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Most Britons would wear a smartwatch at work - if it improved their job

Most Britons would wear a smartwatch at work - if it improved their job | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Poll shows a majority would use technology to give their employers personal data if it improved their working conditions
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The level of support ranges from 40% for people over 55, up to 70% for those aged 18 to 34.  -  Support is much higher among Britons who already use a fitness tracker or a smartwatch, a group where 87% of people would be happy to give such data to their employer.  -  However, 41% of those polled said they would not trust their employer not to use their data against them in some way.
“Many workers still have an understandable ‘big brother’ reaction to sharing any of their personal data with their employers, but our research shows that most people can be persuaded if they can see clear personal or workplace benefits,” said Anthony Bruce, people analytics leader at PwC, which commissioned the survey. “People are also more open to the idea if the data are anonymised and shared at an aggregate level, rather than being personalised.”  -   Among those who were happy with the idea of feeding personal data to their employer, 71% said they would feel comfortable revealing how long they spend travelling back and forth to the office and 45pc would share their blood pressure with their boss.

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The wearables from NASA that made it back to Earth

The wearables from NASA that made it back to Earth | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
What has spaceflight ever done for us? A hell of a lot, actually – and aside from trying to get humans to Mars, NASA's technology has trickled down to a host of wearable gadgets. NASA makes a huge investment in technology and each year it releases a report called Spinoff. This details all of the…
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Awesome set of examples of how wearable technology originally developed by NASA and how we're seeing it in use today  --   very interesting.

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A Look at Smart Clothing for 2015

A Look at Smart Clothing for 2015 | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

eProducts for shirts, babies, and others. 2015 will be one of those banner years when it comes to the emerging smartwatch and smartclothes market. The market across the world for smart technology products is looking to increase big time over last year’s numbers.


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The emphasis on these wearables here are on sports and physical fitness training, and the last couple of directions being on baby/child monitoring.  Nonetheless it's a beginning on better understanding the use cases that people are seeking to uncover and build products and services around.

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, April 8, 3:35 AM

These smart clothing initiatives are getting really exciting... watch this space - more to come!

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Wearable Military Tech Spots Targets and Threats

Wearable Military Tech Spots Targets and Threats | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
New devices enable soldiers to pinpoint threats and respond intuitively. Continue reading →
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The Aviation Warrior system that allows pilots to stay informed of new intelligence about their surroundings. - The device pulls maps, sensor imagery, video and messaging data from multiple military networks and is integrated with a survival radio and GPS. There’s also a thin display that can be worn on the wrist, leg or vest, allowing the system to work away from a helicopter or plane.  -  With the Aviation Warrior system, pilots in the cockpit can also use a helmet to see visual data displayed through a monocle in front of the eye. Using head-tracking and Google Glass-like technologies, mission data — such as targets or known enemies — are labeled in the field of view

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We Can Design the Future of Wearables for Social Good

We Can Design the Future of Wearables for Social Good | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
By 2018, more than 100 million wearable technology devices will be sold, but few will be used in 'developing countries.' The past decade has seen the proliferation and miniaturization of technology interventions--from laptops to cell phones and table...
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Wearables for international development interventions require a heightened focus on designing for local context, user feedback loops, and addressing privacy concerns. While planners want to know certain data that goes up the change of custody, wearables should empower users by collecting and providing data that users also find valuable. For example, a wearable providing data on nutrition deficiencies to health officials would not be useful to the user unless they are also educated in nutrition. To justify wearing something on their bodies, data should benefit people in the moment, argued one discussant. "The more intimate technology becomes, the greater responsibility you have for how you use it," he said.

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We would like to partner with Wearable Tech firms,http://bit.ly/1ENNPtR ;

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Pauline van Dongen creates phone chargeable Solar Shirt

Pauline van Dongen creates phone chargeable Solar Shirt | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
After her last year's breakthrough innovation, Wearable Solar, Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has come up with a revamped version titled
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The Solar Shirt generates power from 120 thin-film solar cells integrated into its fabric. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1 W of electricity – enough to charge a typical phone in a few hours. Indoors, the shirt generates enough power to keep a battery charged.

