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Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here | 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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Trends in Newsrooms: Rebooting Newsroom Strategy as Mobile, Wearables Rise | Mediashift

Trends in Newsrooms: Rebooting Newsroom Strategy as Mobile, Wearables Rise | Mediashift | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

In May, a significant threshold was crossed: In the U.S., 60 percent of global online activity now happens via mobile devices – up 10 percent from the previous year. Perhaps even more significantly, “mobile apps accounted for more than half of all digital media time spent in May,” according to commercial analytics specialist Comscore.


The most mobile-driven platforms are digital radio, image-based sites like Instagram and Flickr, maps and instant messaging services. However social media overall is rated by Comscore as the number one category in terms of “overall digital engagement” with 70 percent of content now generated via mobile....

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From the newsroom to the boardroom Mobile has huge impact on business and society.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 15, 9:35 AM

Unstoppable impact on the news business, not to mention society in general.

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#mobile #journalism

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Report says Apple 'fanboys' will make the iWatch an incredible success

Report says Apple 'fanboys' will make the iWatch an incredible success | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The smartwatch market is dominated by Samsung, followed by Sony and Pebble, according to a mid-May Strategy Analytics report, but that may change as soon as Apple’s rumored iWatch launches.


Obtained by Forbes, a new research note from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty reveals that Apple’s ecosystem strength and consumer loyalty are going to drive an incredible amount of sales in the first year alone.


Citing data from AlphaWise, Huberty says that Apple’s brand loyalty continues to grow and that, thanks to its integrated ecosystem of devices and the “halo effect,” Apple may be able to sell more than 30 million iWatch units in the first 12 months, for $300 a pop. iWatch sales would bring in an extra $9 billion in revenue, and $0.49 EPS – that’s the “worst case” scenario, with the stock seen driving up to $110 as a result.


In the “bull case,” Huberty sees Apple selling 60 million smartwatches in the first year, with stock hitting $132 by the same time next year....

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Speculation about sales projections for Apple's iWatch are running wild.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 15, 1:33 AM

Report says Apple 'fanboys' will make the iWatch an incredible success.

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iWatch, iBeacon and What's Wrong with Wearables

iWatch, iBeacon and What's Wrong with Wearables | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

...Now, clearly, an iWatch will receive. It will be a screen. And a few months ago I would have imagined that its primary purpose would be to offload push messaging, step tracking, heart rate monitoring, music controls and other functions from the phone to the wrist. (And all of these things will likely be true).


But there’s potentially another paradigm in place – one that will be recognized by those who think long and hard about beacons. Because in addition to being another screen, data capture device and interface controller, I think the real value of an iWatch could come from someplace else.


Because what if, much like beacons, the iWatch was less a receiving screen and instead was more like a broadcaster? What if your watch was, like a beacon, a way to signal to the world around you: “I’m here, and here are the permissions I’m giving you, here are the rules of my being in this space, and if I choose to I’ll share my identity or let you send me messages and communicate.”


In this view, an iWatch (and other future wearables) shouldn’t just be a screen programmed to receive.


It’s a wearable form of identity and intent....

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Doug Thompson says there's more to the SmartWatch than just another screen.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 14, 1:33 AM

Doug Thompson wonders. iBeacon gives us a hint of new paradigms for smart watches that the current generation gets wrong. Will iWatch get it right? Or just another screen?"

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With This App and Gadget, Google Glass Can Read Your Mind

With This App and Gadget, Google Glass Can Read Your Mind | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

A London-based startup has created an app that lets users take pictures simply by concentrating.


Created by design studio This Place, MindRDR uses both Google Glass and a brain activity-monitoring device to take photos and then post them to social media without ever touching a screen.


The brain activity device — known as the Neurosky EEG biosensor — tracks the kind of neural patterns the brain exhibits when it's focusing on something. MindRDR then translates those patterns into actions — telling Glass to take a photo and then post it, all powered by thought....

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Cool app for Google glass. Let's see where this development goes.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 3:05 AM

Kind of cool! Where is Spock when you need him?

Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, July 12, 11:37 AM

#Googleglass 

concentrates on the mind to produce data results-

#Keepamericaheard #global

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Wearable Clothing by Urban Research virtual dressing room vendor lets you try on clothing digitally, purchase online

Wearable Clothing by Urban Research virtual dressing room vendor lets you try on clothing digitally, purchase online | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Wearable Clothing by Urban Research is a virtual dressing room interactive digital unit was recently installed for a trial run in Ikebukuro Parco department. The fashion brand Urban Research created the unit which can be set up anywhere there’s electricity and wifi, and enough space. Like the many next-generation smart touchscreen vendors now commonly found in central Tokyo train stations, it uses a camera to scan the user’s body and in this case lets you browser Urban Research products, “try” them on, and connect to the label’s e-commerce platform so you can purchase them online....
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The wearable dressing room is getting rave reviews.
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Marketers are already preparing to run ads on wearable devices

Marketers are already preparing to run ads on wearable devices | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearable tech is all set to be the next big marketing channel.


Bloomberg Businessweek reports on how mobile advertising platform InMobi is gearing up to develop wearable advertising tools for brands: InMobi Pte, a maker of mobile-ad tools, has a team of developers creating virtual mock-ups of ads on smartwatches, head-mounted displays and other gadgets to get a feel for how they can serve as a platform for marketers.


The engineers, surrounded by powerful computers with large monitors at the company's offices in San Francisco and Bangalore, India, are trying to get a head start in the nascent market, which has captured the attention of Google Inc.


In addition to InMobi, fellow mobile marketing platforms Kiip and Millenial Media are also looking for ways to give marketers a presence on wearable devices. The ads could vary in appearance from simple display units, to instant rewards being offered upon completing a task on the device. In addition, it could use real-time information to deliver relevant ads, for example, a pair of smart glasses could record what the wearer is looking at in a store and immediately surface a discount offer for that item....

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Could advertising kill wearables? It will for me!

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Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you

Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

"Wake up sleepy head... it's time to go to the gym." "Put down those chips!" "Stop wasting time on Facebook." If any of the above statements resonate with you, then you're not alone. Maneesh Sethi, author and Stanford alumnus has said all of the above to himself at one point, and wanted to know why. Why, despite knowing the right thing to do, he kept making the wrong choices. His solution wasn't to buy a book, splash out on a personal trainer or go to a professional. Instead, Sethi investigated how humans behave; how they form habits. His research led him to invent Pavlok -- a $250 wearable he's launching later this year. One that will, literally, shock you...

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Need negative reinforcement? Then the new Pavlock wearable band is for you.

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Findster: The first GPS tracker for Kids and Pets without monthly fees

Findster: The first GPS tracker for Kids and Pets without monthly fees | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Chills, stomach-churning, racing heart, sweat and heavy breathing… Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Or your pet?


You don't have to. Not ever again.

We present you FINDSTER.
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Doesn't require a monthly fee. 

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5 Forward-Looking Pet Wearable Tech Companies

5 Forward-Looking Pet Wearable Tech Companies | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

With the fitness wearables market growing by a whopping 700% throughout 2013 and not showing signs of slowing down, these new devices are giving us the kind of capabilities that used to be a thing of our imaginations not too long ago.


The wearable tech industry continues to be innovative with the introduction of the pet wearable industry: it’s Fido’s turn to benefit from the latest technology - and if you thought fitness trackers for humans were impressive, you’ll be amazed by the way these companies have learned to track the daily activities of your pet to bring them happier, healthier lives, as well as connect you to them like never before....

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Woof. Wearables for Rover.

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Report: Microsoft's smartwatch will be packed full of biometric sensors

Report: Microsoft's smartwatch will be packed full of biometric sensors | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

It appears that Microsoft is planning to launch a smartwatch platform later this year. Last month, we heard that Microsoft was planning a device that worked with multiple platforms, and now Tom’s Hardware has corroborated that report with a slew of new details: the Microsoft smartwatch is going to be a sleek, Fuelband-like device, packed with 11 sensors, according to an unidentified source.


The new report adds weight to the notion that Microsoft’s wearable wrist device will work across platforms including iOS and Android in addition to Windows Phone. This is interesting, as Android Wear, which was released last week, appears to work exclusively with Android by design.


While Apple’s smartwatch hasn’t been announced, Apple tends not to support other platforms, and it is unlikely (to put it mildly) that it would release an Android companion app. If Microsoft’s smartwatch is cross-platform and has comparable fitness features to its competitors, it would fill an interesting niche in the market.

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Interesting cross-platform smart watch from Microsoft.

