Global wearable device sales to rise 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to increase by 25.8% year over year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019, according to the latest figures from Gartner. The research firm also predicted that that the end-user spending on wearable devices will reach to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019.

It has been estimated that 74 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2019 which will make them the top...

By IoT News, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage...

By Ilan Reingold, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

UK’s largest biz organisation alarmed over employee microchipping

We may need to coin the term Internet of Humans if the concerning possibility of microchipping employees gains much traction.

Around 150 employees in the UK have been implanted with BioTeq chips so far in a bid “to improve security.”

The chips are similar to those used for pets and are implanted between the thumb and forefinger. Once implanted, they allow employees to do things such as access restricted areas with a wave of their hand.

Business organisation CBI, the largest in the UK, has voiced...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Wearables.

Turning IoT devices into supercomputers? Sisense has a Hunch for more effective BI

Sisense, a business analytics software firm, has launched its patent-pending Sisense Hunch Data Cognition Engine which aims to turn sensors, phones, and wearable devices into supercomputers.

Sisense Hunch represents a new class of big data analytics, data cognition engines that learns vast amount of datasets and is able to produce microsecond analytical responses to queries that are 99% precise, with a small fraction of the cost and...

By IoT News, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Wearables.

Review: PoochPlay is your dog’s very own fitness tracker

We’ve covered a wide range of connected devices on IoT News, but the PoochPlay marks the first wearable designed for our canine friends.

The best way to describe PoochPlay is a Fitbit for dogs. It’s a simple device which attaches to your dog’s collar and tracks activity/rest per day.

Using a replaceable CR2032 battery, the device lasts six months – beating many human fitness trackers. Data is transferred seamlessly to an accompanying smartphone app which...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Qualcomm’s new wearable chip improves Wear OS battery life

It feels like it’s been an age, but Qualcomm’s first wearable chip in two years has launched promising much-improved battery life.

The main beneficiary of Qualcomm’s chip will be Wear OS devices. Apple and Samsung’s devices have benefited from in-house developed chips that Wear OS’ various manufacturers have not had access to.

Dennis Troper, Director of Wear OS at Google, says:

“Together with Qualcomm Technologies and the ecosystem, Wear OS by Google has...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Apple retains its lead at the top of the wearables tree, says IDC

Apple remains the strongest vendor in the wearables space with market-beating results – but the overall market is seeing an uptick thanks to strong figures in emerging markets.

The Cupertino giant holds 17% of the overall market share, up from 13% this time last year, with 4.7 million shipments this quarter and year over year growth of 38.4%, according to the latest figures from IDC.

By James Bourne, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

HoloLens will provide 3D visualisations to surgeons in UK hospital

Surgeons working in a UK hospital want to use HoloLens to provide important 3D visualisations during critical operations.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for more than 270,000 kids per year. By partnering with Microsoft, the hospital is looking to use the company’s AR headset and Surface Hubs for its daily tasks.

During a surgery today, a surgeon is required to create a 3D visualisation in their mind of a person’s organ being worked on. This increases the risk of error.

Rafael Guerrero,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Fitbit leverages Google Cloud to accelerate healthcare innovation

Fitbit has announced plans to leverage Google Cloud in a bid to accelerate digital healthcare innovation and claw back Apple’s growing market share.

According to data last month from IDC, Apple surged past Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables. Fitbit acquired smartwatch manufacturer Pebble for $23 million last year which resulted in a marked improvement in the design and support for apps on their wearables, but now it seems Fitbit is going back to its health...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

ABI Research: Applying data analytics to wearables provides further benefit

The application of data analytics to conventional wearable devices adds further benefit to the technology and provides users with actionable information, argues ABI Research.

ABI Research’s report 'Wearable Data Analytics and Business Models' argues there are a number of ways in which data analytics can provide added benefits and additional layer of insight to companies, healthcare professionals, and consumers alike.

Some examples include providing healthcare professionals with anticipatory...

