Back to School Wearables

So Google Hangouts failed last night. We recorded a 1 hour show and only 47 minutes showed up. Only thing is, it was a minute here, a minute there. There are some noticable skips at the 17 minute and 38 minute marks. Since the show was mostly intact, we are moving forward for now.

1 in 50 shows, not bad. Only problem is I don’t know the issue until now. Can’t fix things if you don’t know.

Wearable Today Episode #80:

  • All Show notes are here
  • Do you have an idea for wearables in the healthcare industry? You could win $1000, if you’re selected by Ochsner Health Systems as one of the top 10 ideas for new healthcare wearables. Winners will go on to compete for the top prize, which will be awarded next March at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The initiative hopes to spur ideas and business to develop better healthcare wearables. You can read more on nola.com
  • Everyone wants to build new apps for wearables, but there a few mistakes that you should avoid. Nidhi Singh has put together her 3 top mistakes, which can be applied to almost any wearable. We won’t spoil all the tips, but one big mistake she talks about is relying on normal “dumb” sensors, tracking only steps or general movement, when users really want to have details about what kind of activity they’re carrying out. To read the other tips, head on over to chromeinfotech.com
  • Games have been noticeable absent on the wearable platforms, I don’t see many Apple Watch users playing things, and the games on Android Wear have been pretty limited. Well, one big one has come to Android Wear: Ingress. If you’re not familiar with the game, it centers around going to real world locations, and attacking portals that your opponents control, while building stronger portals for defense. Now you can play on your watch, tracking portal locations, and attacking and defending. I’ve played this game a lot, and it usually is pretty hard on my battery, it will be interesting to see if this is a preferred method, I know it will be easier for me to play while biking now. You can read more about it over at AndroidPolice.com
  • It’s not Wolverine claws, but this glove made by Morten Grønning allows you to be more precise in cutting wood and stone. Called the Happeratus glove, you can use individual fingers to smooth out areas like you were doing it with your finger. The project and video were filmed at the Royal college of Art in London and can be seen on the link in the show notes.
  • What data from your wearable is HIPPA protected? That is what some people are starting to question. A survey stated that 25% of consumers believed their personal health data was not secure from a wearable standpoint. Does this mean we will start to see wearables with encryption that is HIPPA compliant? Does it matter for tracking your steps?
  • As the old adage goes – why fight it when you can embrace it. That is what California based Nico Gerard is doing. They launched a line of Pinnacle watches where the band allows you to attach your Apple Watch on the other end. Two watches on your wrist could get a little heavy, but in the end you will have everything you need. All for $9,300. And yes, the Apple Watch is included.
  • August Smart locks announced you can now use Apple Watch to unlock your doors. The system app lets you choose the door, then simply swipe and tap to unlock the deadbolt. The lock system uses Bluetooth LE to connect to the lock, so you still might have to take the phone out of the pocket to unlock. This lock cost $250 and runs on AAA batteries. Of course, a key will be available if the system doesn’t work.
  • Luke gets a new garage door opener. In the world of IoT, this also can be controlled by a phone or wearable.
  • Kids are getting ready to go back to school. You might be planning to get them a wearable or two. Luke and Jeff review some great wearables you might consider for your kids.
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