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Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal. But you could avoid getting lost in the woods with a guiding system embedded in your body.


Electronic engineer and biohacker Brian McEvoy has designed the first internal compass, and will be the first test subject. The 'Southpaw' -- inspired by the North Paw bracelet - works by sealing a miniature compass inside a silicon coat, within a rounded Titanium shell, to be implanted under the skin. An ultra-thin whisker juts out, which is activated when the user faces north, to lightly brush an alert on the underside of the skin.


"For a disc shape, it would be best located near shoulder", says McEvoy, ahead of the procedure. "I don't foresee any safety issues". Materials and shape have been chosen for the body's tolerance of them, but the Minnesota biohacker is working with experts to minimize risk before going under the knife....

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Embeddable technology: the next frontier.

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A new generation of embeddable tech implants could soon change the way we live...

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Who's Wearing Wearables? Number of Kiwis Owning Wearable Devices Doubles in 12 Months

Who's Wearing Wearables? Number of Kiwis Owning Wearable Devices Doubles in 12 Months | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Around one-in-two wearable technology owners are aged between 20-39 years and are most likely to be independent young adults or adults with young children. Their personal income is 16% higher than the national average. Wearable devices are particularly popular with Wellingtonians.

Wearable technology owners are career-driven. Forty-two percent say they want to get to the top in their career. They are also more likely to say their work is more than a job, their work colleagues are among their best friends, and that they often respond to emails at home and on the weekend.

This group of consumers also live and breathe active lifestyles. Six-in-10 (59%) say exercise is an important part of their regular routine and 25% go to the gym at least twice a week. Around three-in-four (73%) say they try to balance healthy eating with their busy lifestyle....

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For wearables makers, this infographic on demographics will be useful.

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Top 5 applications for the industrial internet of things - Raconteur

Top 5 applications for the industrial internet of things - Raconteur | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The growth of the internet of things (IoT) is drastically changing how consumers interact with their cars, homes and appliances, but the aptly named second digital revolution has major implications for industry too. From machine-learning, machine-to-machine communication to artificial intelligence, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) takes IoT technologies and directly applies them to industrial concerns and in the process improves efficiency and productivity.While consumer-focused IoT solutions have dominated headlines in recent years and the relatively long life cycles of industrial equipment has limited growth in this sector so far, major firms and manufacturers are beginning to embrace IIoT on a big scale, attracted by the opportunity to drive down costs and increase competitiveness.Developments in the IIoT environment over the next few years can be expected to increase adoption further, leaving few companies ignoring its future, with a survey by software company Infor finding that 52 per cent of manufactures believe IoT is a priority for their business....
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The industrial internet of things is poised for take-off and will be given trajectory by innovative ideas. Here are five of the best... Smart dust anyone?
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eMarketer Slashes Growth Outlook for Wearables

eMarketer Slashes Growth Outlook for Wearables | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Don’t expect to see too many wearable devices like Apple Watches and Fitbits under Christmas trees this year—they’re not on many wish lists.eMarketer has significantly revised its estimates of wearable-device users in the US. The still-young category showed early promise, but usage has not expanded beyond early adopters.


In October 2015, eMarketer expected usage among US adults to grow more than 60% this year. But according to its latest forecast, it will only grow 24.7%, as smart watches in particular have failed to impress consumers.


This year, 39.5 million US adults will use a wearable device (with internet connectivity) at least once a month, far less than the 63.7 million previously forecast. Smart watches haven’t caught on in large numbers, primarily because of their high price point and lack of definitive use case. This year, usage of wearables will reach just 15.8% of the population. That penetration rate is only expected to grow to 21.1% by 2020....

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Devices haven't won over users other than early adopters. Apparently we don't need talking jewelry, IoT dog leashes and wearable little black cocktail dresses that sing!  ;-)

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 20, 2016 10:33 AM

Devices haven't won over users other than early adopters. Apparently we don't need talking jewelry, IoT dog leashes and wearable little black cocktail dresses that sing!  ;-)

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This security camera was infected by malware 98 seconds after it was plugged in

This security camera was infected by malware 98 seconds after it was plugged in | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Here’s an object lesson on the poor state of the so-called Internet of Things: Robert Stephens plugged a Wi-Fi-connected security camera into his network and it was compromised in… 98 seconds.

Stephens, a tech industry veteran, wasn’t so naive as to do this without protecting himself. It was walled off from the rest of the network and rate-limited so it couldn’t participate in any DDoS attacks.

