Augmented Reality | Bringing interactive reading & learning tools to young explorers in real-time

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If you grew up watching Nick Jr., you already know how much of an impact interactive television shows, such as Blue’s Clues, can have on a young mind. Our children feel as if the characters on the show are actually their friends, and they quickly embrace the second-person experience, as a means for early-learning education. They become like sponges — easily engaged and encouraged by conversation. Intrigued by curiosity, they thirst for exploration. And while they quickly absorb the material and storylines presented before them, there is a huge divide between reality and storytelling that continues to leave a void out in the open.

Augmented reality is changing all of that, allowing our children to thrive at levels we have never seen before.Our children learn in different ways, and yet reading is a major part of who we become as students, educators, and professionals in our fields. We learn visually, we learn through auditorial experiences and we learn through pure immersion, completely saturated in the overall experience.

One company making a difference.

Within, a Los Angeles-based tech company, has been taking advantage of this ideal, creating exciting new platforms and highly interactive experiences in augmented, mixed and virtual reality since about 2014. Last year, they introduced a wide spectrum of learning tools that would bring interactive reading experiences into the forefront of early childhood development.

Yesterday, they announced an “Intergalactic, AR Reading Adventure Sends Kids into Space.

As it releases its fourth augmented reality storybook, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, Within continues to embrace augmented reality when telling “extraordinary stories” to an audience of young readers. In fact, the launch of the early-learning reading app, Wonderscope, has been nothing short of a welcoming experience, as these young readers are met with a lovable character, who stops at nothing to engage their young minds while leaving a lasting impression sure to last a lifetime.

Meet Clio.

Meet Clio — a tiny particle of purple stardust — as she literally enters into our world and immediately greets your child with meaningful dialogue and an overall sense of inclusion. She includes them into the narrative and invites them to join her on a mission through our solar system. They are, then, presented with a combination of “read-out-loud” experiences, that include interactive diagrams, maps and fun facts to help them through their journey.

Students can choose to interact one-on-one or they can bring their classmates along for the journey. As a team, they join Clio in challenging reading bullies, meeting the Sun and bringing an entire nebula back together — just in the nick of time!

Real-time lessons on life.

“We’ve written lines for kids that teach them how to handle bullies, stick up for what they believe in, and be there for those that need help,” states Within’s Director of Development, Jonny Ahdout, about this rewarding new game.

The story about Clio becomes just one more addition to Wonderscope’s growing library of augmented titles, including A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People, Little Red the Inventor and Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted — with even more stories and adventures to be released in upcoming months.

According to a recent press release, “Wonderscope’s voice recognition system is built to understand and nurture confidence in new readers at a wide range of levels, and with different dialects and accents. The app provides visual and aural feedback by highlighting words, and having characters make eye contact and react expressively back to the user.

Clio’s Cosmic Quest ends with a fully interactive bonus scene where users explore and learn more about space, planets and solar systems, developing a playful appreciation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).”

Wonderscope is geared towards kids, aged 6 and older and currently holds a solid 4-star rating from Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families, through the promotion of safe technologies and media for children.

The app is currently free and available on all AR-enabled iOS devices, although stories themselves can run as high as $4.99 a piece.

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A Wearable for the Spine, ALEX Has Your Back

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As the healthcare market is exploding with new technologies centered around wearable technologies, ALEX enters the scene with one of the most genius wearables to date. In fact, this is probably one of the most beneficial wearables to date.

Over the years, there has been a ton of research put into the human spine and its effect on not just our physical health, but also our mental health. Our ancestors even depicted the spine as a portal into the universe. The caduceus is a representation of how the spine is representative of overall health.

Bad posture can contribute to pain, unnecessary health complications, and even obesity. It can cloud our judgment because we are unable to think clearly. It can lead to complications later in life and leave us unable to remain active in our elderly years. It can increase levels of cortisol in our bodies and decrease testosterone in men. This undeniably leads to stress and depression.

ALEX seeks to change all of that.

A wearable device that fits comfortably around the back of our neck and hangs firmly around our ears, ALEX becomes our posture coach and tracker, synchronizing with our mobile device and reminding us to sit straight in our seats.

