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Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us | Design | WIRED

Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us | Design | WIRED | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The ‘Quantified Self’ is a thrilling prospect for some: Massive datasets about oneself can be a new route to self-discovery. But for most of us, the idea of continuous self-tracking is a novelty that results in shallow insights. Just ask anyone who has bought a Fitbit or Jawbone Up which now lies dusty at the bottom of a junk drawer.


For the Quantified Self movement to become truly useful, our gadgets will have to move beyond the novelty of gratuitous behavioral data, which we might call a ‘first degree of meaning.’ They’ll have to address a second degree of meaning, where self-tracking helps motivate people toward self-improvement, and a third degree of meaning, where people can use data to make better choices in the moments when a decision is actually being made. We’re moving closer to those goals, but we’re still not thinking rigorously about the challenges involved. So let’s start....

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Wearable technology, the Internet of Things or the quantified self. Call it what you will, there are big challenges ahead for wearable technology.

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Wearable technology, the Internet of Things or the quantifiable self. Call it what you will, it's time to look hard at the challenges ahead for wearable technology.

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Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 2 - Heavy Machinery | EnterpriseWear Blog

Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 2 - Heavy Machinery | EnterpriseWear Blog | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Welcome to Part 2 of our latest blog series giving you early access to the upcoming BrainXchange-Hewlett Packard Enterprise white paper, which examines several real-life use cases of wearables at work in different enterprise operations.

 

In Part 1, we shared an example of how an advanced collaboration platform like HPE’s MyRoom/VRG coupled with wearable technology could revolutionize the automotive recall process for a major auto manufacturer.  

 

Today we will see how a heavy machinery manufacturer could use wearables to provide remote support and on-the-spot training to its partners and customers. The complete white paper will be available for free download on May 18th. Sign up today to receive the white paper directly in your inbox when it goes live.

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Emily Friedman continues her look at wearable technology in heavy machinery applications.

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AB | Smart, Automated Craft Beer Home Brewery

Using only the highest quality of beer brewing ingredients, you'll be able to select your recipe from a library of hundreds of master recipes and, with the push of a few buttons, you'll have perfect beer in as little as one week. Fully customizable and community-integrated, it will change the way you both brew and experience beer for the rest of your life!...

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Now that's tasty, smart technology!

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Now that's tasty, smart technology!

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Consumers Still Wary Of Wearables

Consumers Still Wary Of Wearables | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Consumers still aren’t completely sold on the idea of wearables. According to a survey of more than 1,000 American consumers by Colloquy, nearly two-thirds (63%) believe wearables are too expensive. At the same time, more than half (52%) said they don’t know enough to fully understand them.

 

“The perception is because of the newness [of the devices], you’re going to pay more,” Jeff Berry, Colloquy’s research director, tellsMarketing Daily. “The ‘too expensive’ comment may be more about the perception of the devices than the reality for consumers.”

 

Also, a third (35%) of consumers said they viewed the devices as a passing fad that may not be worth the investment....

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Consumers still wary of wearables according to most recent research.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 9, 2:19 AM

Consumers aren't sold on wearables yet, according to research.

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Can you take the Internet out of the Internet of Things?

Can you take the Internet out of the Internet of Things? | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things and the Internet might seem inextricably linked, but, increasingly, there are questions centered around how IoT devices should work with one another — and what happens when the Internet connection goes down?

Users also are concerned with the privacy implications of having their data stored on a corporation’s servers, and they don’t like having an Internet connection as a potential point of failure. These reactions are rational, but reminiscent of online shopping circa 2000, which, ironically, might now be more secure than shopping in physical retail stores.

To understand why device makers are relying on an Internet connection and cloud services, we need to look at how our IoT devices work. We need to understand data sources, processing, device to device communication and, ultimately, how one device can leverage another device....

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Thought-provoking post and I liked the comparison to where e-commerce was in 2000 is where we are today with IoT. Soon it will just be integrated into what we do and how we use the Internet and devices at home and on mobile.

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Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, March 10, 8:35 AM

Thought-provoking post and I liked the comparison to where e-commerce was in 2000 is where we are today with IoT. Soon it will just be integrated into what we do and how we use the Internet and devices at home and on mobile.

Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, March 10, 9:20 AM

Thought-provoking post and I liked the comparison to where e-commerce was in 2000 is where we are today with IoT. Soon it will just be integrated into what we do and how we use the Internet and devices at home and on mobile.

