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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY TRENDGUIDE. Scenarios and Opportunities for Printed Electronics & Smart Fabrics

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY TRENDGUIDE. Scenarios and Opportunities for Printed Electronics & Smart Fabrics | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
CETEMMSA TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE: Soft wearables represent a huge opportunity for the apparel industry, and Printed electronics techno via Webiners.com
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Samsung is planning a stand-alone watch-phone that won't need to connect to a smartphone.

Samsung is planning a stand-alone watch-phone that won't need to connect to a smartphone. | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Samsung plans to unveil a smartwatch this summer that works as a stand-alone phone, resurrecting the longtime technogeek dream of a wrist communicator.
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Wrist communicators have been a staple of pop-culture imagery since the 1940s, when comic-book detective Dick Tracy started wearing a two-way wrist radio. Real-life iterations have been a lot rarer and short-lived, from the Sylvania 2-way wrist transmitter shown in a 1953 issue of Popular Science magazine to Samsung's own first attempt at a stand-alone watch-phone, the 1999 SPH-WP10, which was pulled from the market because of lackluster demand. - All I can say is they better get the Use Case from cradle to grave right on the $ - otherwise it's just another loser in the search for a Minimum Winning Game 

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Taking Google Glass for a run

Taking Google Glass for a run | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

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The History of Wearable Tech, From the Casino to the Consumer

The History of Wearable Tech, From the Casino to the Consumer | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Who would've guessed the tech behind wearables came from gambling?
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Nice History Lesson, worth the picture

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Google Glass can hurt, doctor warns

Google Glass can hurt, doctor warns | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

Via Donald Maclean
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Not meant for watching videos or reading - leave that activity for your  tablet or laptop

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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, 3:19 AM

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

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Linear Thinking and Wearable Technology Development and The Internet of Things (IoT)

Linear Thinking and Wearable Technology Development and The Internet of Things (IoT) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
By the year 2018, the market for wearable technology development is set to be worth a staggering $19 billion. What does this mean for your company?
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I am always surprised to see this outdated way of thinking still prevalent - linear extrapolation of IoT and Wearable tech - folks I'll let you in on a secret - it won't happen this way - there is far too much to be worked out in wearables and IoT for this to takeoff like this.  Let alone making an unfortunate play or a grab for an acquisition in one of these technology areas without figuring out how to do it effectively - this is yet another example of poor/no innovation management practices at work.  We are currently at best in the "trough of disillusionment" (see Gartner's Hype cycle). For proof of that all you have to do is look at Nike's Fuelband and the spate of poor use case development in other companies to see that a lot of these kinds of projections are overhyped

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Japanese court rules Samsung abused FRAND patents against Apple

Japanese court rules Samsung abused FRAND patents against Apple | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Apple made legal progress in its battle with Samsung over patents in Japan this week when the Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung had indeed illegally abused its Standards Essential Patents to demand a sales ban and excessive royalties against the iPhone maker.
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Samsung loses this round, in its patent litigation strategy

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Wearable Technology: Fat People Don’t Like Skin-Tight Clothing

Wearable Technology: Fat People Don’t Like Skin-Tight Clothing | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
While everything in terms of OM's wearable technology looks highly promising, I think they might have missed one of the key aspects of clothing.
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Interesting take on wearable tech that is fits too tightly - it makes us self conscious of our love handles and less likely to wear and use the technology as a result

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Pebble Is Winning The Wearables War and What That Means For The iWatch

Pebble Is Winning The Wearables War and What That Means For The iWatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Pebble has defined the terms of success, for now, and other wearable wannabes from Apple to Google to Samsung should study what it has done right.
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Pebble doesn't have the abandonment issues like Nike's Fuelband, Google Glass, fitbit, etc...Why do they still use it? - “long battery life rules, its notifications are actually useful and wearing a watch is still useful.” 

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Why Nike (Probably) Killed Off The FuelBand

Why Nike (Probably) Killed Off The FuelBand | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Why wait for Apple to kill a bad product when you can team up instead?
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Nike not a sensor tech company - not a core competency

Fuelband user experience sucks - rev 1 was a disaster if you weren't a runner - "NikeFuel" a version of Weight Watcher's points was contrived and useless, they should've stayed w/ calories burned - rev 2 was lower in usefulness  But it was the competition of smartphone's ability to track similar metrics for users that spelled the doom of the design.  - The BIG Lesson here: Get the Use Case right 1st, and design accordingly- basically go slow to go fast

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More Than the Next Shiny Object: Why Coke Is Investing in Wearable Tech

More Than the Next Shiny Object: Why Coke Is Investing in Wearable Tech | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The story behind Misfit Wearables and how the Coca-Cola partnership is bringing style and elegance to the world of fitness trackers.
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Coke and their play in the wearable tech domain

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Flexible battery-like films could someday power your wearable device

Flexible battery-like films could someday power your wearable device | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A Rice University team developed a film that shares characteristics with both batteries and ultracapacitors, and is now in talks with companies interested in commercializing it.
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Samsung Pursuing Wearables in Digital Health with layered strategy

Samsung Pursuing Wearables in Digital Health  with layered strategy | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The new modular wrist wearable will pair with a big data platform called SAMI to spur fitness trackers that actually deliver on their promises.
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The Simband’s components span the entire wristband, and the device will support sensors to measure blood oxygen, heart rate, hydration levels, skin temperature, galvanic skin response (perspiration), and, of course, motion. It isn’t pretty and it is big, but It isn’t a consumer product, It’s a hardware development kit that Samsung plans to unveil at its developer’s conference later this year. All the data can be shared—securely, with user opt-in—with a broad cloud-based product development platform, called SAMI. Samsung’s goal is to assume a leadership position in health-focused wearables, seeking to become the de facto development space for smaller start-up to realize the Next Big Thing.

