that in addition to being a dominant provider of business applications, the company is also a major computing platform that other developers use to access customers or actually run their own businesses, Irvine said. Wearables are just one emerging technology that will get attention at Dreamforce, and are part of Salesforce’s larger goal of capitalizing on the so-called Internet of Things, which refers to the increasing number of Internet connected devices that are spewing out unprecedented quantities of data that promise countless insights to come. - To get out front on the wearable trend, Salesforce in June launched Salesforce Wear to entice developers to create more enterprise applications for wearable devices, with support for devices from Samsung Electronics Co., Google and Pebble, among others.

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Salesforce unveils big push into Wearable Technology.

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This Is What It's Like To Wear Smart Spandex During A Workout

This Is What It's Like To Wear Smart Spandex During A Workout | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
By building EMG sensors into compression gear, Athos wants to put a high-tech fitness lab in your pocket.
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Interesting story of how a wearable tech company builds its use case for the market.  Not sure it's that big of a market for them but hey it's a good example of thinking through the technology, the product and business model

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Why Technology Isn’t Truly Wearable

Why Technology Isn’t Truly Wearable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Why Technology Isn’t Truly Wearable

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Stanford launches research center for wearables

Led by the co-founders of Vivametrica, the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology aims to draw meaningful and useful data from consumer-facing wearable devices -- just what the doctor is waiting for.

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SPIMESENSE's curator insight, October 19, 9:09 AM

Excellent move from Stanford!

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Blocks - a customizable Smartwatch

Blocks - a customizable Smartwatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Choose. Play. Upgrade. Blocks is a fully customizable smartwatch. You can make your own unique smartwatch by snapping in the blocks you need.

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Playful way to come up with a smartwatch, not sure that it really makes for a viable approach.  

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15 Android Wear Apps You Should Know About

15 Android Wear Apps You Should Know About | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

“Android Wear watches are now in full gear, with the highly anticipated Moto 360 finally being in the hands of consumers and other manufacturers announcing new watches like the LG G Watch R. With this onslaught of new products, developers are seeing the potential of the OS and have released ... Continue reading »”


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16-year-old Maker creates an Arduino-compatible, open-source smartwatch

16-year-old Maker creates an Arduino-compatible, open-source smartwatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Four months ago, 16-year-old John Wall had introduced the prototype of his Atmel powered OLED smartwatch. Earlier this week, the Maker revealed that the design was on its own power and completed.
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You can almost hear the groan's in electronics companies when 16 yo's start designing smartwatches, and complain about the costs of the current offerings by companies.   

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Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device

Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Patient appeared to suffer withdrawal symptoms when prevented from using Google Glass and dreamed he was wearing itScientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google...
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Addiction caused by 18 hour / day use over an extended period of time, started dreaming he was wearing it.  Unfortunately this will be added to the list of issues that will need to be addressed as a part of a mass consumer market roll out of such devices.  - Like anything else that is overused, it can become an addiction.

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Apple Watch not Popular among teens

Apple Watch not Popular among teens | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Facebook is losing popularity among teens as more and more youngsters prefer Instagram and Twitter to fulfill their social media needs.
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The Apple Watch is not in demand among kids from higher earning households because they do not understand the need for this kind of device. In 2012, a study concluded that only 32% of Millennials wear a watch all the time, even though 71% own a watch. Those born after 1990 prefer to use a phone for checking the time and showing off. Piper Jaffray’s study shows that the most popular watch brand among them is Rolex–not that they actually own one or want to.

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Go go gadget glass! (For a third of the price of Google)

Go go gadget glass! (For a third of the price of Google) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Following its recently-launched Kickstarter campaign, we spoke to Optinvent's CEO and co-founder Kayvan Mirza about the smart glasses that can rival Google Glass.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/29/go-go-gadget-glass-for-a-third-of-the-price-of-google/...
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What sets the ORA devices apart is the "Flip-Vu" dual-mode display, which is optimized for augmented reality and provides a significantly bigger display than any of its competitors.  "Rather than positioning the display above your eye so you have to turn your eye to look at it, which isn't very comfortable, they have 2 positions; one is directly in front, right in your field of view, which is great for doing augmented reality type stuff. The other position is directly below your field of view, which is again much more comfortable than looking up."


Some still debate around whether smart glasses will or won't become the pinnacle of wearable technology. - we think smartglasses are better suited for business / technical applications where it's value (what and how it changes how people work and organize that work) will be more clearly appreciated. There possibilities with gaming and recreational use are there, but with privacy concerns of others being a limit that has already been seen in Google Glass being outright rejected in some public venues.


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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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