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Why wearables' success depends on being like Yo

Why wearables' success depends on being like Yo | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Charles Arthur: Trying to do too much will be the downfall of the first generation of 'wearables'. Better to think of less than more


Yo is easy, quick, simple, unambiguous. By contrast, a lot of the wearable devices that we've been seeing lately have been complex, physically fiddly and overreaching. This thought struck me particularly as I watched the presenter (the one who wasn't telling us how wearables are about fashion while wearing jeans and a hoodie – that one) demonstrating how he could control his Android TV from across the room using his smartwatch. Watching the painful care with which he made sure not to mis-swipe and order a pizza instead was agonising.


Google's aims with wearables are clear: get Android everywhere. It completely makes sense that the major assault would begin with watches (given that Google Glass, introduced with skydivers two years ago, is very much in the down phase of the hype cycle)....

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Too complex? And wearables will be tossed into the drawer.

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Fill Bucket With Cold Water. Stick Out Wrist. Dump on Wearables.

Fill Bucket With Cold Water. Stick Out Wrist. Dump on Wearables. | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Is there a wearable that tracks all of the predictions on wearables? (Asking for a friend.)


Today’s wearable devices will likely experience the same rise and descent as products like the Flip camera or the single-purpose e-reader, Forrester Research predicts in its latest report.


Wearables “will flourish all through 2015 until 2016 when their functionality is assumed by other devices you are already carrying anyway, from obvious contenders like smartphones to more intriguing ones,” writes Forrester analyst James McQuivey. An example of possibly more intriguing tech would be sensor-laden headphones, he says, which suggests a “strong reason for Apple agreeing to buy Beats Electronics for $3 billion.


”There are a handful of reasons why McQuivey says still-new wearable tech will go the way of the e-reading market in the U.S., which the research firm believes will shrink from a mature market of 25-plus million owners in 2012 to a mere seven million owners by 2017....

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Interesting perspective and does give one pause in thinking about wearable technology. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 1, 1:15 AM

This is is a valuable perspective on the future of wearable technology.

Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, July 1, 1:41 AM

this is is a valuable perspective on the future of wearable technology...

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New Survey Finds A $350 iWatch Would Interest 14% of Current Watch Wearing Public | MacTrast

New Survey Finds A $350 iWatch Would Interest 14% of Current Watch Wearing Public | MacTrast | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Investment firm Piper Jaffray has published the results of their recent fashion-focused survey, and while the poll was mostly about fashion and jewelry, it did touch on Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch.”


The poll found that 14% of consumers would buy an iWatch that was priced at $350. Interest in such a device varied greatly based on price....

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Okay Apple, the gauntlet is thrown.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 28, 2:15 AM

Okay Apple, the gauntlet is thrown.

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Ritot: A Smartwatch That Projects Notifications Onto Your Hand

Ritot: A Smartwatch That Projects Notifications Onto Your Hand | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The ordinary concept of what a smartwatch is has been challenged by four guys in San Jose, who have been working a new device as part of a crowdfunding project that uniquely projects media onto the back of your hand.The Ritot appears to be very straightforward to use, with you being able to view the time by simply shaking your hand and a variety of notifications – including missed calls and new messages – by connecting the watch up to your smartphone....
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A team of inventors from San Jose have been working on a smartwatch that cleverly projects media onto the back of your hand.
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Why wearables are not just about tech companies? | firstBiz

Why wearables are not just about tech companies? | firstBiz | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Too many technology-led companies see wearable devices as simply the next wave of smartphones or accessories and pay lip service to aesthetics and style, according to Saverio Romeo, principal analyst at Beecham Research, who has detailed his opinion on the future of the wearable technology market in a new report.


The report highlights mistakes being made by many companies trying to grab a share of the much hyped wearable tech opportunity and provides a very different vision and set of predictions, compared with much of today’s thinking.


“Current market forecasts are based on a smartphone-centric view of wearable technology,” said Saverio Romeo. “We see wearable tech as playing a critical role in the drive to greater connectivity and the Internet of Things, where we will interact with intelligent spaces through wearable devices. But while these devices may have some smartphone functionality, they will be much more than smartphones.”...

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Useful research report and look at wearable technology's future

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 14, 2:53 AM

How about business models?

