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Survey: One third of wearable device owners stopped using them within six months | mobihealthnews

Survey: One third of wearable device owners stopped using them within six months | mobihealthnews | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

A third of consumers who own a wearable device stopped using it within six months, according to consulting firm Endeavour Partners’  September 2013 survey of 500 adults. Additionally, more than half of consumers who own one no longer use it.


The researchers received responses from 6,223 consumers in the United States about whether they owned a “modern activity tracker”, which they described as devices similar to Jawbone, Fitbit, Nike, and Misfit Wearables. And of those, 500 responded that they did own such a device. The age group with the largest percentage of activity trackers owners is the 25-to 34-year-old range (25 percent). After that, 35- to 44-year-olds made up 19 percent of the wearable owning population, and 18 to 24 group made up 17 percent. Given the 3 to 4 percent margin of error, the differences between these age groups could be quite small....

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Lots of insight for wearable marketers, including demographics.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 5, 2014 1:00 AM

Marketers will find lots of insight into wearables. Of concern, is the number who quit wearing their devices within 6 months.

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Wearable Usage Will Grow by Nearly 60% This Year - eMarketer

Wearable Usage Will Grow by Nearly 60% This Year - eMarketer | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The next several years will continue to see double-digit growth in the number of Americans using wearable devices, according to eMarketer's first wearables forecast. In 2015, 39.5 million US adults 18 and over will use wearables, including smartwatches and fitness trackers. That's a jump of 57.7% over 2014. While penetration among US adults is just 16.0% this year, 


eMarketer expects that to double by 2018, to 81.7 million users.eMarketer defines wearable users as those who wear accessories or clothing at least once per month that are embedded with internet-connected electronics and exchange data with a manufacturer or other connected device....

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Almost two in five internet users will use wearables by 2019.

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Why The Fashion World Hates Wearables | Co Design

Why The Fashion World Hates Wearables | Co Design | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Wearables are one of the most exciting developments in technology, and have inspired the fashion industry in some intriguing ways. But there’s still plenty of skepticism about everything from battery life to appearance. Some even wonder if computers strapped to our bodies 24/7 could have adverse health effects (although, to be fair, it’s hard to see how wearables would be any different from an iPhone in that regard).


TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, WEARABLES ARE STILL UGLY.
Wearables are taking time to gather momentum. Google Glass was disbanded, and Apple hasn't disclosed how many watches it is selling. Even if sales are stronger than analysts estimate, the Watch hasn't exactly gotten glowing reviews. Even the most favorable reviews suggest it is not a device for "tech novices." Walt Mossberg at Re/Code went further, dubbing one wearable a "celibacy band."

If the people who test gadgets for a living are having trouble adapting, it’s safe to say we still have a few years before wearables will be relevant to typical consumers, much less those who care about looking stylish....

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Impractical, mostly ugly and expensive. After all the hype, are wearables losing their wind? 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 8, 9:08 PM

Impractical, mostly ugly and expensive. After all the hype, are wearables losing their wind? 

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A Quick Tour Of Wearables In 2015

A Quick Tour Of Wearables In 2015 | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearables had a varied year in 2015, with a lot of hype and a few big winners streaking ahead of the field, leaving plenty of also-rans struggling to stand out.

It’s fair to say that the entire category is yet to prove whether it offers lasting utility or mere faddish novelty. The success of the smartphone is such than any supplementary technology inevitably lives in its shadow — and wearables are all about offering some kind of add-on functionality. Mobile undoubtedly still wears tech’s crown, and will do for the foreseeable future....

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Tech Crunch shares what's up with wearables.

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Tech Crunch shares what's up with wearables.

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Brands Look For Role In Internet Of Things: Connected Bottles, Interactive Dolls, Drones

Brands Look For Role In Internet Of Things: Connected Bottles, Interactive Dolls, Drones | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
One of the more fascinating aspects of The Internet of Things is the unlimited potential for transformational innovation.

From a consumer perspective, IoT conversations tend to focus on personal devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, or smart home gadgets, like thermostats and TVs.

While all of those are moving to mass adoption, they are the relatively early iterations of Internet-connected objects.

Even though we’ve been hearing many predictions of what The Internet of Things may bring next year (2016 IoT Predictions: Big Data, Beacons, Wearables, Security), the reality is that no one really knows beyond the somewhat obvious.
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Chuck Martin explores the potential for innovation with the internet of things.