He monitored its traffic carefully, expecting to see — as others have — attempts to take over the device. But even the most jaded among us probably wouldn’t have guessed it would take less than two minutes.
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Here's a cautionary tale about IoT devices, and the risk of malware and other security issues.

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Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables

Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it.

The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a “device agnostic” business, and to make its app utilizable with all manner of wearables such as Android Wear watches, or various fitness bands and activity trackers from the likes of Fitbit or Garmin.

In addition to the seed funding round, Cardiogram today unveiled what it’s calling “an app store for habits,” in which it features apps for guided meditation, or physical and mental health exercises, which the startup believes will help its users improve or maintain good heart health....

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Health and workplace applications ahead for wearables.

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Virtual Reality Projected to Grow to $2 Trillion Long-Term

Virtual Reality Projected to Grow to $2 Trillion Long-Term | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The future landscape of the Internet of Things will be largely occupied by virtual reality and augmented reality products and services.


With new entrants on the consumer hardware side like Sony’s just-released PlayStation VR, which is expected to sell millions of units by the end of the year, the VR and AR markets are growing.


The VR and AR market is forecast to grow by almost 30 times its size after 2020, according to a new study from Citi’s Global Perspectives and Solutions group.


In the next four years, the AR and VR market is forecast to grow to $80 billion. However, the market will grow to $2.16 trillion by 2035, according to Citi.


Another recent study by Machina Research forecasts the entire IoT market to reach $3 trillion by 2025. Almost half ($1.3 trillion) of that revenue will come directly from end-users paying for products and services, according to that study....

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Virtual reality sales are projected to grow to $2 trillion long-term according to Cities Global Perspectives and Solutions.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 18, 2016 1:44 AM

Virtual reality sales are projected to grow to $2 trillion long-term according to Cities Global Perspectives and Solutions.

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Designer Wearables

Designer Wearables | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

London-based Vinaya is dedicated to creating what cofounder Kate Unsworth, a 28-year-old musician and former tech management consultant, calls "conscious technology for the mindful generation."

 

The design firm’s chic wearables fit right in at luxury and fashion-forward retailers. Two more buzzed-about products are due to launch next year: AltruisX, a collection of rings, necklaces, and bracelets that filter mobile alerts and track smartphone usage, and Zenta, a "biometric" wearable that monitors the user’s physical and emotional well-being. And several designer collaborations are in the works....

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Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin

Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
When it comes to the future of computing, there is one major known and a principal unknown.

The known, with almost guaranteed certainty, is that the next era of computing will be wearables. The unknown, with commensurate guaranteed uncertainty, is what these wearables will be and where on your body they will live.

Apple and Samsung, for example, are betting on the wrist; Google, the face. A slew of tech companies believe clothing will simply become electronic. Yet there’s a whole new segment of start-ups that believe all of the above are destined for failure and that we humans will become the actual computers, or at least the place where the technology will reside.

Their enthusiasm is on an emerging class of wearable computers that adhere to the skin like temporary tattoos, or attach to the body like an old-fashioned Band-Aid.
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Wearables under the skin, on the skin and more, coming in the near future.

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Malibu Rum Launches Connected Bottles To Deliver Consumer Content

Malibu Rum Launches Connected Bottles To Deliver Consumer Content | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Some 40,000 bottles of Malibu rum are being shipped with NFC tags and go on sale Sept. 1. (In the how-sausage-is-made department, the NFC tags are applied to the bottles by passing them through a heat tunnel, which allows the tags to be smartphone readable after application.)

The bottles go on sale starting in 1,600 Tesco stores in the U.K.

No mobile app is required and consumers can use their phones to tap the bottles to unlock five digital experiences, according to SharpEnd....

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it seems that no product can escape the Internet of things. In the UK, Malibu rum is being sold with NFC tags which can share digital messages with consumers using a smart phone. Another interesting and creative digital marketing experiment.

 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 29, 2016 6:33 PM

it seems that no product can escape the Internet of things. In the UK, Malibu rum is being sold with NFC tags which can share digital messages with consumers using a smart phone. Another interesting and creative digital marketing experiment.

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This Temporary Tattoo Monitors Your Alcohol Level And Informs Your Phone

This Temporary Tattoo Monitors Your Alcohol Level And Informs Your Phone | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

This skin patch monitors the alcohol levels of the wearer accurately enough to be used by police when testing potential drunk drivers. But law enforcement isn’t its only use. An individual could choose to wear their own patch and have it send wireless updates of their blood alcohol levels to their smartphone.

The sensor, which comes from the University of California San Diego, comprises two parts. The first is a temporary tattoo that sticks to the skin and delivers a drug, pilocarpine, to induce sweating. The tattoo also contains detectors that are highly sensitive to ethanol in the generated sweat.

