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Cincinnati firm partners with Samsung on wearables to make businesses more productive

Cincinnati firm partners with Samsung on wearables to make businesses more productive | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
A firm that got its start at the Mason Tech Center is collaborating with Samsung on its latest wearable tech products.
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Samsung named Hipaax, a Silver Partner in the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program. That means Hipaax's TaskWatch platform will be available across Samsung's global network of customers, carriers and partners.  - TaskWatch improves a business's workflow through cloud-based computing and wearable devices including smartwatches, tablets and other monitors. It prioritizes tasks and can be constumized to work across a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, hospitality, warehousing and construction.

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Apple Watch: Will it Get You To Stand Up?

Apple Watch: Will it Get You To Stand Up? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch, which Apple is again showing off on Monday, won't detect your stress level. It doesn't have a built-in blood-pressure monitor. Or a glucose tracker. Or a pulse oximeter.

Via Sam Stern, eMedToday, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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After cutting out all of the other sensors initially suggested for the Apple Watch, the haptic sensor is the only sensor left, but it may do the one thing that it needs to do, which is to get you to stand up and do some kind of exercise. 

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The wear, why and how

The wear, why and how | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
“IN THE beginning was Apple. All things were made by it; and without it was not anything made that was made.” If technophiles were to write their own Testament,...
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For companies the cost of kitting out their staff with smartwear is less of a problem than building the computer systems needed to support such devices and process their data. This can cost $500,000 or more for each application, says Dave Miller of Covisint, a technology firm.

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Tech Wildcatters' 3rd accelerator to focus on wearable tech for first responders

Tech Wildcatters' 3rd accelerator to focus on wearable tech for first responders | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The accelerator concept is a result of Tech Wildcatters' partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Innovative Technology.
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Tech Wildcatters is introducing its third accelerator concept in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Innovative Technology. The accelerator, called Emerge, is aimed at supporting wearable technology for first responders. The program is part of a larger Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate initiative to engage entrepreneurs in pursuing innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the department.

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Wearable technology comes with advances, risks

Wearable technology comes with advances, risks | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
"Putting a transmitter on your body, a transmitter that emits microwave radiation is potentially harmful,"
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The lesson here is: "Putting a transmitter on your body, a transmitter that emits microwave radiation is potentially harmful," - reducing the emission of microwave radiation is important from a product liability standpoint.  Make sure that it's addressed in the design.

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Intellectual property law and wearable Technologies

Intellectual property law and wearable Technologies | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Wearable technology has moved far beyond eyeglasses, hearing aids, wristwatches and pacemakers. Now that significant computing power can be packed…
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Dot the "i's" and cross the 't's" of legal before you go to market with your wearable device.

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The Three Pillars of Wearable Healthcare Technology

The Three Pillars of Wearable Healthcare Technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
With heavyweight tech brands like Apple, Microsoft and Nike getting into the scene, wearable healthcare technology is bound to gain visibility and achieve usability a lot faster.

Via Sam Stern, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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  1. Tracking health data continuously and independently -  
  2. Healthcare decision-making  - 
  3. Targeted diagnosis and/or treatment  
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The Matrix A Matter of Wear(able) and When

The Matrix A Matter of Wear(able) and When | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Shots Magazine October 2014 Issue
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An Important read, e.g.: Wearable Tech: “is to support immediate, real-world actions by providing relevant, contextual information precisely at the point of decision-making.” - something we call, Modification and Redefinition by the User and the Decision Maker at the point of decision making / learning.

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Wearable tech is all fitness, fitness, fitness - that needs to change says Intel VP

Wearable tech is all fitness, fitness, fitness - that needs to change says Intel VP | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
It's two days after HTC launched its first wearable, the Grip smartband, in partnership with Under Armour, and a week before the health obsessed and heart rate tracking Apple Watch has its latest event. And Ayse Ildeniz isn't happy. Speaking to Wareable at MWC 2015, Intel's VP of New Devices wished she had seen a…
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Excellent interview with Intel VP of New Devices Group Ayse Ildeniz  -  "It's all fitness, fitness, fitness, do everything, do everything, do everything. There is not enough specialisation and expertise around other usage models - that's what we were hoping would take off here.  - "Ultimately we need to drive small enough, cheap enough modular based systems that any designer can take and embed into their new trend, design of the year or the season for that matter. Today building a wearable or a technology part is very expensive and it relies on entirely economics of volume which is done on millions of standardisation." - Can't say it enough, Use Case, Use Case, Use Case before the Go/No-Go decision on the development decision.

