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Could the Apple Watch Be the Death of Passwords?

Could the Apple Watch Be the Death of Passwords? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Could the Apple Watch's heart rate technology be used to end passwords once and for all?
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It’s important to point out that heart rate authentication is not a current feature of the Apple Watch and no announcements have been made by Apple nor App developers at this time. (So don’t expect to be authenticating your Gmail using your heart beat when you finally get your hands on your Apple Watch in the coming days.) The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that the technology is there. With the Apple Watch moving towards mainstream adoption (1 million pre-orders day one), the potential for such an app and large-scale adoption of heart rate authentication increase drastically.

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Roger Smith's curator insight, April 22, 2:03 AM

But, who wants to be forced into buying an apple watch

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Developing Apple Watch Apps: The Challenges

Developing Apple Watch Apps: The Challenges | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Strava Mobile Engineering Director Alexandre Aybes discusses the challenges in designing and developing apps for Apple Watch. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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Video interview with a developer of the Apple Watch applications, if you're a would be developer there are some important things to understand.

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Esteemed Apple blogger: Third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck’ and are ‘really slow’

Esteemed Apple blogger: Third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck’ and are ‘really slow’ | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

During this week's episode of John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, Gruber sat down with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal to talk all things Apple Watch.


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Not a positive review by some of the Apple faithful about the Apple Watch - is the watch an over-reach by esteemed company?

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The Promise Of Invisibles

The Promise Of Invisibles | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same..
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The brazen wrist-worn wearables of today will soon be eclipsed by the next generation of ubiquitous technology that will be essentially invisible. Gartner estimates that by 2017, 30 percent of wearables will be “unobtrusive to the naked eye.”

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 20, 3:27 PM

Interesting.

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Recon Jet in the Flesh

Recon Jet in the Flesh | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It's finally here. Pre-orders of the Recon Jet are being filled. This has been one of the most anticipated releases of a sports microelectronic in recent years. How well does it work?
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An example of a Use Case of how the Recon Jet is used by runners,  interesting and informative

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 20, 3:25 PM

Interesting.

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Connected kit: how Adidas is kicking off with wearable tech

Connected kit: how Adidas is kicking off with wearable tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Adidas is betting on wearables to shape its single customer view, kitting out trainers and apparel with near-field communications (NFC)...
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Adidas' innovation specialist Jon Wagner on his approach to how Adidas is using and applying wearable tech

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How Immersion's Haptic Technology Is Bringing More Value to Wearables

How Immersion's Haptic Technology Is Bringing More Value to Wearables | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
To help manufacturers realize the potential for haptics in wearables, Immersion announced a framework for designing tactile effects in those devices.
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This is partly because wearables have unique characteristics. They are even more personal than mobile phones. They enable completely private, non-visual, non-auditory communication, and they have greater ability to know what users are doing. This is enhanced by haptic technology. Haptic technology, or haptics, is tactile feedback technology that re-creates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions to the user. To help manufacturers realize the potential for haptics in wearables, Immersion, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, recently announced the Immersion Instinctive Alerts Framework for designing tactile effects in wearable devices. The framework helps manufacturers integrate touch technology into wearables without disturbing the user from his or her current behavior, it does not require extensive learning or user training, and it provides greater user value from the first day of use 

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Moolahonly's curator insight, April 20, 2:09 PM

Check this out 

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Wearable technology buzzes for bus stops

Wearable technology buzzes for bus stops | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Here is a more sensible use of wearable technology: helping disabled people navigate journeys on public transport. A student from Nottingham - Daria, from
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A student from Nottingham – Daria – designed the low-cost Bluetooth Smart-powered wristband that can buzz you when a particular bus stop is approaching.  -  The wristband, given out by the bus driver, would link up with their ticket machine and vibrate when the passenger is close to their chosen stop. Of course, the driver would have to remember to collect the wristband back before departure!

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ProGlove - Wearables for Professionals

ProGlove - Wearables for Professionals | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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Interesting Use Case for this technology application of wearables

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Wearable Tech Will Shift From Novelty To Norm In The Next 5 Years

Wearable Tech Will Shift From Novelty To Norm In The Next 5 Years | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Though this prediction is still a few years out from the year 2020, 83 percent of experts say wearable tech will have a "widespread and beneficial effect" on the public by the year 2025, according ...
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Though predictions on ramifications varied, most agreed, “there will be a global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centres.”  -  “Enterprises need to start putting together a road map for thinking about how wearables can improve their businesses over the next few years,” according to Forrester’s report. “In other words, they need to embark now on the early stages of the enterprise wearables journey.”

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Google Eyes On The Wearable Tech Market; Develops An Android Wear App For Use On iPhones

Google is coming up with an Android Wear app for use on iPhones. If Google’s solution can pair the Android supported smart watches with iPhones, the search engine giant will get an opportunity to tap the huge market captured by Apple iPhones.
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If Apple allows the inclusion of the Android Wear App in its Apple App Store, it will offer a lot of variety to iPhone consumers who can pair their iPhones with any smart watch supported by Android. Google had launched the Android Wear in March 2014 to offer wearable technology products.

