10.9.14

Apple Jumps Into Wearable Tech with Apple Watch

    Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the highly anticipated Apple Watch to the public, bringing the company into the wearable technology market.


21.7.14

IDT shrinks wireless power device for wearables

Integrated Device Technology has released its smallest 2W wireless power receiver and battery charger which it says can be used in the design of wearable devices.


The IDTP9026, which is compliant with the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC-1.1) standards, has a board footprint of 30 square millimeters.


The devcie has an I2C interface for programming of charging current, charging voltage, termination current and the thermal control loop.


Readings back from I2C include die and battery temperature, charging current and voltage, which can be used for custom control schemes or by the system’s application and user interface.



- Read more at: IDT shrinks wireless power device for wearables | Electronics Weekly
Don't look now, but it appears as the next big thing really is going to be wearable mobile devices.

5.7.14

Microsoft's Smart Band Will Play Well With Others



Microsoft is said to be preparing the launch of a wearable fitness device that will be compatible with the iOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows Phone.



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Microsoft's Smart Band Will Play Well With Others

22.6.14

Don't smash Google Glass yet - wearables are the future

They may be yet to fully infiltrate the mainstream, but Google Glass and other wearable technologies could be the future of the British service economy, says Andy Neely.

Wearable tech: Google Glass is expected to launch for consumers in the coming months. Wearable technologies - such as Google Glass and Nike Fuelband - are capturing the headlines and in some cases raising concerns about personal privacy, but rather than viewing these technological advances with suspicion I believe that wearable technologies are opening up new ways of innovating to deliver both products and services. You can compare many of the new wearable technologies such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Google Glass to where mobile phones were in the mid-1980s.

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9.6.14

Apple, Inc.s iWatch Could Revolutionize the Wearables Category (AAPL)

With Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) unveiling its HealthKit during its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, it's becoming increasingly clear that Apple is likely hard at work on its own wearable device. With a likely launch nearing, Apple investors may want to begin thinking about the device's potential.

From HealthKit to iWatchHealthKit is the biggest clue yet from Apple that the company is planning to launch an iWatch this year. HealthKit will serve as a tool for developers, allowing health and fitness apps to work together. It creates a centralized location for the key metrics  Read More:



Apple, Inc.s iWatch Could Revolutionize the Wearables Category (AAPL)

12.5.14

7 rules for designing wearable devices - Embedded Computing Design

The past year has certainly been an exciting time for the semiconductor industry. The shared enthusiasm among silicon companies has been on the rise based on the recent level of interest and demand for new products that complement the mobile experience typically based around smartphones and tablets.
 
A main driver behind this phenomenon is wearable technology. Familiar items such as clothing, glasses, jewelry, and watches are being fitted with sensors, processors, and displays – technologies you wouldn’t have expected to find inside these everyday objects before. The potential for this market is quite impressive; ABI Research projects that 32 million sports and fitness wristbands will have shipped in the past twelve months alone.
 
So if wearable devices are what everyone is raving about, why does it seem like so few companies actually know how to design them? This guide outlines how to address the current issues facing the wearables market for designing the next generation of wearable technology.




Continue reading here: 7 rules for designing wearable devices - Embedded Computing Design

30.3.14

Android Wear: Information that moves with you

Wearable mobile devices are hitting the market, and Google's Android Wear is leading the charge.