In the days that we are huddled over portable devices and laptop computers, it’s getting harder to keep our posture — especially if we are too busy to exercise daily. As our spines begin to straighten, we will discover more energy and less pain in our day-to-day lifestyles.

ALEX discreetly reminds us to sit up, forcing our smartphones to vibrate. It also vibrates within itself. This could be extremely beneficial while in a boring board meeting.

ALEX accurately measures the angle of your neck and position of your head, customizing the experience for each user. Not only does this device detect bad posture, but it also tends to detect pain points that create soreness and stiffness on the human body. This aids the device in personalized tracking of your posture throughout the day and even year.

Because the device is trackable in real time, one can become more familiar with what proper posture actually feels like. This type of feature definitely helps women who have spent the last 9 months carrying a baby as their bodies return back to normal.

Operating under Bluetooth 4 technologies, this device is slow at killing your smartphone battery. Flash memory that temporarily stores information before periodically sending it to your mobile device also helps your battery to last longer.

With such an innovative and breakthrough device, many are excited to try it on for size. Expected to launch in May of 2016, the company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production, marketing, and upgrades. They have already surpassed their initial goal of $50K. As for the marketing, this product speaks for itself. This device is sure to go viral in 2016.

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Rapid Adoption of Wearables Reflects Personality, Loyalty, and Convenience

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In 2016, we will see a sharp influx in the production, delivery, and adoption of IoT technologies and wearables. Here, at Digital Pivot, we have disclosed quite a launches set for later this year. But just how rapidly are these technologies becoming part of our everyday lives?

The NPD Group broke down dollar and unit sales for 2015, analyzing details related to the wearables industry, and came up with some pretty cool insights.

In fact, it seems that we are starting to spend double that of the previous year just to have the top new wearables on the market. As wearables evolve, they are adopting the features we are disappointed our current version is missing. For this, we are okay with buying the product again — just because we need that upgrade. Spoiled, aren’t we? Not so much. It actually goes deeper than this.

As innovation continues to build upon itself, we, as advanced users, seek sophistication in products that we use every day. While we aren’t necessarily looking for complexity, we do like to have a product at our fingertips that brings us little need for outside device utilization. We master products that we love and simply seek more from that point of view.

Once upon a time, we could have a blood pressure cup, radio, camera, and house phone, put it in a bag…call it a day. This is no longer feasible. It is no longer convenient. In fact, when we have too many devices and too many objects, we tend to neglect them, getting less usage out of each on whole. We also tend to lose them more easily. We seek integration.

In 2015, connected activity trackers reflected a 110% increase from 2014, up from an 85% increase from the previous years. The average going price for many wearables has shot up from $96 to $109. We’re also fine with that.

Ben Arnold, Executive Director and Industry Analyst for The NPD Group, states that “This, combined with unit growth, shows that prices aren’t failing to drive demand. Demand is increasing along with rising prices.” As integrations continue and more features are added, it is also the small details that matter the most.

Faced with growing competitive markets, industry leaders are not losing footing as we show loyalty for premier product lines — quicker to adopt their latest model over full-featured entry-level competitors and happy to give up our wallets for a product that we know will meet our everyday needs. Anything else is just a gamble.

We can compare this to MP3 players in the early 2000s and the little impact they made on the iPod and iPad markets. As history repeats itself, loyalists will happily purchase a product based on little change whatsoever and will do this simply because of how the product personifies them.

An alteration in size and a new variety of color options will continue to contribute to our purchasing power. And, yet, we will rush to the store and camp out days prior to the release of a major upgrade. We do this willingly, because we are comfortable in our purchases of new product generations under beloved branding. This has certainly been the case for wearables and trackers that weren’t previously appealing to our senses.

Because personality yields conversation, the growing wearables market has boomed. Product designers are learning that colors are important to attracting potential customers almost as much as product features, shape, and size.

Arnold tells us about this mindset as related to fitness trackers on the current market.

“A confluence of factors has contributed to the growth of connected fitness trackers. Greater awareness of the products is leading to increased interest; new colors and designs have made trackers more appealing. There are more opportunities to buy the products due to increased distribution. The dedicated fitness tracker market will continue to thrive as products evolved to cover a wider range of users’ fitness needs.”