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HUBMODE's curator insight, April 14, 3:31 AM

Les vetements capteurs d'energie

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Evalise launches line of fashion-forward Wearables for Women (WfW)

Evalise launches line of fashion-forward Wearables for Women (WfW) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearables are arguably the most talked-about tech of 2015. Apple is dominating the recent conversation with its Apple Watch announcements, but there are countless other companies making fitness trackers, body cameras,… Read More
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Evalise, a new Seattle startup launching this week with a line of “wearables for the working woman.”


Explain what you do so our parents can understand it: Evalise, a new Seattle startup launching this week with a line of “wearables for the working woman.” “We create ‘smart’ bag inserts that allow any standard-sized tote to organize itself, power your devices on the go, have hands-free communication capabilities, and automate ordering for your most beloved items.”


Inspiration hit us when “We started conceptualizing. The conceptualization phase was the most fun, where everything and anything was initially possible. From there, we zeroed in on exactly which features to implement first and how.”

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Opportunities for User Experience Innovation in Wearables (Medical Devices and Diagnostics Suppliers)

Opportunities for User Experience Innovation in Wearables (Medical Devices and Diagnostics Suppliers) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Until developers of wearable devices get the user experience down pat, the technology will struggle to gain adoption. Steve McPhilliamy The Near&Dear wearable device allows remote monitoring by caregivers. The growing trend of personalized medicine and a movement toward performance-based health outcomes are both responsible for driving significant market demand for wearable technology.
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Decent enough article, but if you want to learn "how to" to actually do the analysis on User Experience Innovation - let us know, we don't know anyone else who is actually teaching an effective method by which to capture that information and actually create a product from the ground up from a scientifically based, statistically significant (repeatable and reliable) methods.   

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We would like to partner with Wearable Tech firms,http://bit.ly/1ENNPtR ;

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Compare How IoT Designs are measured Qualitatively - See the Microcontroller Guide (Bare Conductive)

Compare How IoT Designs are measured Qualitatively - See the Microcontroller Guide (Bare Conductive) | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
RT @UDOO_Board: "The Einstein of the boards", "most powerful Linux board". http://t.co/lRFCaLbTyX Thnx @BareConductive, we're moved! http:/…

Via F. Thunus, cnxsoft, maher megadmini
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The comparison of all the major Ardino players in the world of IoT, and how they stack up against one another, if you want to understand how these technologies will be adopted, understand how designers, and how the users of their devices  will use them, this is comparison of which boards and micro-controllers have and don't have in capabilities needed for different applications

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Wearable technology offers hot customizable heels

Wearable technology offers hot customizable heels | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
wearable technology that is actually customizable through the use of a mobile app accessible through a smartphone. These smart shoes have e-ink tech built
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These smart shoes have e-ink tech built right into them so that their appearance is highly customizable.  -  At the moment, the project is in its Indigogo campaign phase, but they are not simply a concept design. They are designed to be the ultimate combination of fashion and wearable technology. The idea is that they are an attractive, classic looking pair of high heeled shoes that have e-ink tech worked into their entire surface. That way, the wearer can use a smartphone app to be able to customize the shoe to match whatever outfit she may be wearing, that day.

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Ford Grapples With Wearables and the Future of IoT

Ford Grapples With Wearables and the Future of IoT | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
"Now the car is becoming the ultimate technology product, and we are becoming more of an information company,” Ford CEO Mark Fields told CIO Journal.
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Ford is exploring a variety of ways to bring safety, health and wellness into its vehicles by connecting consumer wearable devices to its vehicles. “We’re not trying to turn the car into a medical device – we don’t want the FDA determining whether we can sell a Ford Focus,” Gary Strumolo, manager of vehicle design and technology in research and advanced engineering at Ford told CIO Journal.