The user then applies the electronic part over the top of the tattoo, which stays in place using magnets. This controls the sensing operation, as well as transmitting the raw data over Bluetooth to a waiting device, most likely a smartphone....

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Interesting and positive application of wearable technology.

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Hottest Amazon Prime Day Wearable Tech Deals - Forbes

Hottest Amazon Prime Day Wearable Tech Deals - Forbes | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Amazon Prime day is here, giving shoppers yet another day (Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Ruby Tuesday*) to hunt for bargains online.

If you’re not a Prime member already – there’s a 30 day free trial on offer, so there’s no need to miss out.

Here are 5 of the top wearable tech deals we’ve found and, don’t worry, we’ve checked that these are genuine bargains and not just reductions on hiked up prices in the lead up to the big sale day…
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Here's an interesting look at the hottest wearable tech deals on Amazon. It gives you an idea of where the market is heading.

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More Connected Lighting Coming To Stores, New Revenue Streams Expected

More Connected Lighting Coming To Stores, New Revenue Streams Expected | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Retail may have a bright future with light-based communication.

In what is seen as potentially driving new revenue for retailers and brands, another global company is launching a connected lighting platform, bypassing Wi-Fi and cellular connections to reach consumers in stores.

The new technology, using LED lights as a communication channel for the Internet of Things, comes from Firefly Wireless, a new company formed by LightPointe Communications, a worldwide manufacturer of outdoor wireless communications....

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Watch for growth ahead.

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The future of the IoT job market

The future of the IoT job market | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Nearly 250 years later, in a world defined by technological change, we see the same fears and concerns. As of September 2015, Amazon had 30,000 Kiva robots automating its warehouses, increasing efficiency and reducing the need for pick-and-pack labor. And at the same time, demand for software developers continues to rise, as Marc Andreessen’s famous 2011 statement that “software is eating the world” becomes ever more true.

Over the next decade, we’ll see this pattern play out once more in the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). With an industry defined by “bringing physical things online,” many IoT business models are predicated on improving efficiency by eliminating labor. We see companies connecting garbage cans to the internet to improve the efficiency of deploying waste collectors — which means we’ll need fewer waste collectors. Drones are dramatically reducing the time it takes to survey a plot of land — which means we’ll need fewer surveyors. Every industry that involves electronics or equipment can expect to be disrupted in this way over the next 10 years.

So the same question that was asked in the late 1700s remains: Will this new technology eliminate jobs? No....

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Will technology take away our jobs in the future? No, according to this Tech Crunch post.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 12, 2016 2:43 PM

Will technology take away our jobs in the future? No, according to this Tech Crunch post.

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FOSMC | Fictiv Open Source Motorcycle

FOSMC | Fictiv Open Source Motorcycle | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
In a weekend, you can build a custom, street-legal motorcycle with nothing but a wrench and some hand tools. Introducing FOSMC: The Fictiv Open Source Motorcycle.
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Finally, the Internet of Things is useful ��. This looks amazing!
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Finally, the Internet of Things is useful LOL. This looks amazing!

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Wearables have got some work to do this year

Wearables have got some work to do this year | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

It’s a wait and see moment for wrist-worn devices. After a few years of betting heavily on the space, this most recent CES didn’t offer much; save for two or three smartwatch announcements, some partnerships and a couple of middling bands, the industry seems to have largely shifted its focus toward the connected home and the seemingly attainable dream of sticking Alexa in everything.


Some of the hesitation on the part of manufacturers no doubt owes much to the delay of Android Wear 2.0 — which really couldn’t have come at a less opportune time, missing both the holiday rush and the biggest tech show of the year. The latest version of Google’s wearable operating system is due out next month — likely February 2.


When it arrives, it’ll greet an industry licking its wounds. The disappointing CES was really par for the course following a fairly lackluster — and in some cases toxic — 2016....

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Wherefore wearables? Seems to be wait-and-see according to the experts.

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Wherefore wearables? Seems to be wait-and-see according to the experts.



Claire Downard's curator insight, January 24, 7:20 PM
This article discusses the future of wearable technology. An opinion piece by Brian Heater, a Hardware Editor at TechCrunch, and previously worked for a number of leading tech publications. Based on the article, it seems as though wearable tech is at somewhat of a stand still. Based on the negative but honest commentary and several several studies, it appears as though smartwatches have failed to impress customers on the whole. Due to a delay in the release of Android Wear 2.0, other manufacturers have been hesitant to follow suit. The latest version of Google’s wearable operating system is due to be released this February. Heater mentions that it’s very possible the market has hit a saturation point. This article could appeal to anyone that is interested in purchasing a wearable technology. It will be interesting to see if the launch of Android 2.0 will be any different.
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Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

RIP Pebble… The wearable maker that pioneered wrist-based notifications before Apple and many others waded into the smartwatch space has confirmed it’s closing its doors as an independent entity.

