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Apple Pulls Fitbit Products from Online Store, But Why?

Apple Pulls Fitbit Products from Online Store, But Why? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fitbit will not be supporting Apple’s Health app on iOS 8, unlike Jawbone, which has confirmed that it will do so.  It seems that Apple has taken this as a slight, and given the importance of the Health app, it’s not shocking to learn that Cupertino has kicked Fitbit to the curb, much like it did Bose in the aftermath of its buyout of the Beats brand.
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Apple using its retail arm to enforce support of its product lines, that is one way to get compliance.

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“BioBot” Roaches May Be Key to Find Survivors

“BioBot” Roaches May Be Key to Find Survivors | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
New research done by two researchers at North Carolina State University may soon make normal roaches into “cyber roaches” able to assist in rescue efforts in cases of natural disasters and emergencies. In many natural disasters, as well as emergency situations, time is everything. Roaches can fit into tiny spaces. It seems natural that at …
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Not the 1st time we've seen robots be used for this type of work, robots were used on the 9/11 pile of  the WTC. However “The goal is to use BioBots with high-resolution microphones to differentiate between sounds that matter- like people calling for help- from sounds that don’t matter- like a leaking pipe. Once we’ve identified sounds that matter, we can use BioBots equipped with microphone arrays to zero in on where those sounds are coming from.”

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What if your wearable could stop bad habits in their tracks?

What if your wearable could stop bad habits in their tracks? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Bonnie Spring is a professor of behavioral psychology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.


Via JP DOUMENG, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The idea is to use wearable sensors — think fitness bands — to track signals from the body before a relapse occurs, (for quitting smoking, dieting), then send “preventative interventions,” like a supportive text message or a call from a coach. 

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Santé Digitale 's curator insight, November 8, 2014 2:57 AM

"If you’re a trying-to-quit smoker or a dieter and think a gentle nudge of encouragement before you act on your next craving would help, there might soon be an app for that."

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Wearables Are Totally Failing the People Who Need Them Most | WIRED

Wearables Are Totally Failing the People Who Need Them Most | WIRED | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fitness tracking companies need to start embracing the FDA and making devices and apps for the old, the chronically ill, and the poor.

Via Celine Sportisse, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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It’s a shame because the people who could most benefit from this technology—the old, the chronically ill, the poor—are being ignored. Indeed, companies seem more interested in helping the affluent and tech-savvy sculpt their abs and run 5Ks than navigating the labyrinthine world of the FDA, HIPAA, and the other alphabet soup bureaucracies. This may be their own undoing, as there is a very real—and potentially lucrative—potential to shake up the healthcare system and frack the $2 trillion annual cost of chronic disease.  Kabir Kasagood, director of business development for Qualcomm Life, which manufactures the semiconductors used in many wearable gadgets. He exhorted developers to stop screwing around in a saturated market for activity trackers and embrace the red-tape and regulatory friction of the healthcare industry. “Go from the children’s table to the grown-up table,” he said. “If you’re serious about this, embrace the FDA. Learn how HIPAA works. Make sure it’s connected to the [electronic medical record] and that all the health laws are observed. There’s a tremendous dearth of innovation here. I would move away from fitness and go hardcore into health. That’s where the money is.”

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Dominique Blanchard's curator insight, November 7, 2014 7:05 AM

En effet, il est important de différentier dans la catégorie "wearable" ce qui relève du "bien-être" de ce qui relève de la "santé". Et même si des interactions naissent entre high tech grand public et santé, il reste du chemin à parcourir pour qu'existe une communauté de pensée entre des industries aussi différentes que la high tech et la pharmacie. Regarder en arrière ce qui s’est fait entre la pharmacie et l'agro-alimentaire sur le marché du nutraceutique peut être riche d'enseignement.

 

Les conséquences de la fertilisation croisée entre industries sont difficiles à précisément anticiper.  Mais orienter ces développements est passionnant.  

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Is wearable tech already wearing thin?

Is wearable tech already wearing thin? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Is wearable tech already wearing thin?


