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10 Industries to see Disruption by Virtual Reality (Proteams)

By |November 27th, 2016|Artificial Intelligence, Uncategorized, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality|

On the other hand, some are quite skeptic about these technologies suggesting that they will be new failures like Google Glass due to UX issues. We believe that these technologies have a huge potential for many industries despite these UX issues.

Let’s take a look at how Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies can disrupt some of the major industries.

  1. Gaming
    Gaming is entering a new era in 2016, and the gaming experience is about to change forever with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The expectations are huge from Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition Oculus Rift and Sony’s VR Playstation as they have already started to build their own ecosystem and app stores. While many corporations are betting on VR, Microsoft is betting on AR with Hololens. Nevertheless, time will show which technology or platform will be more popular for gaming, but it’s for sure that both VR and AR will go way beyond gaming…
  2. Entertainment
    With a VR headset, you can take a part in a movie or become a part of an audience in a live event. Imagine being a few feet away from your favorite movie, sports or rock stars.A new revolution is coming soon for the Entertainment industry with the use of VR for Movies, Porn, and Live Events such as sports or concerts. These areas of use will be the catalyst for VR technology to reach mass users outside the gaming community.
  3. Architecture & Real-estate
    Virtual modeling of new properties will be a huge value-add for architectural design and real-estate.The walk-through of a 3D model can be embedded in a website or in an app. A virtual concept will not only be used in the design process, but also for promoting a real-estate development even before the construction starts.
  4. Education
    Virtual reality and augmented reality will both add in experience-based learning, as our kids will be able to learn and practice new skills in simulated environments.Students will be able to visit historical venues, or experience great works of art from anywhere in the world. They may also interact with other students and instructors in virtual spaces.
  5. Travel, Hospitality, and Leisure
    VR enables travel, hospitality and leisure companies to offer their potential guests teleporting experiences to their destinations with the closest experience to actually being at these locations.Virtual visits before a booking will probably be available on all the hotel and travel booking sites as a cost effective -try before you buy- service. Some hotel chains are already betting on innovative customer experiences using VR with the hope of increasing motivations to travel.
  6. Military
    US Military has already been using VR for training purposes. VR & AR applications will also enable militaries to build and train on the models of target landscapes for new operations.
  7. Engineering
    The use of VR / AR technologies in engineering is currently limited to showcases in industrial events.But in the near future, these technologies might facilitate brilliant new methods for testing in Engineering.
  8. Automotive
    Potential buyers will be able to experience a car’s interior and performance during a virtual drive. VR will be a cost effective -try before you buy- service also for marketing in automotive, whereas AR may become a useful tool for services and training in automotive.
  9. Health
    VR will become an inevitable method for surgical training and also open a new era in diagnosis as doctors will be able to step inside a 3D image for diagnosing a disease. Virtual simulators in health are already being used by few innovative companies such as ImmersiveTouch and Medical Realities in surgical training, and by Psious and Bravemind for treating traumatic stress or psychological anxieties such as claustrophobia, fears related to flying or social activities like job interviews or dating.
  10. Fitness
    VR might keep you fit not only during an active gameplay but also on a VR bike at your gym.Internet cafes of the future may turn into new tech fitness centers using VR equipment.

Source: 10 industries that will be disrupted by Virtual / Augmented Reality – Proteams Blog

Cellular Smart Watches Forecast (2016-2020)

By |August 6th, 2016|Charts & Graphs, Forecasts (In-Depth), Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Intel announced MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) smartwatch, with a Stated Price of $495.

By |November 28th, 2014|News, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Intel’s previously announced MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) smartwatch Intel-MICA_standard_600x400
now has a final
PRICE tag of $495.


It will go on sale in early December with two free years of data on AT&T’s network.


Intel teamed up with high end fashion BRAND Opening Ceremony to create MICA, which will be marketed mainly to the female consumer. It’s been designed to work without the need of a smartphone. Here are its main features:

  • Messaging: MICA provides access to TEXT MESSAGES and notifications of incoming mails from “important contacts” as DESIGNATED in Gmail. Users can dismiss notifications from the device and respond with customizable quick replies.

  • Calendar and Event Notifications: MICA displays Google Calendar and Facebook event notifications while enabling users to accept or reject appointments.

