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Android Wear's New Strategy For Success In The Apple Watch Era

Android Wear's New Strategy For Success In The Apple Watch Era | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Although Apple hasn’t revealed any official sales numbers—and says it doesn’t plan to—several unofficial estimates claim that Apple has at least cracked the 1 million sales mark. Google's Android Wear platform only shipped 720,000 units in all of 2014, according to Canalys.

Just as it did with smartphones and tablets, Apple has essentially created the smartwatch market. But don't write off Android Wear just yet. Through a series of seemingly low-key changes, Google is quietly positioning itself for a stronger second act....

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Stay tuned as Google plays catch up.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, May 8, 11:48 AM

Just as it did with smartphones and tablets, Apple has essentially created the smartwatch market. But don't write off Android Wear just yet. Through a series of seemingly low-key changes, Google is quietly positioning itself for a stronger second act.  -  A few weeks ago, Google announced Android Wear 5.1.1, and while the version number doesn't suggest major improvements, the update will make third-party apps much more useful.  -   When Android Wear first launched, Google seemed to deliberately hide their launcher, preferring that app makers focus on actionable notifications. But developers say Google may have gotten ahead of itself with that plan.  -  "My guess is they went a bit too fast going notification-only, and they found users are confused by the lack of structure," says Q42 developer Taco Ekkel, who created an app for controlling Philips Hue lightbulbs. "The notification-instead-of-apps model is the future, but people (both users and many app developers) need time to get there."

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Marketing Power of the Internet of Things: Connectivity for Better Customer Interactivity 

Marketing Power of the Internet of Things: Connectivity for Better Customer Interactivity  | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things, IoT as it has been dubbed, is a topic that every marketer is talking about. But, what does it mean, and more specifically, what does it mean to marketers? These smart, connected devices are ringing in a new and exciting era for marketing. IoT provides endless opportunities for marketers and advertisers to listen and respond to the needs of their audience based on behaviors. And your audience is eager to improve their lives with these devices and provide marketers with information for more personalized communications.

The possibilities for IoT in the future are endless! Picture this: down the road your car might be able to know when it’s getting a flat tire and send out a signal (via beacons) to the nearest auto shop. Based on your calendar, the shop can send a push notification to your phone offering an appointment at a 30% discount. Another example could be that health insurers start incentivizing their customers based on real-time data. For example, based on a patient’s lifestyle choices and habits, such as daily exercise and sleep patterns all tracked on a wearable, insurance companies can incentivize customers who have healthier lifestyles—giving them a discount on premiums.

Forget the days of trying to figure out what people want; IoT presents opportunities for real-time engagement and customer service. It’s time to approach marketing in a new and improved way. Check out our latest infographic to learn all about what IoT means for marketers....

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Marketo explores the marketing potential of Internet of Things.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 9, 11:30 PM

Marketo explores the marketing potential of Internet of Things.

Enrico Bazan's curator insight, April 19, 7:43 AM

For example, based on a patient’s lifestyle choices and habits, such as daily exercise and sleep patterns all tracked on a wearable, insurance companies can incentivize customers who have healthier lifestyles—giving them a discount on premiums.

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The Future of Consumer Tech Is About Making You Forget It's There

The Future of Consumer Tech Is About Making You Forget It's There | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

With the iPad, the notion of technology getting out of the way meant designing a computer so easy to use that the apps took center stage. But the result was in some sense counterproductive; we've become so sucked into our phones and tablets that technology is actually getting in the way of the real world.

It's not going to be like that forever. In talking to leaders from some of the most innovative companies in consumer electronics, it's clear that the next five years will represent an attempt to bring us back to reality. This may seem paradoxical, but a proliferation of wearable devices, smart-home gizmos, smart cameras, and augmented-reality systems will exist largely to save us from our screens....

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Not only will it be a smarter world, it will be a simpler one with wearable technology.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 27, 11:18 PM

Not only will it be a smarter world, it will be a simpler one with wearable technology.