Despite the hype for upcoming products from Apple, Google and Samsung Electronics, a number of analysts say Internet-connected personal devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands -- so-called wearables -- will be hard-pressed to reach the same sales heights as smartphones and tablets.


That's because nearly every selling point for wearable tech -- a smartphone alternative, a better system for fitness tracking and a link to other Internet-connected devices -- may not have broad appeal, some analysts say....


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Parks Associates analyst Harry Wang predicts that at best, smartwatch sales will top out at about 120 million around 2018 -- a far cry from smartphones and tablets. More than 1 billion smartphones and more than 195 million tablets were sold last year.  Wang's forecast assumes that wearables would act more as a luxury watch, rather than a smartphone or tablet.  - Wang cited several factors that could boost the smartwatch market, including technological advances that could make the devices more attractive to consumers. An app developer or innovative start-up, for instance, might come up with a new feature or sexier selling point for wearables that could brighten their prospects. -  "I think wearables have tremendous potential, yes, but in the same way I think (No. 1 NBA draft pick) Andrew Wiggins has tremendous potential,"

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 19, 2014 2:58 AM

Is the market already cooling for wearable technology before it even gets started?

Robert Gosselin's curator insight, November 5, 2014 6:51 AM

Les wearable tech, déjà out !?

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Jawbone launches new wearable fitness trackers

Jawbone launches new wearable fitness trackers | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Wearable device maker Jawbone unveiled a set of new fitness trackers called UP Move and UP3 that track details of workouts, hours slept and heart rate.Up Move, which comes with an LED display
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Up Move, which comes with an LED display to view the number of steps and time taken, will be available at $50, and UP3 will be available at $180,

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Will the workplace lead wearable technology adoption?

Will the workplace lead wearable technology adoption? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Experts say adoption of wearables at work will outpace it at home thanks to improved safety, productivity, and collaboration.
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“There’s a strong belief that wearable technology will take off in the workplace before the home because devices such as smart watches, intelligent ID badges, and fitness and health monitors can provide organizations with uncharted data collection points to greatly improve safety, productivity, collaboration, and overall workplace effectiveness,” says Workforce Institute director Joyce Maroney,  “And while more and more types of wearable technologies have hit the market, the concept of wearables at work isn’t new. Workers have been wearing uniforms, safety gear, ID badges, communications headsets, and so on for years to do their jobs better

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7 Wearable and IoT Devices - Use case videos

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An interesting video on wearable and IoT technology use cases

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Apple can't call new device iWatch after Irish firm trademarks Name

Apple can't call new device iWatch after Irish firm trademarks Name | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
We have iMacs, iPods, iPhones and iPads. But why didn't Apple call its hotly anticipated new smartwatch the iWatch?

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Microsoft Jumps Into the Growing Market for Wearable Fitness Technology

Microsoft Jumps Into the Growing Market for Wearable Fitness Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Microsoft is joining the companies who see wearables as a way into the wellness business without all the red tape that comes from being a true medical company.
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MSFT’s black rubber bracelet resembles other products that have come before it. It contains a display that will show text messages from a cellphone, Facebook alerts and even bar codes that allow people to pay for coffee at a Starbucks from their wrists. Sensors in the device will continuously track heart rate, sleep quality and calories burned.- The band is a departure for MSFT in many respects, though, brimming with technologies often available only in more expensive products. For instance, the band includes GPS satellite tracking. The inclusion of GPS means runners who want to track distance only need to wear the band — they do not need to carry their cellphones. - price is going to be about ~$200.

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BeBop's Smart Fabric puts Sensors in everything you Wear

BeBop's Smart Fabric puts Sensors in everything you Wear | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable sensors don't tend to do much; they're usually limited to health data like EKG readings or your heart rate. If BeBop Sensors has its way, though, they'll be useful for just about anything that comes in contact with your body.

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The company is only providing the basic technology, not finished products, so it'll be a while before you see this smart cloth in something you can buy.  

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Bonnie Sandy's curator insight, October 29, 2014 9:01 PM

Whatever your niche or need BeBop's Smart Fabric makes Sensors  wearable and easy to adopt. At least that's the promise!

Generic Student's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:31 AM

This seems like it would have many ingenious uses.

