Researchers developed a sensing system to constantly track the performance of workers

July 1, 2019

Researchers have come up with a mobile-sensing system that can track and rate the performance of workers by combining a smartphone, fitness bracelets and a custom app. The mobile-sensing system, as the researchers call it, is able to classify high and low performers. The team used the system to track 750 U.S. workers for one year. The system was able to tell the difference between high performers and low performers…

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Fitbits newest fitness tracker is just for employees and health insurance members

February 11, 2019

Fitbit has a new fitness tracker, but it’s one that you can’t buy in stores. The company quietly uncorked the Inspire on Friday, releasing its first product that is available only to corporate employees and health insurance members. The idea is to offer a fully subsidized wearable that helps the company dig deeper into the corporate and business worlds. The new devices are available as a wristband with the option of…

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ANGLR raises $3.3 million to create a Fitbit for fishing

July 19, 2018

ANGLR, a tracking system for fisherpersons, has raised a $3.3 million Series A to add AR and wearables to their already impressive package of fishing trip management and devices to help record fishing data. That’s right… they caught a big one! Nic Wilson and Landon Bloomer started this Pittsburgh-based company to build an app that can help record and plan your fishing trips. The system has been around for five…

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We love augmented reality, but lets fix things that could become big problems

May 10, 2018

Cyan Banister Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Hertel is the co-founder of Xperiel. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet and smartphone revolutions have transformed our lives, and AR has the potential to be that big. We’re already seeing AR act as a catalyst for major change, driving advances in everything from industrial machines to consumer electronics. It’s also pushing new frontiers in education, entertainment, and health care. As wonderful…

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This Bluetooth-enabled tampon will let you know when it’s time for a change

The internet of things is trying to get all up in our business. There are internet-connected pregnancy tests, smart vibrators and Kegel exercisers, and now, there are tampons that connect to your smartphone. Called My.Flow, the startup aims to solve the problem of leaking on your period. It can be annoying and potentially embarrassing to bleed through a tampon and have it appear on your clothes.

August 17, 2017
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How a tap could tame the smart home

July 23, 2017

Heres a novel fix for the headache of interacting withall sorts ofconnected devices: researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a system that lets smartphone users tap their phoneagainst an IoT device in order to have a contextual menu automatically loaded on screen thereby saving them from having to scramble around looking for the correct app to control eachdevice. Or fiddling with actual physical buttons and trying to navigate less…

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Responding to disaster with IoT and SDN mesh

May 28, 2017

With a standard SDN protocol, IoT devices will be able to communicate with each other, even between disparate devices. IoT devices can retain the capacity for low-bandwidth communication in the event that internet and power are cut off to the user, making the devices resilient in a disaster. Because they run on battery power, they arent affected by blackouts like many wired communication devices. And broken wiring wont affect their…

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