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Smart Fabric Technology Creates Electricity For Wearable Devices

Researchers in South Korea create "smart fabric" which can generate electricity to power your devices.
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Wearable technology is a booming market so it comes as no surprise researchers in South Korea have developed a "smart fabric" that can create electricity to power wearable devices. The fabric is a wearable triboelectric nanogenerator and has the capacity to power a wide array of gadgets.   -  "People try to remove static electricity in daily life and attempts to use it as an energy source were quite limited,” said Professor Kim Sang-Woo, leader researcher and professor at School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University, to Reuters. “That's why we started this research, to use static electricity as an energy source."  -  According to the researchers, the friction between layers of silver-coated textile and organic polymer film is what generates the electricity. When the textile rubs against the film, the resulting friction generates enough electricity to power lights, screens and other devices.

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RI Hospital uses Google Glass to diagnose skin conditions

RI Hospital uses Google Glass to diagnose skin conditions | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Patients say they prefer video consults to telephone consults.
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13 months ago, was profiled by a local TV station where the emergency medicine residents, were using Google Glass Technology on dermatology patients. - Doctor Paul Porter's team found that patients preferred video consults to the more widely practiced telephone consult.  -  “For patients, a fast and accurate diagnosis means a faster path to satisfactory treatment,” Porter, M.D., the principal investigator and a physician in the emergency department of Rhode Island, Hasbro Children's and The Miriam hospitals, said in a press release. “A device like this democratizes telemedicine because a hospital can start a program for a few thousand dollars and gain access to an experience that was only previously available at a much higher price point.”

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In search of wearable technology’s killer app

In search of wearable technology’s killer app | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
-*+Unless wearable tech makers can somehow create a device that matches or surpasses the utility of our well-loved iPhones and Androids, they may never match up to their hype.
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For wearable gadgets to take off, consumers, too, must be able to do something that they can’t already do on the plethora of devices they already own – be it smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop PCs, or even a traditional watch.  -  As you can imagine, this isn’t an easy hill to climb. None of the wearable devices that users will come across so far have promised to solve a problem that their existing devices can’t. Between a smartphone and a laptop-tablet hybrid, what can’t be done?

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Top 5 Reasons not to buy an Apple Watch

http://cnet.com/cnet-top-5 The Apple Watch is a tempting wearable, but there are many reasons to stay away.
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Basically miss this 1st version of the Apple watch, wait for the 2nd rev before even thinking about buying one.

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Sickweather Apple Watch app puts a ‘Geiger counter for sickness’ on your wrist

Sickweather Apple Watch app puts a ‘Geiger counter for sickness’ on your wrist | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The app draws on 2 million monthly reports to locate and warn you local outbreaks of illnesses.
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Sickweather‘s iPhone app draws upon a variety of sources to create a real-time map of where and when illness strikes. The Baltimore-based company has put elements of that information in an app for the Apple Watch — along with a new feature. It sounds and looks pretty cool, although I’ve not tried it yet.

The Watch app includes Sickweather’s new SickScore, which provides you a relative threat index of contagious illness in your immediate area.  -  Sickweather’s service works by analyzing nearby contagious illnesses found in over 2 million reports gathered and processed each month from combined sources, such as social media, the Sickweather user community, and Sickweather partner apps. An algorithm then measures the nearby illnesses by their relative reproductive score along with other demographic factors, such as population density.

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ARM promises to extend battery life of wearables by 60%

ARM promises to extend battery life of wearables by 60% | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
ARM has acquired two low-power wireless communications companies that could help boost the battery life of wearables
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ARM has acquired  Sunrise Micro Devices and Wicentric, that will form the basis of its new Cordio portfolio, focused on developing low-power wireless communications for power-hungry devices like wearables.    - Sunrise Micro Devices is a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio intellectual property. Operating below one volt enables the radio to run much longer on batteries or harvested energy.  -  Wicentric is a provider of Bluetooth Smart software solutions, which will run on the sub-one volt radios and help to reduce power consumption further.  -  ARM claims that the Cordio radio technology system, operating below one volt, can extend battery life by 60 per cent, compared to radio hardware that operates at 1.2 volts.  "Operating below 1 volt enables the radio to 'sip' energy from a battery, thus greatly extending the device's life," 

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This chip gives wearable tech a much needed security boost

This chip gives wearable tech a much needed security boost | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It comes as no surprise then that Dialog has unveiled what it claims is the first Bluetooth Smart Wearable-on-Chip; the DA14680 SmartBond chip.
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Apparently this device does is combine all the functions needed to create wearable tech products with extremely good battery life and high levels of data security. It features flexible processing power, flash memory, dedicated circuitry for sensor control, analogue and digital peripherals optimised for wearable products and a sophisticated power management unit.  -  A big design advantage when it comes to designing fashionable technology is the fact the DA14680 eliminates several external chips from the overall product design which means that the finished design can be small. It also helps with competitive pricing by reducing overall system costs.  -  The DA14680’s ultra-low power 30uA/MHz ARM Cortex-M0 application processor may be programmed to a maximum clock frequency of 96 MHz.

