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Uno is giving you all the info you need right on your wrist


The average person takes their phone out, unlocks it, and checks messages over 150 times a day. Uno says that’s too much. 


Seattle-based startup Uno believes that most of us take out our smartphones too many times per day, and has devised a way to solve that issue. Unlike a number of other wearables on the market today, the Noteband is focused primarily on notifications, a feature that caters to today’s on-the-go lifestyle.

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The device, which is currently live on Indiegogo, displays messages from incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, as well as social feeds such as Twitter and Facebook. And for the gamers out there, the Noteband is even integrated with Xbox Live, Playstation Network and Steam. Meaning, you’ll no longer need to put down the controller to access a message, game alert or invitations.

Spritz, the speed-reading app, allows wearers to a notifications up to 80% faster at rates ranging from 250 to 1,000 words per minute. This eliminates any need for dual-hand scrolling, which enables users to get through that long email in a single click. When an alert is receives, the wristband vibrates and displays the message upon a tap of the finger. Swipe right to turn notices on, swipe left to get rid of them. It’s as easy as that!

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Built around a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 MCU, the Noteband is equipped with an OLED display, Bluetooth Low Energy, and a battery capable of lasting for days on a single charge. The device, which is compatible with both the Android and iOS operating systems, also packs a six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer to let users to keep track and achieve their fitness goals, while syncing with the Apple Health and Google Fit platforms. Interested in learning more? Hurry over to its official Indiegogo page, where the team has already well exceed its $50,000 goal.

Report: 2015 is expected to be a breakout year for wearables

We’re just weeks away from a breakout year for wearables, new research from Forrester has revealed.

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“In 2015, wearables will hit mass market,” Forrester’s JP Gownder writes in the company’s most recent blog post. “With Apple’s much-anticipated Apple Watch slated for release early next year, the already hype-heavy conversation will reach new heights.”

The research firm joins other tech industry analysts in proclaiming 2015 as the pivotal year for wearable technology. If you recall, back in October, Gartner named the wearable space among the top strategic trends IT managers will have to contend with next year, along with big data and the burgeoning Internet of Things.

In its report, entitled “Five Urgent Truths About The Future Of Wearables That Every Leader Should Know,” Forrester expects the number of people using a wearable computer will triple in 2015, led by the highly-anticipated arrival of Apple Watch that is projected to draw 10 million users next year.

The study, which examined thousands of consumers in both U.S. and Europe, suggests more Americans (45%) can see themselves donning wearables than their European counterparts (32%).

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“While wearables have indeed suffered from a hype bubble, demand for them is real. Yes, Nike’s walking away from Fuel Band, but Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Salesforce.com all are making major commitments to the market.”

As to where consumers will likely adorn their bodies with wearable computers, many cite their wrists, clothes, shoes, ears and eyes as key areas. The report notes that the wrist appeals to over a third (42%) of consumers in both the U.S and Europe — even before the arrival of Apple’s latest device. This compared to 28% of adults last year. Gartner believes this may be a result of companies Fitbit, Samsung, Pebble, Jawbone and others that have begun educating the market about wrist-based wearables.

Meanwhile, smart garments — wearables embedded in, or clipped onto, clothing and shoes — show under-appreciated interest. In fact, fellow research firm Gartner believes the emergence of less invasive devices, particularly e-textiles will potentially disrupt the wearables space. So much so that embedded attire shipments will rise from a mere 0.1 million units in 2014 to 26 million units in 2016.

“Ralph Lauren debuted its Polo Tech smart shirt with OMSignal’s technology at the US Open, while Ducere’s Lechal uses haptic feedback to create screen-free GPS in smart shoes,” Gownder exemplifies.

Furthermore, smart earbuds, headphones and smart glasses are expected to rise in popularity. 43% of online U.S. adults have shared that they might be interested in intelligent eyewear, i.e. Google Glass, “if the price were right.”

The report also goes on to show that 10% of U.S. online adults say they’ve already used a wearable device, like a fitness tracker. However, it appears that figure will surely to rise, as nearly half (45%) of these adult consumers say they agree with the statement, “I am intrigued by the prospect of getting a wearable device.”

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“And, while strong consumer interest exists for wearable devices, a bigger driver of demand is coming from businesses looking to supply employees with all types of new body gadgetry,” Reuters reports.

