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8 Mind-blowing Uses of Wearable Technology (Seriously...)

8 Mind-blowing Uses of Wearable Technology (Seriously...) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Some of the most interesting applications of wearable technology will come from the fusion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.
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8 Use Cases for Wearables, not so mind blowing as this list is not something that we haven't seen before, (if you read my postings), and this isn't the whole list of use cases for wearables, this industry is just getting started.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 15, 2014 8:58 AM

It's as if a door opens to a whole new industry. Many more startups with great ideas will take advantage of this and find their niche. Great article.

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Fossil to introduce its own platform for wearable tech later this year

Fossil to introduce its own platform for wearable tech later this year | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fossil will be introducing its own technology platform later this year. It's been working with Google and Intel since last year to develop wearable technology. The Richardson-based watch and accessories…
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The Texas based watch and accessories maker told analysts Thursday that its platform will be used to make what it’s calling connected accessories, but there are no USB ports in these new designs.

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Why Wearable Tech May See More Success in B2B

Why Wearable Tech May See More Success in B2B | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
When Google revealed earlier this year that it was pulling Google Glass from tech store shelves, it was a surprise for many, considering the hype the wearable
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In an interview, Sony Mobile Communications President Hiroki Totoki told reporters, “It’s easier for us to determine how users will use our devices in the B2B market. The biggest benefit of wearable technologies is that they free up both hands. So we will be looking at what kind of workers want information on a real-time basis, in what kind of circumstances and what information they need.”

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Apple Watch to Replace Car Keys, Among Other Things

Apple Watch to Replace Car Keys, Among Other Things | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The real push on the first generation Apple Watch is health.
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While in Germany, CEO Tim Cook said the watch would be waterproof and said it would be a replacement for car keys and other physical items people tend to carry around with them, like a wallet. Cook also claims that while some people don't see a reason for owning a wearable, the Apple Watch will provide more than enough to change a customer's lifestyle and make them an active wearable user. The real push on the first generation Apple Watch is health, something Cook is very interested in progressing with the wearable. The smartwatch will feature dozens of sensors to collect all types of health and fitness information. - Will Apple's smartwatch actually be a useful wearable for the mass market?

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Samsung and Fitbit currently leading wearables markets

Samsung and Fitbit currently leading wearables markets | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for “smart wearable bands” — any wristworn device that can run third-party applications — is Samsung. Meanwhile, the “basic wearable band” market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can’t run apps, is still led by Fitbit.

The up-and-comer in the non-smartwatch wearable market is Xiaomi, whose focus on the Chinese market and low price point have catapulted it into the spotlight. It has shipped more than a million Mi Bands, 103,000 of those on the first day. 

“Though the Mi Band is a lower-margin product than competing devices, Xiaomi entered the wearables market with a unique strategy, and its shipment volumes show how quickly a company can become a major force in a segment based solely on the size of the Chinese market,” analyst Jason Low said in a statement.

Canalys didn’t share the total shipment numbers for basic bands, but said 4.6 million smart bands shipped in 2014, only 720,000 of which were Android Wear. Of those, Motorola led the market with its Moto 360.  Samsung led the smart band segment overall, owing to the wide range of devices the company has available.

“‘Samsung has launched six devices in just 14 months, on different platforms and still leads the smart band market,” VP and principal analyst Chris Jones said in a statement. “But it has struggled to keep consumers engaged and must work hard to attract developers while it focuses on [operating system] Tizen for its wearables.”

Canalys predicts Apple’s entry into the market will blow up the category, and says the device’s battery life will be the main advantage over Android Wear to begin with.

“Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency,” analyst Daniel Matte said in a statement. “Android Wear will need to improve significantly in the future, and we believe it will do so.”



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Cheryl Palmer's curator insight, February 19, 7:06 PM

WEARABLES - Market report summary on the current (Feb 2015) state of the wearables market with link to data source.  Useful to get insight into where major players are focusing their development dollars.

