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Intel's CEO looks to hobbyists for wearable innovations

Intel's CEO looks to hobbyists for wearable innovations | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
SAN MATEO, California (Reuters) - Intel Corp's Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich mingled with electronics buffs at Silicon Valley's annual maker mecca on Saturday as the chipmaker looks to amateur
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Intel is not the only technology company to look to the growing maker movement for inspiration but it has been among the most aggressive. ARM Holdings, Atmel and other chipmakers all have exhibitions at the weekend event to make sure that hobbyists are up to speed on their latest components.  - "These are the future engineers, the future scientists, the guys who will be inventing the next companies that create great products, whether it's the next Google or Apple. We want them to be aware of Intel technology," Krzanich said.

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Ivan Frain's curator insight, May 19, 12:19 AM

Hobbyists the new strategic target of Intel to push Edison, the Intel's iot processor. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft's smart headband helps blind to "see" objects around them

Microsoft's smart headband helps blind to "see" objects around them | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The smart headband will relay information through an earpiece when the user looks at an object, helping blind or partially sighted people to avoid obstacles when in the city.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/14/microsofts-smart-headband-helps-blind-to-see-objects/...
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The $35 Computer Just Got Even Better

The $35 Computer Just Got Even Better | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Raspberry Pi is a miniature computer that costs just $35.
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The B+ model will still cost just $35 and features a host of improvements to make the device more modular for DIY enthusiasts. - There's two additional USB ports, a streamlined form factor, better audio performance and power consumption, and the SD card slot has been swapped for a more recent Micro SD slot.
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The new raspberry pi!

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Beats Sues Chinese Counterfeiters for Billions Over Phony Headphones

Beats Sues Chinese Counterfeiters for Billions Over Phony Headphones | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The people behind Beats are about to rake in several billion dollars in a deal with Apple, but before that the headphone-maker could pull in even more money in a lawsuit going after Chinese counterfeiters.
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Android Wear 101: Google Explains Its Smartwatch Platform

Android Wear 101: Google Explains Its Smartwatch Platform | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Android released a new video that details all the perks of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform.
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Android Wear explained for how it will work on a smartwatch platform

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Control your smart home with Android Wear

Control your smart home with Android Wear | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
If the existence of smartwatches is predicated on convenience — they need to be significantly more accessible than our phones. That's why Android Wear's out-of-the-box compatibility with AutoApps i...
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How is this better than analog?  - Rule #1 for smartwatches, wearables or any technology is that it needs to show a clear and distinct benefit / value add.  I don't see a real problem being solved here, do you?  Sorry there isn't one. no compelling reason to use, no compelling reason to buy.

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Battle of the Samsung Watches: Gear Live vs. Gear Fit vs. Gear 2

Battle of the Samsung Watches: Gear Live vs. Gear Fit vs. Gear 2 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We look at the specs and features of Samsung's new Gear Live and compare it to it's Tizen-based predecessors, the Gear Fit and Gear 2.
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Gear Live looks to improve upon Samsung’s past efforts in just about every way. This is a smartwatch that will pair with any Android device (4.3 or higher) and comes equipped large ecosystem of apps. Our reviews of both Gear Fit and Gear 2 reveal each device’s lackluster features. In comparison, the Gear Live has nearly identical specs to the Gear 2 but has a smaller price tag and better OS. To be fair, the Gear Live doesn’t emphasize its fitness components. In the gym though, Gear Live seems to be a worthy competitor of the Gear Fit. By the looks of it, Gear Live is the most advanced smartwatch from Samsung. What’s more, the $200 price tag renders the other Samsung smartwatch contenders obsolete.

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The Future's Infrastructure is Connected with M2M [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Future's Infrastructure is Connected with M2M [INFOGRAPHIC] | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

The way of the future is constant connection. We are already living in a world with 50 million sensors—in a few years, the number of sensors will increase to 2 trillion. This emerging machine-to-machine or M2M infrastructure will take connectivity to a whole new level. M2M technology has been a... http://dashburst.com/infographic/m2m-field-tech-infographic/


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Excellent infographic that really speaks to the best direction that we believe that IoT and wearables will go - Industry and business - as the starting point for those technologies to takeoff - think about it, the PC took off because of the needs of business

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Jean DEMARTINI's curator insight, May 7, 12:23 AM

The future will be really useful if the equipments of infrastructure networks  et services will be connected and supervised not only peoples.

Jon Blackmore's curator insight, May 21, 1:43 AM

This is an interesting article. Taking connectivity to the next level!

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Wearable tech can be implanted in brains, thanks to new power technique

Wearable tech can be implanted in brains, thanks to new power technique | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A research breakthrough has identified a way to charge tiny health-tracking devices that could be embedded in our brains, hearts or livers.

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Having proved that the technique works in animals, the research team are currently preparing for human testing, which will require approval from safety regulators and will take several years before the technology will be certified for use in medical devices and beyond.

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'The Daily Show' Nails Exactly What's Wrong With Google Glass

'The Daily Show' Nails Exactly What's Wrong With Google Glass | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
"The Daily Show" took a full swing at Google Glass on Thursday. Once just a funny-looking face-computer, the device has transformed into something of a $1,500 embodiment of both modern privacy invasion and America's yawning wealth divide.

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Hilarious video and there are some pretty good points about a wearable like Google Glass

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Ken Forster's curator insight, June 21, 8:46 AM

There is much truth in parody, and not one does it like the Daily Show.