  • Personal Concierge: MICA offers intelligent reminders, “TIME to Go” (TTG), powered by TomTom and Intel, that dynamically adjust based on location to account for the time required to get to the next appointment. MICA also provides users with access to Yelp local search, which includes business ratings and reviews. MICA wearers can use Yelp to locate restaurants, shops and other local businesses nearby.

  • Priority Notifications: Users can curate a VIP contact list that filters notifications and text messages. Vibration-based alerts discreetly alert the wearer to incoming alerts.

  • Design: Elevating the appearance of traditional wearable devices, MICA’s cutting-edge design is constructed of premium finishes and 18K gold coating with a curved sapphire glass TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY. One style features black water snake skin, pearls from China and lapis stones from Madagascar, while the other style features white water snake skin, tiger’s eye from South Africa and obsidian from Russia.

  • Configuration and Security:
    The bracelet provides
    REMOTE ACCESS and locking, the ability to locate the device, and configuration capabilities via a Web-based portal.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2014 – Opening CEREMONY and Intel today took the wraps off the complete features of MICA, My Intelligent Communication Accessory, the smart and fashionable luxury accessory that truly redefines the CONCEPT of wearable technology. MICA is a beautiful and intelligent bracelet that provides today’s highly connected woman with access to text messages, Yelp, Gmail** notifications, Facebook events and Google Calendar** through discreet notifications delivered directly to the wrist.

The feminine communications accessory will be available by early December in the United States and will retail exclusively at Opening Ceremony New York and Los Angeles, select Barneys New York locations, and online at Openingceremony.us and Barneys.com.

The MICA smartwatch will only be sold in the US at first at Opening CEREMONY’S New York and Los Angeles stores, along with Barneys New York locations. It will also be available online at Barneys and Opening Ceremony’s websites. Will you be checking out MICA when it launches in a few weeks?

Source: Intel

Galaxy Gear S not available at Best Buy, T-Mobile & Sprint on November 7 as Samsung Confirmed with our Calls

By |November 6th, 2014|News, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, WEARABLE DEVICES|

We called manufacturing company of the Galaxy gear watch s time with cell phone capabilities, Samsung. Samsung confirm they were leaves and launch date for this coming week of the 7th of November not specifying which day.

We also called Best Buy our response from the Houston locations which we call with that they are unaware deliveries but will call companies team as the Samsung gear s arrives. We called up to four locations in the Houston Texas area again getting the same response.

T Mobile what are next confirmation to make For the Galaxy gear asked by Samsung. We call three locations for the mobile provider t-mobile, each manager of each store and the response given was they were unsure as Samsung had confirmed with us the

Original delivery date weekend been rumored online be November 7th through the 9th, which is false.

Another Fitness Band – The Epson PulseSense health band (w/video)

By |September 9th, 2014|WEARABLE DEVICES|

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Epson announced its Pulsense line of watches and wristbands for fitness, health, and wellness monitoring at this year’s 2015 CES conference.

Pulsense is a device worn on the wrist that can monitor heart rate, activity levels, calories burnt, and sleep patterns. The Pulsense product line will be Epson’s first smart wrist wearable devices, and the company promises it to be distinct from competitors thanks to the company’s patented unique biosensor technology.

Pulsense band Epson Enters Fitness Monitor Market with Pulsense Band and Watch (w/video)Pulsense detects and stores the user’s heart rate without the use of a chest strap, using only sensors within the wrist device. The sensor measures light reflected from red blood cells and records heart beats accordingly by tracking the changes. With both heart rate monitoring and activity level tracking, Pulsense makers claim that the device can more accurately determine calories burned using algorithms based on gender, age, and weight.  The device will store up to 480 hours of data before needing to transfer information to another device.

Product pages: Pulsense Watch; Pulsense Band…

Videos links: Epson Enters Fitness Monitor Market with Pulsense Band and Watch (w/video).

Press release: Epson Enters Wrist Wearable Activity Monitor Category with Continuous Heart Rate Recording and Zone Training Features…

Epson is taking an open-source approach to beef up the capabilities of their wearable tech device line, and Pulsense is offering a developers program to attract other app developers.  Pulsense has two versions, a band and a watch, both of which should be shipping in the summer of 2014.

The MSRP for the Pulsense PS-100 band is $129.00 and PS-500 watch is $199.00.