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Can Wearable Tech Work in the Factory?

Can Wearable Tech Work in the Factory? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Smart accessories are about to enter the industrial field in a big way. But will they be a powerful new tool, or a dangerous distraction?
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How Could Wearables be used in the Factory:
  • - Barcode scanning with simple, non-distracting, binary heads up display    
  • - Video and audio telepresence with cloud-based servers    
  • - Biometrics tracking, which can help discover and resolve workflow issues.
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Intel's CEO: The Best Wearable Tech Will Come From Individual Inventors

Intel's CEO: The Best Wearable Tech Will Come From Individual Inventors | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
"Who better to design the next athletic wearable than an athlete," added Krzanich.

Via Donald Maclean
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At least one high tech CEO get's it, that - "The trick to making the perfect wearable is going to be when you figure out what problems you're trying to solve, and I don't think you're going to be able to build a wearable that does it all for everyone," 

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New Research On Wearable Technology for Animals 2015-2025

ResearchMoz.us include new market research report
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Probabilisticly speaking good ideas  they suggest that medical diagnostic tagging of livestock, pets and endangered species will become commonplace. Medical treatment using electronics and electrics will also be steadily adopted following today's practice on humans with heating, cooling, iontophoretic drug delivery and so on, eventually even in response to fitted diagnostics - we suspect with more / enough Use Case development up front that there will be even more that is done that is suggested in this report 

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LeapFrog announces wearable tech fitness band

LeapFrog announces wearable tech fitness band | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The wearable technology movement is in full effect, and exercise-based activity trackers lead the way. Now, it's becoming child's play.
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Some good advice for wearable design firms - the LeapBand Use Case suggests gamifying the smartwatch concept so that kids will be more active, by having them perform actions like "walk like a crab". "spin like a helicopter" - all of which suggests a better way for wearables to actually be a "fun" tool for adults who find exercising dull and boring.  - We like this idea, if just to see if it works, seemingly based on a better format that addesses issues of excercise that people have. - The real reason why people should be able to benefit by using wearable tech

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How to Fix Wearable Tech’s Bad Image Problem | Opinion

How to Fix Wearable Tech’s Bad Image Problem | Opinion | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
People want to know what tangible improvement your product will bring to their lives. Instead of telling them about the technology, we need to show the impact.The wearable tech industry has worked hard to cultivate an image as geek bait. But this image is damaging to mainstream adoption. It’s not aspirational; it’s elitist.
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People want to know what tangible improvement your product will bring to their lives. Instead of telling them about the technology, we need to show the impact.

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Apple, Google To Drop Lawsuits Against Each Other

Apple, Google To Drop Lawsuits Against Each Other | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
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The move could be viewed as a new strategy by Apple to intensify its litigation activities on Samsung, as it is the largest Android phone maker.

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Are Wearables Over?

Are Wearables Over? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A recent, widely circulated study found that one-third of Americans who bought a wearable tech product ditched it within six months. So why are... (Is "wearable tech" a fad?

Via TechinBiz
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Worth the read, basically we're starting to arrive at what Gartner would call the trough of disillusionment
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jave's curator insight, May 16, 4:31 AM

brits tend to stick at things a bit longer so hoping this trend doesn't follow in the UK #androidwearables

Techstore's curator insight, May 16, 10:07 AM

Are Wearables Over?

#technology #wearabletech

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Wearable technology shirt offers fitness tracking - QR Code Press | QR Code Press

Wearable technology shirt offers fitness tracking - QR Code Press | QR Code Press | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
wearable technology in the form of a t-shirt from OMsignal, which features knitted electrodes to work as sensors for respiration and heart rates has now
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More on OM's biometric clothing

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The latest in Wearable Technology : Smart Shirts

The latest in Wearable Technology : Smart Shirts | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A Video Featuring Smart Shirts
A Video about a new Wearable Technology called Smart Shirts
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Biometric shirt - $200 for the 1st shirt, $100 for any additional shirts you decide to buy

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Toe-Tickling Shoes Let You Navigate The City By Touch

Toe-Tickling Shoes Let You Navigate The City By Touch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
MIT researcher's project replaces smartphone maps with cloud-connected insoles
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Interesting but still the use case is not necessarily one that I can see will be a big winner - albeit the technology integration and application do show promise for other ways to take this technology.

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3-D Printed Fabrics Turn Body Suit Into a Wearable MP3 Player | Design | WIRED

3-D Printed Fabrics Turn Body Suit Into a Wearable MP3 Player | Design | WIRED | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
"In the future it could be as normal as your cell phone," says the designer.
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Very cool

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Mark Weiler's curator insight, May 1, 2:50 AM

Toss that sewing machine...then go score yourself a new 3D printer!