Late last month rumors emerged that Fitbit was set to acquire Pebble — with our sources telling us the price-tag was between $34 million and $40M, a figure they said “barely” covered the startup’s debts. Although the company avoided an explicit confirmation of the rumor by tweeting a shrug emoji until now.

Today Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky has published a blog with official confirmation of the acquisition and details of what will happen to Pebble products. The post does not confirm the acquisition price, however....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

"This is the end…" As Jim Morrison and the doors would sing. Pebble will disappear amid questions about whether there really is a growth market for smart watches. That's a challenge for any product that does the same thing your smartphone can do.

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Hacked Cameras Were Behind Friday's Massive Web Outage

Hacked Cameras Were Behind Friday's Massive Web Outage | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

We already know at least one method the hackers are using. According to security intelligence firm Flashpoint, their researchers have observed a Mirai botnet attacking Dyn. Flashpoint researcher Zach Wikholm had identified two kinds of device that were used in the DDoS. The first was a DVR running the software of the Chinese company previously-identified as being a key target of the Mirai hackers – Hangzhou XiongMai Technologies (XM). The other was a network-attached storage device with a username and password of “root/root”.

Roland Dobbins, principal engineer at Arbor Networks, agrees: ”A significant proportion of the DDoS attack traffic targeting Dyn is being sourced from compromised IoT devices participating in Mirai botnets.”...

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Compromised IoT devices contributed to some of the global DDoS attacks.

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Price, Privacy, Installation Hold Consumers Back From Connected Things

Price, Privacy, Installation Hold Consumers Back From Connected Things | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

But when it comes to smart devices already owned and desired by shoppers, things that control temperature are more likely to be on the minds of consumers, based on a pair of surveys conducted by Creative Channel Services, a unit of the Omnicom Group, for Twice.

 

One study was a survey of 185 shoppers and the other of an unspecified number of sales associates in multiple retail categories, including big-box national chains, mobile carriers, office supply stores and specialty stores.

 

Sales associates say there is little activity around connected kitchens but lots of interest in home security devices. Here’s what salespeople say is the first smart-home device customers tend to buy:

59% -- Security

42% -- Thermostat/climate control

29% -- Entertainment controls

24% -- Lighting

3% -- Connected kitchen...

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Price, privacy, installation hold consumers back from connected things writes Chuck Martin.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 18, 2016 2:12 AM

Price, privacy, installation hold consumers back from connected things writes Chuck Martin.

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Function, Price Influence Smart Watch Sales - eMarketer

Function, Price Influence Smart Watch Sales - eMarketer | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

But features and functionality are not the only thing that’s important to internet users—price is almost as important. In fact, more respondents said that price was an important factor in a smart watch than quality, style or even brand.

When it comes to how much they would be willing to spend on a smart watch, 45% of females said they would spend less than $100 on watches, while 30% of men said they would spend the same amount. More men are willing to spend bigger on a smart watch, though: 23% said they would spend more than $300, vs. just 11% of women.

According to eMarketer, usage of wearables, like smart watches, will grow by nearly two-thirds this year. But cost is still holding many consumers back from purchasing a device.

Research from Kentico, an ecommerce and online marketing platform, found that 69% of internet users worldwide said that cost was one of the top reasons for not purchasing a smart watch. And more than a third said that there were just not enough reasons to use it....

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Research by eMarketer says nearly half of female consumers said they want to spend less than $100 on a smart watch.

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This tech-enabled crystal pendant can keep women safe from assault

This tech-enabled crystal pendant can keep women safe from assault | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Sunaina had landed at the Delhi airport in the wee hours of the morning and was in a cab when she noticed the driver taking a detour. That made her uneasy. He said he wanted to fill petrol. But the car was entering unknown territory and he was refusing to stop.

So she did something James Bond would do. She reached for her glass pendant and pressed it twice…

Sunaina is not her real name, but her story is. And unlike what happens to many women travelers in India, nothing untoward happened in this case. The pendant – actually a gadget called SAFER that can send out SOS alerts – might have saved the day.

“It served as an empowering device. The woman could convince the driver that he was being monitored,” says Paras Batra, co-founder of Leaf Wearables, the startup that makes SAFER....