Take for instance, a recent Kronos and Harris poll found that 73% of workers believe that wearable technology can enhance their work environment and productivity in some way. Meanwhile, over two-thirds (68%) of business decision-makers polled by Forrester cited developing a wearables strategy for their business was now a priority.

“The wearable market will take off as brands, retailers, sports stadiums, healthcare companies, and others develop new business models to take advantage of wearables,” Gowdner urges.

Throughout the upcoming watershed year, we can expect to see the emergence of wearables to monitor the safety field workers, location-aware smartwatches to assist managers assign shift workers in real-time and video, as well as photo devices that augment the human insights of technical inspectors.

The research firm also anticipates that wearable devices will become increasingly collaborating, demonstrating how Thalmic Labs’ Myo gesture-controller armband could complement Google Glass, for example.

Interested in learning more? Gain deeper insight into each of the five urgent truths by downloading Forrester’s official report here.

 

Walk this way! Arki does more than just count steps

Arki — which recently made its Kickstarter debut — is a stylish wearable band that not only tracks a wearer’s daily activities, but seeks to improve posture along the way. In short, the device analyzes your steps, then vibrates if and when you aren’t standing tall. Guess this means that you may want to stop looking down at your phone while you walk.

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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person takes anywhere between 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That equates to nearly 115,000 miles — more than four times the circumference of the globe. However, are enough steps (pun intended!) being taken to maintain good posture and healthier lifestyles?

Aside from proper walking form, think of the 1,000-plus pedestrians injured annually while glancing at their mobile device. Just imagine, had the Arki been present, these epic fails (seen in the video below) may have been prevented…

The brainchild of Los Angeles and Seoul-based startup Zikto, the latest tech to adorn our wrists is powered by an Atmel | SMART SAM4LS ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller (MCU). Ariki offers all the classic activity tracker functions, however in a rather attractive and fashionable package. A popular complaint around fitness trackers is that they are bulky and not practical to wear in professional settings. However, the newly-unveiled device caters to everyone, from activity seekers to fashionistas, with its waterproof casing and interchangeable straps to match any ensemble.

While a number of competitive bands simply collect and display the number of steps taken and calories burnt, Arki actually shares quantified measurements of the quality of steps achieved by a users.

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This is done through a function they call “Sound Walking,” which alarms wearers of their bad walking postures via haptic vibrations on a real-time basis. For instance, when users are peering down at their smartphone or putting a hand in a pocket while taking a stroll, the SAM4LS controlled gadget automatically senses an imbalance of their bodies and transmits a signal.

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“Arki measures your swing speed, rotation angle with respect to gravity, transferred vibration from the feet and more. Based on these measurements, Arki learns your walking habits, such as looking at a smartphone while walking or putting a hand in a pocket,” a company rep explains.

Truth of the matter, no one has a perfectly balanced body and subsequently, left and right arm swings are never identical. As the team notes, Arki utilizes this imperfection to compare the two swings to determine the extent of a body’s imbalance, including shoulders, back and hips. Normally, a user would wear Arki on their preferred side; however, Zikto advises that once in a while, by switching arms, Arki can collect both arms’ swing data. As a result, the smart band can offer personal workout recommendations to improve and recalibrate your balance.

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Unlock your computer with a flick of the wrist? In what may sound like something out of Minority Report, since each person’s gait is unique much like fingerprints, Arki is also capable of biometric authentication, meaning a user simply has to move his or her mouse back and forth while wearing Arki, and can access their device.

In addition to being extremely customizable and functional, Arki also works with smart home systems to sync wearer’s thermostats to complements their physical activity. “Once Arki detects you sleeping, your thermostat will turn down to your ideal temperature,” the team notes. This makes for more comfortable nights, and more importantly, lower electric bills.

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Given the tremendous success of their Kickstarter campaign, Zikto has decided to also add call and SMS notifications to Arki’s interface.

Well into its crowdfunding campaign, the team has well exceeded its $100,000 pledge goal. Following Kickstarter, Zikto is planning to expand their business to a medical service in connection with hospitals by developing its own algorithm and utilizing big data. If all goes to schedule, Zikto hopes to ship the first batch of Arkis to all backers come early April 2015. Interested in learning more or walking correctly, stroll on over to its official page here.