Fitness trackers are being included in the category of smart watches and other wearables. The numbers show that over 33M devices were purchased in the United States alone in 2015. Smart watches, however, have only shown a 13M ownership rate for this same year. This includes a variety of styles, both futuristic and traditional. Many of these purchases were made due to enamored users in need of integration. Many of these results were hindered due to awareness. Product availability was also a factor.

The Apple Watch was released in April of 2015. From there, many knock-off brands took form. Top manufactures such as Samsung then began creating their own versions for Android. Because Apple products are not compatible with Android, users had to wait until later in the year to purchase a smart watch to compliment their current devices.

Stoked that trackers were implemented into many of these smart watch devices and able to be synchronized with their favorite mobile apps, end-of-year results showed a rapid adoption rate of such devices. Purchases are set to soar in 2016. There are users that are loyal to previous devices and opt to use both, comparing results for more accuracy.

While some find no need to adopt such a device, intending only to use fitness trackers during exercise, the rest of the population seems to show interest in adopting smart watch technologies this year. Since the multiple smart watch releases, experts show that there has been an 83% growth amongst consumers in this category, as opposed to a 75% growth for standalone trackers. These numbers are also reflected within other categories of smart devices and wearables. It is expected that the United States will have ownership of over 30M smart watches by the end of 2017 — conservatively speaking.

For this, we wonder what the adoption rate of those smart shoes, aimed for release in September, will be. Those could be the smartest wearables of all time!

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eMindful, Muse, and Goldie Hawn Team Up to Promote Meditation for Brain Health

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“I understand that maybe you can’t dedicate an hour a day to meditation. But if you can’t even take 20 minutes for yourself to meditate, you’re just letting your ego get in the way.” –Sabir Bey, Host of The Sabir Bey Show.

Most people don’t understand the importance of meditation, especially its importance for clarity, rest, and keeping the mind agile. But meditation is extremely important, especially at a time when we overload our minds with digital insight and allow that same digital platform to continue “thinking” on our behalf. For this, two leaders in meditation technology have teamed up to launch “a national challenge to ease people into mindful living.”

The companies also partnered with the Goldie Hawn Foundation to promote “mindful thinking” to children and educators. A headband created by Muse sets out to motivate people into adopting a better understanding of their minds during meditation.

At the onset of 2016, millions of people have publicly set resolutions to lead healthier lifestyles, and a sound mind is one of the most important elements of the “get healthy” process.

This nationwide initiative is leading a “1% Challenge that encourages people to dedicate at least 1% of their day to improving personal well-being” through mindful meditation. The challenge only takes up 14 minutes of a person’s day and can impact years of their life. This particular program is made up of expert-led “mindfulness sessions,” guiding habits and behavioral changes through sensor-monitoring technology.

Small changes to a person’s behavior have been proven to be more impactful than if a huge change was made at once. For this, many innovators in the tech world have been devising strategies that help bring about good habits and positive change to our populations. This particular movement is aimed at making mindful change through meditation. Meditation is essential to living and highly beneficial to one’s health.

The 1% Challenge has aimed at further impacting the lives of our children by teaming up with the Goldie Hawn Foundation, “an evidence-based curriculum and training program for educators and children” that was founded by the actress in conjunction with researchers, psychologists, and educators in growing a foundation for our future leaders. Together, Muse and eMindful are contributing to MindUp, the foundation’s program, based on participant activity in this program. Not only are participants helping themselves, but they are also helping our youth.

“Massive, redirectional changes are hard to sustain,” said Kelley McCabe, eMindful chief executive officer. “Our 1% Challenge starts with the premise that anyone can improve by taking small steps and building upon them. Over the course of one’s life, that can be transformational.”

Leading and guiding our youth to healthier transformation at a time that their brains are most elastic has the ability to create a more informed, more educated, and more intelligent generation than we have yet to produce in our lifetime. Many of our children have been left behind, but we are seeing the chance to turn around their futures and create a better tomorrow on their behalf.

This headband by Muse monitors brain activity through sensors that have been providing participants with real-time feedback through InteraXon Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technologies. Meshed with eMindful’s suite of evidence-based mindfulness programs, games, and exercises, people are able to improve and shape their health, wellbeing, control of chronic pain, and weight, many of which are all triggered through stress. The program also provides solutions to handling and maintaining stress, which in turn controls other elements taking place within the human body.