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Interesting safety application for wearable jewelry.

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This tech-enabled crystal pendant can keep women safe from assault
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IoT Handbag Vibrates, Auto-Locks to Prevent Compulsive Spending | MediaPost 

IoT Handbag Vibrates, Auto-Locks to Prevent Compulsive Spending | MediaPost  | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

While a lot of behavioral change will come with the Internet of Things, some people are attempting to cause a bit of that change right away.In a push to help shoppers save money, a company has created a programmable handbag with built-in robotics that causes the bag to vibrate, flash and self-lock when the shopper enters a ‘danger spending zone.’


The iBag2 (yes, there was an earlier version, which launched in Australia a while back), is the brainchild of the personal finance website finder.com in the U.K.


The rather high-tech bag was designed by a New York fashion designer and a team of engineers crafted the robotics features....

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The latest IoT innovation? A handbag that vibrates and auto-locks to prevent compulsive spending. Parents may rejoice but teenage girls will not be amused. Price? Only $5'000!!!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 30, 2016 10:47 AM

The latest IoT innovation? A handbag that vibrates and auto-locks to prevent compulsive spending. Parents may rejoice but teenage girls will not be amused. Price? Only $5'000!!!

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9 Million More Wearables Shipped To Market; Fitbit Dominates

9 Million More Wearables Shipped To Market; Fitbit Dominates | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Wearables continue their streak with yet another increase in the number of health and fitness trackers hitting the market.

Fitbit continues to lead the field, having shipped 4 million fitness trackers just in the second quarter of this year, according to a new report.

Total shipments of basic bands, comprising mainly health and fitness trackers, passed 9 million units in the last quarter, according to Canalys.

Following Fitbit is Chinese maker Xiaomi, having sent 3 million devices into the market last quarter, followed by Garmin at 700,000 devices.

Meanwhile, wearable-maker Jawbone has attempted to sell its wearable business, according to a report in The Information, though Jawbone said the story is false. Shipments of their devices didn’t even register in the report.
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Wearable technology products are slowly building market share although the range of successful products is still narrow – primarily fitness trackers and watches.

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Agency Execs See Wearables Coming Together

Agency Execs See Wearables Coming Together | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The future of wearables will see convergence.

This was a general consensuses from a panel of agency executives at the MediaPost IoT Marketing Forum this week.

“Wearables can add another layer of context to data,” said Marley Kaplan, who heads innovation at Kinetic Worldwide.

Chad Vavra, experience strategy and design director at Isobar, suggested that wearables will undergo a convergence and ultimately land on products that can track, monitor and sense multiple types of metrics. Vavra also said the key value for consumers will be in aggregating the data into a dashboard specifically tailored for the individual user.

Vavra pointed to the fact that he used to wear multiple different fitness trackers, but ultimately moved to a single smartwatch, which can deliver more all-around functionality.

A distinction was drawn between wearables and sensors.
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Wearables as part of big data network? Seems like it's coming soon.

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Smart Lights In Stores Match Shoppers With Products

Smart Lights In Stores Match Shoppers With Products | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Intelligent lighting systems are coming to retail and opening up potential new opportunities for consumer engagement and value propositions.

Following the long-used geofencing and newer beacons for in-store targeting, connected lights are promising to up the location ante.

A major lighting company plans to launch the light location tracking system in U.S. retail stores this year.

After successfully piloting its connected lighting system in French retailer Carrefour last year, Philips Lighting is now implementing the indoor positioning ready lighting technology across all of Carrefour’s hypermarkets in France. This gives the retailer the option to move to indoor positioning when it wants....

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Lenovo shows off a pair of Intel-powered smart shoes

Lenovo shows off a pair of Intel-powered smart shoes | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, today’s Tech World isn’t the first time Lenovo has shown off a pair of smart sneakers. Just about this time last year, the company revealed a pair of kicks with the unique ability to determine and display their wearer’s mood. How the concept wearable actually worked and why anyone might possibly want to do such a thing weren’t entirely clear, but hey, look, a happy face.

It’s not likely to get as much notice as the new Project Tango handset Lenovo showed off at today’s press event, but the company’s latest take on connected sneakers does appear to be a fair bit more subdued than the product it showed off last year.

We’re still awaiting specifics, but the smart shoes seem to have the sort of fitness data collection one would expect from such a wearable, tracking users’ distance and calories, etc. There‘s also some gaming functionality built into the product — motion tracking, perhaps? — along with LEDs embedded in the soles.
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Just do it with these Lenovo smart runners.

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