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Adobe envisages 2016 as the year of wearables

Adobe envisages 2016 as the year of wearables | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

'The year of...' is a much-derided term among many in the digital industry. But statistics published recently by enterprise software giant Adobe indicate 2016 will be the year wearables become a mainstream concern for marketers, as over half of all smartphone owners have already used a household device connected to the internet.   

Adobe Digital Index (ADI) Digital Trends Report examines the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer attitudes towards 'wearables', such as the Apple iWatch, and the knock-on effect on how users will access the internet. 

The report claims 51 per cent of existing smartphone owners have already interacted with a home-based IoT device - such as a thermostat that can be controlled via a smartphone app. 

Adobe also examined user sentiment towards such trends by analysing attitudes expressed in over 20 billion social media interactions, finding that 33 per cent of those analysed had used a digital personal assistant service, such as Apple's Siri, in the last 30 days. ...

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Even Adobe is onto wearables and what the future looks like in wearable technology.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 23, 2015 2:26 PM

Even Adobe is onto wearables and what the future looks like in wearable technology.

Tom George's curator insight, December 23, 2015 5:43 PM

I am always interested in the future. And with that said certainly the Internet of Things should make for some interesting tech.

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2016 IoT Predictions: Big Data, Beacons, Wearables, Security

2016 IoT Predictions: Big Data, Beacons, Wearables, Security | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

But since we’re nearing the year end, there are many (and I mean many) predictions of what will happen next year that have been sent to me over the last several weeks.

These are not necessarily based on new research, but rather are the viewpoints of a person or organization self-perceived to be in a position to make some educated guesses.

I’ve aggregated some of these predictions to give you at least an IoT snapshot of what some see in store for the next year.

So here are IoT-related predictions for 2016, in no particular order, with the source of each prediction at the end....

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Chuck Martin shares a list of 2016 IoT predictions.

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Nuance now has a developer program to bring voice control to the Internet of Things

Nuance now has a developer program to bring voice control to the Internet of Things | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Nuance, the company responsible for the speech recognition softwareDragon, is announcing Nuance Mix, a developer platform that will allow anyone to add natural language detection to an app.


The aim of Nuance Mix is the Internet of Things. It has the same technology that powers other Nuance products, and comes with voice recognition and text-to-speech tools. Developers can even create custom voice models that can be dedicated for defined tasks....

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Nuance now has a developer program to bring voice control to the Internet of Things.

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Four Nest Alums Open Retail Store to Sell Trendy Tech Gadgets | TechCrunch

Four Nest Alums Open Retail Store to Sell Trendy Tech Gadgets | TechCrunch | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

In an attempt to modernize the retail experience for sellers, four Nest alums are launching b8ta, a software-driven brick-and-mortar store in Palo Alto, to sell Internet of Things gadgets and products on Friday. The entire b8ta experience is technology-driven — from the way companies get their products into b8ta to the way customers interact with the products.

With b8ta, the goal is to get innovative products like the Gi Flybike, a folding electric bicycle, and Thync, a wearable for achieving mindfulness and boosting energy, into physical stores and enable customers to have real, tactile experiences with them....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The Internet of everything is now a retail store in, where else, Silicon Valley.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 11, 2015 11:19 PM

The Internet of everything is now a retail store in, where else, Silicon Valley.

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Marketing in the Internet of Many Moving Parts | MediaPost

Marketing in the Internet of Many Moving Parts | MediaPost | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things will be made up of many things that are constantly on the move.

Many of the connected objects will be stationary, of course, and a lot of those already are being put in place.

There are the obvious smart objects, such as connected thermostats at home and beacons in stores.

And then there are some that are not so obvious, such as the 100 Los Angeles street lights with Wi-Fi built in and the small cells inside manhole covers in Zurich that are linked to the landline infrastructure....

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The Internet of things will become another channel to reach consumers if marketers learn how to approach it properly.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 11, 2015 11:00 PM

The Internet of things will become another channel to reach consumers if marketers learn how to approach it properly.

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A Technology For Your Shoes That You Would Have never Imagined For

A Technology For Your Shoes That You Would Have never Imagined For | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

New York based startup Shiftwear has developed top notch sneakers that can change the color and pattern through a mobile app. These shoes are fitted with curved, flexible screen with HD displays that showcase your custom patterns and animations.


