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.

Research: Safety devices will drive wearables beyond fitness – phones will be 'just screens'

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Ericsson surveyed 5,000 smartphone users in Brazil, China, South Korea, the UK and the US for a ConsumerLab report on the views of the 280 million smartphone users around the globe about wearable devices. 

Sports retailer Russell Brands working with Dow on wearable tech

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Russell Brands has announced it is working with science and technology provider Dow to provide odour protection to its sports apparel products.

Russell will utilise Dow Chemical’s patented SILVADUR technology to provide advanced odour and freshness protection to apparel performance products. The products making use of this technology will feature the Intellifresh brand, with the first apparel from Russell Brands to incorporate this technology being the Russell COOLFORCE...

By Wearable Tech, 28 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles.

Wearable medical device market to hit £20bn by 2022, research argues

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Research and Markets has forecast that the global wearable medical device market will reach $27.8 billion (£19.8bn) by 2022.

According to the report, the market growth will be driven by rising prevalence of medical conditions such as hypertension and obesity. A sedentary lifestyle will also boost the demand for such devices, as well growing health awareness.

The demand for wearable technology will also grow, driven by rising incidences of diabetes and other chronic conditions that...

By Wearable Tech, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

New wearables may be inside the body, claims Ericsson

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According to Ericsson ConsumerLab's '10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2016' report from its global research programme, internal sensors within the body may become the new generation of wearables.

Eight out of 10 consumers surveyed said that they would like technology that enhances their cognitive abilities and sensory perception, such as hearing, memory and vision. More than half would also want to improve their communication capabilities. One in three consumers expressed interest in...

By Wearable Tech, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health & Wellness.

Sensoria wins IDTechEX award, while new wearable tech company launches

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Sensoria has been awarded the 'Best New Wearable Technology Device' award for its smart socks at the 2015 IDTechEX Printed Electronics USA show.

The textile sensor-infused socks was selected by a panel of judges that included Sandisk Corporation senior vice president Henri Richard, head of fashion innovation agency at the London College of Fashion Matthew Drinkwater, and US Olympic Committee senior sports technologist Mounir Zok.

Each smart sock has three soft, thin textile pressure...

By Wearable Tech, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Clothing & Textiles, Eyewear, Fashion.

Global wearable electronics market to see 80% CAGR in shipment by 2019

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ReportBuyer has added a report from Technavio examining the current scenario in the global wearable electronics market while also elaborating on the potential for growth.

The report, titled, Global Wearable Electronics Market 2015-2019, is based on market analysis and has been augmented with viewpoints from industry experts. Analysts at Technavio project a 79.99% CAGR in unit shipment the period 2014–2019.

Market size has been ascertained by taking into account revenue gained...

By Wearable Tech, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Research, Smartwatches.

Why more needs to be done to leverage smart textiles for the future of wearables

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To fully leverage smart textiles for the future for wearables, we need a manufacturing shift.

Smart textiles and interactive garments have played a strong role in the wearables space for the last twenty years, driven by visionary design prototypes such as the Philips New Nomad project from 1998, exploring the integration of digital interactivity into a range of apparel and jewellery.

Since then, we have seen a proliferation of prototypes and small release products, but a major impediment...

By Joanna Berzowska, 24 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Connectivity.