This tag team exercises the most important muscle in our body while allowing it to relax. The control we are then given over our minds, bodies, and souls is unprecedented and can save lives.

“For us at Muse we felt that a partnership with eMindful under the context of boosting awareness for meditation and healthy minds made a great deal of sense,” said Derek Luke, Chief Executive Officer of InteraXon, the company that develops Muse.

These technologies have been adopted by employers and health insurers all over the country, as well as by researchers and clinicians at over 100 top hospitals and universities. This speaks volumes for what this technology is doing for meditation and healing. Likewise, it’s something to keep in the back of your mind while shopping for resources in brain health and productivity. Your insurance company might just have your back on this one!

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Pet Care Moves Into the Cloud with PetPace’s Wearables

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Taking pet care to a whole new level, PetPace has released a new mobile app aimed at bringing the cloud to pet care monitoring. A healthcare tool for our furbabies, veterinarians are able to analyze pet health data on-the-go and make sure that critically ill animals are still being cared for around the clock.

Animal care professionals have the power to access an app that stores pet health charts and provides them with ongoing monitoring of temperature and vital signs, allowing real-time communications that include respiration, pulse, activity, positions, pain, calories, and more.

Wearable technologies allow synchronization via pet collars, servicing both dogs and cats as little as eight pounds in size. Furparents can monitor their babies from home or work, providing them just a little additional support and keeping clinics free of unnecessary calls to check up on a pet repeatedly. In fact, there is a much more thorough flow of communication in this manner, which allows clinics to be more productive.

Available on both Android and iOS, this app takes pride in expanding trends in mobile healthcare and wearables to the pet care industry, saving lives as a result.

Real-time alerts will now keep pets even more looked after than ever before. Pet owners will also receive live updates and reports on their pet’s health status. This means that you may actually know more about your own pet — and earlier — than if you were standing in the clinic yourself! There is also a deeper sense of accountability through this monitoring process.

“The Mobile Health revolution, already making great strides in people medicine, is expanding into the veterinary world,” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, DVM, DABVP, and Chief Veterinarian for PetPace. “Veterinarians and caregivers can now be constantly connected to their patients. This not only brings pet healthcare to a whole new level, but also measurably strengthens the bond between veterinarians and their clients,” he concluded.

At high-traffic and short-handed clinics, pet care can become a very difficult task. Vets also have lives outside of the clinic that include necessary sleeping, eating, and showering. Already putting their own lives on “paws” to make sure our babies are healthy and full of life, our favorite vets will now be more productive outside the office and are able remain on-call while spending just a little bit more time with their own families. Thanks, PetPace! That’s definitely something we can shake on!

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Smart Shoes Kicking Jordan to the Curb and Doing the MoonWalk…Literally!

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We have all heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), but what about the social media of things? In 2016, we will be seeing a shift in wearables that will bring us all closer together. We will also see a shift in how we connect with one another. Many product developers are finding ways to “reinvent the wheel,” and apparently shoe designers are no different.

MoonWalker, on the other hand, is not reinventing the wheel; they are changing the game. Launching an IndieGoGo Campaign, MoonWalker already has people talking about the new direction of wearables…social shoes that defy gravity will “kick” it all off! Ladies and gentlemen, Digital Pivot is pleased to introduce you to 20:16 – the shoe of the future! Can you tell that we’re totally stoked?

Let’s break this down. Please hold applause until the end of this article.

MoonWalker has figured out a way to defy gravity, using a magnetic force that simulates the feeling of walking on the moon. In fact, the engineering of these shoes has literally allowed the layers to hover over one another, ensuring the perfect moonwalk every step of the way!

True, we have heard of many products that are “space age” and “NASA-approved,” but what’s truly amazing about these shoes – whether they can delivery the “floating feeling” or not – is that they are really “smart” shoes. This doesn’t, however, mean that you won’t still be dancing with two left feet. You will be putting those Jordans away in a nice safe place.

Lightweight and water resistant, the only thing missing from these kicks would have to be the little wheels that pop out of the bottom. Then again, that would be quite difficult ushering in the future with your hoverboard in “toe.” Let’s get into the smart portion of these shoes.

