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Apple Watch 2 – Everything you need to know

Apple Watch 2 – Everything you need to know | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Here's all the latest info on the LG G5 release date, plus news, rumours, specs, leaks, battery life, straps, bands, and the price.
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In Brief

When is the Apple Watch 2 coming out? Probably no earlier than April 2016

What’s new about the Apple Watch 2? New WatchOS, Watchstrap light rumoured

How much will the Apple Watch 2 cost? Likely 500€



Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/apple-watch-2-release-date-rumours-price-news-battery-life#y0Ca87AhyACjsMTy.99

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Meditation App Headspace Raises $34 Million from Celebrity Investors.

Meditation App Headspace Raises $34 Million from Celebrity Investors. | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Meditation guide app Headspace has raised a $34 million round from a star-studded cast of celebrities and investors.
Olivier Janin's insight:

Is Headspace the future unicorn of Mindfulness and Meditation ? Difficult to say, but the investors confirmed they are in a good posture. Their secret sauce ?  


From the UX perspective : playful graphics and animations, a compelling voice for guided meditation, a cutting-edge UI, a motivating progression system, and tailor-made programs.


From the business perspective : a subscription model, at the opposite of the Freemium trend. They claim 3 millions users, but they do not precise how many are paying subscribers.


Update : Comment on on Quora by Mike Long 

Bill Barol, Fast Company Jan 2015 "2 million active users, defined as ones who access the $96-a-year paid  program or its free introductory version at least once a month; among  paying subscribers, 60% use it every one to three days."


Coming soon : a review on Mindfulness Apps. Stay tuned !

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[FR] La Data Science Machine : le fantasme du marketing prédictif

[FR] La Data Science Machine : le fantasme du marketing prédictif | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Le marketing prédictif pourrait bientôt disposer d’une nouvelle arme d’analyse massive : un algorithme intuitif qui devine aussi bien les comportements de l’Homme que l’intelligence humaine. (...)

Crée par Max Kanter et Kalyan Veeramachaneni du Massaschussetts Institute of Technology, l’algorithme peut réussir une performance technologique inédite pour une intelligence artificielle, à savoir deviner l’intuition humaine par la data. 

Olivier Janin's insight:

Not only the marketing could benefit from Max and Kaylan algorithm. There are so much powerful benefits for patient. 

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This Disney Smartwatch Knows What You're Touching and Tells You What to Do Next

This Disney Smartwatch Knows What You're Touching and Tells You What to Do Next | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Some smartwatches know your heart rate, and some know your location — but do any know what appliance you're using, or what door you're opening? A new device from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University does just that, then gives intelligent feedback suited for just that item or place.

Olivier Janin's insight:

I am impressed by the sudden entrance of Disney in the Wearable Tech area.

This electromagnetic detection of objects is bright, and opens up a full range of practical daily use. Well done !

read also the complete research study published by Disney.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:39 PM

Disney in Wearable Tech?  Disney's smartwatch knows your heart rate, and your location — and what appliance you're using, or what door you're opening. The system, called EM-Sense, works by carefully monitoring for the minute electromagnetic signals that propagate through your body whenever you touch anything — every object produces a different pattern, and the computer can be trained to recognize it. Combined with other information, it can guess that you're on your way to work, fixing a specific meal or working on a certain project in the shop.  This electromagnetic detection of objects is a keen way to figure out what people are doing and using it as a feedback mechanism within the device, and presents the opportunity for a full range of practical daily use. 

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Microsoft is testing a wearable 'clip' for women

Microsoft is testing a wearable 'clip' for women | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Microsoft is testing a wearable "clip" for women that is Cortana-enabled and can allow certain functions, such as setting reminders.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:35 PM

The project — described as a "hearable" — is a small device that can either be worn or used as an earpiece. The final implementation is unknown, and Microsoft is currently testing how people react to different prototypes, the report says.   Just as with the Moto Hint, Microsoft's wearable would allow for quick interactions, such as reminders, making it ideal for a parent. According to Wareable, the target audience would be on-the-go women. 

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Turn your expensive dumb watch into a smartwatch for $99 with Chronos

Turn your expensive dumb watch into a smartwatch for $99 with Chronos | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Smartwatches still haven't garnered the attention many expected. Thanks to the upcoming Chonos disc you will soon be able to turn your existing watch into a smartwatch for about $100.
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Regarding data, the Chronos captures daily activity data, including steps, distance, stairs climbed, and active calories burned.