These sneakers will be wirelessly connected to your smartphone via an app and will be supported on the all operating system like iOS, Android and Windows. Through this app you will be able to create custom static designs or illuminate the screen with amazing animations....

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Just cool...

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21 Million Wearables Ship, Up 198%

21 Million Wearables Ship, Up 198% | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The number of wearable devices is growing, by a lot.The number of fitness trackers and smartwatches shipped around the world in the last quarter is about double the number shipped a year ago, according to the latest IDC Tracker report.


Leading the category are fitness trackers by Fitbit followed by the Apple Watch.


While there’s clear growth in the number of wearables, there doesn’t seem to by any cannibalization of the market, since fitness trackers and smartwatches both grew in scope.


A total of 21 million wearable devices shipped last quarter, an increase of 198% from the same quarter last year. Of those, 5 million were Fitbit devices and 4 million were Apple watches....

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Growth but market scale remains ahead.

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Swatch partners with Visa on payment watch - DealStreetAsia

Swatch partners with Visa on payment watch - DealStreetAsia | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Swatch Group Chief Executive Nick Hayek has signed a contract with credit card company Visa Inc.in connection with the Swiss firm’s new watch that enables wearers to make payments, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Swatch has already introduced the watch in China and aims to introduce a similar device in 2016 in Switzerland and the United States, Le Temps said.

In China Swatch has partnered with China UnionPay. Hayek confirmed he has signed a contract with Visa for elsewhere. That covers Switzerland and the United States, the paper said....

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It really was just a matter of time before Swatch joined the wearables industry.

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The future is the Internet of Things—deal with it

The future is the Internet of Things—deal with it | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The promise of IoT is "smart" everything. Nest's Internet-connected Learning thermostat, Nest Cam surveillance camera, and Protect networked smoke alarm promise a more energy-efficient, safer home. IoT technology is a key part of the pitch for "smart cities," "smart buildings," "smart factories," and just about every other "smart" proposal from sensor manufacturers, networking companies, and big technology consultancies. Seemingly everyone is looking for a piece of the biggest potential collection of integration projects ever. Sometimes the "smart" is relatively close to the sensor itself, but it often relies on a remote cloud service or data center to process the information and control actions.


On the consumer side, while devices like Nest's get much of the attention, wearable IoT devices are just starting to take off—despite the relatively low impact so far of high-profile efforts like the Apple Watch. "The Apple Watch may be on a slower liftoff cycle than other recent Apple hardware launches, but it has a complex number of use cases which are finding their home, purpose, and meaning," said Mark Curtis, the chief client officer at Fjord, Accenture's design consultancy. Within the next two to three years, he predicted, wrist-based devices will lose the need to be tethered to a smartphone. "At the same time, interactions between wearables and nearables (e.g., beacons, Amazon Echo, connected cars) will grow."


The health field is the most immediate fit for wearables, because they can gather data that has a benefit without conscious human action. "A good example is our Fjord Fido diabetes platform," Curtis said. "It requires complex linking between devices and data but would not have been possible without a smartwatch."...

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IoT is about to explode, perhaps literally, if privacy and security issues aren't fixed.

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IoT is about to explode, perhaps literally, if privacy and security issues aren't fixed.

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Why Consumers Aren't Purchasing a Smart Watch - eMarketer

Why Consumers Aren't Purchasing a Smart Watch - eMarketer | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Usage of wearables, like smart watches, will grow by nearly two-thirds this year, per an eMarketer forecast. Still, cost is holding many consumers back from purchasing a device, according to December 2015 research.  


Kentico surveyed 1,000 internet users, ages 18 and older. More than two-thirds of internet users worldwide said that cost was one of the top reasons for not purchasing a smart watch.


Additionally, 38% of respondents said that another reason for not purchasing a smart watch was because there was not enough reasons to use it. This is likely because many smart watch capabilities, like sending and receiving emails or texts, as well as placing and receiving phone and video calls, can be done via a smartphone. In fact, 14% of internet users said they were dependent on their smartphone, and that was a reason for not purchasing a smart watch....

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Still marketing challenges ahead for smart watches and wearables.

