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. 

Hyundai is building an Iron Man suit

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Whilst most superheroes have some form of unrealistic power, Iron Man uses advanced technology which could be possible one day. That day has just become a Hulk-sized step closer after Hyundai has announced its work on a suit which it likens to...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Workplace.

Garmin's Approach X40 should be a hole-in-one for golfers

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Garmin is no stranger to wearables and has a solution for most people no matter what sport they partake in. The company's Approach range is specifically-targeted at golfers, and the latest X40 is packed with all the features you need to improve your game whether a professional or an...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual Data, Devices, Fitness, Performance Monitoring, Trackers.

Logitech prepares for iPhone 7 with Jaybird acquisition

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Jaybird manufactures audio wearables for people who live active lifestyles, but more importantly they’ve been acquired by Logitech ahead of what seems like the inevitable removal of the standard headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7. 

Judd Armstrong, founder and chief executive officer of Jaybird, said,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Devices, Fitness.

Research: Wearable payments expected to hit $100bn by 2018

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Many of us are expected to utilise our wearables for payments by 2018, if projections by Juniper Research are correct. The research firm expects contactless payments through wearable devices to reach $95 billion annually by 2018, up from less than $35 billion last year.  

Apple’s entry into NFC gave the industry a much needed boost, and...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, NFC, Payments, Research, Smartwatches.

Apple Watch survives privacy test – fitness trackers reveal location, passwords

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In a test conducted by the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and its Citizen Lab, a wide range of wearable devices revealed data which can be used to find the exact location of a user, and even offered up passwords and usernames by installed apps. 

The researchers conducted tests on eight devices; the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Bluetooth, Privacy, Research, Security, Smartwatches, Trackers.

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.

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.

Wearable tattoos are here (kind of)

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Although sensors which reside inside of the body are the next big thing, a new generation of wearable technology is arriving due to MC10 which hopes to secure a spot on your skin - like a "tattoo" of sorts. 

This new era for wearables is starting with researchers looking into people who have problems with movement, motor skills, and other neurodegenerative disorders. Although not quite a tattoo like you would have inked onto your skin, the adhesive patch is more...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual Data, Health Monitoring, Implants, Trackers.

Voice control your Volvo using the Microsoft Band 2

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Microsoft and Volvo have been keeping busy in the connected car space, and have announced their work together on a system which allows for the control of your Volvo car using the Microsoft Band 2 wearable. In fact, going by CES this year, the whole technology industry has been looking for however they can get their name in this rapidly-growing space. 

Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer at Volvo Car Group, says: “When...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Apps, Devices, Home Automation, IoT, Smartwatches.

Interview: What could the delay of the Vive mean for HTC?

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Some people aren't even aware the Vive exists amongst headlines dominated by the likes of Oculus – which is the case with a lot of recent products by HTC. But the Vive, for those unaware, is an impressive VR headset from HTC built in collaboration with one of the most renowned names in gaming, Valve

Yesterday, HTC announced the Vive would be delayed until April 2016. We caught-up with Dan Page, a VR consultant and organiser behind the

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Virtual Reality.