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IBM Watson Makes Health Care Debut on the Apple Watch

IBM Watson Makes Health Care Debut on the Apple Watch | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Health care goes cognitive.

The cognitive computing IBM Watson is pairing its artificial intelligence with the mobile sensing power of Apple’s smartwatch to create a health platform that can interact and adapt to each individual user.

It’s the first time Watson’s super computing power will be used with the Apple Watch to transform how people manage their wellbeing.

It all happens within an app called CaféWell Concierge, Powered by Watson, and developed by Welltok of Denver.

Olivier Janin's insight:

To register to the iOS App "Cafewell concierge, you must be sponsored by a health plan, employer, provider or other health organization to register.

Or contact info@welltok.com to request an invitation. 

App is available on the Apple Store.


The main features are :

  • Ability to ask health-related questions and receive personalized responses
  • Inspiration and personalized tips related to diet, nutrition and exercise
  • Education on health benefits basics


You can also watch a hands-on video of the iPad App to get the principles. 


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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:26 PM

The main features are :

  • Ability to ask health-related questions and receive personalized  responses
  • Inspiration and personalized tips related to diet, nutrition and exercise
  • Education on health benefits basics


You can also watch a hands-on video of the iPad App to get the principles. 

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Hands-on with Facebook M: the virtual assistant with a (real) human touch

Hands-on with Facebook M: the virtual assistant with a (real) human touch | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
There’s something eerie about realizing you live in a time people once considered a sci-fi fantasy. In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix's character uses an artificial intelligence-powered...
Olivier Janin's insight:

Machine learning and AI are definitely at the core of Facebook transactional agent.  I wonder how many FB users aim to have Facebook as their intimate butler. Any idea Mark ?

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Johns Hopkins EpiWatch: App and Research Study

Johns Hopkins EpiWatch: App and Research Study | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Johns Hopkins EpiWatch™ is an app for Apple Watch™ and research study. EpiWatch helps you manage your epilepsy by tracking your seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. You can view this information at any time, and a dashboard lets you share a summary of the data with your doctor or caregiver if you want. With EpiWatch, you can also send a message to family members or caregivers to let them know when you are having a seizure.

Olivier Janin's insight:

This project does not propose any Physiological data tracking, It is bright to take position on this market, but limited.

Embrace are to release their wristband for Epilepsy tracking. 


About epiwatch, read also this article on Futurity.org

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:27 PM

 EpiWatch helps you manage your epilepsy by tracking your seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. You can view this information at any time, and a dashboard lets you share a summary of the data with your doctor or caregiver if you want. With EpiWatch, you can also send a message to family members or caregivers to let them know when you are having a seizure.

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Wearables Must Answer the 'So What?' Question.

Wearables Must Answer the 'So What?' Question. | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Large volumes of raw data with no insight may actually hinder adoption of wearables and digital health technologies. There's one thing that developers of any new technology, and especially clinical wearables technology must avoid doing. Create technology for technology's sake. On the contrary, what is truly valuable and needed in understanding how to treat the patient better is to be able to answer the question, 'So What?"

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[FR] La justice européenne invalide l'accord 'Safe Harbor' avec les USA sur les données personnelles

[FR] La justice européenne invalide l'accord 'Safe Harbor' avec les USA sur les données personnelles | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
La justice européenne a invalidé un accord qui permet notamment aux géants du Web d’utiliser les données d’internautes européens.
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Thus, maintain servers in Europe for your European customers.

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Will The Term "Wearable Tech" Soon Become Obsolete?

Will The Term "Wearable Tech" Soon Become Obsolete? | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Will The Term "Wearable Tech" Soon Become Obsolete? Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg seems to think so. For DVF, "wearable technology won't even be
Olivier Janin's insight:

Fashion designers are essential to make the wearable devices adopted. 

Regarding the term "wearable", it describes a feature that will be obvious in the next future. Like tactile control of any tablet or smartphone. 

A new word is to be found... let's brainstorm !

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Can big data help you get a good night’s sleep?

Can big data help you get a good night’s sleep? | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Large-scale computing power, combined with input from millions of fitness trackers, could help unlock the mysteries of our national insomnia.
Olivier Janin's insight:

Overview of the fantastic research work made by Philippe Kahn's company "Fullpower". You know this company. It develops and owns MotionX Platform, which delivers smart software technology to Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up...

Through their licensee, they has oceans of data to better understand the human patterns. They actually have 250 Millions nights of sleep in their database !  

Here are some of their insights.