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Samsung Gets Wacky With A Belt Called WELT And Other Oddities

Samsung Gets Wacky With A Belt Called WELT And Other Oddities | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

CES is a bit like the auto shows of yesteryear, back when carmakers simply came to flex their muscles and show what they were capable of, as opposed to unveiling products that are destined for dealership parking lots. In the same spirit, Samsung has unveiled three products that will be on the showroom floor at CES 2016 next week.

The first, and the strangest, is a ‘smart wearable healthcare belt’ called the WELT.

Called the WELT.

(long pause)

This smart health belt looks perfectly normal but is able to measure the user’s waist size (I should hope so), eating habits, the number of steps taken in a day, and time spent seated. From there, the information is digested through an app that makes recommendations for better health....

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Interesting product for launch at CES.

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The Most Active VCs In The Internet Of Things And Their Investments In One Infographic

The Most Active VCs In The Internet Of Things And Their Investments In One Infographic | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Many corporate investors and smart money VCs have placed significant bets on the Internet of Things industry, which is expected to see nearly $2B in funding through the end of 2015.

Which firms are most active? We used CB Insights data to rank VCs by their unique IoT investments over the past 5 years.

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Intel Capital tops the list as the most active investor in IoT startups, followed by Qualcomm Ventures. Both small-chip companies’ venture arms have been active investors in wearables startups and sensor companies. Since Intel and Qualcomm are involved in designing and/or manufacturing ever-smaller chips to power mobile devices, this area likely offers them strategic value....

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Essential reading about the VCs and the Internet of Things.

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Which Wearables Do Consumers Plan to Buy? - eMarketer

Which Wearables Do Consumers Plan to Buy? - eMarketer | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Many consumers plan to purchase a health or fitness device in the next 12 months, according to a 2015 survey. Smart watches and fitness trackers are among the wearables they plan to buy.


The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), surveyed 1,001 US internet users. Almost three-quarters of respondents said they plan to purchase a health or fitness tracker within the next year.

More than one-third of that group said they plan to buy a smart watch and 30% said they intend to purchase fitness apps in the next 12 months. Some 27% of health and fitness device buyers said they expect to buy wearable fitness devices, and the same percentage said they plan to purchase smart apparel. Sleep trackers were also on the list; 23% of respondents said they intended to buy one....

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Useful wearables market intelligence.

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Here's how Amazon plans to run your home with Internet of Things - Phoenix Business Journal

Here's how Amazon plans to run your home with Internet of Things - Phoenix Business Journal | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Two months after Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced a platform to connect appliances to the internet, Amazon Web Services’ Internet of Things is out of beta and available to customers.


The platform – similar to offerings from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and IBM – can command smoke alarms and fitness trackers from computers.


Moreover, it extends far beyond the home; it can monitor and manage critical infrastructure such as wastewater treatment facilities and wind turbines.


The Internet of Things, as it is known, is big industry for tech companies working to connect devices to the cloud. Microsoft – which estimates there will be 30 billion connected devices by 2020 – launched in the space last year with its Azure platform. Google-owned home automation company Nest, which makes smart thermostats and other connect devices, announced earlier this year plans to open a Seattle-area engineering center and hire 100 employees....

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Won't be long before the connected home takes over a lot of your life.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 23, 2015 2:19 PM

Won't be long before the connected home takes over a lot of your life.

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The Breitling Exospace B55 Is The Latest Luxury Smartwatch

The Breitling Exospace B55 Is The Latest Luxury Smartwatch | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Breitling, maker of fine watches for people who fly airplanes (or would like to fly airplanes), has just released the Exospace B55, a smartwatch that can relay messages from your phone and includes a high-end quartz movement with advanced timing features. This isn’t a smart watch per se so I’m calling it a “notification” watch or notiwatch. Go ahead and laugh.

Anyway, the B55 is a “multifunction electronic chronograph also receives notifications of the smartphone’s incoming emails, messages (SMS, WhatsApp) or phone calls (with caller’s name or number) as well as reminders of upcoming appointments.” This means the small LCD screen will display names and info when you get a message.
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Mainstream manufacturers are coming to wearables and the Internet of things in growing numbers.

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228 Million Wearables to Ship; 13% of Households to Own a Consumer Robot

228 Million Wearables to Ship; 13% of Households to Own a Consumer Robot | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Forecasts for the future number of connected wearable devices continue to top each other, and the latest report continues that trend.


