How Simple Math and A Nike Cultural Imperative Might Have Killed Nike’s Fuelband

Its nice to be right once in awhile. In December, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking on a panel at the Wearables Technology Expo, alongside Intel’s Rob Rueckert and LumoBack’s Monisha Perkash. When the moderator asked the panel for some closing thoughts on wearables, it wasn’t the most popular thing to say that if you were an […]

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Academic Innovators: Deborah Estrin Seeks to Improve Health Through Open mHealth and Small Data

Historically, deploying digital health solutions has been incredibly difficult, especially for startups. Barriers from a confusing and often burdensome regulatory environment, compliance issues, privacy issues, data issues, testing and deployment issues and financing requirements have given an edge to established companies with large balance sheets and very patient investors. However, emerging platforms provide a framework […]

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The Eyes Have It: Google[X] Opens Our Eyes To The Future Of Smart Contact Lenses As A Platform

Most of us, when thinking of wearables, have a hard time envisioning anything other than smart watches, activity trackers, and Google glass. The notion of something like an ingestible or skin tattoos creating actionable insights from our bodies to make our lives better or healthier are far beyond the purview of the mass market today. […]

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Preview of Wearable Future at CES 2014: Shift to Healthcare and Medical Devices

Intel CEO with Edison computer; photo from The Telegraph During a busy week filled with curved 4K televisions and presentation blunders, wearables stole the show during CES in Las Vegas. While many used the event to announce new fitness and lifestyle activity trackers, smart watches, and personal assistants, several companies announced wearable medical devices and […]

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Academic Innovators: Tanzeem Choudhury Pushing the Boundaries of Wearable Technology at Cornell

Photo courtesy of Cornell University College of Engineering When market are moving as rapidly as the consumer and health care market for wearables are, often times market leadership and outperforming value creation depends on protectable innovation and know-how translated into mainstream products. Tanzeem Choudhury is an Associate Professor in Information Science at Cornell University, where she […]

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Wearables and the Affordable Care Act: A Rising Tide Will Lift SOME Boats

    18 months ago, I could count on one hand the number of wearables startups that from inception, had selling into the healthcare system deep in their DNA and/or a clear understanding of the trends in healthcare that could most affect their potential business trajectories. Whether the barriers were regulatory, legal, IT, time to […]

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Bandu Smartwatch By Neumitra Brings Advanced Sensor Insights

Founded by neuroscientists from MIT and Robert Goldberg, Neumitra started over an year ago to develop a wearable watch called “bandu,” which helps monitor our body’s stress levels and also alerts us to relax. Through this wearable technology that measures and manages the autonomic brain, Neumitra hopes to gain positive impact to create a stress-free […]

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Academic Innovators: Juan Hinestroza brings nanotechnology to textiles

Photo credit: Style and the Startup The Fiber Science department at Cornell University produces research that will enable the smart fabrics of the future. This academic unit operates with a “Science driving Design, Design driving Science” mentality that brings engineers, scientists, and designers together. We recently sat down with Professor Juan Hinestroza, Associate Professor of […]

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In The Battle For Global Sports Brand Supremacy: Nike, Under Armour And Adidas Need To Find Their Pixar

Under Armour announced it had acquired MapMyFitness. Knowing that I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year in and around the activity tracking ecosystem, a writer at a leading tech publication emailed me asking my opinion of the deal.  Specifically, she asked me what it meant for the big sports brands, Nike, Adidas, […]

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