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Wearable Today Episode 75 Show Notes
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- Intel spent a reported $175 million purchasing Recon Instruments, famous for its Recon Jet, the so-called “Google Glass for fitness.” How this will play out for Intel, who was reportedly in talks with Google for it’s next version of Google Glass, is still unknown. You can read more about the deal over at engadget.com
- Congratulations to Gyroglove, as they won £10,000 in Simon Cowel’s newest show called “F Factor”. These are tech ideas from young entrepreneurs age 14-25. Gyroglove is a device that will stabilize a shaking hand, especially those with Parkinson’s
- Get this. You might be plugging your baseball cap into your wall very soon. LUMATIV, a wearable tech company announced they have partnered with Redbull’s Crashed Ice Series. Their LED apparel, including the E5 snapback cap, is a USB-rechargable hat. The Brooklyn Nets are also working out a deal with the company for official hat apparel.
- As wearable recording devices increase, the legal issues begin to creep into play. Already in Illinois they are trying to pass new evesdropping laws to prohibit people from recording police. Nonetheless, we might start to see situations and possible life threatening events similar to Princess Diana’s car crash from amateur papparazzi.
- Would you buy Amazon’s Glass alternative? Well, based on a patent that was recently filed, they may be getting into the smart glasses market. Unlike Google Glass, the patent shows some eye tracking and object tracking that could potentially allow warehouse workers to sort and find packages even faster.
- The World’s Thinnest watch becomes the Crowdfunder’s Vaporware. Raising over $1 million for the concept, the parent company – Central Standard – shuts down. The group put out an apology to the backers, Their contract with manufacturer Flextronics failed because they wanted Central Standard to stop updating the crowdfund.
- Imagine walking down the street and getting an alert that the next block up is too hazardous for your health to walk down? Or your standing and talking and a truck passes by, causing your phone to alert you of the carbon level? Imagine checking a website that collects the data from various watches to see if the smog levels are good or bad. That is the main focus of this article – using the sensors to predict and alert you of bad situations.
- Apple Watch has been out for a while now, a whole two months, so it’s time to start guessing as to what will be added to the next version. Over at 9to5mac, they cite some sources that are saying the next version will have a FaceTime camera and work even better offline. They also claim that this upgraded version won’t arrive until 2016, so keep listening to and watching Apple Watch Watch.
- Our focus this week in on wearables making sleep patterns. British prodigy James Proud is looking for $40 million in funding to invest in Hello – a company that makes the Hello Sense: an orb that sits on your nightstand and monitors your patterns. Along with other sensors (like a watch), we might get the most comprehensive data from our evening than ever. Luke and I explore how the bedroom could start monitoring your patterns.
- Another great crowdfund is the Micro-CPAP. This device helps people with sleep apnea get a better nights rest. The device is significantly smaller than the mask most people wear. Most important, devices like the Hello Sense could give you indication to get a real sleep study done and see if you do need a CPAP machine.