Results tagged “wearables”

Obamacare Encourages Healthcare Players To Innovate

Supreme Court gives Obamacare major victory [Source:]

There was once a popular trend in the American presidential politics known as the Flat Tax. The idea was that the country's tax system had become so complicated that some of the candidates proposed one, flat tax for every taxpayer. Come tax time, the payer could fill out her taxes on a simple index card and mail it back to Washington. No accountants, no multiple tax forms, no bureaucracy.

That idea never took hold. In the tax system, that is. But the idea of universal healthcare more recently seeks to do for insurance what the Flat Tax would have done for taxation: Create a simple way to obtain and pay for universal healthcare coverage. That's a huge job, and it's easier said than done. But America has made its first bold steps towards a universal system that European and other major countries have enjoyed for decades.

Keeping An Eye On Apple Watch

What Do We Know Now About Apple Watch? [Source:]

Spring forward and fall back. That's how everyone remembers what to do with their clocks twice a year with the onset (and then the end) of Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time began on March 8 - a day before Apple launched the much anticipated Apple Watch. Playing as coy as possible, the Cupertino giant had issued a tantalizing invitation to the world's technology press that it would "spring forward" with the debut of a certain piece of hardware.

It didn't take much deduction to figure out that the device in question was the Apple Watch, springing forth into a market that analysts say is starving for every kind of wearable computing platform imaginable. But thinking about the whole affair - the symbolism, the merchandise, and the consumer demand for such goods - is enough to give one pause.

The Full Potential of IoT

Are driverless cars in the horizon? [Source:]

This Christmas our family got together and as a tradition we watched a James Bond movie. My nephew, who is an energetic seven-year old, was very excited about the film. Next morning, it was gifts time and Santa was pleased with all of us. I got a Moto360 smartwatch. My nephew had a ball mimicking James Bond with it. He found out that he could talk to the watch and the watch could do things for him. The watch could tell him football scores, the temperature outside (and inside) and lots more. There was our very own James Bond Jr.! And then he suddenly saw my car start. Confounded, he started to look around only to find me playing with my phone and the secret was out. Before we knew it, he was changing TV channels using my phone, watching a DVRed football game on it and playing songs from my PC to his bedroom speakers, all controlled by his tablet.

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT). Today's world is all about things that are interconnected. I can monitor my home security and change my thermostat setting while I am drinking coffee at the local coffee shop. And this is just the beginning. Wearables and applications using those wearables are gaining momentum. Using a phone to interact with a car is passé. This year's Consumer Electronics Show showcased smart cars: autonomous vehicles that create video conferencing and collaboration environment as you go places.

Are Wearables There Yet?

Retail conversations at National Retail Federation Big Show 2015 [Source:]

This week we're in New York City, in the midst of a mind-boggling trade show with thousands of sponsors, products, ideas, and exhibitors on display: the National Retail Federation's Big Show. I wish one of their stores would sell a device that tracked how many digital devices ever see the light of day! Chances are that it would be a very low number.

Truth is, the market for good, useful and seamless digital devices in the retail industry is a brutally tough one. Especially when you're the retailer that has competitors on all fronts - clicks and bricks. The product you need to be selling must have more than just a shiny exterior. That's why Samsung's curved TV set is making everyone take notice. Anyone who passes by the electronics retailer can immediately picture the curved set in his/her living room. That's always a good sign that the market is pining for the latest invention and flocking to your stores.

How Connectivity Engages Patients & Healthcare Professionals

Soon we'll all be plugged into a connected healthcare network in which doctors can track our slightest missteps

The life sciences sector is a tale of two worlds. On the one hand, virulent strains of diseases are taxing governments and healthcare systems worldwide. Experts predict that there will be a significant shortage of doctors over the next two decades. And pharmaceutical R&D pipelines are drying up.

On the other hand, mobile technology is revolutionizing the industry. Patients will be able to relay important health information to their caregivers at the flick of a wrist. Epidemiologists will be able to track and predict outbreaks of disease by parsing mountains of data they receive from patients around the world. And the traditional visit to the doctor's office - with all that waiting in the reception room, surrounded by sick patients - might be a thing of the past.

How Consumers Are Changing Enterprise IT

 Form factors such as the tablet or the mobile phone may soon be replaced by wearables like the glass or watch

A couple of days ago, I was keenly watching the launch of Amazon Echo. The first thing that came to mind was - the Star Trek computer. Well, the Star Trek computer was fiction, but Alexa, Google Now, Siri are here today. The fiction is now a reality!

This is exactly what's happening with consumer trends. You see, something that starts as a consumer trend, soon ends up with enterprise IT, with the tagline of 'we need to support that' or 'we should use it for our employees.' Think about this: how cool would it be if I could walk into my office (or access my virtual office from anywhere) and say "OK Infosys, whom am I speaking with at 9am?" The system would promptly respond with, "You have a call with Jack Ryan at 9am, Prasad." If I need more information, I will ask: "Tell more about him," to which, my faithful system will respond with the required information: "Jack Ryan is..." and all the information from my CRM and LinkedIn will flow in along with a summary of my email exchanges with Mr. Ryan. That future, my friends, is not too far away!

Goodbye Doc!

Tim Cook talks about Apple watch [Source:]

There has been a huge buzz around the recent announcement of Apple watch in the wearables segment. The watch has nicely packaged social, fitness, home, health and payments into a single device. It has a number of optical sensors, which along with an accelerometer would be able to measure an individual's activity and heart rate in detail. The apple Health app, along with the new developer tool called Healthkit, provides new ways of tracking these vital parameters and promoting a healthy regimen.

There is an interesting correlation between the cost of electronic devices like camera lenses, touch glass and fingerprint readers, once they have been incorporated into a mass market mobile smartphone. Studies have shown that the cost of such devices drop faster than Moore's law once a leading smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, etc. have adopted it). What is studied less is that this price drop could have a huge impact on adjacent markets and spawn a new range of solution offerings, which was not possible before due to the high input cost of these devices.


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