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Google Wants To Collect Your Health Data With 'Google Fit'

Google Wants To Collect Your Health Data With 'Google Fit' | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
FGoogle will announce the service that processes data from apps and wearable trackers later this month, to rival Apple’s HealthKit and Samsung’s Sami platform.
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Worthwhile read - excellent analysis on Google's plans and comparisons to Apple and Samsung's approaches to the Wearable application in healthcare along with potential weaknesses 

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Apple and Dr Dre versus Intel and 50 Cent

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

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Lenovo has its very own Google Glass competitor, too

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

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Fatal Flaw of Smartwatches

Fatal Flaw of Smartwatches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
I've been wearing the Gear Live for a few days, and I have mixed feelings about the device.
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Excellent Use Case analysis and supports our initial reservations about smartwatches - in a nutshell, the problem with them is that they enable a convenience, but they don’t perform a crucial task.

The Fatal Flaw. - Smartwatches are completely reliant on the smartphone to do anything. meaning they need to be able to go autonomous for some period of time. 

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Mobile Moto: The Pairing of Motorcycles and Technology

Mobile Moto: The Pairing of Motorcycles and Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Arguably one of the most impactful moments in the modern era was the invention of the combustion engine.
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With smart phones and instant communication a necessity in today’s fast-paced world, many companies can offer Bluetooth and wireless options built right into the helmet. Music can be streamed directly into built in speakers and two way communication systems can be integrated, allowing bikers to easily speak with each other as they ride. The future is even more amazing showing the potential for built in heads-up displays and early warning systems.

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This device promises aging baby boomers injury-free exercise

This device promises aging baby boomers injury-free exercise | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Meet LEO — a wearable band that promises to help you avoid exercise injuries. Aging baby boomers may be its biggest market, writes Therese Poletti.
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This wearable maybe a better one of the use cases we've seen

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How the Internet of Everything in Public Safety and Justice

How the Internet of Everything in Public Safety and Justice | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Infographic: How the Internet of Everything in Public Safety and Justice ...

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Cisco trying hard to show the value of IoT, wearablea and IoE in the LE (Law Enforcement) community - now if we could only get other OEM's to do the same kind of thing

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The Nest Thermostat Is Now Much More Than Just A Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat Is Now Much More Than Just A Thermostat | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
By opening up its Nest thermostat to developers, Google just branded the Internet of Things for itself.
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Nest’s founder, Tony Fadell, knows a lot about making esoteric technology approachable for everyday people. Before Nest, he invented the iPod over at Apple, repackaging the techie “MP3 player” as an intuitive wheel to spin through thousands of your songs. And even though he’s designed what’s probably the most iconic Internet of Things device to date, Fadell hasn’t been shy about his hatred for the current geeky lexicon.


“I hate this ‘Internet of Things’ term. I hate the ‘connected home’ term,” Fadell told Business Insider earlier this year. “Nobody buys the ‘connected home.’ They buy products.”

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Microsoft has timing issues

Microsoft has timing issues | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
After more than a decade of visionary promises, Microsoft will soon unveil a smartwatch. Satya Nadella could use a spectacular product
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MSFT's 1st smartwatch was  unveiled in 2002.  This is another reminder that MSFT has a real knack for predicting where technology will go, but it couples this skill with horrible timing and woeful execution. They were about 6 years ahead of the competition with Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) devices, but they were too big, too expensive, and generally underwhelming.  


When it comes to smartwatches, MSFT has again mistimed things. It trails Google, Samsung and the rest of the Android crowd to market. It looks as if its device will arrive just as Apple and Asus  start hawking their wares. 

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Benchmark of LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live

Benchmark of LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live: Spec Showdown Digital Trends For instance, the Gear Live features a 300mAh battery opposed to the G Watch's 400mAh, while additionally providing a magnetic charging cradle in lieu of the G Watch's...
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The Samsung Gear Live marks a considerable improvement over the company’s previous ventures in wearable tech, specifically the lackluster Gear Fit and Samsung-exclusive Gear 2. Still, neither option vastly outperforms the other at this point, even if the Gear Live also offers a heart-rate monitor, increased pixel resolution, and a lower price tag. Buyer choice may simply come down to individual aesthetics and customer preference, or how the two smartwatches perform and seamlessly integrate with their respective Android devices. Furthermore, the game may change again when the anticipated Moto 360 goes on sale later this summer.
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Apple plans multiple designs for smartwatch

Apple plans multiple designs for smartwatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Apple is planning multiple versions of its smartwatch, likely to be launched in the fall, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from rivals.
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The new wrist device from Apple will incorporate more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they don't provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter.

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65 Pieces of Futuristic Wearable Tech

65 Pieces of Futuristic Wearable Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
pieces of futuristic wearable tech - This post is brought to you by the Vodafone Firsts program. Pitch Your #First today.

Wearable technology is no longer something we read abou...

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The long list - if you don't mind clicking thru 65 slides

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Samsung gets 78% of US Smartwatch market

Samsung gets 78% of US Smartwatch market | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Samsung Group (005930) accounted 78% of half-a-million smartwatch sales in last eight months. Galaxy Gear emerged the best performing
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The smart glasses had have the maximum appeal among the early adopters while a simple wearable fitness tracker apparently was not all that in demand with only 36% early adopters going for it; the smartwatch had the same percentage of consumers. The users had different preferences while going for a wearable gadget; they might prefer it for making or receiving calls, listening to music, taking photos, web browsing or counting calories. The design and look was found to be a key aspect for consumers making a decision to buy a wearable gadget. 

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Laurent FLOURET's curator insight, June 20, 1:31 AM

Waiting for Apple to enter what I believe to be a Blue Ocean and drastically expand the market...!