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, March 15, 3:39 AM

Thought-provoking post and I liked the comparison to where e-commerce was in 2000 is where we are today with IoT. Soon it will just be integrated into what we do and how we use the Internet and devices at home and on mobile.

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Here's how the Internet of Things will explode by 2020

Here's how the Internet of Things will explode by 2020 | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Here are some key points from the report: In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 bifllion.

 

Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.

 

Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to go gangbusters.

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Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, March 15, 3:38 AM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to go gangbusters.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to go gangbusters.

Wes Thomas's curator insight, March 28, 11:08 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to go gangbusters.

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How the Internet of Things is becoming the 'Internet of Commerce’

How the Internet of Things is becoming the 'Internet of Commerce’ | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

From a purely technical perspective, adding mobile payment hardware (NFC) to a device is easy, which is why major tech companies have been doing it since 2007.

The challenge, however, was creating safe services, at scale, that could make payments as digital as the people who will use them.

MasterCard has answered the call through with a variety of mobile payment innovations, from its digital wallet service MasterPass, to contactless technologies that make transactions faster, to commerce platforms like Android PayTM, Apple PayTM and Samsung Pay, even advanced tokenization services.

The future of payments doesn't just live on a smartphone, though....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Lots of new developments on the mobile and IoT payments horizon.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 28, 9:41 PM

Lots of new developments on the mobile and IoT payments horizon.

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Lots of new developments on the mobile and IoT payments horizon.

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Lots of new developments on the mobile and IoT payments horizon.

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Wearables Market Grows 172% In A Year; 78 Million Devices Shipped (21 Million Fitbits)

Wearables Market Grows 172% In A Year; 78 Million Devices Shipped (21 Million Fitbits) | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearable Internet-connected devices are shipping by the millions, with a focus on fitness leading the way.

 

More global year-end numbers just came out showing that the wearables market grew 127% in the last quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

 

And the numbers are impressive.

 

During the holiday quarter, 27 million wearables shipped, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Device Tracker by IDC, which I consider to be one of the best and most accurate research and tracking companies.

 

For the full year, suppliers shipped 78 million wearable devices, an increase of 172% from the year before....

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Wearables market sales grows 172% in one year; 78 Million devices shipped including 21 million Fitbits.

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Wearables market sales grows 172% in one year; 78 Million devices shipped including 21 million Fitbits.

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What’s Next for Wearable Tech?

What’s Next for Wearable Tech? | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The wearables market is just starting to explode, but we're already taking it for granted. And it's hard not to wonder where it will go next – especially considering where we've been....

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HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT

HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced the long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology (HaLow is pronounced just like the title of the popular video game from Microsoft).

HaLow extends a flavor of Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, which provides greater range than the pre-existing 2.4 GHz standard, provides better connectivity through barriers such as walls and promises extensibility in the development of low-power Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as Smart Home sensors and wearables.
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Another welcome move to standards in IoT.

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Another welcome move to standards in IoT.

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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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Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, March 10, 8:38 AM

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....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

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

Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, March 10, 8:38 AM

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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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 2, 4:31 PM

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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Chuck Martin explores the potential for innovation with the internet of things.

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Chuck Martin explores the potential for innovation with the internet of things.

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Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 1 - Automotive | EnterpriseWear Blog

Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 1 - Automotive | EnterpriseWear Blog | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

At this stage in the adoption of wearable technology in enterprise, we’re all hungry for use cases to inspire and teach us. While news articles and press releases provide us with a taste of which companies are openly experimenting with wearables and the basic applications, they are by no means complete case studies.

BrainXchange recently wrote a white paper in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise examining several real-life use cases of wearables at work in different enterprise operations. These examples were gathered from HPE’s work with its real enterprise customers, and are presented in the paper – beyond the mere facts of each use case – to give you real, valuable insight into the pain points faced by today’s enterprises and how wearable solutions like HPE’s MyRoom/VRG platform are making a big difference.

Our newest blog series – of which this is Part 1 – will give you early access to the white paper content before it is made available for free download in its entirety on Wednesday, May 18th. (Sign up here to receive the paper directly in your inbox once it goes live.) Each week for six weeks, we will publish one use case from the paper. So read on to see how an advanced collaboration platform coupled with wearable technology can revolutionize remote support and eLearning for a major automotive company, and keep reading EnterpriseWear for more pre-releases and exclusive content!...

