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    Zuckerberg, wearable technology steal Mobile World Congress limelight

    By Richard Wallace | February 22, 2016

    Zuckerberg, wearable tech in Mobile World Congress limelight

    Industry watchers in Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress are closely tracking new product offerings and technology developments in smart wearable things. “We could see hearables, VR and smart home launches at the show” one advance write-up of the MWC noted.

    Indeed, no sooner had the mobile congress began when online dispatches like this proclaimed VR the star of the show:

    “Virtual reality dominated the world’s biggest mobile phone show today, with one of its most influential proponents, Mark Zuckerberg, making a surprise appearance at a Samsung media event” where the Facebook CEO predicted that virtual reality would be the next big thing to “change the way we live and work and communicate”.

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      Smartwatch shipments clock the mighty Swiss timepiece

      By Richard Wallace | February 21, 2016

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      As noted in a post here last year, (Smart silicon ticks like sands of time for watchmakers) when it comes to the smartwatch, Switzerland’s mechanical watch industry has been pretty much whistling past the graveyard for years.

      Today, just a few weeks before Baselworld 2016, it’s not the spectre of the smart watch that’s haunting Swiss watchmakers, it’s actual numbers.

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        With Jacquard, Google gains 20/20 foresight in wearables

        By Richard Wallace | June 12, 2015

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        Jacquard components, yarns and fabrics can be manufactured with standard equipment used in mills around the world.

        From Silicon Valley to the runways of New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, wearable technology has become au, so, courant. Scratch a developer conference anywhere and you will find threads, garments, silicon, and conductors converging in new, cutting-edge fabric technology.

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          Wearable technology in the trenches: profiles in service

          June 4, 2015

          Stephen Gamst

          The recent Apple Watch introduction has helped fuel consumer excitement in wearable technology, but forecasters predict that it will be businesses and so-called ‘enterprise’ applications that will drive shipments to 485 million units and $19 billion in sales by 2018.

          But what will these application look like, and how will wearable technology transform current business practices?

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            Open source, 3D printing put bionic hand within reach

            By Richard Wallace | June 3, 2015

            Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 3.41.22 PMRobotic – or bionic – limbs arms and legs hold great promise for individuals born without extremities or those who have lost arms and legs due to injury. In the 70’s science fiction TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, a former, injured astronaut has his right arm, both legs and left eye replaced with “bionic” devices; the $6 million referring to the replacement and surgical costs at that time.

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              Wearable tech market’s upside buoys Fitbit IPO

              By Richard Wallace | May 11, 2015

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              A rising tide lifts all boats. In wearable tech today, Apple Watch-mania is the rising tide FitBit Inc. hopes will buoy its initial public offering, filed with the SEC last week.

              If successful Fitbit would be the first wearable technology in Silicon Valley to go public. Analysts expect the Apple Watch to expand the market for wearable technology, which could create even greater demand for lower-priced offerings such as Fitbit’s fitness-focused products. 

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                Forget fitness trackers: swallowable microchips, activated in the stomach, transmit health data via Bluetooth

                By Richard Wallace | May 5, 2015

                The FDA approved the marketing and use of ingestible sensors three years ago and ever since semiconductor makers have been innovating and investing in tiny, low power, highly integrated, swallowable microchip sensor technology.

                One maker, Proteus Digital Health, a biotech startup, is currently developing and beta testing “digital health feedback technology”  integrated into ingestible products containing edible embedded, microchips which are powered by stomach juices to measure bio activity and transmit data via Bluetooth.

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                  Apple delivery stumble helps LG Urbane: wearable now

                   LG Watch Urbane

                  The LG Watch Urbane is an all-metal ‘luxury’ Android Wear smart watch.

                  While Apple Watch fine tunes its ‘pre-order delivery’ schedules and enforces its up-market luxury caché via a ban on certain noxious apps, one of the watch maker’s biggest Android competitors, LG of South Korea, can now claim something still beyond Apple’s present market reach: in stock availability.