Smart dog collar recognised with CES award

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This story is the opposite of ruff justice; a smart dog collar which aims to “secure and strengthen the bond between dog and owner” has been named a wearable technology awards honouree for the CES 2017 event in January.

The LINK AKC smart collar, which is expected to ship in early 2017, features a convex-shaped design that comfortably fits the natural shape of a dog's neck. The collar comes with a smartphone app that allows dog owners to stay fully connected with GPS and...

By Wearable Tech, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health & Wellness.

Researchers developing ‘smart textiles’ to help improve lives of Parkinson’s disease patients

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A biomedical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and his team of students are exploring a technique that will help improve the lives of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Along with his team, Kunal Mankodiya, director of URI’s Wearable Biosensing Laboratory, is researching how to transform gloves, socks, clothing and even shoes into high-tech items that will make people with Parkinson’s disease healthier.

The research focuses on...

By Wearable Tech, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, IoT.

Thalmic Labs secures $120m series B funding to bring new products to market

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Thalmic Labs, a wearable technology company that focuses on human-computer interaction and has developed the Myo gesture control armband, has closed its latest funding round with $120 million.

Intel Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund and Fidelity Investments Canada led the funding round for the company, which plans to use the funds for bring in new products to market. iNovia, First Round Capital and Spark Capital also participated in the round.

The company's first product, the Myo armband,...

By Wearable Tech, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Virtual Reality.

Tractica cautiously optimistic in wearable cameras market forecast

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Market intelligence firm Tractica has released a new market report that forecast that annual shipments of wearable cameras will rise from 7.4 million units in 2014 to 24 million by 2021, resulting in a market worth $3.4 billion. The market at present consists of cameras for sports and adventure activities, consumer applications and public safety

These cameras have a targeted niche, but sports and adventure cameras, or action cameras, remain the largest driver for adoption of the...

By Wearable Tech, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Fitness.

La Roche-Posay rolls out skin sensor offering real-time monitoring of UV radiation

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In order to raise public awareness on personal sun exposure, La Roche-Posay has rolled out a stretchable skin sensor called My UV Patch formulated to provide real-time tracking of UV radiation.

The patch is water and sweat-resistant and can be used for up to three days during all outdoor activities, including swimming. The transparent adhesive measures approximately one square inch and 50 micrometers thick – half the thickness of an average strand of hair – and unlike the...

By Wearable Tech, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Implants.

Gemalto collaborates with RioCard for contactless transport ticketing at the Olympics

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International digital security provider Gemalto has collaborated with Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation ticketing operator RioCard to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands in Brazil’s second largest city. The application of this contactless payment solution will make it easier for users to make secure payments, and will benefit them in various modes of transportation such as, bus, ferry, subway and train.

Gemalto will provide RioCard with its waterproof...

By Wearable Tech, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Clothing & Textiles, Mobile Wallet, Payments.

Wearable baby monitor MonBaby to feature in 444 Target stores across US

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US retail giant Target will feature the wearable breathing and rollover monitor MonBaby in 444 brick-and-mortar stores across the country, as part of the Connected Home line announced in 2015.

MonBaby is already on sale on Target.com and a number of other online retail channels since early 2016. A certain portion of the brick-and-mortar stores featuring the device will be Target's Baby 360 specialty stores that were launched in...

By Wearable Tech, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Flex partners with MAS to develop new wearable technologies for clothing

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Flex is collaborating with MAS Holdings to manufacture new wearable technologies that speed up the integration of the ‘Intelligence of Things’ into clothing and facilitate more natural, intuitive interactions between people and technology.

Flex is a ‘sketch to scale’ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world and MAS Holdings is a technology apparel design-to-delivery solutions provider.

Mike Dennison, president of the...

By Wearable Tech, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Fitness.

Narrative brings about “company reorganisation”, aims to quell financial worries

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The Swedish wearable camera manufacturer Hardware has announced the initiation of a ‘company reorganisation’ in order to restructure its business amid financial difficulties.

The move, under the Business Reorganisation Act in Swedish law, enables companies to ‘restructure [with] a viable business but…facing a risk of temporary financial difficulties’, in the words of a press release.

The company manufactures the Narrative Clip 2, which as the name...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Clothing & Textiles, Ecosystems, Trackers.