Have you ever wanted to customize your kicks? Maybe you have spent extra revenue to have your shoes customized to include your company logo, name, or maybe favorite cartoon character, perhaps. Maybe you were a proud owner of Kashi Kicks before they sold to Nike. If so, you “gotta” get a pair of these.

You will be able to customize the sole. Version 2 will connect directly to social media via smartphone and allow users to be engaged in the social realm. Not only will they be able to tweet to their “soles” content, but they will be able to measure their daily activity in staying health conscious. Brands will be able to include their logo in-app to project awareness for their shoes.

As the health industry’s impact on mobile technology evolves, these shoes will more accurately keep wearers in shape and in control of their own personal destiny. Not only will the dynamic of the shoe keep users in comfort all day long, but they will also allow for increased proactivity. We’re curious if this will lead to any changes in the way athletes play basketball. Will the levitating technology allow them to jump higher? Will it allow them to tweet during an NBA game without getting fined?

These shoes will literally change the game. With 32 days left to their campaign, this company is already 36% to their goal of $20,000. The official release is said to be September 2016. That is only one month away from the release of LifePrint’s video photography. In April, Handscape releases their see-through tablet technology. Sleek, comfy and not just another smart watch…not just another gadget. We’re ready to give in. Here, MoonWalker, take all of my money! Just take it!


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Photography Changed Forever: A Bandwagon Even Mr. Walt Disney Would Jump On!

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It seems that 2016 will be far from a boring year. With so many IoT devices hitting the markets, many of us just won’t know how to act. For the photographer still in love with film, this message is especially for you! Set for release in August, we won’t even be able to look at photographs the same again…literally!

Print Apple Live Photos, Vines, GIFs, and more with this Augmented Reality photo AND video printer! For IOS, Android, and GoPro

Originally planning a 2015 release, LifePrint just didn’t “click” with audiences who didn’t quite “get” IoT technology and digital imagery – or what they could potentially bring. An August 2014 Kickstarter campaign proved unsuccessful. But, with the passion and persistence, LifePrint reemerges from the start-up lagoon with just two weeks left to a new campaign, sure to bring drastic change to our world immediately.

Already exceeding funding goals by over 500%, this is definitely happening. At this stage, 785 backers now connect with their vision…a vision that will bring out your inner Joey Lawrence with a big “whoa!” Do you remember when you first heard about the 3D printer? Well, this is nothing like that. This is actually quite earth shattering because it will bring back the art of film and photography, shifting the plateau for audiences who have made it their mission to capture our world for future generations and for those who like to capture their own world for the reminiscence therein.

LifePrint brings back the art of photography with a new way to “photoprint.” Similar to printing a Polaroid, LifePrint combines a special ink and photo paper with the ability to capture video directly to a still photograph. With photos ranging from 40 to 50 cents each, enthusiasts will be able to send videos through the mail and yet have a quality print to store in their photo albums. This is more than just digitally embedding a video into our photography.

Combining the digital realm with the physical manifestation of our “augmented reality,” we can now literally print action in motion while on the go. A portable printer can accompany your journey, joining you at the size of a bulky smartphone and fitting into your back pocket. Boy, oh, boy! If only Mr. Walt Disney were here to see this! Yeah, he would definitely have a LifePrint!

What makes LifePrint so special is its ability to not only capture motion and allow you to share it across the world, but it also allows you to apply filters to your photos while in-app, edit your videos before printing, and print directly from your GoPro device! LifePrint has the ability to import our social streams to more easily benefit our photo and video-printing needs. Instagram and Vine will never be the same! With the ability to print GIFs directly to stock, this just might change the face of card-giving – forever!

“Rich colors… high gloss… warm tones… brighter whites… sharper detail…” This printer is the photographer’s dream, and many of us will be glued to our seats, peeing our pants awaiting it!

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Predictions for Real Estate 2016: How Agents and Facilities Managers Will Benefit

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Planon, a software provider in support of workplace optimization and Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), has released their predictions in Real Estate and Facility Management efficiencies for 2016.

“Many of the trends that will come into focus in 2016 already exist today, but their significance is expected to grow and become mainstream in the near future,” states David Karpook, Strategic Business Consultant at Planon. “Today’s facilities management and real estate managers face an increasing need to respond to the evolution of technology and sustainability, ensure compliance, and increase cost efficiency.” 

Planon predicts that IoT opportunities will be made more applicable to the Real Estate spectrum in 2016. Therefore, it will be increasingly adopted by agents all over the world. Bottom lines will increase with the placement of affordable sensor technologies. Analytics data will be easily collected through occupancy of the workplace or meeting room. Additional IoT implementations point to better utilization of smart screens triggered by in app functionality or by room sensors, alone.

In the case of real estate, the amount of time an onlooker spends in each room may translate to sales potential, funneling sales interest data collected during the time spent in each room, individually. This data can be used to physically enhance the features that potential buyers enjoy the most and call out the needs for improvement in areas that guests most dislikes on the property. Doing so will lead real estate companies towards increased sales and shortened periods of closing. It will also provide insight as to where, exactly, a visitor may actually lose interest.

Workspaces can be checked for availability within a facility through the scanning of QR codes or the swiping of RFID tags.  This will save time and face, while meeting with clients in a busy conference space.

Much of 2016 will see an increase in the use of mobile technologies for just about every phase in daily process. Not only are individuals now using mobile devices to make and accept payments on the go, but also team collaboration and communication can more frequently be made feasible. Integrations in communications tools are now allowing for better project management and workforce productivity through in-app tools and centralized clouds, allowing users to stay in just one application all day without the need to toggle between apps to complete a single function.

In fact, Cloud delivery models will continue to transform the workplace,” claims the Boston-based software company. They will cut costs significantly for IT departments and eliminate the need for big-bulky equipment. Although true, there are many big businesses that are still skeptical about adopting cloud-based technologies in storing proprietary information.

Through mobility, employers are seeing more stretch-room in the physical workplace and may even save on operating costs with the ability to downgrade unnecessary expenditures. With flexible schedules, the workforce is being made more available at untraditional business hours and increasingly made available through “always on” technologies.

Workers are less stressed and therefore more productive. According to Planon, “More than 90 percent of respondents in research agreed that new workplace concepts will improve employee productivity.”

Finally, Planon predicts that building information modeling, BIM, will continue to increase in adoption. Their claim is that it will hold great promise for facilities management and real estate in the very near future.

Applying BIM and its methodologies to operations will allow more efficiency in management of the building space. This includes maintenance and construction during lifecycle process in providing a platform for real-time collaboration, logistics and quality management. Agents and construction superintendents will, themselves, be able to better predict the future of their own real estate empire.

Smart businesses and smart buildings will continue to make their presence known through the adoption of IoT and cloud technologies, allowing employees to be more mobile and embracing the alternative workplace. BIM-culture will become a norm, as teams will be impacted by better communications and interactive visuals in which promote efficiency.

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UICO and HiCling Team Up To Release Fitness Band, Powered By duraTOUCH Technology

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UICO, a technology company dedicated to durable product solutions, recently announced the release of duraTOUCH, an innovation in all-weather use for Shanghai-based HiCling’s health and fitness wearable, clingband. UICO brings together global touch sensing experts in developing solutions to surface-related issues with touch enabled devices and providing users with high-performance, super-low power, touch sensing technology.

UICOs additions to the clingband design have allowed for minimal power requirements, meaning that it doesn’t need to be charged on a daily basis. Users can monitor their health and fitness around the clock, accessing vitals, sleep and daily activity, athleticism and fitness, UV index and ambient light. The unique wristSENSE, a touch and skin sensor, along with other touch sensors, triangulate data simultaneously for multi-dimensional health tracking.

“The touch performance of UICO’s technology is simply the best in the industry,” says HiCling CEO, Richard Chen. “The water immunity on clingband is unparalleled, and will provide the highest user satisfaction compared to other solutions in the market. We are very excited to be partnering with such a world-class company as UICO.”

The company has patented a duraTOUCH technology that allows the clingband to work seamlessly against the elements of water, sweaty hands and dirty screens, through fabric and in extreme weather conditions. These are things that you can’t even do with the market’s top waterproof phones. For this, much of the industrial world has quickly adopted duraTOUCH technology to allow usability and durability of their device under intense conditions.

Users can actually workout, build up a sweat and then use their phones. Joggers often enjoy a trek in the rain, now they can. Even an all day trip to the beach won’t require special care instructions to the device. This would mean the clingband could stay on – even while in the water. Caution: clingband does not protect against rough waves. You might loose the clingband if it isn’t strapped securely.

“The touch functionality on many of the current bands and smart watches is frustrating for consumers, and does not provide a seamless user experience,” says Binay Bajaj, UICO’s Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “HiCling implemented UICO’s duraTOUCH technology for its superior experience under fitness activity conditions. UICO provides a simple, pragmatic solution and a game-changing differentiator in the explosive wearables market.”

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HP Aruba Empowers Smart Venues

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Provider of next-generation enterprise networking solutions, Hewlett Packard’s enterprise company, Aruba, delivers IT solutions meant to empower organizations. Serving the now generation of mobile-savvy users by creating cloud-based business apps for “every aspect of their work and personal lives.” Aruba recently announced the “next wave” of the Aruba Mobile Engagement solution. Aruba also announced the inception of the a new app developer partnership program, “encouraging innovation at the pace of mobility.”

Designed for integration with multi-vendor Wi-Fi networks and beacon analytics, location-based mobile solutions will be providing organizations with a deeper understanding of their internal users, whether an employee or a customer, allowing them to better engage with specific more effectively. In-venue, locational triggers will allow businesses to directly interact with the consumer base, enhancing customer experiences through brand engagement strategies. This will impact vendor potential and expand opportunities for revenue growth.

Accelerating innovation in location-based mobile technologies, Aruba has also partnered with promising vendors, who have been creating amazing new features and applications for integration within the “Meridian Mobile App Platform” for developers. This, powered by Aruba Beacons and Aruba Mobile Engagement, has also led to the satisfaction of an existing customer base in the early stages of adoption. For vendors currently using these technologies, the results have been almost game changing.

Aruba Beacons are paired with Bluetooth radio technologies in combination with a Wi-Fi client, to allow cloud-based beacon management throughout multi-vendor networks and through secure Wi-Fi connections. Aruba Sensors, newly merging into the Internet of Things (IoT) scene, are enterprise-grade focal points that relay battery life data, power settings and beacon location through management and monitoring of data. Cost effective, Aruba Sensors easily integrate into pre-existing IT networks. The also transmit vendor information through the beacons to mobile devices, based on consumer preferences.

Directly interacting with customers, enterprise businesses are able to communicate important information straight-to-device, through location-based triggers and the customer’s proximity to an Aruba Beacon. Analytics will be transmitted to a central location via Aruba Sensors, which measure the customer’s behavior and interaction with the brand, based on certain proximities. This data is considered valuable business intelligences that will allow the brand and mobile developers to transform in meeting the growing needs of each consumer.  

Growing in demand and popularity, technologies are being deployed and integrated at larger scales than before. This increases complexity and challenge. The Aruba Meridian platform is designed to power an unlimited amount of location-based applications at any one given time. Even with all infrastructure aligned and capable of handling heavy-duty activity, complexity and speed, creativity poses as a limitation in process.

This inspired the new application partnership program, allowing vendors to create apps for venues that streamline productivity, check-in processes and create efficiency for customers as they enter venues with a specific purpose. These efficiencies save time, money and confusion. They also allow for better communication between teams, consumers and the venue, itself.

“Our booking system, combined with the Meridian Mobile App platform, provides a complete solution with visibility into meeting room availability, their amenities, and the location and directions,” states Sam Dunn, CEO of Robin. “Together we’re helping people find the right tools, at the right time, so they can do better work.”

Partnering with other enterprise mobile developers, Aruba is given more freedom to focus on the “how to make it all work” element behind these new possibilities. Many of these partners already had solutions but needed a system like Aruba to put them to use. Aruba’s infrastructure is protected and highly secure, meaning user data will remain private. In a recent statement by the company, “Aruba estimates approximately 48 hours of time savings in a 1,000 beacon deployment during a single maintenance window.” Connecting various vendors to one system allows increased efficiency in management of systems and reduces overall IT costs through the utilization of this one central unit.

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