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How is IoT technology innovating the retail experience?

How is IoT technology innovating the retail experience? | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The idea of a connected world where objects can communicate via the internet with each other and with computers and smartphones, does seem to have endless and even overwhelming possibilities.


For businesses, IoT technology opens up the potential for smarter process and efficiency, more targeted marketing and better understanding of customers by utilizing data and digital insight. The opportunities are so vast, that for many companies, coming up with a clear strategy for how to implement this new technology is a huge step.


In the retail industry, recent research conducted by Forrester found that 96% of retail decision makers are hoping to make the necessary changes to adopt IoT technology in the near future but over half are concerned about integration challenges. And this is a big part of the issue – to really make sure they harness the potential of this new technology, customer focused businesses need to first consider a few key areas....

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IoT and retail together? Who knew?

As the retail journey becomes increasingly mobile, there is an opportunity for retailers to adopt IoT technology to enhance the shopping experience. The marketing winners of the future will be those who embrace the Internet of Things for efficiencies and innovations we cannot yet see.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 23, 8:52 AM

IoT and retail together? Who knew?

As the retail journey becomes increasingly mobile, there is an opportunity for retailers to adopt IoT technology to enhance the shopping experience. The marketing winners of the future will be those who embrace the Internet of Things for efficiencies and innovations we cannot yet see.

SNMinc WebGems's curator insight, May 15, 9:43 PM

"Customers are mobile-first and always on"

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Analysis: Why Google killed Glass | Wearable Tech Watch

Analysis: Why Google killed Glass | Wearable Tech Watch | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Mainstream media are surprised, but it was only a matter of time until Google took its Glass project out to the paddock and put a bullet in its head. That happened today.Google Glass, RIP.The concept will live on but Glass, as we know it, is dead.We’re not surprised....

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Interesting analysis of why Google bailed on Glass.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 17, 2:00 AM

Google bails on Glass. Interesting analysis.

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Doesn't surprise me I knew it would be a dead end,

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How Internet of Things will transform the way you do business - SVIC

How Internet of Things will transform the way you do business - SVIC | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things really represents the next iteration of the internet, or as sometimes it’s called, Web 3.0, and some are predicting that this will be bigger than anything we’ve seen so far. Cisco has readily embraced the whole Internet of Things movement.


CEO John Chambers claims IoT will have five to 10 times the impact on society as the Internet itself and is projecting a $19 trillion dollar market for this industry over the next decade. We’ve seen some early commercial successes like the Nest thermostat, Fitbit, and many are readily anticipating the Apple Watch to also be a big conduit for IoT.


We get the idea that IoT will be huge, but what we really want to know more specifically is how it will transform the way we do business. What are some of the things that startup owners, entrepreneurs, and CIOs of enterprises need to be paying attention to in 2015 as IoT takes off? There are a number of ways that IoT will impact your business. Here are some of the most salient ones to consider....

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How much is the internet of everything worth? Cisco says 19 trillion dollars.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 14, 3:26 AM

In case you haven’t heard the Internet of Things is now, according to Gartner’s annual report, the most hyped technology, and has even replaced Big Data to claim that distinction.

jean-sebastien pelerin's curator insight, January 15, 8:48 AM

Société ?

Kaleb Matthies's curator insight, January 21, 11:37 AM

very true, shows how revolutionary the internet has become.

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How to Plan for the Internet of Things Data Deluge

How to Plan for the Internet of Things Data Deluge | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The Internet has had a profound impact on the Global Networked Economy during the last year, with more changes still to come -- as applications expand and evolve. International Data Corporation (IDC) has shared its worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) predictions for 2015.

Their latest forward-looking view provides C-level leaders with insight and perspective on the long-term trends. The IDC research report is designed to help leaders capitalize on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth.
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Looking ahead at the Internet of Things.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 30, 2014 2:16 PM

Looking ahead at the Internet of Things.

