FORBES - Jul 30 - Mondaine’s smartwatch is technically more of an activity tracker than an Android Wear rival. It records steps, sleep and calorie burn and offers wearers smart alarms and activity alerts. Fullpower Technologies’ MotionX platform is the driving force behind the motion detection. The tracker takes the form of a regular, fashionable wristwatch. A limited run of 1,957 models will go on sale for $850– the price will rise by $100 in September.
WALL STREET DAILY - Jul 30 - Similar in size and style to a regular wristwatch, the team calls doppel “empathic technology that works with your body.” The technology is based on “intuitive, natural interactions.” It delivers a customized tactile beat to the wrist and provokes responses from the wearer, based on their innate response to rhythm. It’s working with Disney on testing, with mass production expected to begin in November, and shipping in April 2016.
FORBES - Jul 30 - Google has improved the specs to support business use, the new model has a faster Intel processor, improved battery life of as long as two hours and improved wireless connectivity. The cube-like glass prism used to project the display into users’ field of vision is longer and thinner in the new version. This can be moved vertically as well as horizontally, while the first version offered only horizontal adjustment, one of those people said.
TECH CRUNCH - Jul 30 - HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received VR headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November. In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem. In addition to enabling developers to create and publish VR content, WEVR also runs a grant program called OnWEVR that awards virtual reality producers from $5,000 to $50,000 to support projects.
TECH CRUNCH - Jul 31 - Series A funding, led by New Enterprise Associates, will go to expand Olio’s manufacturing prowess and bring on new hires for the budding company. In addition to the raise, the company has announced a number of new models including a 24-carat gold model for $1,195 on a leather strap.
WAI - July 30 - You designed it. Now you want to build it. Its tough! Redg and the Wearables team recognised this and want to help more entrepreneurs through the business idea > build > marketing >>> success! process. In this post on ReadWrite Redg announced e2e. A new conference in Silicon Valley in October focused on the end to end process of making IoT and wearables businesses happen.
CNET - Jul 29 - The animated VR short called "Henry" is the story of a spiky hedgehog who just wants to give out hugs. Oculus says this short film will be available for free to anyone who purchases an Oculus Rift headset when they hit retail shelves in Q1 2016.
PRNEWSWIRE - Jul 29 - IBM developerWorks Recipes was designed to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect IoT devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users can tap into IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications.
CBS NEWS - Jul 29 - Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.
INFORMATION WEEK - Jul 29 - The first in a planned portfolio of digital media solutions from Nokia Technologies OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronized global shutter sensors, and spatial audio through eight integrated microphones. Video and audio content filmed using OZO can then be published for consumption on VR hardware like HMDs. The platform also works with third-party tools.
TECHNO BUFFALO - Jul 28 - A Motorola smartwatch is going through the steps necessary before its imminent announcement. The FCC document doesn’t reveal much; although several rumors indicate the upcoming wearable will feature a 1.56-inch 360 x 360 display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 400mAh battery.
TECH.CO - Jul 28 - Tep was built to appeal to a wide range of people, specifically millennial girls and young women, and was optimized for fun. In addition to recording distance and calories, the app also rewards users with activity generated points they can use to buy essential food and accessories for the virtual pet associated with their app.
BUSINESS INSIDER - Jul 28 - About a year and a half ago, founder Sjöblad started organizing implant parties in Mexico, France, Greece, Germany, England, Denmark, and the United States where groups of people attend and get NFC chips embedded into their hands. The chips are about the size of a grain of rice and enable users to send and receive data wirelessly using radio frequencies. A growing number of companies are also beginning to request these parties so that their employees can get implanted.
IDIGITAL TIMES - Jul 28 - It will aid children by projecting cues and instructions relating to social interaction on the Glass' tiny computer screen or give out audio cues as the interaction takes place. The virtual coach will prompt the wearer to make eye contact, for example, or simply try to engage another person in conversation to help bring them out of their shells. A soothing music will be played to help ease up the tension or stress the wearer feels.
by Diane Samson
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PRNEWSWIRE - Jul 27 - Industry leader Rochester Optical has officially launched its ANSI rated safety glasses for the Vuzix M100. The safety glasses with side shields successfully met ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 standards and are available to innovative companies utilizing Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses in the workplace. Rochester Optical is the first and only optical manufacturer to offer prescription safety glasses for Vuzix M100 currently.
PAYMENT WEEK - Jul 27 - The company is the first to have developed the technology that will allow for remote personalization of wearables for contactless payments. It has also received MasterCard’s approval using the M/Chip Advance payment application.
by Melanie Macinas
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ZDNET - Jul 27 - IoT will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds. Growing multi-device ownership also has been identified as a key driver of IoT and cloud adoption, according to research from Seagate Technology. More than 80% of companies that invested in IoT saw increased revenue, according to a recent study by India's Tata Consultancy Services, with the average growth rate from such initiatives clocking at 15.6%. Some 9% generated 30% more revenue as a result of their IoT efforts, while market leaders in this space saw a higher revenue increase of 64%.
THE NEXT WEB - Jul 27 - FocusMotion offers an SDK that turns any wearable into a fitness trainer. The SDK works with any OS, and uses a fitness wearable’s gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and Electromyography to understand the wearer’s movements and pace, allowing developers to program apps around human movements – no matter how obscure.
MOBILE ID WORLD - Jul 27 - Market research firm Tractica is predicting a huge boom in mobile payments via wearable devices. In a new report, the firm predicts that transaction volumes will grow from $3.1B this year to $501.1B by the year 2020 when wearable transactions will account for about a fifth of all mobile transactions, and 1% of all cashless payments in retail.