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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