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Swiss watchmaker MMT enters the luxury smartwatch market

Swiss watchmaker MMT enters the luxury smartwatch market | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Swiss have finally entered the smartwatch fray. But is this the kind of device people actually want?
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Coming only a few weeks after Swatch announced it will release a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch, a new Swiss company called Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) has introduced a line of smartwatches made in Switzerland. MMT is a joint venture between Silicon Valley wearable-technology company Fullpower Technologies and Union Horlogère Holding, which owns Swiss watchmakers Frederique Constant and Alpina.

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LG unveils first 4G smartwatch, based on WebOS software

LG unveils first 4G smartwatch, based on WebOS software | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The LG Watch Urbane LTE runs on the LG Wearable Platform, which traces its roots back to the beloved old mobile operating system.

Via Kenneth Carnesi
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The use of WebOS, which LG acquired from Hewlett-Packard in 2013, on both devices suggests the company has more ambitious plans for its proprietary operating system. WebOS, like Samsung's Tizen mobile operating system, could be a way for LG to pare back on its dependence on Google and its Android operating system and power multiple products with its own platform.

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Pebble Time smartwatch promises 7 day battery life

Pebble Time smartwatch promises 7 day battery life | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
News: a new smartwatch from Pebble that promises seven days of battery life has reached its $500,000 Kickstarter goal in less than 20 minutes. (more…)

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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A promised 7 day battery life.   A follow-up to the original Pebble watch, Pebble Time incorporates a colour e-paper display more akin to an e-book reader than the LCD or OLED screens typically found on smartphones. The company says this will allow the watch to deliver up to seven days of battery life – outpacing its nearest competitors by days.

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New data on peanut allergy patch shows promise

New data on peanut allergy patch shows promise | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
There is new data on a skin patch that may be able to protect nearly three million Americans who suffer from peanut allergies. Doctors say, so far, the results show promise. Don Dahler reports.
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A wearable technology, just not one with electronic monitoring aspect, although with just a little imagination one could see how this type of technology could benefit by having it integrated with that particular function

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Wearables Market: 2015 is Year That Will Make or Break the Smartwatch

Wearables Market: 2015 is Year That Will Make or Break the Smartwatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables Shipments to Jump to 75 Million in 2015, Up 158% on 2014 – Apple Watch to account for over a quarter of wearables shipments in 2015 – By 2018 almost 350 million wearable devices will be in use worldwide. Sales of wearables will grow from 29 million in 2014 to 172 million in 2018, …

Via M2M World News
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Last year confirmed that North America will remain the biggest market for wearables in the near term. This region accounted for more than half of global sales in 2014 and that momentum continues in 2015.  CCS Insight’s consumer surveys indicate extremely high levels of awareness of wearable devices, but the challenge is translating this into sales

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720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 – Moto 360 is the clear leader

720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 – Moto 360 is the clear leader | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
More than 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total global market of 4.6m wearable smart bands or watches, according to Canalys.

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12 Prototyping Tools for Making Wearables

12 Prototyping Tools for Making Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Steve Thomas
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Interesting if not a good list to flesh out concepts and Use Cases.

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Smartphone Apps Just as Accurate as Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity

Smartphone Apps Just as Accurate as Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Although wearable devices have received significant attention for their ability to track an individual’s physical activity, most smartphone applications are just as accurate, according to a new research letter in JAMA.


The study tested 10 of the top-selling smartphone apps and devices in the United States by having 14 participants walk on a treadmill for 500 and 1,500 steps, each twice (for a total of 56 trials), and then recording their step counts.


Led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, this study is a follow-up to a recent JAMA viewpoint suggesting that there’s little evidence that wearable devices alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most.


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“In this study, we wanted to address one of the challenges with using wearable devices: they must be accurate. After all, if a device is going to be effective at monitoring — and potentially changing — behavior, individuals have to be able to trust the data,” said lead study author Meredith A. Case, BA, a medical student at Penn. “We found that smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearable devices for tracking physical activity.”

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Alyson Tock's curator insight, February 13, 10:39 PM

In my opinion, this app is really fascinating and handy because whenever people go, they can use the app to calculate the number of steps they walk or jog that day. This app also allow people to keep track of the amount of exercise they do each day which is good for their health. Exercising allow people to stay fit and healthy and strong.