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First of a six-part series on wearable technology and work for enterprise business.

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We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong

We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

For years now, we've been hearing about how the Internet of Things will connect every object in our homes. And for years, the vast majority of those objects stay dumb.

"What companies are struggling with when it comes to the broad label of the IoT on the consumer side is what the actual problem trying to be solved is," says Rob Chandhouk, president of the sensor startup Helium. "Look at Samsung's new smart fridge, which they're marketing as the hub for your home. Do you think of your refrigerator as a hub?"

Chandhouk doesn't believe that the IoT will be making any big breakthroughs with consumers any time soon. Instead, Helium is betting big IoT's real utility is on the commercial and industrial side of things. It looks like numerous big players agree, based on a recent $20 million Series B funding round including Alphabet's investment arm GV, previously known as Google Ventures. But it's another investor in the latest round that gives us our clearest hint of where IoT is going: Munich Re, an insurance and risk management company....

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Helium is betting that IoT will move to commercial and industrial applications before consumer products get a foothold. And there are some good examples that show the direction seems right.

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Helium is betting that IoT will move to commercial and industrial applications before consumer products get a foothold. And there are some good examples that show the direction seems right.

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Yup, even your pet’s favorite toy is connected now (Boy Genius Report)

Yup, even your pet’s favorite toy is connected now (Boy Genius Report) | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The "Internet of Things" has officially extended beyond our lives and into the lives of our pets.Everything has to be smart and connected these days, and that now includes pet toys as well. But the Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera isn't just a pet toy, it's also an interactive wireless home camera. The device latches onto your home Wi-Fi network and lets you connect from anywhere using the free iOS or Android app. You can watch your pet, listen in on what's going on at home, talk using the integrated speaker, and control the built-in laser toy that your dog or cat will go nuts over.It's an awesome product and best of all, it's the same price as most single-purpose home cameras....
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Ruff, ruff! Even your pet’s favorite toy is connected now, , a post from the blog Boy Genius Report on Bloglovin’
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This Is the Year Wearables Will Stop Being So Ugly | WIRED

This Is the Year Wearables Will Stop Being So Ugly | WIRED | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

FITNESS TRACKERS ARE getting a whole lot more stylish.

 

The latest batch of wearables lets you have your fitness tracking and your fashion, too. They’re ditching neutral monochrome and sporty, almost utilitarian, styling for a rainbow of colors, faux gems, and other flair that make them suitable for any time of day, and any occasion. The change reflects the maturation of the market and the growing sophistication of consumer tastes.

 

“When the first activity trackers started coming out, that sporty look was what people wanted. Now we’re moving away from that,” Garmin media relations associate Amy Noury said. The company just launched its first smartwatch, the $250 Vivoactive. It’s a handsome, sleek gadget that resembles the Pebble smartwatch and builds on its general purpose activity trackers, the Vivofit and Vivosmart. It’s GPS enabled and can track activities like cycling, running, swimming, or golf. Garmin also updated its Vivofit fitness tracker with additional features and a host of bright silicon strap colors and styles, including ones patterned with designs by Jonathan Adler.

 

We started seeing more attractive fitness trackers from the likes of Withings last year, but the trend has firmly established itself here at CES....

 


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Let's hope that more design and creativity come into wearables this year!

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How Sony's Stealthy Wearables Start-Up Built a Watch Out of E-Paper

How Sony's Stealthy Wearables Start-Up Built a Watch Out of E-Paper | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

What sounds like a simple idea was actually the foundational design challenge, since e-paper is rarely used this way. "E-paper is usually used for flat, unbending displays, but it is very important to wear a watch comfortably," Sugiue says. "The whole surface of the FES Watch’s strap is also made of e-paper, but the wearer can still open the buckle, put their hand through with ease and close the buckle, fitting the watch around their wrist comfortably. It is quite a natural thing for a watch, but this is not so easy to achieve for digital devices." 

 

While Sony would not disclose specifically how it achieved the bendability, Sugiue says it was through careful study of the e-paper's characteristics and learning how to manipulate it.

