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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 | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | 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....


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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.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 15, 7:11 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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El proyecto Blaid desarrolla wearables para personas ciegas - ESMARTCITY

El proyecto Blaid desarrolla wearables para personas ciegas - ESMARTCITY | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
El objetivo es cubrir algunas de las carencias que tienen los bastones, perros guía y dispositivos de GPS básicos para facilitar la movilidad.
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Tech Tats, el próximo wearable va grabado en tu piel - Revista Gadget

Tech Tats, el próximo wearable va grabado en tu piel - Revista Gadget | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

Lo último en wearables son los tech tats, tatuajes que integran funcionalidades como la monitorización del tatuado. Descubre mucho más de cómo son.

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

A Technology For Your Shoes That You Would Have never Imagined For | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

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

 

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


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CORDIS Express: Cuando la moda y la tecnología van de la mano - CORDIS Noticias

CORDIS Express: Cuando la moda y la tecnología van de la mano - CORDIS Noticias | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
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21 Million Wearables Ship, Up 198%

21 Million Wearables Ship, Up 198% | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

The number of wearable devices is growing, by a lot.The number of fitness trackers and smartwatches shipped around the world in the last quarter is about double the number shipped a year ago, according to the latest IDC Tracker report.Leading the category are fitness trackers by Fitbit followed by the Apple Watch.While there’s clear growth in the number of wearables, there doesn’t seem to by any cannibalization of the market, since fitness trackers and smartwatches both grew in scope.A total of 21 million wearable devices shipped last quarter, an increase of 198% from the same quarter last year. Of those, 5 million were Fitbit devices and 4 million were Apple watches....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 4, 2015 12:39 AM

Growth but market scale remains ahead.

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Swatch integra un chip en uno de sus modelos para pagar con el reloj - ESMARTCITY

Swatch integra un chip en uno de sus modelos para pagar con el reloj - ESMARTCITY | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Este wearable permite almacenar tarjetas bancarias virtuales para realizar pagos, retirar efectivo de cajeros o hacer transferencias, entre otras.
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Providing health services via wearable devices could, finally, become a reality

Providing health services via wearable devices could, finally, become a reality | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Healthcare systems around the world are facing a ‘perfect storm’, contending with rising costs, changing demographics and growing consumer expectations. In a recent report on healthcare in the UK, PA Consulting concluded that a vital component in helping to solve these problems could be the use of ultra-low-power wearable technology. Wearable technology, increasingly enabled by miniaturised ultra-low-power electronics, is said to be used by 8million people in the UK already, with many of those devices being healthcare related.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, October 28, 2015 7:28 PM

Here it comes folks, wearables as health maintenance devices, like it or not, this tech is coming to you and yours soon enough.  Now the questions become how should the data be used, and by whom, make it secure, and not let those who would profit by this data at the expense of our own vulnerabilities.

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Worldbeing, un revolucionario wearable que monitorea la huella de carbón

Worldbeing, un revolucionario wearable que monitorea la huella de carbón | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Es decir, puedes saber exactamente cuantos recursos de la tierra usas en cada momento y cómo hacer para optimizar tu vida haciéndola mas verde.
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Technology that is Flexible, Sticky, and Smart – Wearable Patches

Technology that is Flexible, Sticky, and Smart – Wearable Patches | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

Wearable skin patches are becoming more and more present within the wearable market. They can be used for sports, drug-delivery, or patient monitoring. Skin patches are ideal because they can be hidden under clothing, do not interfere with movement and therefore can record more accurate data. Wearable patches are not removable patches for clothing, or wraps that hug the skin, instead they are stick adhesives that may or may not contain a medication or sensor. But they do incorporate a way of sticking on the skin for duration of time and all use electrons to work. Check out a few of WT | Wearable Technologies favorite patches below!


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 23, 2015 12:59 AM

Wearable skin patches provide a new world of new potential applications.

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Wearables help manage neuro disorders, predict symptoms

Wearables help manage neuro disorders, predict symptoms | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Wearables not only can monitor symptoms of neurological disorders automatically, they may be able to predict seizures and disease progression.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, August 15, 2015 2:54 PM

While none of these systems have completed the FDA approval process, Neurology Now also listed a few that have earned or are close to earning regulatory clearance.  -  An article appearing in the August/September issue of the journal Neurology Now highlights some wearables that show promise for treating people with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis because the technology can collect data anywhere and anytime, not just in a clinical environment.   “With this more precise information, we can often spot problems even before a patient is aware of them,” Dr. Joseph I. Sirven, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and a member of the Neurology Now editorial advisory board, is quoted as saying.

For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is testing a watch that may be able to predict epileptic seizures by measuring skin moisture.  At Cleveland Clinic, researchers have strapped iPads to the back of people with MS to measure walking speed, balance and manual dexterity, the journal reported. Biotech firm Biogen has teamed with Google X to try to glean MS-related data from Fitbits, though “the bands are still not sophisticated or sensitive enough to provide consistently accurate data,” according to the article.

