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CorSense Aims to Optimize Health and Fitness Without Wearables

Things have kicked into high gear for CorSense thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign.

We’re told that CorSense raised $100,000 globally in 48 hours on Kickstarter.

The device is the brainchild of Elite HRV, creators of the largest heart rate variability (HRV) app and platform.

If you’re not familiar, CorSense is an HRV sensor that slips onto your fingertip and helps optimize nutrition, training, recovery, sleep and stress without any need for continuous wearables.

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IDC: Double-Digit Gains Ahead for Wearables

No signs of slowing. That’s according to a new report from IDC regarding the future of wearables.

International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – will continue to drive the wearables market forward. Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come.

According to a new IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker forecast, vendors will ship a total of 121.7 million wearable devices this year, marking a 16.6% increase from the 104.4 million units shipped in 2016. The wearables market is forecast to maintain this pace of growth with shipments reaching 229.5 million units in 2021, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2%.

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Samsung Touts New, Enhanced Wearables

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has just introduced three new devices to its wearable portfolio, and MHW has the details.

New to the line up are:

  • Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant;
  • Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS fitness band with smart features; and
  • Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s cord free earbuds.

We’re told that Samsung’s new Gear devices were designed to let consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthier and well-balanced life.

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Visa Makes Headway in Wearables Market

Visa confirmed to MHW today that it is enabling Visa payments on Fitbit’s first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic.

We’re told that eligible cardholders of participating banks will be able to make payments with Fitbit Pay, Fitbit’s new payment function, when available.

So how does it work?

With Fitbit Pay, Visa and Fitbit are meeting demand amongst the majority of wearable owners who, according to the recent “How We Will Pay” survey* by PYMNTS and Visa, see the opportunity for wearables to improve the way they pay throughout their day with a more secure and seamless cashless payment experience.

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Infographic: The State of Wearables Today

Valencell, a leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, in collaboration with MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, the trade association advancing Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, recently conducted a national survey in regards to the state of wearables today.

The findings, portrayed in an infographic shared below, revealed interesting statistics about wearables users, including consumer interest in monitoring advanced health metrics like stress, blood pressure, and sunlight exposure.

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Wearable Technology Can Enhance Long Term Patient Care

The following is a guest contributed post from Chris Holbert, CEO of SecuraTrac.

Wearable technologies have been widely adopted by consumers to measure and track aspects of health. Bracelets can track steps and calorie burn, clothing can measure heart rate and VO2 levels. While adoption is slower in clinical settings some health care organizations have begun to integrate wearable technologies into patient care to create more opportunities for e-health programs and to create new data availability.

Some wearable technologies developed for the health care sector are designed to monitor patient vitals. Patients who are not in critical condition are able to receive round-the-clock monitoring from health care professionals at home or at a step-down care facility. There is no need for people recovering from basic surgeries or who have chronic conditions to remain in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. Care can be dispatched to their homes on an as needed basis if vitals stray outside a “normal” range.

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Zebra Says One-Half of Manufacturers Globally to Adopt Wearable Tech by 2022

Just when you though the momentum of wearables had reached rever-pitch, we’re hearing that the boom shows no signs of slowing.

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a market leader in mobile computers, today revealed the results of the Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analyzing the emerging trends shaping the future of industrial manufacturing.

“The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting the IIoT to enhance visibility and improve quality,” the report summary reads.

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