Wearable Tech World Feature Article
November 08, 2014

Wearable Tech World Week in Review: Lark Technologies, Nixie, and Jawbone

With the holiday season upon us, more and more are turning their attention to wearable tech devices. It’s been a busy week for the sector, with market reports, new partnerships and product releases hitting the scene, so let’s take a look back at some of the wearable tech highlights from the week.

Kicking things off, a new study from Juniper Research suggests that — while other wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches are seeing growth in the market — smart glasses will not be so lucky, shipping fewer than 10 million units annually until at least 2018. According to the research firm, there are two main factors contributing to the slow growth of smart glasses. One issue is how long it takes these items to go from concept to release—which causes adoption and consumer interest to lag. This limited impact for the consumer is the second issue. Juniper does see some areas in which the technology may thrive, however, such as in healthcare, which gives it some hope for the future.

One wearable technology that is gaining momentum in the market is sleep monitoring. While the technology has been around for a long time, advancements in wearable tech have enabled it to evolve in leaps and bounds. Now, Westin Hotels is working with Lark Technologies to integrate sleep cycle tracking and virtual coaching technologies into its guest services, with the hopes of helping guests achieve a better night’s sleep. Lark technologies pinpoint what is causing poor sleep habits and relays this information to Westin guests, who will then be given the opportunity to review advanced data visualizations of their sleep patterns, hopefully solving problem areas altogether.

Also this week, the Intel Make It Wearable contest announced the $500,000 prize money winner for its latest round. The winner, Nixie, is a small wearable camera that straps on the wrist. The winning feature of this little camera is that when you snap your wrist, it unfolds a quadcopter that flies, takes photos or video, then comes back to you. Sounds like science fiction, right? The device was designed with solo filmmakers in mind, offering them a way to film themselves carrying out activities without the need for another person there to hold the camera.

And for those searching for the perfect holiday gift for a fitness-conscious loved one, Jawbone has you covered. Jawbone is a maker of Bluetooth wireless technologies. Now, having already seen success with its UP line of health and fitness trackers, the company is taking things a step further and has introduced a new tracker called the UP MOVE that is targeted at the entry level market. As such, it is affordably and competitively priced: only $49.99 with free shipping on the website. The UP MOVE is a small clip-on device made of a nylon-like material, anodized aluminum and medical grade TPU rubber. While it can’t be fully submerged in water, it is splash proof – for those intense workout sessions when sweat is rolling.

That rounds out the highlights for this week, but be sure to check back to Wearable Tech World regularly for all the latest news and reports coming out in this thriving industry space. 

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