For Parkinson’s patients, the article discussed Parkinson mPower, an app linked to Apple’s Research Kit.

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Comment: The final barriers to Wearable Tech

Comment: The final barriers to Wearable Tech | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Wearable tech - Samsung Galaxy Gear 2015 will not be the year of wearable tech but better luck next year, says Simon Holt, Strategic Alliance Marketing Man

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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 15, 2015 9:10 PM

Four suggested barriers

1. Lack of concrete standards

2. Charging, power and battery life

3. Over-reliance on smartphone ‘tethering’

4. Issues of social acceptability

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Google Glass for enterprise will be larger and faster, report says

Google Glass for enterprise will be larger and faster, report says | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
The next version of Google Glass will reportedly be faster, longer lasting and designed for the enterprise, as opposed to regular consumers.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 8, 2015 3:14 PM

Targeting Google Glass at enterprise customers instead of consumers would be a complete shift in strategy for Google, but it would be a smart one. Given that the most successful Glass apps are designed for medicallaw enforcement and business applications, it may end up better-served as a product built for more specialized use cases instead of, say, playing virtual tennis.  -  Called "Enterprise Edition" (the first generation was called "Explorer Edition"), the updated Google Glass is said to sport a larger prism display, an Intel Atom processor (first model's CPU was made by Texas Instruments) that will be faster than existing Android Wear smartwatches, and better battery life.  The report also claims Google is experimenting with an external battery pack that connects to the new Google Glass to extend battery life.   -  Glass users have complained of eye strain related to constantly looking up and to the right at the prism display. A larger viewing prism would make the display more visible in the peripheral vision and could possibly reduce eye strain. 


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#Trending: Android Wear finally gets some designer appeal

#Trending: Android Wear finally gets some designer appeal | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
If you cast your mind back a year or so, Android Wear was represented by the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Two smartwatches made by two tech companies that clearly forgot to go out in public and see if anyone wanted to wear these prototype-looking timepieces. While Samsung has seemingly ditched Google's…
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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 | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | 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 characteristics," 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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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 29, 11:43 AM

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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neyya, a smart ring wearable for business - Enterprise Times

neyya, a smart ring wearable for business - Enterprise Times | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

neyya is a new smart ring that takes wearables to a new level and has functionality that is suited to personal and business use.

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Samsung ostenta la mayor cantidad de patentes de aparatos de ... - Agencia de Noticias Yonhap

Samsung ostenta la mayor cantidad de patentes de aparatos de ... - Agencia de Noticias Yonhap | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
El gigante surcoreano de los electrodomésticos, Samsung Electronics Co., ostenta el mayor número de patentes relacionadas con los aparatos de tecnología ponible, mostraron, este jueves, datos del Instituto de Tecnología Electrónica de Corea del...
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Estas son las áreas más prometedoras de los wearables - Merca2.0

Estas son las áreas más prometedoras de los wearables - Merca2.0 | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Las entregas globales de dispositivos ponibles alcanzarán las 76.1 millones de unidades en el 2015, un aumento de 163.6 por ciento respecto al 2014.
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La ‘smart city’ en la que no viven humanos, sino animales en peligro de extinción

La ‘smart city’ en la que no viven humanos, sino animales en peligro de extinción | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
El FIEB ha impulsado un proyecto conjunto con Telefónica por el que han desarrollado una plataforma (SMARTfieb) que aplica los últimos avances en Internet de las Cosas (IoT) al campo de la biodiversidad y la protección del visón europeo.
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¿Por qué las empresas están regalando wearables? • Diario Wearable

¿Por qué las empresas están regalando wearables? • Diario Wearable | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
Empresas como Nestlé, Aegon o Active Seguros apuestan por los wearables en sus estrategias de marketing de fidelización y presentan pulseras de actividad.
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Wearable Usage Will Grow by Nearly 60% This Year - eMarketer

Wearable Usage Will Grow by Nearly 60% This Year - eMarketer | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

The next several years will continue to see double-digit growth in the number of Americans using wearable devices, according to eMarketer's first wearables forecast. In 2015, 39.5 million US adults 18 and over will use wearables, including smartwatches and fitness trackers. That's a jump of 57.7% over 2014. While penetration among US adults is just 16.0% this year, eMarketer expects that to double by 2018, to 81.7 million users.eMarketer defines wearable users as those who wear accessories or clothing at least once per month that are embedded with internet-connected electronics and exchange data with a manufacturer or other connected device.Wearables are currently most popular among US adults between 25 and 44, who are the most involved in the movement toward data and fitness tracking. In 2015, 25.1% of internet users between 25 and 34 and 23.1% of those between 35 and 44 will use one. By 2018, 49.9% of 25- to 34-year-old internet users and 47.0% of 35- to 44-year-old internet users will use a wearable device. Long-term, older Americans are expected to be a bigger growth driver, as more wearable health monitoring devices hit the market. Throughout the forecast period, US adults 65 and older will see the biggest growth rates every year for wearable adoption....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 29, 2015 10:47 AM

