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    Four reasons why Europe will lead the US into the brave new world of the Internet of Things

    February 25, 2015

    Europe leads boldly into a new world of connectednessDespite dire predictions about the fate of a united Europe, the region appears to be moving forward in concerted fashion on the technology deployment front.

    Indeed, Europe appears poised to take the lead in a digital economy based on the ability to connect things with people – the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Several things play into this: European Union leadership in R&D funding; a tradition of strong data-privacy protections; a cultural bias toward conservation and environmental issues/concerns; the migration towards the cities and other demographic trends.

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      Semi makers eye India’s huge wearable tech market

      February 23, 2015

      Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.22.39 PM Electronics makers are gearing up for what is seen as a huge market opportunity in India for smart watches, Google glasses, fitness monitors and other wearable tech.

      To capitalize on India’s growth opportunity, say experts, electronics companies should consider investing in wearable product innovation and industrial design, and building ecosystems that connect wearables to the broader array of interactive digital networks.

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        Volvo’s smart cars share slippery road alerts

        By Jack Matthew Klein | February 20, 2015

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        Volvo Cars is joining forces with road administrators in a pilot project in which road friction information from individual cars can be shared with other vehicles via a cloud-based system. When the test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is relayed via Volvo’s database to other vehicles that are approaching the slippery area. The information is also sent to the road administrator and road maintenance contractors to quickly address changed conditions.

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          Wearable tech: getting under your skin, soon

          February 20, 2015

          10 implantable technologies rapidly growing, will soon to be part of your life (and your body)

          A new wave of wearable tech may soon be getting under your skin.

          According to recent reports, a Swedish office block has adopted a new ID implant technology in order to take access security to new levels, by implanting computer chips under employees’ skin rather than issuing ID cards or wearable tags.

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            Wearable market: 485 million devices annually in 2018

            Devices that you can wear on your head, wrist or ankle help you communicate hands free, monitor your body’s health and fitness and more.

            Bluetooth headsets. NFC-enabled medical ID braceletsSmart watches. Smart glasses. Fitness trackers.

            If you already own one or more of these devices, you’re not alone. The wearable technology industry is booming.

            Technology market intelligence company ABI Research says wearable computing devices will be the norm within five years.