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Wearable technology: 2015 is the year of the smart bra - Telegraph

Wearable technology: 2015 is the year of the smart bra - Telegraph | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Twelve months ago, wearable technology was the preserve of geeks in virtual-reality headsets and early adopters touting clunky smartwatches. Not any more. A recent report predicted Britons would spend £104.7million on wearable technology this Christmas as consumers snap up fitness gadgets, intelligent watches and gaming systems. This is just the beginning. Wearables could be the defining technology of the next decade. You may still own a smartphone in 2020, but I wouldn’t bet on it.


By 2015, there are likely to be three key wearable trends: the huge growth of smartwatches, the arrival of technology integrated into clothing and the acceleration of the use of wearables in business. You probably know a little about smartwatches courtesy of some high-profile launches. Next year, the battle for your wrist will go into overdrive with the world’s major consumer electronics firms launching innovative devices....

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What's ahead for wearable tech? Start here.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 30, 2014 1:12 PM

What's ahead for wearable tech? Start here.

Calum Peterson's curator insight, January 5, 12:28 PM

Will a #smartbra really be the next big thing in 2015?? 

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This Is The Only Smartwatch That Matters

This Is The Only Smartwatch That Matters | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

There is no touchscreen or Apple logo. You’ve never heard of the designer. Its icons look straight out of 1992. And in fact, we found it in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog—yes, that living fossil of technological innovation from a time when plug-in shoe-shiners were all the rage.

It’s the "No Charge Smart Watch." It uses Bluetooth to put email, call, and SMS alerts on your wrist. And whereas existing smartwatches like the Moto 360 can’t make it a day before plugging in (and the Apple Watch’s runtime is still undisclosed but likely similar), the No Charge Smart Watch runs for a year on a standard watch battery....

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The smart watch market is heating up.

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Pebble CEO: We won't be chasing Apple down the 'fashion' route - Telegraph

Pebble CEO: We won't be chasing Apple down the 'fashion' route - Telegraph | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Pebble will not be following Apple down the 'fashion' route, according to founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky, with the company preferring to concentrate on making smartwatches that are useful and cost-effective.


Speaking to The Telegraph, following the launch of the Pebble smartwatch in the UK earlier this month, Migicovsky said that simplicity and affordability are two of the main reasons people buy Pebble watches....

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Smart watch wars between Paul and Pebble are growing.

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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible by vast improvements in processing power and device miniaturization and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity—have unleashed […]
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The Internet of things presents some big challenges for companies in defining their place in the wearable technology market.

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A Fashion Designer Created A Smartwatch For Hewlett-Packard — Here's What We Thought

A Fashion Designer Created A Smartwatch For Hewlett-Packard — Here's What We Thought | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Gilt apparently suggested designer Michael Bastian to the folks at Hewlett-Packard. Bastian has watch design experience and was respected in the watch community. The high-end Swiss watch maker Audemars Piguet even worked with Bastian a number of times to place their timepieces on the wrists of Michael Bastian clothing collection runway models. Bastian accepted the project, and now, the three companies were set to embark on a journey that was intended to be a dream team of efforts from the three talented entities. Did they succeed?

A few days ago from writing this post, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing watch officially went on sale available exclusively to Gilt.com members. I don't at this time know the sales numbers, but since I was with the teams the evening before the sale began I was able to experience their excitement first hand. The energy was palpable, but so was the muted anxiety of selling a totally new type of product for them....

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Interesting story of the design and marketing of the Michael Bastian/HP Chronowing smart watch.

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Glass apps help autistic kids communicate

Glass apps help autistic kids communicate | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Brain Power‘s Google Glass apps and hardware help autistic kids develop social and communication skills, and provide feedback to parents.

The device’s accelerometer tracks children’s head gestures when they look or don’t look at parents, as well as repetitive movements.  “Social engagement module monitors” assess the child’s engagement, specifically if they are looking at a parent’s face and eyes.  Software helps the wearer interpret expressions through games and exercises.  The goal is to help them understand facial emotions  when they aren’t wearing Glass.

To develop language skills, objects are identified through machine vision, and their names are displayed and spoken through the speaker or earbud.  Children will eventually receive personalized language and conversation coaching.  Software will also use the accelerometer to predict over-excitement and provide calming suggestions.
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Here's a fascinating application of Google glass to autism.

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Security will be critical to the success or failure of Internet of Things products

Security will be critical to the success or failure of Internet of Things products | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Over the next five years, the number of Internet of Things devices will grow nearly tenfold — from 2.5 billion in 2014, to nearly 24 billion by 2019, according to BI Intelligence estimates.


However, one of the biggest barriers currently preventing widespread IoT adoption are security concerns. Business executives, government officials, and consumers are rightly worried that by installing IoT devices within their business, city, or home they are exposing themselves to a hacker who could either use their IoT device in a malicious way and/or steal the data associated with the device....

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IoT devices have many security flaws that will be marketing's biggest challenge in the future.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 16, 10:38 AM

IoT devices have many security flaws that will be marketing's biggest challenge in the future.

Laurent RUEL's curator insight, April 17, 2:27 AM

This is THE challenge for IoT success in the future, and we are not ready yet.

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Study: two-thirds of consumers want virtual reality shopping

Study: two-thirds of consumers want virtual reality shopping | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

According to the survey, 35 percent of consumers said that the introduction of virtual reality will make them more open to purchasing more online since it will give them a more realistic feel of the product. In addition, 22 said virtual reality will make them less likely to visit a physical retail store....

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Coming soon to your desktop or mobile: Virtual Reality shopping

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 8, 9:32 AM
Coming soon to your desktop or mobile: Virtual Reality shopping.
Richard Platt's curator insight, March 9, 12:53 AM

One of the barriers to online shopping is that shoppers can’t actually experience the products or try them on. This is one of the obstacles that virtual reality has the potential to address.  According to the survey, 35% of consumers said that the introduction of virtual reality will make them more open to purchasing more online since it will give them a more realistic feel of the product. In addition, 22% said virtual reality will make them less likely to visit a physical retail store.

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4 Ways Wearables will Change Marketing – and what you can do to be ready

4 Ways Wearables will Change Marketing – and what you can do to be ready | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearable tech hasn’t caught on and hasn’t caught on. On Friday, Google withdrew Google Glass from consumer testing, and Apple has continually stalled on the release of their watch.


Whether or not Apple eventually releases their watch to popular acclaim, wearable tech will eventually arrive in the mainstream. Probably during 2015. For marketers, this can be daunting. Comprehensive mobile and social media strategies are still hard to deliver, and here comes another, vaguely defined innovation that may turn marketing, again, on its head.


We don’t really know what wearables will look like, and we don’t really know what they will do. So how can you prepare a marketing strategy?


By relying on what marketers do best: creative thinking, looking for patterns from consumers, and a little bit of imagination. Here are four ways wearables will change marketing – and what you can do to be ready....

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Could wearables change your marketing strategy in the future? Maybe.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 29, 1:37 AM

Could wearables change your marketing strategy? Find out more.

Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 29, 7:47 AM

Article raises 4 interesting paths to investigate for marketers and technologists as well.

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What's holding back the Internet of things?

What's holding back the Internet of things? | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The tech world is abuzz with interesting possibilities for the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, but regular folks haven’t caught up yet. Why the enthusiasm gap? That’s the question that Affinnova, a Nielsen company, set out to answer in a recent study of nearly 4,000 consumers.

First, it’s worth noting that while people have great faith in technology to come, even early adopters have trouble articulating what they would want from smart products. While 57 percent of all consumers who responded to this study strongly agree that the IoT will be “just as revolutionary as the smartphone” for our culture, they can’t explain how or why. Furthermore, 92 percent say that it’s very difficult to pinpoint what they’d want from smart objects, but they’ll know it when they see it.

