The Week in Wearables July 17

Consumer Wearables

Intel has apparently eliminated their wearables division entirely and will now focus on AR. Intel has never really had a clear strategy in wearables and seemed like they were/are chasing what they think is the next growth platform since they missed mobile. Here.

Garmin expanded its wearables reach into senior living facilities through a partnership with K4Connect. Here.

An interesting collection of thoughts on why Jawbone failed. Here.

The data from this report is interesting because of the source. The company will send a selection of wearables to you for a week for around $35. You also have to tell them why you are interested in wearables so they can tailor your selection accordingly, which obviously generates valuable (and likely more accurate) data on purchase decisions. Here.

The price of consumer AR hardware is dropping – you can now pre-order $100 AR headset for delivery later this year. Here.

Revenue at TomTom’s sports business, which is mostly made up of its consumer wearables business, fell 20 percent in the April-June quarter, leading the company to say they are “considering options” for that part of their business. Here.

Good summary of consumer wearable tech making an impact in the construction industry. There’s quite of bit of activity going on behind the scenes with wearables in industrial safety. Here.

Medical Wearables

Google Glass got a lot of attention this week for its “resurgence” in the industrial sector. Kudos to Google for putting the product out there years ago, perhaps before the world was ready for it. Glass has been getting traction for a while in repair, warehouse, and manufacturing uses cases where heads up display can improve efficiency and safety. Here. Medical uses also seeing growth. Here.

Good summary of  the science and possibilities for vocal biomarkers that can detect disease with voice analysis. Expect to see this coming to a wearable or hearable device near you sooner than you might think. Here.

Wearable forehead patch can detect sleep apnea. Here.

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How to test biometric wearables. Here.

 

 

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