This Week in Wearables is our weekly blog curating the best stories on wearables from around the web.
PIQ Unveils World’s Most Advanced Wearable
PIQ has today announced the worlds most advanced multi-sport sensor platform. Capable of measuring over 3,000 different data points per second, and through 13 different dimensions, and already planned in over a dozen different sports, PIQ is making sport even more exciting.
Why Security Must be Top Focus of mHealth Wearable Data Exchange Strategy
via Fierce Mobile Care by Judy Mottl
The explosive growth of mHealth wearables, illustrated by Fitbit’s recent IPO and the debut of Apple’s Watch earlier this year, isn’t happening without serious worries about user security. To that end, providers and payers must put security front-and-center before allowing data exchange from patient and consumer devices, according to a security expert.
This Rhythm-Based Health Wearable Can Change How You Feel
via TechTimes by Lauren Keating
There are plenty of wearables out on the market that can do everything from tracking your steps, monitoring your baby’s sleeping patterns, to even controlling your devices using finger gestures. And now there is a new breed of wearable technology that does more than track activity and send alerts — it can change how you feel.
You’ll Need a Prescription to Get Google’s Cool New Wearable
Google’s new wearable is something most people won’t get the chance to wear. Google X, the part of the company that innovates new technology, says the wearable will be used primarily as a health research tool. This device is to become “a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials,” says Google’s Andy Conrad.
Kingii Wants to Prevent Drownings with A Wearable
via Wired, by Liat Clark
Crowdfunded wearables have sometimes moved the market, and sometimes disappeared without a trace. Rarely, though, have they actually changed lives. Now Kingii wants to change that, by attempting to wipe out drownings, which result in 372,000 deaths a year, with a wearable.
Wearable Devices Offer Bank Customers New Ways to Pay
via Financial Times, by Emma Dunkley
Bank customers will be able to make payments using a wristband, key fob or even a sticker at high street shops with the launch of a new “contactless” range. Barclaycard has unveiled the trio of “wearable” devices that can be used to make transactions at 300,000 locations, including Transport for London, across the UK.
Thync Introduces New Wearable That Calms or Energizes People in Minutes
via Daily News, by Alejandro Alba
Shifting moods is about to get much easier with technology. Thync — the combination between think and sync — is a new wearable device that promises to either calm or energize users in just a few minutes by using a technology called neurosignaling.
Conductive Ink Could Be the Next Big Thing in Wearable Tech
via liliputing, by Lory Gil
Remember when wearing a fitness tracker labeled you a geek or a nerd? Well, don’t tell anyone, but we’re now living in the age of the nerd. According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, over 20% percent of Americans own a fitness tracker. And another 80 percent are familiar with at least one wearable health device on the market.
7 Wearable Technology Roles That Will Change the World
via ITProPortal, by Sam Pudwell
Wearables, wearables, wearables. Along with words like ‘cloud security’ and ‘internet of things’ that’s all I seem to hear about at the moment. Not that I’m complaining, I love wearables and I am definitely not the only one who does. Wearable devices in the form of smartwatches and fitness trackers have taken the world by storm, with 10 million devices sold in 2014. There are wearables in the market now that can change your mood, track your sleeping habits and bring an end to jet lag and that’s just in the consumer side; wearables are also being deployed in the enterprise with a host of use cases available.
Infographic: Which Wearable Tech Device Will Win?
via Adweek, by Carlos Monteiro
In the war of the wearables, the biggest battle is finding the right audience for your innovation. Smart glasses make for a good example: Despite all the hype around Google Glass, research firm NPD Group found only 1 percent of those surveyed actually bought them. Widespread adoption has not occurred. The other major wearables on the market, fitness trackers and smartwatches, are facing similar obstacles in their evolution, said Eddie Hold, vp of connected intelligence at the NPD Group.