Ralph Lauren Polo Tech biometric smart shirt latest in wearable tech

Ralph Lauren is debuting its first biometric smart shirt at this year’s U.S. Open tennis championships. The shirt aims to revolutionize the wearable tech sector.

Source: www.techtimes.com

The shirt comes with no plugs and no wires, making it wearable in a myriad of situations, including top-level athletic endeavors. It employs bio-sensing silver fibers that are then put into the nylon compression material. Data goes from the shirt to an attached black box (that you remove and recharge before you throw the shirt in the wash) to an app on your smartphone or tablet. It is able to track heart rate, breathing levels, stress, the number of steps a person has taken and the amount of calories burned.

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Elders Try Out Oculus Rift, Get Totally Freaked Out

The latest video from the Fine Brothers introduces elder folks to the Oculus Rift virtual reality device. And it’s a delight.

The subjects, none of whom have never used the headset, slip on the Oculus Rift and access the virtual reality display. A…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Awesome Use Case evaluation.  Check out the Q&A section at the back end, some real people giving their take on Virtual Reality technology

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Intel announces new packaging and test technologies for foundry customers

Intel Corporation has announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies.

Source: tgtechno.com

These two technologies just made it easier for Intel to compete  at the 14nm process node, (lower cost to produce) which is far better than TSMC’s and Samsung’s current 20nm process node

  1. Instead of an expensive silicon interposer with TSV (through silicon via), a small silicon bridge chip is embedded in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate. EMIB eliminates the need for TSVs and specialized interposer silicon that add complexity and cost.
  2. High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform. HDMT, a combination of hardware and software modules, is Intel’s test technology platform that targets a range of products in diverse markets including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. “We developed the HDMT platform to enable rapid test development and unit-level process control. This proven capability significantly reduces costs compared to traditional test platforms. HDMT reduces time to market and improves productivity as it uses a common platform from low-volume product debug up to high-volume production,” 

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Google testing delivery-by-drone down under

Page and Brin to Bezos: Can your ‘copters do this rope trick?

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Australia was chosen as a test location because local legislation makes trials of such craft rather easier than is possible in the USA. Amazon.com has written to US authorities asking them to help it keep the company’s Prime Air program stateside by relaxing regulations. Google seems to have just hopped on a plane, rather than asking for permission. Google is also asking around for “partners who can help us bring this technology to the world safely.”

 – Flight paths for drones high enough above ground without obstructing law enforcement or getting in the way of flight paths of other aircraft is going to be one challenge.  Potentially some kind of “smart” sensing to avoid problems is going to be necessary

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“Every ‘thing’ can and will become a consumer electronics product”: A period of innovation for Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has been much-hyped trend promising Jetson-style home automation, but the reality of internet-connected gadgets is already upon us with devices that ‘talk’ to each other.

Source: www.applianceretailer.com.au

A lot of people talk about these grand things like turning your air conditioning on before you come home and the internet on the fridge. Those things aren’t really that useful, they are very gimmicky, novel.” – and IoT devices “are a lot harder to control so the management of the ecosystem is crucial,” 

Besides the last item we see of significant importance, we actually see the networked home to be more about managing the consumables, monitoring, and maintenance aspects of your home, those are real Jobs-To-Be-Done. Anything outside of that is likely only for those souls who are too lazy to get off the couch to turn the lights or ceiling fan on, or off. 

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Can Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch Make Wearable Devices Truly Wearable?

There’s been a lot of talk about wearable devices as the future of technology, but from a design standpoint, thick black wristbands and large-face watches ar…

Source: www.nbcnews.com

“For [wearables] to reach mass adoption, it’s an exercise in cultural engineering,” said J.P Gownder, a principal analyst at tech research firm Forrester who covers the wearables market. “People need to want to wear it on their own merits — otherwise it’s limited to geeks and ‘quantified selfers.'” – no mention of wearables in industry application or in business 

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PC market not as bad as previously thought, IDC says – CNET

Market researcher revises its prediction for global PC shipments in 2014, but it still expects a decline.

Source: www.cnet.com

Business spending is still the main market driver, but IDC said its revision was based on upgrades after the end of support for Windows XP, growing sales of Chromebooks in the education sector, and declining competition from large tablets.

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China targets own operating system to take on likes of Microsoft, Google

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.Computer

Source: www.reuters.com

The Chinese OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua said, citing Ni Guangnan who heads an official OS development alliance. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni also hoped to domestically build that software would be able to replace desktop OS’s within 1-2 years and mobile operating systems within 3-5 years.

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Tesla temporarily shuts factory to upgrade

Tesla has built themselves more than just a car company. They’ve built a lifestyle choice. It’s similar to what Apple and Red Bull have already achieved…

Source: www.techinsider.com.au

Adding in robots… “large investment now in robots will (potentially) future-proof the company and reduce costs over the long term. Sure, the company doesn’t employ as many people as a result. But Tesla has never had to lay off a worker because a robot took their job. The jobs were for robots right from the beginning.  Robotic construction helps Tesla pare back expenses such as labor costs. It also frees up people for tasks robots can’t perform.”

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