Smartglasses expert Tim Moore discusses the “tipping point” of wearable tech
Aug10

Smartglasses expert Tim Moore discusses the “tipping point” of wearable tech

Tim Moore is a self-described futurist and media-appointed influencer in the space of wearable technology. As the current VP of Marketing at Six15 Technologies and former CMO of Rochester Optical, he’s often on the forefront of inspiring discussions centered around future implementations of the somewhat nascent wearables industry. This fall, he will be among the panel of experts gathered for IEEE’s Rock Stars of Wearables in Austin, Texas. In advance of the event, we sat down to pick his brain about the way of the future. We’d like to dig into your thoughts on the current state of augmented reality and smartglasses. You’ve been predicting the future for many years now, so I’m curious to hear where you believe we stand. We are very close. We have about 16 to 24 months to go before we’ll really tip. Some of the technology, the waveguide technologies, are maturing. We’re going to start seeing a lot of that over the rest of this year, and that’s really going to start to evolve things. Plus, all of this wearables stuff is a migration from the phone that’s in our pocket to our wrist and then from the wrist to the head. [The head] is where all of our sense are. Our hearing, smell, sight, taste, everything is there. And for millennials and the group after them, that’s kind of the way they’re going to want to live. Heads up, hands-free. They don’t want to be distracted. They want what they want when they want it. So, from those that I have polled in this country, in Hong Kong, and throughout Europe, specifically Germany, the UK (London), and Italy, about 74 percent said that if the wearable worked right, they would ditch their phone today. How do mobile payments play a part of the future? The Samsung 6 has Samsung Pay on it, Apple’s watch has Apple Pay, Google has Google Wallet that you can use on their Android devices. So, we’re seeing that money is evolving from a debit card or, you know, I don’t have cash in my wallet, I can hardly remember when the last time is that I had even had cash, and coins, I just throw away. It’s pathetic, but I just don’t want any of that stuff in my pocket, a pocket full of receipts. I think we’re going to see a transparent movement as pay-wear comes online, and people are now starting to see that with a fob or a ring or a watch or even glasses, that maybe it’s just a special 8-digit PIN number that they can pay with things and they don’t have to have anything on them,...

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Google Glass comes back from the dead — but it’s not for everyone
Jul23

Google Glass comes back from the dead — but it’s not for everyone

Google Glass has been resurrected from the dead — but you still may never see it again. The tech giant has remained surprisingly quiet over the product since it was pulled in January, but recent information suggest a new version will be filling its place, just not for the general consumer. According to 9to5Google, Google Glass 2, titled Google Glass Enterprise Edition, will be slightly redesigned to fit the needs of the workplace. The smartglasses have been reimagined to be foldable, water-resistant, and have fewer openings that the previous model. The internal hardware is also getting a bit of a makeover. A larger prism is being added so that users can look directly ahead instead of upright and a more advanced ARM core processor is being added, which could improve battery life. One of the biggest problems that plagued the original model (which came with a hefty $1,500 price tag) was that consumers didn’t know how to fit it into their everyday lives. After pulling the product earlier this year, Google is now marketing the device to workplaces exclusively. Moving Google Glass EE to the Android for Work program could help get the product into the hands of people that actually have a use for them. The program is designed to help build businesses by cutting costs and creating a synergistic workforce. Google hasn’t announced when the new product is expected to arrive to the workforce, but current rumor suggest business won’t have to wait long. According to bit-tech news, Google Glass EE has already begun shipping to qualified members of the Android to Work...

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The crowdfunding charts: A portable VR camera, a kid tracker, and smart mirror
Jul03

The crowdfunding charts: A portable VR camera, a kid tracker, and smart mirror

Another week has come and gone, and we’ve got brand new crowdfunding campaigns for you to take a look at. From a virtual reality camera to sport glasses originally designed for the U.S. Air Force, here’s what we found on crowdfunding websites this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week PKids on Indiegogo Started: June 30 Goal: €30,000 ($33,307.05) Raised As of July 3: €4,738 ($5,260.29) Wearables for children have become increasingly popular, and at the center of such devices is safety. PKids is an eCall wearable “smartband,” designed to keep kids safe when they’re not being actively supervised. It has features such as water fall alerts, panic buttons, and GPS tracking. You can see all of this phone an iOS or Android device thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. It’s not just great for kids, but for senior citizens, pets, and valuable items as well. Not to mention, the bands come in a bunch of cute colors as styles, making them fun to wear. This Madrid-based startup has 38 days left to reach its goal of €30,000 ($33,307.05). Sphericam 2 on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1507055/video-556791-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 30 Goal: $150,000 Raised As of July 3: $119,786 We’ve been waiting for a portable, easy-to-use virtual reality camera. Introducing the Sphericam 2: a tennis ball-sized spherical camera that can capture 360-degrees of footage in high definition. In one little ball, there are six lenses, WiFi connectivity, eight tripod mounts, four microphones, and more. This Kickstarter Staff Pick is bound to reach its fundraising goal within the next week or so. Right now, if you donate $1,499, you can get your very own Sphericam 2 at an early bird price. What campaigns are hot this week Deus Ex Aria on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1920099/video-551471-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 18 Goal: $100,000 Raised As of July 3: $133,494 (goal reached!) This is something we love to see: New technology drawing inspiration from and building upon other wearables. Deus Ex Aria is a set of sensors that let you control Android Wear and Pebble Time smartwatches with hand gestures. For instance, a snap of the fingers can turn the watch on and off sleep mode. The product’s team is based in London, but the technology was built in Shenzhen, China with the help of hardware accelerator HAX. Funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards the production of Aria. If you’re interested, check it out above. CTRL ONE on Indiegogo Started: June 29 Goal: $20,000 Raised As of July 3: $57,333 (goal reached!) CTRL ONE smartglasses are designed to change from clear to dark lenses depending on factors like lighting and speed, all in the blink of an eye. The idea came from...

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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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