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

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​Crowdfund this: Wearable Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to keep an eye on

​Crowdfund this: Wearable Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to keep an eye on | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
If you're looking for for the most interesting wearable projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you've come to the right place. You can't move for a wearable tech startup at the moment, and the industry is being driven by the great ideas being realised by the internet of things revolution.…
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How Wearables Startups Can Overcome The Hardware Challenge

How Wearables Startups Can Overcome The Hardware Challenge | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it

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Richard Platt's curator insight, August 15, 2015 1:57 PM

Proper planning can help overcome numerous issues, perhaps most importantly, the matter of "technology mismatch": Your wearable might be based on outdated concepts, or it may simply not meet users’ needs.  -  You need to start doing end-user research, go into the field and find unmet needs and features that could be in the product,” said Patel. You may have performed sufficient initial research when you first designed your product, but technology evolves rapidly (see: Moore’s law), so it’s your product may require ongoing development to support new advancements.  Part of that process involves ongoing evaluation of the market, to see what other types of wearables are on the market now or in development, and then explore ways of improving your product.  The initial design of a device can take months, along with the time needed to create working prototypes. Hunting for the best manufacturing partners can be challenging, and locating the best materials—at the best price point—is key to production success. Straight-forward design and development costs can start in the hundreds of thousands of $$.  

Even with a solid design and working prototype, innovators face hurdles locating the perfect hardware for their device.  A device design can take about three months to complete.  In the rush to market, it’s easy to gloss over important aspects, particularly when it comes to addressing problems.   Providing clear, precise specifications for products is vital, as is having a plan for when issues occur (and they will occur). “The manufacturer might change the material they are making the product out of—or they may change a process they are using to assemble it—and that may cause defects,

Your device is ready to move to the production stage and it looks great. But is it really working the way it should?   Coping with manufacturing issues should be part of your strategy, and Patel emphasized the importance of managing your product with real-world testing: “In-line testing is very important. It catches any areas where the manufacturer—or even the line workers—may have changed the process,” he said.   The manufacturing process has an enormous effect on the product, so maintaining quality is crucial.

Although wearables are part of the mobile revolution, that doesn't mean that every mobile manufacturer is capable of creating the exact product you want.  It’s important to assess the capabilities of product development partners, Patel advises. Look into their experience and check "that they actually have a background in that sector (like wearables),”

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How to build a unified mobile strategy for the wearable age

How to build a unified mobile strategy for the wearable age | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
The trend towards wearables in enterprise means another step towards a seamless digital experience for employees

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Nothing really new in this article, but what I did notice was that someone is highlighting the very real issue of email overload and if it was possible to lower that productivity hit that emails have upon employees, read below. 

 

Bye-bye email!?!  -  Did you know most employees spend about 11 hours of the workweek responding to emails? Wearable technology in the workforce may replace mundane emails – especially when process-based mobile applications with a strong social interface are integrated with wearable technology. Cutting email overload means that employees will be able to spend more time with work-related tasks instead of replying to multiple emails.

Pairing: This one’s specifically true for companies that use Apple products in their BYOD strategy. As an extension of the iPhone rather a stand-alone device, it is exceedingly easy for employees to start pairing up the Apple Watch with their already corporate-approved iPhones. In that way, companies are already taking steps toward a unified digital enterprise.

On-the-go: The promise of wearables has always been to make information more accessible on-the-go. Unfortunately, most enterprises also face the same issues when adding wearables to their enterprise mobility plan: security. The solution is simple: Begin with an application platform for business operations that can negate unknown security threats. Application platforms enable companies to create specific applications that can work natively on any device, wearable or otherwise.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 30, 2015 5:24 PM

Nothing really new in this article, but what I did notice was that someone is highlighting the very real issue of email overload and if it was possible to lower that productivity hit that emails have upon employees, read below. 


Bye-bye email!?!  -  Did you know most employees spend about 11 hours of the workweek responding to emails? Wearable technology in the workforce may replace mundane emails – especially when process-based mobile applications with a strong social interface are integrated with wearable technology. Cutting email overload means that employees will be able to spend more time with work-related tasks instead of replying to multiple emails.

Pairing: This one’s specifically true for companies that use Apple products in their BYOD strategy. As an extension of the iPhone rather a stand-alone device, it is exceedingly easy for employees to start pairing up the Apple Watch with their already corporate-approved iPhones. In that way, companies are already taking steps toward a unified digital enterprise.

On-the-go: The promise of wearables has always been to make information more accessible on-the-go. Unfortunately, most enterprises also face the same issues when adding wearables to their enterprise mobility plan: security. The solution is simple: Begin with an application platform for business operations that can negate unknown security threats. Application platforms enable companies to create specific applications that can work natively on any device, wearable or otherwise.

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The future is becoming Wearable

The future is becoming Wearable | Wearables Technologies & Gadgets | Scoop.it
In the last spot tv (at least the italian one), Apple lets movie ending with “It’s here”, referring that a new era is co…
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