IEEE provides insight on security design vulnerabilities in wearables

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has examined potential security vulnerabilities in wearable devices in its latest report.

The study, entitled “WearFit: Security Design Analysis of a Wearable Fitness Tracker”, makes use of a fabricated wearable fitness tracking system, dubbed WearFit, in order to illustrate these flaws via a security analysis.

The report uses the fictitious wearable in context with what IEEE perceives to be the top 10 software...

By Wearable Tech, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Privacy, Security.

Wearables market expected to generate $14bn in revenue and 123m units in 2016

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The latest research note from CCS Insight projects sales of 411 million smart wearables, worth $34 billion, in 2020. The research firm anticipates robust growth over the next five years, with sales of 123 million units, generating $14 billion in revenue in 2016.

Wrist-worn devices are the star innovators in the market, with fitness, activity and sports trackers accounting for almost 50% of all shipments in the next year, at more than 60 million units. Meanwhile, smartwatch sales...

By Wearable Tech, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Research, Smartwatches.

Mattel acquires smart monitor provider Sproutling

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Toy manufacturing giant Mattel has completed the acquisition of Sproutling, a maker of smart technology products and smart monitors for parents and families.

Sproutling, with offices in San Francisco, will keep developing and launching products under the bespoke brand. Additionally, the company will collaborate on design and development of new products for the Mattel range of brands, based on Sproutling's technology platform.

Mattel global head of strategic development and M&A, Sid...

By Wearable Tech, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Health & Wellness.

Wearable helps to reduce Zika infection rate

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Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you will know the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global emergency due to a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus – known to cause birth defects with lifelong implications. Whilst scientists around the globe work hard to create a vaccine against Zika, it could be a wearable device which offers vital protection and helps...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health & Wellness.

Microsoft will reinvigorate the smart glasses market

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A new study by market research specialists Juniper Research points towards over 12 million consumer smart glasses shipping in 2020, with the market reinvigorated from 2017 by Microsoft's impressive HoloLens wearable. 

HoloLens uses Augmented Reality (AR) to manipulate the world around the wearer. In demonstrations, we've seen the HoloLens being used for lifestyle reasons, productivity, and...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Eyewear, Research, Virtual Reality, Workplace.

Global wearable device sales to grow 18% in 2016, says Gartner

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A research note from analyst house Gartner argues that sales of wearable electronic devices will bring in revenue of $28.7 billion (£20.1 billion) in 2016, with smartwatches generating $11.5 billion of the total. Global sales of wearable electronic devices are anticipated to see 18.4% year-on-year growth to 274.6 million units in 2016.

Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner, said: “From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48 percent growth largely due to...

By Wearable Tech, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research.

Review: Lift your posture with the Lumo Lift

Your posture is an important thing – it affects your long-term spine health, and can make a huge difference when it comes to body language. Wearable devices are bringing innovative new ways to improve our daily habits, and the Lumo Lift wants to fill the void as the posture coach you didn't know you needed. 

Hardware 

Lumo Body Tech is the company behind the Lift, a company which specialises in performance-monitoring wearables. The main part of the kit is a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

NHS prepares to launch 'digital coach' wearable for diabetes management

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A wearable device will soon be trialled by the NHS in the West of England which aims to be a 'digital coach' for patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The project is the first of seven which have been greenlit as part of the NHS Innovation Test Beds programme, and will be led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

Global wearable sensor market to see 45.20% CAGR through 2020

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A new report from Transparency Market Research argues that the global wearable sensor market will see a 45.20% CAGR through 2020.

Growth in the global wearable sensor market is mostly on account of increasing health awareness and advancements in the healthcare sector, the researchers argue. Wearable sensors are utilised to monitor patients suffering from a variety of diseases. Demand for wearable sensors is anticipated to increase from many industries, such as sports, gaming, and consumer...

By Wearable Tech, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.