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Android-based eyewear woos runners and cyclists

Android-based eyewear woos runners and cyclists | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Recon has shipped its Android-based "Jet" eyewear for $699. The sports-focused Jet integrates a WQVGA display, 720p camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, ANT+, and GPS.
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The current Jet feature set is designed for runners and cyclists. However, applications under development are tailoring the experience for recreational sailing, performance yacht racing, shooting, and private aviation, says Recon.  - You control the device with an optical touchpad on the side of the glasses, as well as a rocker button underneath the right sidepiece. There’s also a 720p camera, speakers, dual microphones, multiple sensors, and a micro-USB port that can charge the swappable, 4-hour Li-Ion battery.  - The only major difference we can see compared to the Nov. 2013 prototype is that the weight has grown from 60 grams to about 85. The electronics are distributed across the eyewear, ensuring the device is well-balanced during long workouts, says Recon. The device is said to be resistant to both water and dust, but no IP rating was supplied.

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Would you have worn this stuff?

Jacque Myers's curator insight, April 17, 10:57 AM

Interesting applications for military training.

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The Wearable Device That Could Unlock a New Human Sense

The Wearable Device That Could Unlock a New Human Sense | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist and his team have created a vest to help deaf people hear through a series of vibrations.
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Wearables for the deaf.  -  The VEST, or the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer, is a wearable tool that allows the deaf to, as Eagleman puts it, "feel" speech. An app downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet with a microphone will pick up sounds and send them via bluetooth to the vest. The vest will then "translate" those sounds into a series of vibrations that reflect the frequencies picked up by the mic by using a network of transducers—devices that can convert the signals into vibrations. So, if you spoke to the person wearing the vest, that person would "feel" what you're saying through vibrations on their back, instead of through their ears.

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Wearable Design - First V1sion

First V1sion (http://www.firstv1sion.com) provides spectators with the athletes' point of view by integrating a camera and biometric sensors into a jersey. T...
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Wearable Use case for integrated viewing of players while they play, interesting.

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Outside The Wearable Tech Bubble, It’s Still A Mysterious Sector

Outside The Wearable Tech Bubble, It’s Still A Mysterious Sector | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It wasn’t so long ago that the concept of a phone that you carried around with you would attract derision. “Why would anyone want one of those?” people would snort. And when they were adopted by th...
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Maybe WT’s destiny isn’t mass appeal of individual technologies. Once people let tech into their comfort zones, the door is open for boutique developers to satisfy individual needs. The biggest message to come from the survey isn’t that wearable tech is unwanted – it’s that it’s misunderstood

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Concept Glasses From AVG Can Trick Any Facial Recognition Software

Concept Glasses From AVG Can Trick Any Facial Recognition Software | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Security firm AVG has developed a pair of "invisibility glasses" that protect wearers from security cameras and other facial recognition technology. Infrared light emitted from small LEDs on the gl...
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“Rather than designing a product for market release, tech experts are investigating how technology can adapt to combat the daily erosion of our privacy in the digital age. There are a number of reasons why invisibility glasses could be a valuable privacy tool in the future. The increasing use of smartphone cameras in public places means it’s more likely unsolicited images taken of us end up online.” AVG said in statement.

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3 Tips for Securing Wearable Technology In the Work Place

3 Tips for Securing Wearable Technology In the Work Place | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables will open new possibilities for effeciency and cyber vulnerability. It's not too early to get policies in place.
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To secure any mobile technology, enterprises need to adopt a containerized approach where corporate data is separated from personal data and secured. According to Gartner, smartwatches will make up 40 percent of consumer wristworn devices by 2016. While just a year ago only two of the top 10 smartphone vendors were in the wearable space, today nine out of the 10 top smartphone vendors have entered the market.  -  Wearable technology is on the rise, and just as we saw with BYOD, employees will continue to bring wearable devices to work to increase efficiency. Many enterprises are just now planning and implementing their overall mobile strategies and policies to ensure the security of corporate data, and wearables must be a part of that discussion.

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Smartwatches Do Little for Journalists But More Useful Wearables Are on the Way

Smartwatches Do Little for Journalists But More Useful Wearables Are on the Way | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Don't look to this first wave of wearables for much that changes how journalists do their jobs gathering news. Coming next, however, are things such as a wrist-launched personal drone and jersey-mounted sports cameras that could open up whole new edi...
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Take for instance how sports reporting might be enhanced through point-of-view, live-stream video cameras that are small and rugged enough to sew into players' shirts for football, rugby and other sports contests. Such a camera, along with a stripe of biometric sensors that wirelessly transmit real-time heart rate and other performance data to sports fans, is the idea behind First V1sion. The Barcelona-based startup was a finalist last November in Intel's competition. 

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