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    GoPro deal brings wearable technology to NHL

    By Richard Wallace | January 24, 2015

    Wearable technology just scored a hat trick via an innovation-driven partnership linking the National Hockey League, the players association, and wearable camera maker GoPro that will enable streaming broadcast feeds from player-mounted devices. HD video content captured with GoPro cameras will be used in NHL game broadcasts and on NHLPA, NHL and GoPro online channels.

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      New high-current, high-inductance power inductors are aimed at EV start-stop apps

      By Jack Matthew Klein | January 23, 2015

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      Coilcraft’s new AGP4233 Series shielded power inductors are said to offer a unique combination of high current handling and high inductance, making them well-suited for high-current power supply and filtering applications such as those used in electric vehicle start-stop systems. They are offered in twelve standard inductance values from 6.8 to 470 µH, with current ratings as high as 101.8 Amps (custom values are also available).

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        NXP introduces ultra-compact smart car access solution for car keys and wearables

        By Jack Matthew Klein | January 23, 2015

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        NXP Semiconductors has introduced its NCF29A1, claimed to be the world’s first true one-chip solution for smart car access, combining Passive Keyless Entry (PKE), an RF transmitter for remote control and an immobilizer in a HVQVN32 package.

        The ultra-compact device allows new key designs and form factors like PKE chips in smartphones, smartwatches or smartphone cases, supporting complementary car access via mobile devices.

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          Venture capital for wearable med tech surges

          January 15, 2015

          Wearable technology is the prime target for venture capital investments in the healthcare industry where so-called ‘Mobile Health’ companies were the largest recipient of VC funding in 2014.

          Overall, consumer-centric health companies raised $2.3 billion in 436 deals. mHealth companies meanwhile were the largest recipient of VC funding bringing in $1.2 billion—and within mHealth most funding went to wearables with $526 million and mHealth apps with $507 million.

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            Nobody wants a fitness band; but wearables are far from dead

            January 15, 2015

            The results of a new study from research firm Robert W. Baird and Co could lead the unwary to conclude that the nascent wearables market is, in fact, stillborn; fitness trackers, which constitute the bulk of wearable electronic products, aren’t resonating with most consumers. A full 85% of respondents to Baird’s study simply weren’t interested in buying.

            So, it is important to note that the Baird study applies to the current generation of wrist worn fitness bands.