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Withings is onto something with its Activité smartwatches

Withings is onto something with its Activité smartwatches | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

For the past two weeks, I ditched my Apple Watch for the new Activité Steel, which is available exclusively through the Withings website. The $170 device, like the Activité Pop and Activité before it, is a 24/7 smartwatch that tracks physical activities during the day and sleep patterns at night.

Olivier Janin's insight:

Good review of the Withings Activité, well documented.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 5, 2015 10:19 PM

Very comprehensive review of pretty good wearable design, particularly since they've differentiated along user profiles for what each of the  Activité  versions do.  The Activité Pop ($150), Activité Steel ($170), and Activité ($450) each target a different audience. At the same time, the Health Mate app guarantees that no one is missing out on the many features each watch offers. This is a brilliant move on Withings’ part and one that Apple is currently lacking with its Watch line, which starts at a pricey $349 for its entry-level model.

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Microsoft Project Oxford Emotion Demo

Microsoft Project Oxford Emotion Demo | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Emotion Recognition

Identify emotions communicated by the facial expressions in an image. Please click the image samples to see how Emotion API uses world-class machine learning techniques to provide these results. You can also click the open image button or drag-and-drop to upload your own images, or input a URL for a remote image.

  • Image resolution ≥ 36x36 pixels and the file size < 4MB, Supported image formats include: JPEG, PNG, GIF(the first frame), BMP.
  • The frontal and near-frontal faces have the best results. And the maximum returning faces is set to 64 for each image.
  • Recognition is experimental, and not always accurate.
Olivier Janin's insight:

Microsoft offers an API and a full SDK to test their Emotion recognition Machine learning system.  We will tell you more about our test results in a next future.  

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The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You

The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Austin-based tech company Chaotic Moon is engineering a "smart" stick-on gadget: Tech Tats, they're called. They're applied just like the temporary tattoos of your childhood—stick on and wash off—except these high-tech tats can monitor vital signs, track GPS location, even hold credit card information.

Olivier Janin's insight:

The Tech Tattoos are compelling regarding their fashion potential and their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified).

The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances ? 

And what can motivate me to spend some money for a very short time wearable device ?

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:24 PM

The Tech Tattoos are compelling for their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified). The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances?  Energy harvesting from the human body itself. Short time wearable devices, is there a market for that, likely yes, but Use Cases will need to be defined. More work to be done on the viability of this technology to be proven.

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I tried the colourful £80 smartwatch for children that doubles as a GPS tracker

I tried the colourful £80 smartwatch for children that doubles as a GPS tracker | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
The Moochies smartwatch is big and colourful — and it tracks where your child is at all times through an app.
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Tag Heuer unveils Connected smartwatch running Android

Tag Heuer unveils Connected smartwatch running Android | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer unveils a $1,500 Android smartwatch that can later be exchanged for a mechanical version.
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Tag Heuer partnered with Intel and Google.

You can also watch the official videos here.

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GEEKSME, A WATCH TO TRACK YOUR SEXUAL ACTIVITY

GEEKSME, A WATCH TO TRACK YOUR SEXUAL ACTIVITY | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Make love passionately, love and let others love you, take care of what’s around you, enjoy nature, breathe pure air, sleep like a baby and dream. Fall in love with life. #LifeLoversWatch
Olivier Janin's insight:

That’s the premise behind a new wearable, dubbed GeeksMe, which provides users with detailed statistics on the intensity, frequency and duration of sex.

The smartwatch is the work of Madrid-based group, Geeksphone, who are best known for developed the ultra-secure Blackphone device.

Sexual activity is also part of a healthy lifestyle,’ the Geeksphone website points out. ‘Know your performance and track your progress.’

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How health, fitness device makers should approach privacy, according to CEA

How health, fitness device makers should approach privacy, according to CEA | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which puts on the massive CES event in Las Vegas every January, just published a set of voluntary guidelines for how technology companies should approach privacy and security for personal wellness data collected by wearable devices and other connected wellness devices.

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Here are the main principles of personal wellness data privacy guidelines that the Consumer Electronics Association advices its members (includ. Apple, Google, Fitbit, Qualcomm and Under Armor) to follow
  • security
  • privacy policy
  • transfers to unaffliated third parties
  • fairness
  • enable personal review, edits, deletion
  • advertisement opt-out
  • law enforcement


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This Wearable Measures Your Carbon Footprint In Real Time

This Wearable Measures Your Carbon Footprint In Real Time | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
The Worldbeing wristband delivers a quantified guilt trip.
Olivier Janin's insight:

I like the wristband design with its e-ink screen.

