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Trying to figure out how wearables will help mobile payments ecosystem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 30, 2015 5:20 pm

Financial institutions are gearing up for a growing number of their customers using various forms of mobile payments while shopping. During the Wearable World Congress in San Francisco, executives from MasterCard, Capital One and PayPal discussed how each company is embracing the market - and watching to see what products and services emerge.

 

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"As we look at the future, consumers are clearly interacting with a whole host of new devices that extend beyond plastic or the devices in their pocket," said Stephane Wyper, VP of startup engagement at MasterCard. "How do we enable all of those connected devices to be payment devices?"

 

As the number of wearables reach the market, they could play a major role in how payments are made - moving away from the idea that just smartphones will be used for transactions. The use of smartwatches and other wearables, which keep owners connected, provide new opportunities for banks and credit card companies.

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Migration from PCs towards wearables and IoT expected at Computex 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 30, 2015 8:40 am

Computex 2015: We're just a few days away from Computex 2015, and the tech world will turn its focus towards Taipei. Traditionally used to show off PCs, mobile devices, and other consumer-centric devices, there could be a new focus at this year's show: wearables and products that connect to the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

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As consumers become more comfortable with wearables, Computex could be a major launching pad for announcements - with Acer, ASUS, and other major Asian companies expected to announce new consumer wearable products. In addition, smaller companies could use the major tech trade show to announce and launch devices, especially if they can connect to smartphones and tablets.

 

Meanwhile, IoT should have a major presence at the show, and with more business partnerships being forged, consumers are looking ahead to the future. An estimated 30 billion to 50 billion Things will likely be on the market by 2020, and the emerging market will only accelerate higher.

Survey: Apple Watch is clearly a want, and not necessarily a need

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 30, 2015 5:30 am

The Apple Watch is expected to help propel smartwatches and the wearables to the next level, but it still seems to be nothing more than a want over an actual need, according to a recent survey.

 

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Although 39 percent of Apple Watch owners report being "very satisfied," 36 percent are neutral on the device, and 25 percent of users reported being disappointed. However, the Wristly survey only asked 59 Apple Watch owners, so future studies will likely use significantly larger sample sizes.

 

One owner's comment stood out: "I think the watch is good, but I feel that it is not a technological need but a technological want. I feel like your life will be fine either way. It's fun to have, it's a conversation starter, it does make a few things a little bit easier, but it's not a necessary thing to own."

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WellBe wearable bracelet helps analyze stressful parts of your day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 30, 2015 4:36 am

The WellBe wearable bracelet will help wearers understand the stressful periods of their day - and how to better deal with the stress. If the wearable detects someone is stressed, it is able to recommend a short break - or meditation exercises to help quickly reduce stress.

 

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WellBe tracks a wearer's heart rate, monitoring resting heart rates and heart rate variability. The collected data connects to your smartphone's calendar via Bluetooth inputs data based on a stress-calculating algorithm.

 

After quickly reaching $100,000 on Indiegogo, it looks like interested consumers can expect WellBe bracelets to begin shipping before the end of the year.

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Levi wants to embrace Google wearable technology into its products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 30, 2015 3:35 am

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group will work with Levi's on a new smart fabric that can track touch gestures. As part of the Project Jacquard program, both companies think this is a "dazzling opportunity" to help push the wearables market to a new level.

 

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Ideally, a wearer would be able to swipe their finger over a jacket sleeve or somewhere on their pants to silence a phone, skip song tracks, and other innovative features. Levi's is the first partner for Google, and neither company announced any specific timeline for product releases.

 

"We cannot expect global fashion industry to change just for us even though we're Google," said Ivan Poupyrev, Director of the Technical Program Lead at Google, in a statement published by CNN Money. "We have to adapt to the textile industry."

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Driver reportedly pulled over for using Apple Watch while driving

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 29, 2015 9:20 pm

A Montreal man claims he was pulled over for using his Apple Watch smartwatch while driving, receiving a $100 fine and four demerit points.

 

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Jeffrey Macesin recounted his story while speaking with the CTV Montreal Canadian TV news station, after being cited by a Quebec Highway Safety Code that prohibits using a "handheld device that includes a telephone function."

 

Here is what Macesin said in a recent interview: "Going towards Vaudreuil, there was a cop car behind me and he didn't have his lights on yet, but then he turned them on and I thought maybe he just wanted me to get out of the way. I was just confused."

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Lenovo dreaming big when it comes to smartwatches, wearables

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 28, 2015 8:50 pm

Lenovo is the No. 1 PC manufacturer in the world, and has aspirations to take over the server market, but isn't satisfied calling it a day in those markets alone. The Chinese hardware manufacturer used its Lenovo Tech World event to publicly show off concepts of a unique dual-screen smartwatch.

 

 

The Magic View smartwatch concept would feature two screens, a typical display and a virtual display that can be up to 20 times larger. Users can view photos, read a map, watch a video, or interact with the smartwatch in a safer, more comfortable manner.

 

Lenovo's Magic View is still in early-stage development, but looks like it could have huge potential.

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Smart glass wearables could help transform the workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 27, 2015 1:30 am

It wasn't long ago when smart glasses were reportedly poised to dominate the wearables market, but eventually lost out to fitness trackers and smartwatches. However, it looks like smart glasses could help propel the wearables market, especially in the workplace, analysts predict.

 

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Manufacturers want to see wearables, including smart glasses, find their way into the office in multiple sectors - with third-party developers stepping up to create enterprise apps to increase worker productivity.

 

"Just as mobile phones proliferated across enterprises and ultimately spurred the mobile revolution, I believe wearables will follow a similar trajectory," said Michael Morgenstern, analyst at OpenView Venture Partners, in a post on Venture Beat. "The difference is the revolution will start from the bottom up."

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Will smartwatches be more distracting to drivers than smartphones?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 26, 2015 7:45 pm

There could be more than 10 million smartwatches sold in the United States, and there is growing concern from the National Safety Council that drivers will have yet another distraction while behind the wheel. Mobile phones are involved in 27 percent of current US traffic accidents, and smartwatches could only make the problem worse.

 

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Even though smartwatches, which allow owners to access emails, text messages, social media, calendar information, and other data directly on their watch, could prove especially problematic for drivers.

 

"Smartwatches will be just as distracting, if not more so, than cell phones," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, in a public statement.

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The $10,000+ Apple Watch Editions are now being shipped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 24, 2015 9:52 am

If you're not a celebrity or part of the 1%, you probably haven't received your Apple Watch Edition yet. Sure, you might have slapped down over $10,000 for Apple's first wearable, but consumers are only beginning to receive their expensive new Watch in the last few days.

 

 

Now that it's here, we have an unboxing video that you can check out above, which shows off the external packaging Apple has used. For $10,000+, the packaging is virtually identical to that of the stainless steel Apple Watch, except for the 18-karat gold casing and unique band on the side of the Watch.

 

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Inside of the Apple Watch Edition box, we have the colored leather-covered box that features the MagSafe connector, with a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word 'Edition' embossed into the material. The very first time you boot up the Watch Edition, a description onf the Watch's hardware materials will appear, as you can see in the image above.

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