Giselle Pempedjian's curator insight, October 31, 2014 2:09 AM

At last!!! That's cool!

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Why Google Glass is turning consumers off

Why Google Glass is turning consumers off | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Product is difficult to use, intrusive, distracting and offers few reasons to buy

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Well thought through analysis 

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Nike joins Apple in driving wearable devices forward

Nike joins Apple in driving wearable devices forward | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable tech needs to be more stealthy, according to Nike's CEO. Nike and Apple will play to each other's strengths to make wearable tech more fashionable and effective, he says.
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A design approach designed with "stealth" in mind could make smart watches and smart glass mesh with traditional fashions.  

On the compatibility side, recent studies by Wearables.com and PwC indicate Apple may need to widen its network beyond its own ecosystem and handpicked partners. For mass adoption of wearables, technology firms will need to drop the exclusivity of the past, says Mike Pegler, principal at PwC's U.S. technology practice.

"For wearables to be effective across both primary and secondary devices, there needs to be an established frequency of measurement," says Pegler. "Enterprises must forge partnerships and develop IT and platform alliances to deliver seamless experiences on both the front-end and back-end of wearable implementations."

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Smartwatches: the festive fight for your wrist

Smartwatches: the festive fight for your wrist | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
With the launch of the LG G Watch R and Samsung's Gear S this week, the battle for a spot your wrist is more intense than ever before, says Rhiannon Williams
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We're betting the holiday season will see an uptick in purchases, and then the drop off rate of ~40% kicks in and then designers go back to the drawing board to rethink the whole use case for smartwatches

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Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Project Ara is cool, because the ability to alter your smartphone specs piece-by-piece is attractive. Though we’ve not quite thought about what Ara could be
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With the promise of swappable parts, and knowing Google is working on things that aren’t memory or cameras or other normal smartphone spec-sheet fodder, we’re starting to see that Ara can be much more than just a phone.  Though it may not take the place of every medical device in a hospital, swappable modules are a great concept for consumers — especially those with blood oxygen issues, now. It’s not hard to envision a thermostat module, or other home devices you might have. With a block of memory, you could keep track of all your info, and even store it locally if you like.

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Wearable Gear and Apps to Make Running Healthier, and a Lot More Fun

Wearable Gear and Apps to Make Running Healthier, and a Lot More Fun | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A look at products ranging from sensor-equipped shirts that can track your workout to apps that can turn a long jog into an exercise in play.

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Only if you're a runner

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The Star Trek communicator is real -- and it's now on sale

The Star Trek communicator is real -- and it's now on sale | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Onyx is the real-life Star Trek communicator badge, just like the one Captain Picard and his crew wore on the Enterprise.
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Communicator technology has technically been around for two decades. Nextel's nationwide push-to-talk technology debuted in 1996, turning cell phones into extremely long-range walkie-talkies. But texting and unlimited cell phone minutes killed push-to-talk, and Sprint shuttered the Nextel brand last year.  But instant voice communication is making somewhat of a comeback. Apple just introduced voice messaging as part of iMessage, and Facebook's WhatsApp recently added voice to its texting app as well. OnBeep thinks Onyx can also help revitalize digital voice tech, which Robbins calls "the most powerful way of communicating when you're not face-to-face." Robbins envisioned "countless" uses for the technology, including families and friends staying in touch. 

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Roger Smith's curator insight, November 6, 2014 4:29 PM

Ohh Shiny new toy.   I think I want one!

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5 Software Approaches To Harness The IoT