Given this blind spot, the study presented nearly 4,000 consumers with different “smart” product concepts, giving them the opportunity to choose which actual features and items they might be interested in.
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A very interesting look at consumer's interest in the Internet of things and marketers should be paying attention.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 18, 4:33 PM

A very interesting look at consumer's interest in the Internet of things and marketers should be paying attention.

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How much is the Internet of everything worth? Cisco says $19 trillion - CNET

How much is the Internet of everything worth? Cisco says $19 trillion - CNET | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything? Cisco CEO John Chambers gives 19 trillion really good reasons.


Chambers believes the Internet of everything, also known as the Internet of things, will create $19 trillion (yes, that's with a "t") in economic benefit and value over the next decade.


The Internet of things is the concept that any device that could use an Internet connection should get one, allowing it to talk with other devices on the network. It's widely believed to be the next catalyst for innovation in the tech world, with seemingly every major player looking at ways to connect more products together....

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The Internet of everything will have five to 10 times the impact on society as the Internet itself, says Cisco CEO John Chambers.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 14, 3:16 AM

The Internet of everything will have five to 10 times the impact on society as the Internet itself, says Cisco CEO John Chambers.

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Infographic: Why the 'Internet of Things' Hasn't Really Caught On Yet

Infographic: Why the 'Internet of Things' Hasn't Really Caught On Yet | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
With all the hype about the Internet of Things—new connected products intended to bring greater efficiencies and simplicity to life—it may be surprising how few consumers are actually adopting these new technologies. 


"Despite predictions of rapid growth for smart products in the near future, the Internet of Things has yet to secure a foothold in the mainstream consumer market," notes a new exploratory case study by Affinova, which asked consumers to evaluate more than 4 million product concept variations and identify the most desired products and functions. The company said its research sheds light "on key consumer preferences and barriers to mainstream adoption of smart products."

One such barrier is a lack of understanding of what smart products are available and what their advantages and limitations are. While 57 percent of all consumers strongly agreed that the Internet of Things will be "just as revolutionary as the smartphone," they don't know how or why—92 percent told Affinova its very difficult to pinpoint what they want from smart objects, but feel that they'll know it when they see it....

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Here's a thoughtful perspective on the Internet of things from Adweek.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 5, 9:11 PM

Here's a thoughtful perspective on the Internet of things from Adweek.

Cheryl Cruz's curator insight, April 18, 11:52 AM

No matter how smart the technology get, humans still hold reservations about using it to completely conduct all their daily activities. Should smart technology just be another convenience we can access when we want or become the New normal?

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Wearable Devices for Women: Still Pretty and Still Dumb - NYTimes.com

Wearable Devices for Women: Still Pretty and Still Dumb - NYTimes.com | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Tech companies are looking for ways to design devices that not only appeal to women but are explicitly for women.

That’s unfortunate.

This summer, Google announced a version of Google Glass embedded in Diane von Furstenberg frames, and is working with Luxottica on more. Rebecca Minkoff and Case-Mate said they might but have not yet released a line of wearables and tech accessories.

And then there’s the My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or M.I.C.A., smart bracelet, designed in collaboration with Intel and Opening Ceremony, which finally went on sale this month.

The question for all of these “styled for women” devices is simple: why?...

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Wearable designers face a marketing dilemma.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 30, 2014 2:49 PM

Oooof, NY Times gives the Intel wearable MICA bracelet a failing grade.  ".....even if I were the kind of person who spends that kind of money on bracelets, the M.I.C.A. is a dismal failure as a communications device.  It cannot communicate with your actual smartphone — there’s not even an app for it. And the M.I.C.A. has its own phone number. So if you want to receive text message alerts on the bracelet, your contacts will have to text the bracelet, though it cannot receive calls.  Responses to incoming messages are limited; there’s no virtual keyboard, which would be impractical on such a small screen, or microphone for dictation. You can reply with up to 30 canned responses or create 10 of your own.