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Fossil to introduce its own platform for wearable tech later this year

Fossil to introduce its own platform for wearable tech later this year | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Fossil will be introducing its own technology platform later this year. It's been working with Google and Intel since last year to develop wearable technology. The Richardson-based watch and accessories…
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The Texas based watch and accessories maker told analysts Thursday that its platform will be used to make what it’s calling connected accessories, but there are no USB ports in these new designs.

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Why Wearable Tech May See More Success in B2B

Why Wearable Tech May See More Success in B2B | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
When Google revealed earlier this year that it was pulling Google Glass from tech store shelves, it was a surprise for many, considering the hype the wearable
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In an interview, Sony Mobile Communications President Hiroki Totoki told reporters, “It’s easier for us to determine how users will use our devices in the B2B market. The biggest benefit of wearable technologies is that they free up both hands. So we will be looking at what kind of workers want information on a real-time basis, in what kind of circumstances and what information they need.”

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Apple Watch to Replace Car Keys, Among Other Things

Apple Watch to Replace Car Keys, Among Other Things | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The real push on the first generation Apple Watch is health.
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While in Germany, CEO Tim Cook said the watch would be waterproof and said it would be a replacement for car keys and other physical items people tend to carry around with them, like a wallet. Cook also claims that while some people don't see a reason for owning a wearable, the Apple Watch will provide more than enough to change a customer's lifestyle and make them an active wearable user. The real push on the first generation Apple Watch is health, something Cook is very interested in progressing with the wearable. The smartwatch will feature dozens of sensors to collect all types of health and fitness information. - Will Apple's smartwatch actually be a useful wearable for the mass market?

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Samsung and Fitbit currently leading wearables markets

Samsung and Fitbit currently leading wearables markets | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it

With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for “smart wearable bands” — any wristworn device that can run third-party applications — is Samsung. Meanwhile, the “basic wearable band” market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can’t run apps, is still led by Fitbit.

The up-and-comer in the non-smartwatch wearable market is Xiaomi, whose focus on the Chinese market and low price point have catapulted it into the spotlight. It has shipped more than a million Mi Bands, 103,000 of those on the first day. 

“Though the Mi Band is a lower-margin product than competing devices, Xiaomi entered the wearables market with a unique strategy, and its shipment volumes show how quickly a company can become a major force in a segment based solely on the size of the Chinese market,” analyst Jason Low said in a statement.

Canalys didn’t share the total shipment numbers for basic bands, but said 4.6 million smart bands shipped in 2014, only 720,000 of which were Android Wear. Of those, Motorola led the market with its Moto 360.  Samsung led the smart band segment overall, owing to the wide range of devices the company has available.

“‘Samsung has launched six devices in just 14 months, on different platforms and still leads the smart band market,” VP and principal analyst Chris Jones said in a statement. “But it has struggled to keep consumers engaged and must work hard to attract developers while it focuses on [operating system] Tizen for its wearables.”

Canalys predicts Apple’s entry into the market will blow up the category, and says the device’s battery life will be the main advantage over Android Wear to begin with.

“Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency,” analyst Daniel Matte said in a statement. “Android Wear will need to improve significantly in the future, and we believe it will do so.”



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Cheryl Palmer's curator insight, February 19, 2015 7:06 PM

WEARABLES - Market report summary on the current (Feb 2015) state of the wearables market with link to data source.  Useful to get insight into where major players are focusing their development dollars.

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WOR(l)D expands its business to wearable technology

WOR(l)D expands its business to wearable technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Just when consumers thought mainstream technology could not advance further, wearable technology comes to the fore. World Media & Technology Corp has been developing affordable products to rival the likes of Google and Pebble
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What makes the company’s philosophy different from the other competitors?  Our philosophy differs from the others in terms of competitiveness. We want to create the best product for the market, adjusted to today’s needs. The added value can be found in our meticulous attention towards client needs on a global scale and to complete everyday tasks, which is something that other big players might have underrated.

