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Gravity Sketch Tablet Lets You Draw In Mid-Air | Fast Company

Gravity Sketch Tablet Lets You Draw In Mid-Air | Fast Company | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

We’re stuck in an awkward spot. We can manufacture nearly any 3-D product we’d like. But these objects are trapped behind the 2-D computer screen we design them in.


One solution is to 3-D print a plastic mock up. A more efficient solution is a new working concept called Gravity Sketch. It’s essentially a 3-D notebook. You put on a pair of video glasses, grab the stylus, and hold a tablet in your hand. Then you draw your creation in 3-D space using augmented reality--the glasses, pen, and tablet work in concert to create a digital illusion that your drawing is floating right there in front of you. But you're literally drawing on a 2-D surface....

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Wouldn't exactly say it's wearable or not, but jeez it's cool.

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How cool is this? ;-)

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

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Reports indicate Jawbone is selling speaker business, stopped fitness tracker production

Reports indicate Jawbone is selling speaker business, stopped fitness tracker production | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
According to two new reports, Jawbone is having some major problems.

According to  Tech Insider, the company has stopped making its Up fitness tracker. Additionally, the company has sold-off its remaining inventory at a discount to a reseller.

When reached for comment, a Jawbone spokesperson told Mashable that it “wasn’t commenting on the speculations made in the reports today but we can say with certainty that we are not selling our fitness tracker business.”

That statement isn’t necessarily at odds with Tech Insider’s report. It’s very possible Jawbone is planning to restart production later (if it has indeed stopped). It could also be selling off older inventory in the lead-up to release a new device. It’s been more than a year since the last flagship Up device was released.

Fortune also reported that Jawbone is trying to sell-off its speaker business. The company might be best known for its fitness trackers, but it got its start selling phone headsets and, later, Bluetooth speakers.
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Jawbone is a great example of too many wearables products chasing too small a market.

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The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.

Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary garbage pickups. That may not sound so impressive — at least compared to driverless cars or sending regular folk into space — but when the dumbest of items gains intelligence, we need to pay attention.

We are entering a phase in the cleantech revolution where we are reaping efficiency value from even the most mundane items.

“The garbage app reduces energy costs by 50% to 60%. That’s not pie-in-the-sky — those are real savings for real cities that can make them even more livable and enjoyable for residents,” says Tim Wolf, Global Director of Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions at Itron.
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The real return on the Internet of things will come from small examples like this garbage can sensor and app that reduces energy costs by 50% to 60%.

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Making wearables more useful and smart homes less of a chore

Making wearables more useful and smart homes less of a chore | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

While many companies, big and small, have been jumping into the wearables space in recent years, the use-cases for these devices often feels superficial — with fitness perhaps the most compelling scenario at this nascent stage. Yet smartwatches have far richer potential than merely performing a spot of sweat tracking.

The other problem with the current crop of smartwatches is the experience of using apps on wrist-mounted devices does not always live up to the promise of getting stuff done faster or more efficiently. Just having to load an app on this type of supplementary device can feel like an imposition.

If the primary selling point of a smartwatch is really convenience/glanceability the watch wearer really does not want to have to be squinting at lots of tiny icons and manually loading data to get the function they need in a given moment. A wearable needs to be a whole lot smarter to make it worth the wearing vs just using a smartphone.

At the same time, other connected devices populating the growing Internet of Things can feel pretty dumb right now — given the interface demands they also place on users. Such as, for example, connected lightbulbs like Philips Hue that require the user to open an app on their phone just in order to turn a lightbulb on or off, or change the colour of the light.

Which is pretty much the opposite of convenient, and why we’ve already seen startups trying to fix the problems IoT devices are creating via sensor-powered automation....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Wearables need to become more useful and connected devices easier to use in the home for the market to grow.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 15, 7:08 PM

Wearables need to become more useful and connected devices easier to use in the home for the market to grow.

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Growth of the Internet of Things | Cool Infographics

Growth of the Internet of Things | Cool Infographics | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The current projection data from Cisco is that the IoT (Internet of Things) will reach 50 Billion devices by the year 2020! Visualized by the NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association) as the Growth in the Internet of Things.

Today’s Internet is driven by wired and wireless networks, keeping us connected throughout our daily lives. With the advent of new digital devices that constantly link us to the Internet, these networks have become much more than just a simple vehicle for information and communications. They now enable us to track our daily habits, monitor our health, manage home energy use and track nearly any other data we can imagine. These devices make up what we call the Internet of Things – a web of connected objects that are linked via networks that can interact with each other and with us.

The Internet isn’t merely developing, it’s exploding, and the numbers prove it. Take a look at our graphic below — it shows the advancing surge of connected devices using the Internet.

Today, there are more connected devices than there are human beings on the planet. This expansion isn’t just from cell phones, tablets and computers – it’s thanks to toothbrushes, stovetops and millions of other devices that now have IP addresses. Estimates show that there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

Fast, ubiquitous Wi-Fi and increasing home broadband speeds will drive the Internet of Things and the ever-expanding web....

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The Internet of things keeps on growing as this infographic shows – 50 billion devices by 2020.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 11, 6:01 PM

The Internet of things keeps on growing as this infographic shows – 50 billion devices by 2020.

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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.