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4 Ways Wearable Tech Could Change Your Marketing Strategy | CMI

4 Ways Wearable Tech Could Change Your Marketing Strategy | CMI | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

...Given how quickly the wearables market is developing, Snodgrass believes marketers need to carve out a small amount of budget now to do what he calls micro-tests. “Focus half of your mobile team on trying to understand and explore how this new market works. At the least, the market share for mobile will flow naturally into the market share for wearables.


”Schonfeld concurs, saying marketing teams will benefit from some wearables-spurred experimentation — even if it doesn’t yet lead to integrating wearables in the marketing strategy. “For quantified-self wearables, it’s all about the data. How can brands tap into that data or enhance it to actually deliver value to consumers? Glass is more experimental, but thinking about ways to market on a heads-up screen could lead to broader insights about mobile marketing in general.”...

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Okay marketers, just when you thought you had mobile and all the new social media channels covered, here comes wearable technology. And experts are saying you'll need to start thinking about how it affects content and soon you will need to allocate a budget for marketing. But, then we knew that, right?

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 13, 10:46 AM

Okay marketers, just when you thought you had mobile and all the new social media channels covered, here comes wearable technology. And experts are saying you'll need to start thinking about how it affects content and soon you will need to allocate a budget for marketing. Catch your breath!

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It’s the Summer of the Smart Home: Is Your Home Ready?

It’s the Summer of the Smart Home: Is Your Home Ready? | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

It’s only the beginning of July, but already this season is turning out to be the summer of home automation. Let’s call it the summer of smart homes, because that sounds better.


In the past few weeks the number of significant DIY smart home announcements has been a little overwhelming. You’d think that with all the apps and wireless devices hitting the market, that by September the act of manually turning on a light switch will be as uncool as Crocs (OK, I still wear my Crocs)...

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New smart home systems are getting better and more affordable. Will the DIY market finally take off?

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Wearable Tech Expected to Be $50B Industry in 5 Years

Wearable Tech Expected to Be $50B Industry in 5 Years | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

In a new report, research firm ON World projects that wearable tech devices — ranging from smartwatches to smart glasses to all types of wearable sensors — will constitute a $50 billion industry within the next five years. Over the next five years, it expects 700 million devices to ship globally, and projects that 330 million smartwatches will have been shipped globally by 2018, up from fewer than 3 million in 2013.


ZHardware is expected to make up the majority of the area’s revenue in the next five years, though monitoring services, mobile apps, and other subscriptions will also grow. The firm also expects smartwatches, smart glasses, and wearable sensors to overtake health and fitness-focused devices, and make up two-thirds of revenue from wearable tech in 2018. ON World believes that the smartwatch will disrupt the current technology market, positing that “smartwatches will replace the application needs of many smart phone users.” /


The firm also surveyed 1,000 consumers and found that 55 percent preferred a wristwatch to other wearable tech, and 38 percent reported an interest in health applications of the technology..

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Research firm ON World expects 330 million smartwatches to be shipped worldwide by 2018.Let's hope they look heck of a lot better in design than most of today's smartwatches.

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Becoming Cyborgs: 8 Gadgets That Augment Us

Becoming Cyborgs: 8 Gadgets That Augment Us | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Smartphones were the first wearables, in a way, and these devices have become part of us. They’re constantly glued to our pockets and hands, and according to Google’s recent I/O keynote, people check their phones 125 times a day on average. So people may think we’ll be worse off, but the need for easily accessible information has already taken over.


Smartphones are just the hubs for our wearables, where fitness devices break down more involved data within apps that help us read our bodies like a stat chart. Other wearables are able to act independently of smartphones. Those products are usually medical grade pieces of technology that help improve quality of life.


Regardless of public fears, the market thinks there’s something to be gained by producing these wearables — whether it’s proof of concept for a later date or as aconsumer product. Here are some of the products that augmenting our lifestyles already, for better or worse....

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Wearables have grown in popularity over the last few years and will go even further still. By 2025 wearables, will dominate the mainstream according to Pew research.

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Thread-like battery could power wearable technology | Electronics Weekly

Thread-like battery could power wearable technology | Electronics Weekly | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Woolly sweaters may soon be put to work powering your electronic gadgets, thanks to a yarn-like lithium-ion battery.


