Intel Now Has a Chip Designed For Wearables

Intel's Processor Designed for Wearable Tech

The power & performance of the computing parts that go into wearables are the limiting factor currently. As you may have read in my last post about a company making flexible batteries for wearables, I'm now going to talk about Intel' new "Quark" chip that's designed for wearable tech. The Quark chip is about 1/5 the size of Intel's smallest chip to date, the Intel Atom processor. They use 1/10th the power, each has a single core, single thread, a 32-bit processor & is the size of a thumbnail! This enables usage beyond wearables but into the IoT (Internet of Things), such as being used to connect household devices like coffee pots & microwaves to the internet so they can be accessed via Bluetooth.   … [Read more...]

There’s Finally Hope: Flexible Batteries for Wearables

Imprint Energy's Flexible Battery

If any of you have Google Glass, you know that the one thing you wished it had that it does not is more battery power. Wearable technology has many underlying technologies that aren't quite ready for wearables. Typical situation - the main hardware exists long before other necessary parts, including software. The only time I can remember the opposite being true was with Microsoft Kinect. That hardware was so ahead of its day I remember Microsoft asking all their developers at a conference soon after Kinect was launched "to break it, hack it, and make it do stuff" (or something like that!) Wearables use a lot of energy. They also have to have flexible batteries or else wearables like clothing would defeat the entire point. In comes a company in CA called Imprint Energy. They announced a zinc-polymer battery that's very easy to manufacture. So far, the name of the battery is ZincPoly batteries LOL. On top of being very flexible, they're non-toxic! Awesome! Imprint Energy has … [Read more...]

LEO: The Only Wearable that Monitors Your Body’s Biosignals Directly, Translating the Data into Actionable Recommendations

LEO Fitness Intelligence Informing You of Low Hydration Image

Yes, that's the new buzz word: "Fitness Intelligence" LOL! Kim's Brain going from "Business Intelligence" to "Fitness Intelligence" - gotta love the parody here! So I'm an "Indegogo" fan. That's how I found the Rufus Cuff I can't wait to get soon. "Indiegogo empowers people to activate the global community to make ideas happen" states Indegogo itself. The site, https://www.indiegogo.com/ let's great ideas become reality by running campaigns to fund your products.And it's no surprise in today's "wearable life" that's it's chock full of wearables. #LEO goes far beyond FitBit to true intelligence that optimizes your workout & reduce your risk for injury. It integrates biosignal monitoring technology that measures muscle activity, fatigue, heart rate, lactic acid, hydration calories, technique, and more - translating this complex bio-data into straightforward and actionable recommendations & notifies you if something's not right in real-time (There's a video at the end of … [Read more...]