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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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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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The US smart home market has been struggling — here's how and why the market will take off

The US smart home market has been struggling — here's how and why the market will take off | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it
The US smart home market has yet to take off. Quirky's recent announcement that it was filing chapter 11 bankruptcy — and selling off its smart home business, Wink — highlights this well.

At its current state, we believe the smart home market is stuck in the 'chasm' of the technology adoption curve, in which it is struggling to surpass the early-adopter phase and move to the mass-market phase of adoption.

There are many barriers preventing mass-market smart home adoption: high device prices, limited consumer demand and long device replacement cycles. However, the largest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem, in which consumers need multiple networking devices, apps and more to build and run their smart home.
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Insight into the US smart home market and when and where it may take off.

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Insight into the US smart home market and when and where it may take off.

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Mind-Boggling Pace of Computing | Daily Infographic

Mind-Boggling Pace of Computing | Daily Infographic | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

The smartphone that is probably within arm’s reach of you now has more computing power than the Apollo missions to the moon. No, really. 

Before we get into the jaw-dropping info on this graphic, I would like to take a second to note that “teraflop” and “petaflop” are actual technical terms, and that that is awesome. Ok, back to business.

Not only is your smartphone more powerful than the Apollo missions, but your PS4 is more powerful than the late 90’s supercomputer that first beat a human at chess. 150 times more powerful, in fact. But here’s the thing that’s really going to bust your noggin – there’s more computing power in a singing birthday card than the entire Allied Forces possessed during WWII.

But the really fun stuff here is Moore’s Law and the future. Gordon Moore noted in the 70’s that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit was doubling approximately every two years, and predicted that it would continue to do so. In 2015 the man himself expressed doubt that his “law” would hold up for much longer, as the physical limits of cramming transistors onto a circuit is reached, but we’ll see! Quantum computing, I’m looking at you.

Dive deeper into the history of computing with this infographic about the evolution of the microprocessor....

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My iPhone 4 has more computing power than what was used on the Apollo mission? This is a thought-provoking infographic. 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 29, 5:32 PM

My iPhone 4 has more computing power than what was used on the Apollo mission? This is a thought-provoking infographic. 

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iPhone photography is cool, eyeball photography is cooler

iPhone photography is cool, eyeball photography is cooler | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Sony is looking into creating a contact lens that acts as a digital camera, according to a recent patent application filed by the company. The contact lens can capture still images or video using embedded sensors and camera components.
To take a picture, all you have to do is blink. The device would be able to detect the difference between unconscious and conscious blinking, allowing a person to control the device by purposefully opening and shutting their eye.


The unit would be powered by the movement of the eye, and even allow for advanced camera adjustments like aperture and shutter speed. After the images are captured, they can be transferred to an external device like a smartphone.
Eyes have become a hot "next frontier" in technology.

 

The failed Google Glass was just one of many stabs at face-mounted computers. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) and other companies are working on augmented reality headsets, which overlay computer imagery onto the real world. Other companies, such as Sony and Facebook's (FB, Tech30) Oculus, are working on completely immersive virtual reality goggles....

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Very interesting potential with these Sony contact lens cameras in development.

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5 Forward-Looking Wearables That Are Improving Lives

5 Forward-Looking Wearables That Are Improving Lives | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Wearable brands are recognizing that in order to sell products and build loyalty, the device needs to provide real-time, meaningful value that improves people’s lives on a daily and consistent basis.

Delivering meaningful information starts with personalization and monitoring behavior in order to provide relevant notifications, stats and content. The foundation of this personalization is precise location and the context it provides.

Here are 5 forward-looking devices that are getting it right....

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Here are profiles of five interesting wearables companies making commitment to a better life

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The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology | Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Insights | Scoop.it

Gartner Research predicts that the typical family home will contain as many as 500 networked devices by 2020. Similarly, Ericsson forecasts 50 billion connected “things” by the same date. Reaching these lofty projections over the next four years, however, will require a fundamental reorientation in the way that technologists and product designers work together to create successful “connected” personal devices and home appliance products. This evolution to “Internet of Things (IoT) 2.0” will be difficult for many companies to achieve — not for lack of technological expertise but because they’ll fail to recognize the value of design in connected product development.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity — the forerunner of consumer-focused IoT — has been around for decades. Overwhelmingly, those IoT 1.0 applications pushed technology to address B2B market requirements.

Product design considerations in the IoT 1.0 world are not critical to persuading customers to adopt offerings. Enterprise IoT buyers seldom require great design, because most often the buyer is not the product’s end user. Fleet logistics companies, for example, monitor the condition and location of their vehicles. Their developers focus on meeting operational and environmental requirements, caring little about the physical appearance or user experience of a dashboard- or engine-compartment-mounted device that monitors vehicle data....

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Better design would lead to better Internet of things products and higher consumer adoption write Scott Nelson and Paul Metaxatos in the Harvard Business Review.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 3, 10:21 PM

Better design would lead to better Internet of things products and higher consumer adoption write Scott Nelson and Paul Metaxatos in the Harvard Business Review.

Ken Bracken's curator insight, May 4, 4:20 AM
What really concerns me about this, is not that connectivity is a bad thing. It's that I'm not sure if I trust my $15 kettle I bought in Tesco to have adequate security software. 

Many of the biggest security hacks have come through weakest links in the chain being attacked. Be they instances such as Target's data breach or HeartBleed. Connecting everything in your home without adequate security is madness. But I look forward to my fully functioning smart house.
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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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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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