Emotion tracker Sence tracks 64 emotions using ‘heart rate variability’

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Planexta has introduced its Kickstarter campaign for the first emotion tracker for electrocardiography (ECG) technology, Sence. The technology helps users to understand their emotional state by measuring more than 64 emotions using heart rate variability (HRV), while simultaneously monitoring events that might trigger certain feelings.

HRV is as accurate as an ECG, which is 250 times better than traditional fitness trackers that use optical sensors that measure blood flow.

Users can track...

By Wearable Tech, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, 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.

Amazfit Arc launched, offers ‘comprehensive’ tracking and 20 day battery life

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US-based wearable technology company Amazfit has introduced the new Amazfit Arc, a new heart rate, activity and sleep tracker that can follow a user’s progress in real-time. The Amazfit Arc features a scratch-resistant OLED touchscreen and a 20-day battery life for an introductory price of $49.99.

The Arc joins the recently announced, ceramic-based Moonbeam and Equator wearables by the company, which are the slimmest and most lightweight activity trackers on the market today. All...

By Wearable Tech, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems.

Yudiz, Brick Simple, and Moyeo Apps named in top 10 wearable app design firms

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A list of top 10 best wearable app design companies has been prepared by San Francisco-based 10 Best Design, with Yudiz, Brick Simple, and Moyeo Apps the top three winners for October.

The list is prepared each month by using a complex algorithm process that weighs the pros and cons of each firm against other contenders.

Yudiz, according to the research, is argued to be one of the best app development agencies in India that can develop wearable applications for any hardware. The company...

By Wearable Tech, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, UI.

North America and Europe expected to lead wearable tech market until 2021

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A newly published report from Scalar Market Research has predicted the global wearable technology market to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% from $29.92 billion in 2016 to hit $71.23 billion by 2021.

The report is entitled ‘Wearable Technology Market by Products, Application – Global Revenue, Trends, Growth, Share, Size and Forecast to 2021’, and focuses on the entire ecosystem, from smart clothing and glasses, to augmented reality headsets, to industry verticals from fitness...

By Wearable Tech, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Research.

IDC notes smartwatch shipments decline more than 50% in Q316

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It had been prophesised, but now the chickens have truly come home to roost: latest figures from IDC show the smartwatch market has declined by 51.6% year over year.

The figures, released as part of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, showed 2.7 million units shipped globally in Q316, down from 5.6 million this time last year.

Apple remains top of the tree, although this does not tell the full story, with the Cupertino giant suffering almost the bulk of the...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartwatches.

Two examples of how enterprise wearables are starting to make their mark

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ABI Research has argued in its latest note that wearables in the manufacturing and field services verticals represent one quarter of devices shipped to end users in 2016, while video collaboration software developer Pristine says that more than half of its customers have moved from pilot programs to full-scale production deployments with its smart glasses range.

The forecast from ABI Research notes that shipments of enterprise wearable will increase threefold to top 35 million units in...

By Wearable Tech, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Eyewear, Workplace.

LVL breaks $1 million Kickstarter mark for 'first wearable hydration monitor'

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BSX Technologies has announced that the Kickstarter campaign for its LVL wearable device has surpassed $1 million in funding with an original goal of $50,000, putting it in the top 0.06% of the crowd-funding site’s initiatives.

Integrated with smart sensor and patented red light technology, LVL can monitor the user’s present hydration levels and then recommends the exact volume needed to achieve optimal hydration. The device also tracks heart rate, sleep quality,...

By Wearable Tech, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness.

Wearable health tech firm Mio Global secures $15 million in series B funding

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Canada-based Mio Global, a company which provides wearable health technologies, has announced $15 million in funding led by Hydra Ventures with participation from private investors.

The company is seeking to impact the global health scenario with its new Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) personal health metric and Mio SLICE wrist-based fitness tracker.

PAI uses heart rate to track the body’s response to all types of physical activity while providing actionable and...

By Wearable Tech, 20 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

This ‘artificial vision’ device aims to help the visually impaired accomplish daily tasks

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A newly developed ‘artificial vision’ wearable technology device aims to help the almost 250 million people suffering from low vision globally achieve everday tasks with more ease than using traditional assistive reading devices, according to a study presented at the latest meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The Orcam My Eye is a hands-free device that can be clipped to eyeglasses. It features a miniature camera that sees and recognises what the...

By Wearable Tech, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Eyewear, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Why the global pharma industry will adopt digital health tools in coming five years

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A recently published research paper by healthcare technology provider Validic states that the global pharma and biotech will increasingly turn to digital health tools over the next five years to better collect, analyse and act on patient-generated health data (PGHD). This growth is attributed to increased pressures to reduce trials costs, streamline processes, demonstrate real world-efficacy, address medication adherence and improve treatments for chronic diseases.

The survey...

By Wearable Tech, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

TomTom Touch is a bold wearable that doesn't quite fit

You've probably heard of TomTom, but the likelihood is you remember them for some of the best in-car satellite navigation systems. The rise of smartphone apps with connected features and constant updates has muscled in on TomTom's once large market and driven the company to explore more future-proof efforts. 

TomTom believes it has something to offer...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

This company has just been named the enterprise wearable device of the year

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US-based Vuzix-owned next generation M300 Smart Glasses has been awarded the Enterprise Wearable Device of the Year by Compass Intelligence, a market analytics and consulting firm that specializes in metrics-driven market intelligence, advisory, marketing support, and insights for the mobile, IoT, and high-tech industries.

The Vuzix M300 is designed to address customer feedback from more than two years of productive use of the earlier M100 Smart Glasses. Its advanced ergonomic design and...

By Wearable Tech, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Enterprise, Workplace.

ABI Research: Global wearable device shipments to hit more than 500m by 2021

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A new report from ABI Research predicts that the global wearable device shipments will increase from 202 million in 2016 to more than 501 million by 2021.

Analysts say that 17% of the shipments are attributed to enterprise end users in 2016, which will see the segment to nearly double at a CAGR of 35% by the end of the forecast period. It is also estimated that more than 16 million wearables – from activity trackers to healthcare monitors and from 3D motion trackers to...

By Wearable Tech, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Enterprise.

OMsignal launches “truly feminine wearable tech” with smart sports bra

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Canada-based wearable sports tech manufacturer OMsignal has announced its latest product – the OMbra.

The OMbra is a smart sports-bra that offers a digital coaching experience to women involved in sports or simply to those who work out every day. It is embedded with patent-pending sensor technologies that accurately capture the body’s deepest signals and streams the data to the user’s smartphone. The company claims that the bra combines accurate heart and breathing...

By Wearable Tech, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Eccrine Systems secures $5.5m in series A for sweat-sensing wearable tech

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Eccrine Systems, a Cincinnati-based company dedicated to improving human health, safety, and productivity through innovation and development of advanced sweat sensing technologies has raised $5.5 million in series A funding.

The company’s technology platform addresses a wide range of monitoring applications including industrial toxicity, fitness-for-duty, stress management, treatment effectiveness and various medical conditions. The raised funds will help accelerate the...

By Wearable Tech, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

This company claims to have launched the first UV-focused smartwatch

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Dipitr Technologies has launched O'We, the first smartwatch that aims to monitor sun exposure. The fitness watch is currently available for pre-order at an early-bird discount of 40%.

The new smartwatch has a feature called SunTrack that tracks sun exposure, and will soon launch on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Apart from the sun exposure monitor, the watch has other fitness features including measurements of daily...

By Wearable Tech, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches.