The 5 most innovative people in wearables to watch this July
Jul03

The 5 most innovative people in wearables to watch this July

None of our choices for who to watch this month (aside from our first) are incredibly well-known in the wearables game — but that’s is precisely what we believe is going to change change. The following players are only beginning to make waves in the industry, which we are certain will lead to tsunamis (in the best possible way). From the Google Self-Driving Car to software that allows you to customize your smart home down to the smallest detail, below are the 5 people you need to know about in July. Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity + Google Engineer Aside from being a genius, Sebastian Thrun is a jack-of-all-trades. He is the CEO of Udacity, where millions of students have taken online courses and earned accredited degrees. He is a research professor at Stanford University, having previously been the director of the Artifical Intelligence lab there. He also co-invented Google Street View (you may have heard of it). But the reason Thrun is on our list is his role as the lead engineer on the Google Self-Driving Car project, which has been making headlines lately due to the fact that it’s so cool — and there’s bound to be some sort of wearable connectivity once it’s fully baked. Adam Tilton, Co-Founder of Rithmio Rithmio is the world’s leading gesture recognition program. The most unique aspect of the software is its versatility and multi-function application; As Steven Holmes of Intel mentions, “Real-time analytics for user-specific physical activities represents a potential game-changing technology for fitness, physical therapy, and rehabilitation applications.” Adam Tilton and partner Prashant Mehta just helped their company raise $3 million in investments, positioning it to be a game-changing software — literally. Cees Links, Founder + CEO of GreenPeak Technologies GreenPeak Technologies is a Netherlands-based company that provides products for ZigBee, an industry leader in IoT and smart home tech. Since IoT is on the tip of everyone’s tongue as a growing industry with buy-in from all the big wigs (Amazon, Apple, and Samsung, to name a few), we felt it important to include a little-known company that is changing the game by providing software compatible with both IoT and smart home devices. “Both ZigBee and Thread will be dominant in the Smart Home and IoT” says Cees Links. “In order to support both communication technologies, the new [chipset] supports the two protocols in a single QFN package thereby offering a future-proof, low-cost, small footprint, single chip solution.” Jay Sales, Innovation Strategy + Co-Head of The Shop at VSP Global Jay Sales helped found The Shop at eye care mogul VSP Global, an innovation lab that produced Product Genesis. Project Genesis is an activity tracking eyewear prototype. What...

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Aria allows you to control your smartwatch hands-free
May26

Aria allows you to control your smartwatch hands-free

A device for your device, Aria (“air” in Italian) is a clip-on band developed for completely hands-free smartwatch use. Compatible with only the Android Wear and Pebble Time smartwatches so far, the user configures Aria’s companion app to control the watch through hand gestures. Think finger tapping, wrist flicking, balling up your hand into a fist, etc. The idea is that gesture control frees up your hands for other activities. “It will make technology seem like a natural extension of your body,” states the company’s website. The most affordable Pebble Time option is expected to retail at $69. Because the band was initially purpose-built for this product, it connects directly to the watch. Android Wear users will have to splurge an additional $100 for their module, which also requires an independent battery and a constant Bluetooth connection. No plans for the Apple Watch in the works yet, which may either spell doom for the band or success for Pebble and Android. It will come down to product efficiency if nothing else. We have seen previous wearable devices fail due to lack of ease before, and the bands “minimal design, almost invisible” aesthetic does not make it an exception. Aria is scheduled to hit Kickstarter sometime in the next couple of...

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