Video Glasses Database & on Market

By |September 8th, 2014|Market Data, News, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, Smart Watches, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Video Glasses are just beginning to receive mainstream attention.

The emerging wearable computing market, in the form of smartwatches and smart glasses, has proven to developers and manufacturers that consumers no longer want to be tethered to their desks in order to retrieve and store data or to electronically communicate with friends and loved ones. Mobile devices serve to increase the frequency with which we consume and create data and can enhance the level of intimacy when we electronically communicate with others. Similarly, consumers are beginning to demand entertainment experiences that are not limited to the living room television set. We want our entertainment mobile and we want it on demand. Accordingly, video glasses are becoming popular devices for providing instant mobile entertainment while maintaining the quality and privacy we embrace from our stationary home entertainment systems.

What Are Video Glasses?

Video Glasses are head mounted displays (HMD) that typically contain two small video screens, one in front of each eye. The screens are miniaturized and may be CRTs, LCDs, LEDs, or OLEDs. Some models employ multiple micro-displays to increase total resolution and field of view. Primarily used as media players for watching movies and for advanced gaming, they can also be used as First Person View (FPV) systems that provide the wearer with a remote view from the vantage point of the remote control (RC) vehicles they are piloting.

Top 15 Video Glasses

 Glass Manufacturer/Model Price Articles Buy Online
Accupix Mybud 3D HMD Accupix Mybud 3D HMD(852 x 480) $599
BBQbuy Multimedia Player Portable Video Glasses BBQbuy Multimedia Player Portable(432 x 240) $199 Amazon
Boscam GS920 FPV Video Goggles Boscam GS920 FPV
(640 x 480)
$499 Amazon
Fatshark Attitude SD FPV Fatshark Attitude SD FPV
(640 x 480)
$795
Hubsan H510 Video Glasses Hubsan H510
(300 x 224)
$249 Amazon
iTheater HD920 MAXsight 3D iTheater HD920 MAXsight 3D
(640 x 480)
$399 Amazon
Oculus Rift Oculus Rift
(1920 x 1080)
$300
Silicon Micro Display ST-1080 Silicon Micro Display ST-1080
(1920 x 1080)
$799
Sony Personal 3D Viewer HMZ-T2 Sony Personal 3D Viewer HMZ-T2
(1280 x 720)
$849 Amazon
Vuzix Wrap 1200VR Vuzix Wrap 1200VR
(1280 x 720)
$499 Amazon
Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 3D Virtual Reality Video Glasses Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 3D Virtual Reality
(870 x 500)
$789 Amazon
zSight Integrated SXGA HMD zSight Integrated SXGA HMD
(1280 x 1024)
$12,995

Video Glasses As Media Payers


Video Glasses are most often used as portable Media Players. However, since size considerations prevent video glasses from integrating the required processing circuitry or storing media, consumers typically employ a separate device to serve that purpose. Popular media players used in tandem with current video glasses include iPhones and iPods, iPads and Android tablets, and portable DVD players. For gaming, adapters can be purchased to allow use with modern game consoles such as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. When purchasing for use as a media player, it is important for the consumer to consider which source device they intend to use and ensure compatibilityFirst Person View (FPV)

First Person View (FPV) is a method of using video glasses for piloting a remote-controlled (RC) vehicle to give the wearer a first person perspective via a camera mounted on that vehicle. Most often, FPV systems are employed when piloting RC airplanes. When flying FPV, the pilot does not look at the airplane, but rather into a pair of video glasses which provides him with a view from the airplane’s perspective. This allows RC airplanes to be flown beyond the visual range and provides a more immersive experience for the RC pilot. The video below provides an amazing example of FPV RC flying.

Resolution (RES) and Field of View (FOV)


Resolution (RES) and Field of View (FOV) are two important specifications to be considered when purchasing video glasses. Resolution refers to how many pixels the display has and how tightly those pixels are packed. Generally, the higher the Resolution, the better the picture quality. Until recently, standard models provided an unimpressive Resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA). Video glasses currently in development, such as the Oculus Rift, are increasing their Resolution to a more acceptable 1920 x 1080 (HD1080) which makes a huge difference in picture quality.