By IoT News, 20 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Healthcare, IoT, Wearables.

Rise of ‘smart wearables’ helps bolster overall market in Q3, says IDC

The total shipment volume of wearables globally saw a 7.3% year over year in Q3/2017 amounting to 26.3 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, while the overall wearable market is witnessing a consistent growth trend, a specific growth trend is noticed in the smart wearables (devices that have the ability to run third party applications) market but it is missing from the market associated with basic wearables...

By IoT News, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Wearables.

Apple launches Heart Study to detect problems earlier

Apple and Stanford have teamed up to launch a dedicated app called Heart Study which aims to research and detect potential issues.

The study was first announced back in September but is being rolled out to interested participants today. Using the Apple Watch for heart rate data, all irregularities will be noted and users will be notified of potential issues.

Using this data, the researchers can improve their detection of...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Apple reclaims top spot in wearable band market after strong Q3

Apple has retaken the lead in the wearable band market thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, according to the latest industry figures from Canalys.

“Strong demand for the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers’ doubts about the cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers,” said Jason Low, Canalys analyst, with the company adding that 800,000 Apple Watch units shipped in Q317 were cellular-enabled.

However, the release did face its set of setbacks as...

By IoT News, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Wearables.

How IoT-equipped offices foster better employee wellbeing

Benjamin Franklin once said an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The wisdom of that axiom still holds today at a time when new technologies have brought us to the brink of fundamental changes in how we lead our daily lives, which can be combined with lasting truths to improve our lives.

The real estate and facility management industry is now implementing Industry 4.0 principles that can improve the health and wellbeing of workers in various facilities. Using elements that utilise the...

By Spaceti, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Wearables.

Hybrid 3D printing: The next level of flexible wearables manufacturing

It’s 5pm, and it’s time to call it a day. You turn your computer off, but remember that you still need to send a couple of emails. You fold your new laptop a few times, much like you’d fold a piece of paper, and put in your bag. As you do, you don’t even notice the flexible, clear patch on your hand that locks and unlocks office doors and ensures that the lights are off when you’re not there. And it takes care that the AC is off, saving you the trouble of remembering these...

By Richard Van Hooijdonk, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

FDA recalls almost half a million pacemakers over hacking concerns

The FDA has put out a recall for almost half a million pacemakers over fears they are vulnerable to being hacked.

In an episode of TV show Homeland, terrorists plotted to hack the vice president’s pacemaker. At the time some may have found the idea ludicrous, but now it’s a very real possibility faced by nearly half a million people.

The pacemakers affected are manufactured by health company Abbott (formerly St. Jude...

By Ryan Daws, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security, Wearables.

I am Apple, hear me roar: LTE for IoT

When I was growing up, there was a popular commercial on TV. It was an ad for financial services, and the tagline went, “When EF Hutton talks… people listen.”

I guess today, and especially given that the original EF Hutton is long gone, we’d say: “When Apple talks… people listen.”

From PCs to MP3s, smartphones to tablets, Apple has not necessarily been the first to introduce new technologies. They were neither first nor...

By Ilan Reingold, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

Wearable device shipments to hit 430 million by 2022, says Tractica

Analyst firm Tractica believes that the healthcare applications for smart watches, fitness trackers, and body sensors will be a major driver in the next phase of wearables market growth.

In its recently released report, titled “Wearable Device Market Forecasts”, the market intelligence firm has predicted that the annual wearable device shipments will increase from 118 million units in 2016 to 430 million units by 2022, representing a CAGR of 24.1%.

The report states that the wearables market...

By IoT News, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Manufacturers embracing the IIoT set to rise dramatically by 2022, new report argues

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to transform manufacturing – and according to a new report from Zebra Technologies, the number of organisations achieving a fully connected factory will rise ‘dramatically’ in the coming five years.

According to the company’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, almost two thirds (64%) of manufacturers say they expect to be fully connected, using a combination of technologies including RFID, wearables and automated systems, by 2022. Half of...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Wearables.