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Internet of Things Meets Internet of Senses at Wearable Tech Show

Internet of Things Meets Internet of Senses at Wearable Tech Show | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
With apparently perfect timing – one day after Apple launched its very own watch to an expectant world – this year’s Wearable Technology Show kicked off at

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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Companies like Samsung Semiconductors, Intel, Silicon Labs and LM Technologies focused on combining multiple functions onto single chips, emphasising how closely silicon design now needs to be integrated much more tightly than ever before into overall systems.
QuickLogic showed its ArcticLink processor and sensor hub, specifically designed for low power operations, while Irish company Shimmer demonstrated its range of wireless sensor platforms that include ECG (Electrocardiography), EMG (Electromyography) and GSR (Galvanic Skin Response)

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 2015 3:28 PM

Going to be cool when Internet of Things meets wearable technology meets Terminator (lol).

Renea Hanks's curator insight, March 13, 2015 8:37 PM

Watch out for wearables. They are the hottest thing trending. Good time to look at tech startups on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. 

Richard Trader Msc RRT PA-C FCCM 's curator insight, May 19, 2015 9:34 AM

Have we all seen the TED talk on video integration of sound..... your green plants are listening !

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Disney MagicBands wearable tech lets you explore Disney in a new way

Disney MagicBands wearable tech lets you explore Disney in a new way | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
In light of the recent Apple Watch unveiling, let's take a look at another wearable that is flying under the radar, specifically in Orlando. Florida's Disney
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On the surface, the MagicBands resemble a generic health tracker band that consumers have grown accustomed to wearing. Inside each MagicBand is an array of features including an RFID chip and radio frequency transmitter that can send signals 40 feet in all directions, just like a cordless phone. Simply touch the band to different access points around the park to interact with them. If there are no hiccups, the access point will flash a green light. If you need to scan your band again, the access point will flash a blue light. You'll never see any red lights at Disney World. Such lights are associated with a warning, or danger and have no place in the Magic Kingdom.  -  At one of Disney's restaurants, Be Our Guest, the Disney MagicBands work with the servers' iPhones to alert them of your presence. They can greet your family by name and know all of your food preferences before you have a chance to say a word.Right now, the MagicBands are optimized to create the ultimate guest experience, but these bands may branch outside the park walls in the future.

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Make: Wearable Electronics, 1st Edition available

Make: Wearable Electronics, 1st Edition available | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Welcome to the world of shoes that can dynamically shift your height, jackets that display when the next bus is coming, and neckties that can nudge your business partner from across the room. Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging.
 
Make: Wearable Electronics is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on t
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Make: Wearable Electronics a book that introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and apparel. - Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and images of amazing creations made by artists and professional designers, this book offers a concrete understanding of electronic circuits, sensors, and how you can use them to bring your wearable projects from concept to prototype.

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Pregnancy wearables on show at the Wearable Technology Show

Pregnancy wearables on show at the Wearable Technology Show | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Nuvo-Group, a specialist in the pregnancy wellness industry, had a trio of new wearable tech devices for expectant mothers on show at the Wearable Tech Show in London. The Ritmo range, which are essentially harnesses that wrap around a mum-to-be's bump, has been expanded with the Surround, Beats and PregSense models. Starting with the Surround,…
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The Ritmo Beats is not the Dr Dre endorsed version of the Surround – it's a consumer facing product that tracks both baby's and mother's heartbeats.Unlike traditional Doppler devices, you don't need to manually search for a heartbeat – the Beats system uses a real-time, cloud-based, algorithm to filter the signals it picks up into two heartbeat recordings.  - The accompanying app, like a traditional fitness tracker app, will keep track of all the recordings, presenting them in a handy graph.  - The Ritmo PregSense is a medical-grade version of the Beats, described by its makers as "the world's most advanced multi-modal wearable platform for the continuous and accurate monitoring of vital pregnancy data".

The PregSense system is capable of early detection of symptoms that may lead to pregnancy complications.

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What the hell is 'wearable technology' and why do I need it strapped to me?

What the hell is 'wearable technology' and why do I need it strapped to me? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The technology industry is as subject to trends as the fashion, football or financial worlds. Remember when it was sexier to have a small, compact mobile phone? Now - we've got the Google Nexus 6.
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"The truth is that your average punter is reluctant to splash £200 on a blocky rectangular watch when they've already plonked down £500 or more for a phone that does everything they need it to do. I won't stop being excited by wearable technology - who doesn't want to see innovation coming along But, until smartwatches operate for longer than 48 hours without being charged, and work without a phone, they'll never become a must-have product."

