Gartner warns of wearable device drop out in latest missive

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The latest research note from analyst firm Gartner argues that wearables need to be more useful and dropout is a ‘serious problem’ for the industry.

The 2016 Gartner Personal Technologies Study showed that the abandonment rate of smartwatches is 29% and 30% for fitness trackers as people do not find them useful, they get bored of them or they break.

Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner said: “Dropout from device usage is a serious problem for the industry. The...

By Wearable Tech, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Devices, Smartwatches.

Wearables are secure enough for the enterprise – but only with the right policies in place

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It’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” for mass adoption of wearables in the enterprise. Whilst they haven’t been mass adopted by consumers, they have a huge opportunity in the enterprise, and the number of organisations already integrating wearable technology into their networks has nearly doubled since 2014 – increasing from 13% to 24%.

Although smartwatches have similar capabilities to...

By Paul Jarrett, 15 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Workplace.

This new graphene supercapacitor glimpses into the future of wearable technology

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A research team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has presented a new graphene-based supercapacitor at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia.

The flexible micro-supercapacitors could trigger new developments in the realm of wearable technology, with a myriad of possibilities such as smart T-shirts that charges mobile phones or dishwashing robots, according to the researchers.

By Wearable Tech, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Data & Analytics, Ecosystems, Research.

This company aims to revolutionise wearable device testing

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Verkotan, a CTIA authorised test lab, is improving wearable testing with the GPS Air Performance Test that is patent pending. The test has been developed with other leading players in the wearable industry. The Centre for Wireless Communication (CWC) at University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland TEKES and Hilla Program contributed in funding of the project.

Verkotan has developed a real over the air GPS...

By Wearable Tech, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Devices, Standards, Trackers.

KAIST develops ultra-thin transparent transistors for wearable displays

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A research group from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed ultra-thin transistors aimed at improving the performance of electronic and wearable displays.

As the IoT era gains ground, there has been robust demand for wearable and transparent displays suited to the requirements of various fields such as augmented reality (AR) and skin-like thin flexible devices. However, the researchers argue that previous technology for flexible transparent displays...

By Wearable Tech, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Contextual Data, Data & Analytics.

How the wearable computing market could disrupt a plethora of industries

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Technological advances in the growing wearable computing market are bolstering growth rates in both consumer and non-consumer markets. This is in sharp contrast to how the scenario was before the present, when wearables were a fringe market of curious devices that were bulky, unaesthetic and impractical for consumer applications.

BCC Research projects that the global market for wearable computing products will exceed $171.2 billion in 2021, on a five-year compound annual growth rate of...

By Wearable Tech, 01 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Why insurers are moving towards wearable tech and big data

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Quadrant Information Services, a technology supplier to property and casualty carriers, has argued that the insurance industry is being transformed by big data analysis and miniaturised data collection devices with the phenomenon impacting both health insurance and auto insurance.

A recent study by research group Strategy Meets Action revealed that though only three percent of health insurers are currently using wearable devices to help set individual rates, approximately 22% of health...

By Wearable Tech, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Workplace.

Kaspersky and WISeKey collaborate on cybersecurity for wearables

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Security providers Kaspersky Lab and WISeKey have announced a partnership developing technology to protect wearable devices.

The market for connected wearables is estimated to be growing by 35% on an annual basis, while smartwatches, fitness trackers and payment wristbands are expected to account for one in five mobile payment transactions by 2020, with a predicted worth of $500 billion (£x) per year, according to Tractica.

Kaspersky and WISeKey argue that wearables are...

By Wearable Tech, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security.

Opinion: Wearables are raising the bar for athletes

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The athlete stands on a platform surrounded by thousands of spectators, tense with expectation. In front of him is a barbell loaded with 750 pounds. He failed his first attempted lift, but with close monitoring from his coach, using technology that senses form and muscle recruitment, he is able to adjust his strategy in...

By Eran Eshed, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Performance Monitoring.

Wearable electronics among drivers of microelectronics innovation, says Frost & Sullivan

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Frost & Sullivan has released a report that names wearable electronics among the leading microelectronics technologies in the future, with the segment expected to make headway in terms of adoption soon.

Wearable electronics is expected to play a major role in consumer and healthcare applications and this development along with the rise in the use of smart devices is boosting the development of microelectronics technologies.

The demand for cost-effective and robust devices that...

By Wearable Tech, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Data & Analytics, Ecosystems.