5 Software Approaches To Harness The IoT | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Research is evidence-based. But how much information is too much? The life sciences industry is facing an onslaught of digital data, coming from the proliferation of mobile devices and genetic sequencing, to new biomarkers and diagnostics. For the life science industry to make use of all this input – to [...]
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It's all about improving processes
  1. The 12-factor app: Each service must be compliant with the twelve-factor methodology for building software-as-a-service. One of the tenets of the 12 Factor methodology covers a topic called “process formation.” This allows the application to scale horizontally and increase performance to match the level of processing required by the users. In the pre-cloud days, greater performance meant buying a bigger server, which was both expensive and slow to spin-up
  2. Auto-scaling and flexibility: It is one thing to spawn another process to carry an ever-increasing user load, but it’s quite another to control it. Auto-scaling allows your service to automatically scale up when certain pre-defined conditions are met and more importantly, to scale down and stop paying for the extra nodes when the user load drops off
  3. 12-factor compliance: Make services more reliable by improving the way they are built, tested and deployed into production by having each one as self-contained as possible. That way, when a bug does arise, it can be easily traced and rectified by a group of developers working in unison.
  4. Hypermedia service adoption: Application programming interfaces (APIs) should behave like web-pages, where a developer can navigate to and visualize data more easily. This should allow them to write better quality integrations.
  5. Unified reporting strategy: Using SOA, you can combine the audit trails from all component modules and create a stateless, homogenized, service-driven data feed that we can use for comprehensive, platform-wide reporting and analytics
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Ivan Frain's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:29 AM

I was not aware of the 12 factor app (http://12factor.net/) and I agree it makes sense in the IoT world.

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New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment currently used in hospitals, this nanoscale device has an ...

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Pascal Corbel's curator insight, November 4, 2014 10:52 AM

Ces petits appareils capables de contrôler des paramètres clés en permanence constituent sans doute des éléments clés des dispositifs de santé de demain. Ce qui ne va pas sans poser de réels problèmes en matière de sécurisation des flux d'informations.

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse

Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
 Imagine a scenario in which an oil rig worker suddenly hears an alarm sound from somewhere on the rig. The adrenaline rush begins and the worker knows he has to move fast.
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Excellent example of use case development by Salesforce.com on how they're developing wearable tech for business and industry, where we believe the real break-throughs of wearable tech will start from.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 2, 2014 3:09 AM

Excellent example of use case development by Salesforce.com on how they're developing wearable tech for business and industry, where we believe the real break-throughs of wearable tech will start from.

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Smart watches in-use to reach over 100 million by 2019

Smart watches in-use to reach over 100 million by 2019 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

"A new report by Juniper Research has forecast that more than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness."

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MGM Your French Team's curator insight, October 27, 2014 3:04 PM

Le rapport indique que les fonctions GPS et NFC pourraient être en standard dans les prochaines années.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO... no, really!) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said in a joint statement that NATO's member theaters would classify wearable technology as recording devices, making users who wear the camera-equipped specs subject to ejection if the offending eyewear is not stowed.
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This isn't the first time the movie industry has been forced to confront the menace of Google Glass. Earlier this year, a man in Ohio was taken into custody by Homeland Security after he wore the tech into a movie screening. Many theaters in the US and UK have already issued their own bans on the Google headsets as well, citing piracy concerns. 

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An FCC rule change could put internet TV on a level playing field with cable

An FCC rule change could put internet TV on a level playing field with cable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Right now internet services don't always have the opportunity to show the same content as traditional TV, but the FCC might be about to change that.
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler claims it will let internet-based providers offer smaller channel bundles than what currently exists, giving customers more choices, and encourage the creation of broadband competitors that don't feel the need to bundle TV service. It will take some time to see how much, if any, of this comes true, but in the future companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft could jump in to compete with Comcast and its ilk right away, offering customers a way to switch providers without losing access to the stuff they want to watch.

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Fitbit Unveils Three New Devices After Recall Debacle

Fitbit Unveils Three New Devices After Recall Debacle | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fitbit is trying again.

More than nine months after recalling the Fitbit Force following complaints that the activity tracker was irritating and blistering the wrists of some owners, Fitbit on Monday announced three new devices for the wrist: Cha...
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Replacing Glucose Tests With An Always On Sensor Hidden In Your Contacts

Replacing Glucose Tests With An Always On Sensor Hidden In Your Contacts | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Instead of pricking and bleeding, diabetics will now get their glucose data straight from their eyes.
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One day, contact lens-based glucose readers could do away with the prick test inconvenience. The lens would monitor tears for sugars and interact with a smartphone device to keep logs for sufferers and their carers. - Could also be done via patch on the skin that monitors blood sugar, there are multiple technologies that can skin this cat.

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