 

The watch conforms to the classic shape of a conventional watch—a round face and band—but it's covered with an e-paper display, which has 24 different face patterns that wearers can engage at will by pressing a button on the watch's side. "It’s something like a brand-new canvas, and is able to change its own skin to show a number of different chraracteristics," Satoshi Yoshiizumi, Takt Project's principal, says. 

 

"Therefore, it is like the 'material of watch' which has a silhouette of a watch, but stimulates your imagination and curiosity through trying various textures." Shaking the watch activates the display, which goes "dark" if there's no movement, conserving battery life....

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The FES started out as an experimenthere's the story of how Sony's under-the-radar wearables team brought it to market. Some ideas and creativity are just too good to share! Recommended reading! 9/10

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The Next Big Thing In Retail: Programmatic Commerce - Forbes

The Next Big Thing In Retail: Programmatic Commerce - Forbes | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and your coffee machine, as it pours you your first cup, tells you it’s almost out of your favourite blend. Rather than making a mental note to yourself to remember to buy some more on your next store visit, your machine instantly does the ordering for you – adding it to your shopping basket, along with the detergent that needs replacing, the toothpaste you’re running low on, and the mascara that is just about to dry out.

When you leave for work, you get an update that the order will be delivered to the trunk of your car that afternoon. You then get a notification that it’s your friend’s birthday, and based on social media data that your digital assistant has pulled, you are recommended an ideal present to buy. You automatically add that to the checkout also.

Welcome to the age of programmatic commerce: a world where mundane repeat purchases and those easily solved by data insights, are automatically done for you....

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Interesting concept coming soon to your IoT home.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 24, 9:34 PM

Programmatic commerce: interesting concept coming soon to your fridge, TV, lamp, dishwasher, and other devices in your IoT home.

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Interesting concept coming soon to your IoT home.

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This Fashion Line Is The Wearable Equivalent Of A Robert Irwin Installation

This Fashion Line Is The Wearable Equivalent Of A Robert Irwin Installation | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Fashion designers like to look ahead, predicting the colors, prints, and silhouettes that will be in demand a year or two later. Becca McCharen aims much farther into the future, conceiving of designs that question how apparel can do more than simply "clothe" a person. She calls her fashion brand Chromat "structural experiments for the body."

"Coming from an architectural background, I see clothing as doing work for the body—an additional tool to enhance performance," she says.

For her AW16 collection—dubbed Lumina—the self-described "mad scientist" used Intel's Curie module (a button-sized wearable) and StretchSense's flexible sensors—which she likens to "rubber bands as Bluetooth"—to create a tech-infused collection that glows in response to movement....

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Innovative wearables design Becca McCharen predicts future trends.

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Fossil to launch over 100 wearables in 2016

Fossil to launch over 100 wearables in 2016 | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Fossil Group, whose portfolio of brands includes Adidas Originals, Burberry and Diesel, on Tuesday announced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it would launch more than 100 connected devices in 2016.


Fossil’s new wearables will include activity trackers and smartwatches for many brands including Misfit, the wearable technology brand that Fossil acquired in November 2015. Fossil Group will launch new products throughout 2016 and all 100 styles will be available by the year-end holidays.
 
"We successfully launched wearables with one brand and 10 styles in 2015 and quickly ramped up to launch wearables for several brands in more than 100 styles in 2016," said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy and digital officer, Fossil Group. "Bringing Fossil Q to market helped us identify additional opportunity, and based on the positive consumer response, we are going big this year. Our retail partners will see the power of Fossil Group's scale and consumers will see the variety of functionality, style, colors and brands they desire."...

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Will wearables be a win for Fossil Group?

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Now cows can choose when they want to be milked - by a robot

Now cows can choose when they want to be milked - by a robot | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearable technology, like the under-performing Google Glass, might still be a tough sell for humans. But it seems to be catching on with farm animals.


More accurately, farmers are embracing wearable devices that help them monitor their livestock, such as GPS collars that track animals out in the pasture or e-pills that sit in animals' stomachs to measure their digestion.


Other wearables allow farmers to take advantage of high-tech innovations like increased automation. For example, robotic milking pens that automatically milk cows that walk into them are quickly taking hold at family farms. Such robots operate with the help of an e-tag clipped to the animal's ear or an e-collar snapped around an animal's neck. The wearables help the robot identify the animals and give each one personalized care, without the help of humans....

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Moo. Ain't technology wonderful?

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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.

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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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