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Wearable tech driving need for cloud

Wearable tech driving need for cloud | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Don't overlook the impact of wearable technology on the enterprise and its open cloud environments.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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The (alleged) appeal of wearable technology is down to the rich data generated by the devices, which is stored and analysed in the cloud. The ability to access these insights from the cloud -- anywhere, anytime -- enables wearable technology users to boost their intelligence.  - Still no one is mentioning that the data needs to be in the service of actually solving a problem / need.

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The other side of NFL wearable technology

The other side of NFL wearable technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The NFL's technological boom has made players such as Andrew Hawkins wary about evaluation techniques.
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More than 1/2 of the NFL's teams employ some form of player tracking during training camp and regular-season practices, ostensibly to monitor exertion and prevent injuries. And in 2014, the NFL for the first time tracked players during games in the same way. It doesn't yet release the data to teams, but it seems unlikely to remain locked in the digital vault forever. 

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9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry

9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
These 9 medical wearables are about to significantly impact the future of breast cancer, smoking and more.

Via Sam Stern, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Specific Use Case driven innovations for health care, excellent list of examples.  Lesson from all of this: find and address a specific need, and there is a demographic that will need that capability, thus a market to sell to.

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Fever alarm armband: A wearable, printable, temperature sensor

Fever alarm armband: A wearable, printable, temperature sensor | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a "fever alarm armband," a flexible, self-powered wearable device that sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature. This armband will be presented at the 2015 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference, San Francisco, on 22-26 February, 2015. The flexible organic components developed for this device are well-suited to wearable devices that continuously monitor vital signs including temperature and heart rate for applications in healthcare settings.

The new device developed by research groups lead by Professor Takayasu Sakurai at the Institute of Industrial Science and Professor Takao Someya at the Graduate School of Engineering combines a flexible amorphous silicon solar panel, piezoelectric speaker, temperature sensor, and power supply circuit created with organic components in a single flexible, wearable package.

Constant monitoring of health indicators such as heart rate and body temperature is the focus of intense interest in the fields of infant, elderly and patient care. Sensors for such applications need to be flexible and wireless for patient comfort, maintenance-free and not requiring external energy supply, and cheap enough to permit disposable use to ensure hygiene. Conventional sensors based on rigid components are unable to meet these requirements, so the researchers have developed a flexible solution that incorporates organic components that can be printed by an inkjet printer on a polymeric film.

The fever alarm armband incorporates several first-ever achievements. It is the first organic circuit able to produce a sound output, and the first to incorporate an organic power supply circuit. The former enables the device to provide audible information when the flexible thermal sensor detects a pre-set value within the ranges of 36.5 ºC to 38.5 ºC, while the latter increases the range of operational illumination by 7.3 times in indoor lighting conditions.

"Our fever alarm armband demonstrates that it is possible to produce flexible, disposable devices that can greatly enhance the amount of information available to carers in healthcare settings," says Professor Someya. "We have demonstrated the technology with a temperature sensor and fever alarm, but the system could also be adapted to provide audible feedback on body temperature, or combined with other sensors to register wetness, pressure or heart rate."

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Beyond fun: the vital future of wearables

Beyond fun: the vital future of wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's wearables might not turn on your microwave or help you get out of a bad date. But they could save lives.

Via Rémy TESTON, DIRECT MEDICA, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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A study by the McKinsey Global Research Institute suggests that a wearable approach to preventive care may be more cost-effective than existing solutions. Through continuous monitoring rather than periodic testing, physicians could reduce treatment costs by as much as 10% to 20%, saving billions of dollars in the care of congestive heart failure alone, the study said.

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Wearable Technology And The Way We Run

Wearable Technology And The Way We Run | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable Technology And The Way We Run is constantly being changed with innovative new products that are designed to help us run better.
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The innovative technologies listed show what to expect to see in the second iteration of sports technology. Big data and performance analytics are no longer reserved for the high-tech sports labs. Everyone, from the casual athlete to the elite competitor, now has the ability to take their game to the next level with these solutions. 