Small, flexible electronics promise “smart” clothes of the future, such as T-shirts loaded with sensors that can discreetly keep track of your vital signs and check for health problems. Now Huisheng Peng and his colleagues at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have created a thread-like battery that can be woven into smart textiles to keep them running smoothly....

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Wearing your woollies could take on a whole new meaning with these smart clothes.

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How Salesforce.com Could Change the Market for Wearable Technology (CRM)

How Salesforce.com Could Change the Market for Wearable Technology (CRM) | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM )  just stepped up the innovation pace. On Tuesday, the cloud software maker launched Salesforce Wear and Wear Developer Pack, two tools that software developers can use to create applications that work on wearable devices and cater exclusively to business organizations.


The applications can cover everything from marketing and sales to customer service and can be contextually aware. Context-aware applications hold the promise to deliver more value to users compared with location-aware applications since they are more adaptable to their needs. They serve as tour guides by presenting sensory information about the user's current environment.

"We give people starter code that they can modify and use for themselves," Daniel Debow, senior vice president of emerging technologies, told Fox Business.

Will these first-of-their-kind tools be the stepping stone to explore a whole new business world?

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Salesforce.com explores wearables

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Is the wearable tech trend a fading fad? | Electronic Products

Is the wearable tech trend a fading fad? | Electronic Products | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

We’ve seen hundreds of wearable tech pieces trending and emerging since last year. From technology-integrated clothing, to smart accessories, to virtual reality apparatuses like Google Glass, the path this technology has embarked on is dynamic and inevitable.


How peculiar would it be to wake up in the morning and throw on a completely tech-integrated ensemble? For example, your jacket’s pocket would have phone charging capabilities, your shirt would provide solar power, and your glasses could radiate data like the glow of your computer’s screen. This amalgamation leaves tech and fashion aficionados alike pondering how these industries will be able to unite like a buttonhole and a button. 

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Interesting overview of wearable technology. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Fashion teaches | Wearable Technologies

Fashion teaches | Wearable Technologies | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Technology hurdles are being taken by the second but what about form factor? The fashion industry is ahead of the development and will lead wearables into mass markets.


Functionality, useability and design have not seen each other´s support to its full potential in wearable technologies. At least not until fairly recently. Whoever manages to counter challenges such as the bulky nature of some wearable technologies, their volume and social status decreasing aspects of the devices will jump the queue in to-market consumer ready products.


Marketeers and product managers have started to pair up with tech-savvy and tech-aficionado designers as part of their promotion plan. In some cases the result is both beautiful and functional, in some cases it is beautiful and impresses the onlooker. However which way it´s angled: it does the job at selling the product.And that is the life cycle of wearable technologies we have entered into: the preparation for mass adoption by the general public. And beauty sells.


So: what do we find beautiful fashionable technology at WT? What impresses us? A shorlist of the most beautiful and remarkable tech we want to wear....

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Wearables are very quickly going to need a huge dose of design.

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Samsung to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O - CNET

Samsung to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O - CNET | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Google's wearables push is about to get a big boost.


Samsung plans to introduce its first Android Wear device at Google's developer conference next week, people familiar with the matter told CNET. The wearable will be a smartwatch, much like the Gear devices Samsung has released in the past year, the people said.


Samsung has been working on an Android Wear smartwatch that uses Samsung's own chips, as well as another model built off of processors from Qualcomm, one person said. It's unclear which version Samsung will show at Google I/O. Android Wear is Google's operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices...

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The Samsung wearable will be one of several new devices built around Google software, sources tell CNET. LG and Motorola are also expected to show off new gadgets.

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Wearable technology – the future of privacy

Wearable technology – the future of privacy | Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

...If you are using a wearable technology for your own use then you are unlikely to be breaching the Act. This is because the Act includes an exemption for the collection of personal information for domestic purposes. But if you were to one day decide that you’d like to start using this information for other purposes outside of your personal use, for example to support a local campaign or to start a business, then this exemption would no longer apply.


This is not the case for organisations, whose use of wearable technology to process personal information will almost always be covered the Act. This means that they must process the information collected by these devices in compliance with the legislation. This includes making sure that people are being informed about how their details are being collected and used, only collecting information that is relevant, adequate and not excessive and ensuring that any information that needs to be collected is kept securely and deleted once it is no longer required.

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The UK Information Commissioner's blog lays down the rules for compliance regarding wearable  technology.

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