Moolahonly's curator insight, May 12, 1:08 PM

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4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

What Argodesign presented in response was "a provocation"—four wearable concepts that would not just track your heartbeat or put your email on your wrist, but give you what Rolston calls "superpowers."

He points to the modern smartphone as his evidence. It’s already given us the opportunity to fly through space (through maps or video conferencing), travel through time (through our photos or social networks), and increase our intelligence (through omnipresent Internet access). To him, wearables will just be "more literal extensions" of these powers. They’ll offer us everything from more coordination to improved hearing. And it’s the quest for these powers that will drive user adoption....

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Here's an interesting look into the future of wearable technology.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 29, 2014 2:36 AM

Professionally speaking, solutions in search of a problem, questionable use cases, but hey may be you have a different opinion?

Moolahonly's curator insight, May 12, 1:08 PM

These are the types of wearable devices we would like help get funding on our crowdfunding platform http://bit.ly/1Fgh78d ;

Ensil's curator insight, May 12, 2:16 PM

It's great and refreshing to see a post on wearables that doesn't involve a watch or wristband!

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VIDEO: Army tests wearable body armor power system

VIDEO: Army tests wearable body armor power system | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The U.S. armed forces have been grappling for years with how to reduce the weight ground troops carry with them on patrol. The problem: the “Christmas tree effect,” in which radios and a variety of other electronics are increasingly hung on their body armor like ornaments, weighing them down in the field....

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Wearables are being used in several unique military applications.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 29, 2014 2:45 AM

An actual wearable tech use case built from the ground up, a need to lower weight to power all of the devices that soldier may have to carry, radio's and other electronic equipment. - The technology of having a woven fabric that conducts electricity and transmits data without cords, allowing combat troops to cut down on batteries and recharge their equipment while plugged into the suit or inductive “charging pouches,” is truly an innovative solution to address the need.

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CuteCircuit and Accenture make an app for light-up wearables - TECHX : TECHX

CuteCircuit and Accenture make an app for light-up wearables - TECHX : TECHX | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
CuteCircuit deals in fashion and wearable technology, although not in quite the way you would imagine. Most wearables are in the form of wristbands, glasses or tiny clip-on devices, but CuteCircuit designs and makes clothes, mostly dresses, which incorporate technology which bring the designs to life.


Creative director Francesca Rosella and CEO Ryan Genz design on the basis that something about clothing should catch the eye, and nothing is more eye-catching than light. Some dresses contain thousands of tiny LEDs which show dynamic light patterns. One particular dress was designed to receive tweets and display them in lights as they were tweeted. Another has a slot for a SIM card and allows the wearer to answer phone calls by by raising one hand to her ear....

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The use of LED lights makes these wearable fashions very interesting.

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BMW uses Google Glass on its vehicle production lines

BMW uses Google Glass on its vehicle production lines | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

BMW has started a pilot project to test the impact of wearable technology in improving quality assurance of its cars. Workers at the company’s South Carolina plant are using Google Glass to record and document potential deviations in the cars.

The project is a part of the BMW Industry 4.0 campaign, which is designed to evaluate the application of new technologies to provide support to workers in production and production planning.

BMW project coordinator Dr. Jörg Schulte said, “During the term of the pilot project, we are planning to add a video call feature so that a problem can be discussed with the responsible development areas right there and then.”...

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Interesting application of Google Glass to the automobile assembly line.

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Smart locks: the next smart-home winner?

Smart locks: the next smart-home winner? | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Nest paved the way for the smart home, showing investors that consumers would pay $249 for a next-generation thermostat. Now many are wondering what other connected-home products could become breakout success stories. In 2015, smart locks, and security related products in general, are the most promising.

For a smart-home device to succeed in the consumer market it must be as easy to use compared to its non-connected version and there must be a return for the consumer in terms of cash/energy savings or convenience. If connectivity merely adds complexity, a product’s in trouble....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Smart locks look like the next frontier for smart home technology growth.

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