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A look at some of today’s wearable microcontrollers

A look at some of today’s wearable microcontrollers | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Gregory Crawford, Stephanie Battista, Steve Thomas
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As first noted by MAKE: Magazine’s Boris Kourtoukov, “there’s a plethora of options” when it comes to these microcontrollers. What’s more, they all possess one common trait: they’re powered by Atmel. These so-called body boards are now giving Makers the ability to easily (and affordably) produce their own projects in ways that otherwise would have been unimaginable. - Great set of prototype boards for the wearable domain.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 24, 6:31 PM

Yeah these are going to be fun. Can't wait.

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Beyond Wearables: New Frontiers in Interactive Tech

Beyond Wearables: New Frontiers in Interactive Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In the final months of 2014, wearable technology sparked significant media and consumer attention – not least thanks to the announcement of the Apple Watch.

Via TechinBiz
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Smartwatches shift existing technology to a new location – from the pocket to the wrist. More exciting are second-skin devices such as embeddables, ingestibles and hearables. These will include flexible technologies that blend into our skin; devices that are controlled by eye-motion sensors; and earbuds that measure and respond to our heart rate. All are part of the ongoing journey to create technology that is so deeply interwoven with our lives that it becomes almost invisible. The benefits of this transition will be better usability and genuinely groundbreaking technology that goes beyond incremental developments.

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Top tech companies are learning just how hard it is to make a really smart fitness tracker

Top tech companies are learning just how hard it is to make a really smart fitness tracker | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Tictrac, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The report says Apple executives had a tough time figuring out “why a consumer would need or want such a device” once those health features were nixed. - It’s unclear if Apple will add the features it originally wanted for the Apple Watch, like blood pressure and blood oxygen level tracking, into a later iteration of its watch: According to the WSJ, the Apple Watch project was internally labeled as a “black hole” because it drew a ton of resources over a development span of +4 years. 

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The Future of Wearable Tech

The Future of Wearable Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. Despite my specialization in wearable technology, I haven’t worn my FitBit in months. I’m not the only one. Many people found the first wave of wearables came up short. Entry-level price points were high, form factors were clodgy and accuracy left a lot to be desired. It’s no wonder…
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Companies found getting wearables “right” is a tall order. To be truly useful, usable and desirable for people, we’ll see the following future improvements in wearable tech products to come in 2015 and beyond. - Good list 

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Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup - Winners Announced

Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup - Winners Announced | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
And the world champions in wearables are… WT Innovation World Cup Winners 2014/15 are announced! For the WT Innovation World Cup 2014/15 all submitted solutions were judged and reviewed by an international team of experts. The finalists were awarded at the official award ceremony at the biggest worldwide wearables conference, WT Wearable Technologies Conference, on 2nd February …
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And the Winners by Category Are:

StretchSense in Sports & Fitness for StretchSense 

Feeligreen in Healthcare & Wellness for dermoPatch

Alpinestars Inc in Security & Prevention for TechAir

Sendrato in Gaming & Lifestyle for "Smart Festival Wristbands"

Sendrato was the Overall Winner.


We think something to note here is that the Sendrato's Smart Festival Wristbands concept is something that Disney had already done on a much larger scale at Disneyland, where the user experience was enhanced by having smart wrist bands for access from everything to the park, different rides, and even your Disneyland hotel room. (http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671616/a-1-billion-project-to-remake-the-disney-world-experience-using-rfid ) Expect to see more applications of this concept going forward in time.

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Study: Smartphone apps count steps more accurately than wearables

Study: Smartphone apps count steps more accurately than wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Activity tracking apps on smartphones are more accurate than fitness tracking wearables when it comes to step counts, according to a small study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.


Via Olivier Delannoy, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Big miss for wearable designers, they will have to do better.

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Wearable technology is redefining what it means to be disabled

Wearable technology is redefining what it means to be disabled | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
As less-than-able-bodied people adopt wearable devices and move into a bionic future.
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Lawrence and his team have discovered that their product appeals to a variety of people. When the Lechal shoes and insoles become available later this year (for about $150), they will include features that will help runners monitor their pace, outdoorsmen map new trails, and tourists navigate unknown cities, all without burying their faces in a smartphone. This broader spectrum of users benefit from the haptic interface and motion commands that make Lechal intuitive for the blind.

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