Wearables

NIGHTWATCH Smart Halter: A Great Example of ARM’s IoT Ecosystem Innovation And Diversity

NIGHTWATCH Smart Halter and Collar We’ve all seen examples over the past few years of complex IoT technology solutions to help solve real-world problems from a variety of small companies. In fact, last week while I was at the ARM Holdings annual industry analyst conference and TechCon, a gathering of the ARM ecosystem powers, you …

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To Consumers, Today’s Healthcare Approach Is Like Getting Stuck On Mars

In healthcare, consumers are once removed from not just payment, but also decision-making. In spite of this disintermediation, health and wellness is innately individual. In parallel, consumer adoption of health and wellness related technology is soaring. It begs the question: As digital health approaches critical mass, who will lead the charge for healthcare consumerization and …

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Fossil’s Entry Into Smartwatches Helps Legitimize The Wearable Technology Market

Fossil recently announced a line of smartwatches and so becomes one of the newest non-tech players in the wearable technology space. Companies like Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas have all made forays into wearable technology, but some of them have failed and others have yet to attain major success. Nike’s band was abandoned, and Under Armour’s device with …

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Motorola Puts The Personal Touch On Smartwatches

Motorola recently introduced their latest version of the Moto 360 smartwatch. This version made improvements over the previous generation and fixed a lot of issues. Since Motorola Mobility was acquired by Lenovo, they’ve actually been given more resources and more power to do interesting things, and that includes expanding the scope of their Moto Maker program. By expanding …

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Moto 360 Gen 2

Motorola’s New Moto 360 – The Smartwatch that Delivers, Mostly

Motorola’s first generation Moto 360 was universally lauded as the best looking and functional smartwatch on the market, especially among the Android Wear watches. Even after Apple released the Apple Watch, many still believed the Moto 360 to be the truer to form watch on the market. But even being one of the best smart …

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Intel IDF: High Risk, High Reward — Intel Steps Up Its Game

Source: Christoper R. Wilder At A High-Level Two weeks ago my colleagues, Patrick Moorhead (@patrickmoorhead), Jimmy Pike (@SR_fellow), and I (@skydevr) attended the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). This show is the place where hardware and software developers go to gaze upon new technologies, platforms, and solutions coming out of Intel. Like most vendor conferences, there was considerable …

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For The Wearables Market To Grow, Data Plans Need To Change

From my experience, many consumers aren’t interested in a smartwatch until it has the ability to completely untether from a smartphone. Last week at IFA Berlin, we saw a slew of smartwatches from the likes of Samsung Electronics, Huawei, Motorola, LG Electronics, and others. Many of these smart watches primarily come with WiFi and Bluetooth …

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How Consumers Will Fix The Healthcare System, Part II

As I wrote in my last column, consumers are going to be the ones that drive health care reforms in two ways. First, they’re using technology to improve their own health. Second, and the topic of today’s column, consumers will help revolutionize the way health care is delivered. Companies like Teladoc and American Well were first to …

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How Consumers Will Fix The Healthcare System, Part I

Two weeks ago, my wife and co-practice lead, Jeanne, wrote an article about a topic you don’t see much in the Tech space. It generated a great deal of interest and shares, so we know it resonated with Forbes readers. She listed the several ways we, as a society, have become fatter and less healthy. …

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This Isn’t Your Father’s Midmarket Enterprise System: 5 Trends You Need To Know

If the Internet is the fuel for the global economy, the mid-market is the engine that makes it work from a growth, stability, and innovation perspective. Traditional enterprises have typically built and deployed systems used exclusively by employees, with a focus on internal processes, improving efficiencies, decreasing costs across all functional business areas. With the …

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Qualcomm Gets Aggressive In Taiwan At Computex 2015

Last week, much of the PC, server, and tablet electronics component, operating system and ODM world came together in Taiwan for Computex. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices, ARM Holdings, Intel, MediaTek Inc., Microsoft, NVIDIA and Qualcomm were all there on hand to take part in the festivities. I’m going to focus on Qualcomm’s presence there, …

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IFS World Conference: It is True — Enterprise Application Vendors Must Embrace The Internet of Things (IoT) or Die Trying

  Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the IFS World Conference in Boston MA.  IFS is virtually unknown in North America, but their legacy and reputation has been strong since its founding in 1983 in Linköping, Sweden.  The company develops Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Service Management (ESM), and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions. …

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How LTE-U In Unlicensed Spectrum Helps Carriers Make Money

As our world becomes more and more wirelessly connected, there is a never-ending demand for more spectrum to accommodate the bandwidth needs of all our devices. This challenge was coined by Qualcomm in 2013 as the “1000x challenge”, saying that wireless networks in the future will require 1000x the capacity of today. As a result, many companies …

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Apple Watch Closer To Becoming A Winner

I attended Apple’s announcement today in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where they rolled out more detailed information about Apple Watch, among other things. Wearables haven’t had any degree of mass adoption so far yet they are packed onto store shelves and were one of the buzz factors at last week’s MWC. Only …

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Microsoft HoloLens Gets Face Wearables Right

I attended Microsoft’s big event last week in Redmond where they made a number of product announcements, one of them called HoloLens. HoloLens is Microsoft’s own head-mounted device that is worn like a large set of goggles. Their solution is designed to be unique in many ways and Microsoft is doing everything they can to distance …

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Nike, FitBit, Or Jawbone: Who Is Best Positioned To Win In Fitness Wearables?

I have been spending a lot of time lately researching the Internet of Things (IoT) lately as it is a hot topic for both my consulting clients and also for long-term investors. We’ve behaviorally segmented IoT into the Human IoT (HIoT) and the Industrial IoT (IIoT). One greenfield HIoT product segment that is getting a lot of attention …

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Are Wearables the Next Wave of Computing?

Two weeks ago at Google I/O, Google thrust wearable computing into the mainstream, public eye by performing one of the most incredible stunts I had ever seen on the technology stage. Wearing Google Glass and communicating via real-time voice and video, daredevils jumped out of a blimp, landed on the Moscone Center roof, rappelled down …

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