Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Fashion, Interview, Smartwatches.

Rip Curl partners up with Rackspace to deliver surfing wearable tech

This goes a bit beyond waterproof watches for deep sea divers: Aussie surf brand Rip Curl, in association with Rackspace, has created the first piece of surf-friendly wearable technology with the Rip Curl Search GPS Watch.

The watch captures data from a surfer’s session, gauging wave count, distances between rides and sessions, as well as top speed.

The technology which underpins Rip Curl Search GPS is Rackspace’s database as a service ObjectRocket, which utilises the power of the cloud as users...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

Juniper asserts the future of wearable manufacturing is in China

A note from Juniper Research’s James Moar has asserted that wearable devices will be of interest to Chinese manufacturers after Xiaomi announced the Mi Band fitness wearable.

Xiaomi is currently prospering in the smartphone market, having recently overtaken Samsung in Chinese sales, according to research from Canalys. Yet its move into the low-end wearable market with Mi Band – at 79 yuan (£7.50), less than one tenth of the cost of Fitbit’s Flex – has caused an interesting debate. A Business Week...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research.

Symantec research suggests wearable applications are major security risk

Security analysts at Symantec have found that they were able to track users who engaged in the ‘quantified self’, or tracked their lives using fitness or health apps, by using a $75 product dubbed the ‘Blueberry Pi’.

The security bods mashed together a Raspberry Pi (price: $35), a battery pack, a Bluetooth USB dongle and a 4GB SD card to create a device which could track these apps and can be built by “anybody with basic IT skills.”

These portable Bluetooth scanners were...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Health & Wellness, Privacy.

Why PR and comms decide wearable tech is not a “nightmare” for its industry

Every leap in technology brings forth different challenges over privacy and security. Wearable technology, with the arguably invasive nature of Google Glass, is no exception.

Public relations and communications professionals as part of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) recently debated the motion that “wearable technology is an ethical nightmare for PR, marketing and communications professionals” in the House of Commons, and concluded that it wasn’t, by 55 votes to...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Enterprise.