Instead, the idea is to let drivers and passengers bring devices they own that monitor everything from heart rate, blood oxygen and glucose levels to improve safety. Mr. Strumolo said that Ford would be respectful of privacy and health-care regulations by encrypting the data, not storing it and only sharing it in the ways the owner authorizes. For example, drivers may want to be alerted through Ford Sync, its in-vehicle multimedia system, if their blood glucose levels start to drop or to monitor a diabetic child sleeping in the back seat or perhaps share the information with physicians. The company is interested in working with manufacturers of those devices and software developers to determine the best ways to get that information out of the devices.

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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

Wearable technology can help with public speaking | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for 'smart glasses' that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being ...
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However, there was no statistically significant difference among the three groups on eye contact, use of filler words, being distracted, and appearing stiff, judged by the Mechanical Turk workers. As part of their future work, the researchers want to test their system with members of Toastmasters International as a more knowledgeable audience.  - The researchers also believe that live feedback displayed in a private and non-intrusive manner could also be useful for people with social difficulties (e.g., Asperger syndrome), and even for people working in customer service


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Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries

Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
ProLogium is a Taiwanese company currently in the field of battery manufacturing that having spent the last 7 years in deep R&D mode, developing, testing have finally released a radically new b...

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As well as being lighter and much more flexible, FLCB-based batteries are also intrinsically safer. FLCB batteries do not catch fire, start to smoke or leak under almost any circumstances including physical, thermal or electrical impact. This is really good news for wearables which by their very nature will be close to the body, opening up several new applications that include today’s wearable technology in clothes, watches, jewellery, headsets and more. The FLCB batteries can be injection inserted or moulded in manufacturing processes that can reach temperatures of up to 2600 Celsius. They also don’t suffer from ‘Salting Out’ issues that plague electrolytic solutions and they can withstand cutting, piercing and even burning.


It’s also important to note that in terms of battery life, ProLogium claim their FLCB technology also provides exceptional energy density, with anywhere up to double that of standard lithium polymer batteries today, so there is no performance hit in terms of mAh figures with FLCBs. The most exciting aspect however, is the fact that an FLCB will continue to function after physical impact or even outright mutilation.


Being based on a printed circuit board, these FLCB batteries can also carry the signal and be joined to together as integral components in the device itself. This means that essentially the battery can be integrated in to the design, becoming part of the device itself, not a single and unwanted appendage that provides power.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 28, 8:17 AM

Wearables needs solutions like this. Another great advancement.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 28, 9:31 PM

This could be the breakthrough that clothing manufacturers have been waiting for.  When your wearable technology gets dirty, just wash it and don't worry about the survivability of its power components. You now can be "wired for success."  This is totally "shocking"--pardon the pun.  Aloha, Russ.

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Google is working on making Android Wear compatible with iOS

Google is working on making Android Wear compatible with iOS | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
If it's true, iPhone users won't be stuck with the Apple Watch—they'll be able to pick from the wide selection of Android Wear devices, too.
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Third-party developers have already figured out how to make this work in a hack-y, kludge-y way, and apparently that’s how the iOS-related code was initially discovered. One developer claims that Google’s been working on since Android Wear 4.4.  -  Jeff Chang, Android Wear product manager, had also hinted at the possibility that Google could be working on iOS compatibility. “We always want as many as possible to enjoy our experience,” Chang told the Huffington Post back in October. “In terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear, we’re very interested in making that happen.”  -  There are a few hurdles before any of this can become a reality. For one, Chang reminds us in the Huffington Post interview that “…it’s not 100 percent under [Google’s] control.” Why would Apple, with its famously, well-manicured walled garden allow Android into the fold? Especially since it’s been struggling to kick Google’s apps and services, either by devoloping its own apps (Apple Maps) or choosing Google competitors (making Bing the search default for Spotlight searches).  -  Android Wear watches would work with the iPhone via a companion app that would push notifications and Google Now cards to the wearable.

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New Samsung Patent For Smartwatch Could Be Worrisome For Rivals

New Samsung Patent For Smartwatch Could Be Worrisome For Rivals | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
New patent filings revealed that SAMSUNG ELECT LTD(F) (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) is busy advancing its own version of a stylish smartwatch.
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Samsung seems to be entering the business end of a launch that promises to provide stiff competition to the highly anticipated Apple Watch and the fashionable Moto 360. When Apple publicized news of filing an early patent for its upcoming smartwatch in 2013, reports spread like wildfire and generated much fanfare for the product - which is finally about to roll out for pre-orders in a couple of days in three different variations. Samsung responded with its own patent in September of the same year, and incorporated a fresh rotatable display for its future wearable gadget.

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Apple Watch-reviewers chime in: Slow apps, and low battery life limit appeal of the wearable

Apple Watch-reviewers chime in: Slow apps, and low battery life limit appeal of the wearable | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
* Gadget is for pioneers for now - WSJ* Battery barely lasts a day and recharge time is slow -CNET* SocGen sees sales of 8 mln units in 2015 (Adds details on app performance, SocGen sales forecast,shares)By
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* Gadget is for pioneers for now - WSJ

* Battery barely lasts a day and recharge time is slow - CNET


 Apple Inc's "beautiful" and "stylish" smartwatch could make life easier for people on the move, reviewers say, but the gadget gets poor marks for battery life and slow-loading apps. - The watch, the first new product to be launched by Apple under Chief Executive Tim Cook, will hit stores on April 24.  "For now, the Apple Watch is for pioneers," the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler wrote. "I won't pay the $1,000 it would cost for the model I tested, only to see a significant improvement roll in before too long."

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Why the Time Isn’t Ripe for Smartwatches

Why the Time Isn’t Ripe for Smartwatches | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Anyone who isn’t a self-described early adopter might want to avoid the entire category of wearables, including the Apple Watch, at least for a few more years. The devices are expected to evolve at a breathtaking pace.
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“Right now there is tremendous innovation in [display technology for smartwatches],” says David Singleton, director of engineering for Android Wear, Google Inc.’s software for smartwatches. “Next year’s technology will be a step change from last year’s. And, if you asked me which will dominate in five years, I couldn’t tell you which will,” It isn’t just display technologies, of which there are at least a half dozen on various smartwatch models. The capabilities of processors on smartwatches also vary tremendously from one model to another, as do the types of sensors and radios they include.  -  All of these components have been repurposed from smartphones. In fact, modern smartwatches are all essentially answers to this question: “Which parts of a smartphone does it make sense to put on a person’s wrist?”  -  Because miniaturization of those components is proceeding apace, each model of smartwatch is a different argument about a smartwatch’s mission.

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One Place where Wearables and Big Data intersect - Wearable data shapes Virgin Active's tech future

One Place where Wearables and Big Data intersect - Wearable data shapes Virgin Active's tech future | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fitness fanatics are bored with basic wearables and expect more data-driven gym services
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Where wearables and Big Data analytics intersect  "Caddy explained that this is no easy task, and Virgin Active has work to do to make the best use of its members' data to create and deliver valued services.  He explained that simply harvesting data from devices such as GPS locators, step and heart rate monitors results in 31 million data points per year.   Expanded across Virgin Active's 1.4 million members, the amount of data that needs to be handled and analysed becomes enormous. Caddy said he and his IT team have not yet found a way to deal with this huge task.  - "This is analytics on a big scale and no one has solved that problem. I've been round and talked to a lot of companies and no one has solved it yet."

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A Smart Bag That Could Be More Useful Than a Smartwatch

A Smart Bag That Could Be More Useful Than a Smartwatch | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The HiSmart satchel shows how today's bags might benefit from some smarts of their own.
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HiSmart, a new bag from Chinese design company Lepow, is built around that idea of streamlining interactions. It’s no Birkin, but the satchel shows how today’s bags might benefit from some smarts of their own. - Qifang Dai and Ray Lei created the HiSmart bag to make life easier for commuters. It can transform from backpack to messenger bag, but either way, the marquee feature is its strap, which hosts the HiRemote. The silver disc features two Bluetooth chips that communicate with an app on your phone, even if it’s buried deeply within your bag. The remote has a simple interface: ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ buttons control music volume and let you skip tracks. A triangle button answers or ignores calls. A circular button handles the extras, like dropping a pin (to remember where you parked, say), recording notes with a built-in mic, and taking pictures.

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Wear Your Tech on Your Sleeve

Wear Your Tech on Your Sleeve | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
From physics-driven high heels and mineral-infused shirts to sensor-embedded fabrics and new manufacturing platforms for smart textiles, there's no shortage of new developments in the weird, wide world of wearables.
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Thesis Couture: a sensible shoe theory  -  The first company to benefit from that $50-million fund, Thesis Couture is taking a fresh look at how high heels are designed. Founder and CEO Dolly Singh, who previously worked for Oculus VR and left SpaceX to launch the company, says the brand was born out of her frustration as a consumer when the towering heels she loved in her twenties began taking a toll on her body as she transitioned into her thirties — and she couldn't find options that met her demand for both unrelenting style and uncompromising comfort. "There isn't really a thoughtful, engineered, system-level approach to high heels out there," she say  -  We believe that CEO Ms Singh is spot on, a systems level and engineering approach is the way to go, you go girl.

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Wearable Devices and Health Behavior Change

Wearable Devices and Health Behavior Change | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
This Viewpoint discusses issues that prevent wearable medical devices from effectively bridging the gap between recording information and changing health-related behavior.
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The authors (all are doctors) are correct that both wearables and the consumer technology companies are falling short – for now. Behavior change is the key to wellness and wearable devices today focus more on measuring the body than therapies that can change it for the better.  -  The article identifies four gaps that wearables and the tech companies have to bridge to deliver on the promise of improving healthcare – motivation, engagement, accuracy and usability. 

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Smart Wearable Healthcare Devices To Focus on Managing Cardiovascular, Respiratory Diseases in Aging Populations

Smart Wearable Healthcare Devices To Focus on Managing Cardiovascular, Respiratory Diseases in Aging Populations | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Read About how New Smart Wearable Healthcare Devices Will Focus on Managing Cardiovascular, Respiratory Diseases in Aging Populations.
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According to the report, aging populations more vulnerable to chronic diseases are expected to play a pivotal role in boosting demand for smart wearable healthcare devices. Longer life expectancy has led increasingly greying populations in North America, Western Europe, Japan, and elsewhere, with concurrent increases in chronic disorders including diabetes, arthritis, cancer, obesity, heart disease, asthma, and COPDs in these regions. Consequently, monitoring the health conditions and daily activities of the elderly, especially, the huge baby boomer demographic, has become essential.

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Broadcom taps NFC as another entry point into Internet of Things

Broadcom taps NFC as another entry point into Internet of Things | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The chip maker is expanding its StrataGX family with some new ARM-based technology headed for mobile point-of-sale terminals.
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Mobile and e-commerce are the most obvious use cases on the surface as Broadcom is touting support for near-field communications (NFC) technology as well as EMV (a.k.a. chip and pin) smartcard and magstripe (MSR) readers.  -  But there are many more Internet of Things-minded opportunities at play here as the BCM58100 family is built for small connected devices in general, opening up potential for integration on home automation products and security systems.  -  Broadcom noted the BCM58100 technology will be delivered in tiny form factors of 10 x 10 millimeters.

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Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors

Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The top-down approach that will ensure the success of some wearables in the enterprise is becoming more apparent daily. Here's why.
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Wearables will be a big deal in the enterprise and companies need to plan for them. The first step, ironically, is to understand what they are not: a simple extension of Bring Your Own Device.

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Beyond Wearable Tech: Philips and Connected Health

Beyond Wearable Tech: Philips and Connected Health | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Health tech was a big theme at SXSW last week, and I met up with Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice-President and Digital Technology Leader at Philips, to find out about how the…
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The photograph above shows a wearable diagnostic prototype for chronic illness, which was first unveiled at Salesforce’s Dreamforce event last year. Salesforce is a partner in Philips’ HealthSuite Digital Platform. The prototype patch feeds diagnostic information from the patient at home back to doctors via the platform. - In the audio interview, Ben-Zur explains how Philips wants us all to move beyond the novelty of connected devices and start to see how much broader the world of connected health can be.

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