Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch Packs Functionality

Omate Smartwatch

Perhaps not quite as elegant as the Sony, and it may be trying to do too many things, but the Omate smartwatch looks pretty powerful and slick, nonetheless. Far more robust than the Pebble, its Android OS and Arm architecture position it as a promising player in the (getting very) crowded market.

Energy Efficiency Goes Hand in Wrist with Wearables


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Wearables #1: Wearable textile battery can be recharged by sunlight

Energy Storage seems to be the point of intersection of the future.

From Nanowerk:

Going hand in hand with the development of wearable electronic textiles, researchers are also pushing the development of wearable and flexible energy storage to power those e-textiles. […] Going one step further, a research team in Korea has now developed wearable textile batteries that can be integrated with flexible solar cells and thus be recharged by solar energy. eporting their work in the October 28, 2013 online edition of Nano Letters (“Wearable Textile Battery Rechargeable by Solar Energy”), the team demonstrates a fully functional wearable textile battery by finding unconventional materials for all of the key battery components and integrating them systemically: Nickel-coated polyester yarn as a current collector for efficient stress release, polyurethane binder for strong adhesion of active materials, and polyurethane separator with superior mechanical, electrochemical, and thermal properties.

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Wearables #2: study looks at the acceptance of wearables

From EurekAlert:

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

In a paper titled “Don’t Mind Me Touching My Wrist,” Georgia Tech researchers reported the results of a case study of interaction with on-body technology in public. Specifically, they surveyed people in both the United States and South Korea to gain cultural insights into perceptions of the use of e-textiles, or electronic devices, stitched into everyday clothing. […] In general, the study found that in both countries, the wrist and the forearm were the most preferred locations for e-textiles, as well as the most normal placement when watching someone use the devices.

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Another Wearable Snore?


FitBit knock-off adds sleep monitoring to mix

The wearables race among the FitBitish crowd just widened with new entrant Withings (Is that With-Things? Or Wi-things? Why-things?). This time with sleep monitoring thrown in, and a…

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Not just another snore: FitBit knock-off adds sleep monitoring to mix

Not just another snore: FitBit knock-off adds sleep monitoring to mix

Aetna’s Carepass Portal Designed with Employees in Mind

I think it will be led by employers. We see some more aggressive employers like Safeway, where they are driving outcomes by swabbing the cheeks of employees to see whether they are smoking or not.

Consumer platform vice president at Aetna, commenting on her company’s new app called CarePass, a portal for an individual’s health-related activity and permission-based medical records.

Health Insurer’s App Helps Users Track Themselves | MIT Technology Review

Armour 39 Targets Elite Athletes


Armour39 review: a fitness tracker for the wannabe elite athlete

Pebble SDK And Sports API To Spur Smartwatch App Development

Pebble SDK And Sports API To Spur Smartwatch App Development