The concept baseline appears clear to me. Although, the video is confusing : it finally appears as a contactless payment solution and sounds like a greenwashed pitch. 

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Jawbone is building a health tracker you can swallow

Jawbone is building a health tracker you can swallow | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
In the future, consumers will monitor their health by swallowing health sensors.
Olivier Janin's insight:

The concept of embedding a chipset into a pill is not new. Proteus already get an approval from the FDA in 2012 for a system that use pills+patch that communicates with the chipset +iPhone App.


The news is more that Jawbone, a mass-market brand, intends to develop such product.  That means something, like an intrusion in the Pharma walled garden.

But how to reinsure the consumers to make them swallow a pill in their body ? 


Read also this article about Christopher Bettinger of Carnegie Mellon Univ. who presents a vision for creating safe, consumable electronics.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:42 PM

Consumable electronics are on the way to you via Jawbone, albeit this is likely to infringe on big Pharma's move into this space, interesting vision presented on where this technology is going and how it can help us.

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Healthcare Big Data Analytics: From Description to Prescription

Healthcare Big Data Analytics: From Description to Prescription | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
In the healthcare industry, “big data analytics” is a term that can encompass nearly everything that is done to a piece of information once it begins its digital life.
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This article offers a good overview of the challenges all the industries and tech businesses related to health must take.

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Here’s Apple’s idea for a smart ring

Here’s Apple’s idea for a smart ring | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
Apple has some interest in another wearable: smart rings. A patent application published today describes an interactive smart ring that could work in conjunction with larger devices, like a phone....
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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:30 PM

Apple's idea for a smart ring, may have some traction, but it will likely play into the fashion side of people, the functionality will of course need to be of benefit.  Lots of opportunities for measuring biological measurements.  

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Why are wearables for Women so Unwearable ?

Why are wearables for Women so Unwearable ? | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

When it comes to wearables, women aren’t buying it–not what’s out there at least, according to a new study by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness.


Fitbit, which had the third largest U.S. IPO of 2015, had a valuation of $4.1 billion but men accounted for 70% of those profits. The agency found that 95% of women are aware of wearable technology but only a third of them followed through with purchasing it.

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1. Wearables Creators Don’t Get the Meaning of “Wellness”:  

Contrary to what smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Fitbit advertise in targeted fitness ads, the study showed that women want a wellness app dealing with emotional, social and mental aspects. Only 12% of respondents ranked physical health as their definition of wellness, placing them a significant 64% below emotional benefits.

“Overwhelmingly, women recognize that there’s an interconnection between health and wellness but they’re very, very different,” Suchotliff says. “Health for women is something very concrete. It’s measurable. It’s ‘I have a cold’ or ‘I have an eye infection’ or ‘I’m overweight.’ It’s got specifics you can determine. Wellness is much more emotional and very personal.”   According to the study, women can’t relate to the current goal-setting wearables of today. “Women feel very intuitive and when they thought about setting goals, they thought about tracking,” says Suchotliff. “They didn’t want the kind of tracking that would remind them of any sort of barriers or not meeting their goals.”  Other aspects of wellness included a job change and making specific changes for wellness around the age of 40. Suchotliff says another was in relation to services of others meaning, “I’m going to make this change in my wellness because I want to make a better mother” or “When I’m well, my business thrives.”

2. There’s a Disconnect Between Form and Function:    The big players seem to be under the misconception that women will embrace their products as long as they’re glamorous–i.e. Google Glass bringing in Diane Von Furstenberg and Fitbit partnering with Tory Burch says Suchotliff.   The study found that 57% of respondents say while design and aesthetics play somewhat of a factor in their purchasing decisions it’s not the most important element–function is. Only 43% of respondents said aesthetics and design was the primary factor in their last major purchase of over $1,000.   “At the end of the day, it’s about value and overwhelmingly we heard that women don’t see the value of wearables out there now and it’s mainly because they’re not meeting women’s needs,” Suchotliff says. “Tech companies creating a fashionable wearable without an understanding of what women want out of health and wellness is ineffective.”   -  When women think about technology for wellness, the study showed that mobile and fitness-tracking were the first things that came to their minds. “Partly, I think because our mobile devices are attached to us but partly there’s two other elements,” she says. “One is that we cannot imagine the things that are not yet invented–women are not used to these devices being designed for them,”