Shipments of connected wearables reached 73 million this year, according to a new study by Berg Insight.


But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming. By 2020, there will be 228 million connected wearables shipped, according to Berg....

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228 million wearables will ship; 13% of households will own a consumer robot. That's big business!

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How the Internet of Things is Changing Online Marketing - Content Loop

How the Internet of Things is Changing Online Marketing - Content Loop | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a phenomenon and an entity. It refers to the way Internet connectivity has expanded to include everyday objects and to how those everyday objects interoperate with our daily lives.

No longer do we “access” the Internet. The Internet is ever-present. It operates as an automated entity that can carry out functions that reflect and affect the physical world. We conduct business, live our lives, and dictate our affairs in its presence and based on its rules. Anything from your refrigerator to your key fob could be connected.

Forbes contributor Jacob Morgan wrote,
     "If it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of           the IoT."

Increasingly, however, IoT devices may not even have an on/off switch.

In the wake of this ubiquity, massive implications exist for policy, safety, government, regulation, privacy, provision, and technology....

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Neil Patel says watch out for the Internet of everything including on demand services everywhere; smart marketing connecting social data to online devices;big data getting bigger; new smart solutions; and nothing is unmarketable.

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Neil Patel says watch out for the Internet of everything including on demand services everywhere; smart marketing connecting social data to online devices;big data getting bigger; new smart solutions; and nothing is unmarketable.

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Internet of Things Startups Are Attacking….Everything

Internet of Things Startups Are Attacking….Everything | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Among tech buzzwords, Internet of Things is currently one of the favorites ( Big Data is up there too). But the Internet of Things or IoT is not really an industry and is more of a theme with IoT companies attacking a wide variety of industry challenges.  We put together a map of IoT startups that are attacking different industries.


While companies like Lockitron andCanary aim to automate your home, Proteus Digital Health and AdhereTech are trying to revolutionize medicine by improving patient monitoring. Below are some of the areas that IoT startups are attacking with a small sampling of companies for each IoT segment.

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From agriculture to fitness to the smart home and much more, the Internet of Things is everywhere.

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Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies

Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

From fancy door locks to sprinkler systems, Denver-area companies are figuring out new ways to live smarter with the Internet by making things. Lots of things. The Internet of Things is a trend to build Internet connections into everyday objects to help people track and control those objects.


Common IoT devices include light bulbs, watches and home thermostats such as Nest. There's even a new home-grown IoT community called TechRiot, backed by Arrow Electronics and the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial. What started as a meeting among interested IoT developers in July has grown to more than 1,000 members.


That just gives us more gift options. If you're shopping local this year, here is a roundup of Internet-friendly products from local IoT companies...

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IoT on your holiday shopping list? Check this list out.

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The New Google Glass Could Look Like A Monocle ��

The New Google Glass Could Look Like A Monocle �� | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Get ready for the Google Monocle. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a new patent to Google for a potential upcoming version of Google Glass. The best way to put it is that it doesn’t look like a pair of glasses anymore — it’s a glorious monocle that wraps around your head.

Here’s an abstract from the patent:

The band is adjustable such that it can be configured by a user to contact the head of the user at a first location near a temple, a second location along a portion of the user’s ear adjacent the temple, and at a third location along a rear position of the head of the user.

Once you configure it, Glass should retain its configuration. The question is whether this will be enough to revive interest for this device....

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This just looks goofy to me although it is conceptual for the patent application. But at least the original Google class looked great! Waiting to see how this one unfolds.

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Titan moves to wearables, to launch smart watches with HP

Titan moves to wearables, to launch smart watches with HP | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
When times change, the time keepers must change too.

With its watch business facing sluggish growth and new buyers turning to connected wearables, the four-decade-old Titan Co. Ltd on Monday said it will launch a range of smart watches along with HP Inc.

The new watches will arrive in select domestic and international markets in the next couple of months.

The entry into the smartwatch category is the next step in Titan’s journey as a lifestyle company, said S. Ravi Kant, chief executive at the company’s watches and accessories division.

Traditional watchmakers across the globe are stepping up to the challenge as technology giants such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Group carve out a new category of smart watches. Watch manufacturer Fossil reportedly spent $260 million to acquire Misfit, maker of wearables and Internet-connected devices.
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More watches, I mean wearables.

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