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Apple Watch to be unveiled

Apple Watch to be unveiled | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Apple is poised to unveil its much-anticipated Apple Watch. It's the first time Apple is venturing into a new product category since it revolutionized the tablet market with the iPad almost five years ago. Jill Schlesinger reports.
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CBS News video report: On the eve of bringing out the Apple Watch.  Battery life was pointed out to be a challenge, but that the Watch was a higher priced than competitive offerings and that if only 10% of IPhone/iPad users bought one, that would be 15 million users, which would be 55% of the current wearable market.  - So we'll have to wait and see if it takes off as much as Apple has tried to make it work.

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May be time to get excited about wearable technology?

May be time to get excited about wearable technology? | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
EVERYTHING you need to know about the latest smartwatches, trackers and virtual reality headsets.
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Use Cases are a little better, truth is that these wearables look spiffier, but I don't see the breakthrough application that makes these killer / got to have, because it helps me do something I couldn't do otherwise in a significant better way.  - Just saying designers do not seem to be paying attention on how to redefine what people are doing, which is the point of making something smart.

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Wearable technology the star at Barcelona

Wearable technology the star at Barcelona | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
Barcelona is widely known for its love of tapas, football and Gaudi, but it has also become a hotbed of technological innovation.
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This year, smartwatches and virtual reality headsets also took centre stage. Both are at a crucial stage. We're witnessing the launch of products that will either define their categories, or fail to make their mark entirely. For these reasons, the Barcelona congress has never been more essential.

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The other side of NFL wearable technology

The other side of NFL wearable technology | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
The NFL's technological boom has made players such as Andrew Hawkins wary about evaluation techniques.
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More than 1/2 of the NFL's teams employ some form of player tracking during training camp and regular-season practices, ostensibly to monitor exertion and prevent injuries. And in 2014, the NFL for the first time tracked players during games in the same way. It doesn't yet release the data to teams, but it seems unlikely to remain locked in the digital vault forever. 

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9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry

9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
These 9 medical wearables are about to significantly impact the future of breast cancer, smoking and more.

Via Sam Stern, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Specific Use Case driven innovations for health care, excellent list of examples.  Lesson from all of this: find and address a specific need, and there is a demographic that will need that capability, thus a market to sell to.

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Fever alarm armband: A wearable, printable, temperature sensor

Fever alarm armband: A wearable, printable, temperature sensor | Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things (Iot) | Scoop.it
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a "fever alarm armband," a flexible, self-powered wearable device that sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature. This armband will be presented at the 2015 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference, San Francisco, on 22-26 February, 2015. The flexible organic components developed for this device are well-suited to wearable devices that continuously monitor vital signs including temperature and heart rate for applications in healthcare settings.

The new device developed by research groups lead by Professor Takayasu Sakurai at the Institute of Industrial Science and Professor Takao Someya at the Graduate School of Engineering combines a flexible amorphous silicon solar panel, piezoelectric speaker, temperature sensor, and power supply circuit created with organic components in a single flexible, wearable package.

Constant monitoring of health indicators such as heart rate and body temperature is the focus of intense interest in the fields of infant, elderly and patient care. Sensors for such applications need to be flexible and wireless for patient comfort, maintenance-free and not requiring external energy supply, and cheap enough to permit disposable use to ensure hygiene. Conventional sensors based on rigid components are unable to meet these requirements, so the researchers have developed a flexible solution that incorporates organic components that can be printed by an inkjet printer on a polymeric film.

The fever alarm armband incorporates several first-ever achievements. It is the first organic circuit able to produce a sound output, and the first to incorporate an organic power supply circuit. The former enables the device to provide audible information when the flexible thermal sensor detects a pre-set value within the ranges of 36.5 ºC to 38.5 ºC, while the latter increases the range of operational illumination by 7.3 times in indoor lighting conditions.

"Our fever alarm armband demonstrates that it is possible to produce flexible, disposable devices that can greatly enhance the amount of information available to carers in healthcare settings," says Professor Someya. "We have demonstrated the technology with a temperature sensor and fever alarm, but the system could also be adapted to provide audible feedback on body temperature, or combined with other sensors to register wetness, pressure or heart rate."

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