Field of View refers to the angle of observable display from the viewers perspective. Humans have an 180 degree forward facing horizontal Field of View. A greater Field of View provides a greater sense of immersion and enhanced situational awareness. Therefore, a totally immersive experience would require a Field of View of 180 degrees and, due to the current state of technology, would be VERY expensive. Standard video glasses provide a 30 to 40 degree Field of View, whereas cutting edge models currently in development are increasing Field of View to a much more immersive 90 degrees.

Video Glasses Field Of View

Google stated Happy & Expected Android Wear Response

By |September 8th, 2014|News, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Sounds like Google is Happy with the turn of Most EVERY Smartwatch mfg. to Android Wear OS.  

On a blog posted early this Sept month, Google stated they’d expected the such STRONG Android Wear adoption and we agreed.

Android Wear, moving forward like clockwork” by Google, Inc’s Blog

“First, we’re bringing offline music playback and GPS support to Android Wear. Go for a run or bike ride with your Android wearable and leave your phone at home. You’ll be able to listen to music stored on your watch via Bluetooth headphones. And if your watch includes a GPS sensor, you can track your distance and speed too.

The second update will enable downloadable watch faces, so you can customize the visual design of your watch’s home screen to show the information you want to see most—like your calendar or fitness sensors. Developers will soon be working on watch faces, making them available on Google Play. “

Google continued to go on by listing the upcoming smartwatches harboring the new ‘Android Wear OS’

“We’re also continuing to work with manufacturers to bring you even more watch options, with different shapes, styles and sensors.

  1. The Asus Zen Watch, coming later this year, includes a bio sensor, so you can keep tabs on your fitness and relaxation levels throughout the day.

    The LG G Watch R uses a circular display, includes a heart rate monitor, and will be available later this year.
    Last, but not least, we’re happy to welcome Sony to the Android Wear family with the Sony SmartWatch 3. It uses a transflective display for easier readability in sunlight, includes a GPS sensor, and will be available later this year.

    The Moto 360, the first Android wearable with a round display, is now available for sale in the U.S.

Read the complete version of Google September 5, 2014 post by following this link on their blog at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/android-wear-moving-forward-like.html

Consumer SmartWatch Adoption to TakeOff in Sept (an analysis)

By |August 31st, 2014|Apple, Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, News, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, Uncategorized, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Smartwatches, until, the past few months have been clunky, ugly, and basically seen as a novelty product. We’re seeing multiple large consumer electronics companies entering the wrist-worn wearables market, in part, due to Android Wear being the first actractively useful user interface. Thank you to Google and it’s Android Wear operating system.

THE SMARTWATCH MARKET IS CONSOLIDATING

the Smartwatch market, as we expected, is in the middle of consolidating form-factors and hardware by Samsung, LG, Apple, Motorola, and Google. These large cap OEM’s entered the industry a year ago among a smarwatch market dominated by multiple small companies – producing clunky, mfg Asian components, and all watches with their own OS/User Interfaces.  As what typically happens, these small companies can’t compete against the Giant OEM’s – which is Great for Smartwatch Consumers.

Samsung, for example, released the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2 with its form-factor in focus.  Now, we’re amidst the OEM’s (Samsung, etc) fabricating advanced component technology (vs form-factor focused) which will dramatically improve and simultaneously refine a sexier, sleeker design as the market progresses.  The COMPETITION IS FIERCE.

SMARTWATCH TECH EXPEDITED; DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS

Overall, over the next 2-3 years, Apple, Samsung, LG’s technology advancements will seamlessly integrate into the advancement of their core products.

This August 2014, we’ve never seen to-date, such significant number of new smartwatch company’s leaking new product models and their features for an expected September-October smartwatch announcements – of either product availability or announcement of production.

The reason for such activity must be attributed to the Apple’s scheduled “new product” announcement; set for September 9th 2014. IFA Wearables Conference is also scheduled for September 3rd, 2014.  Apple’s iWatch is expected to absorb a 50% +/- 4-9% market share when released for sale over the iWatches first year.  This represents a HUGE threat to Samsung, LG, Motorola, and other competitors.

SmartWatches Launching this September and October 2014

  • The Apple iWatch
  • The Samsung Galaxy Gear “S”
    The Samsung Galaxy Gear Circle
  • The LG G Watch ‘R’
  • The Motorola Moto360
  • The Omate ‘X’ Watch

The Motorola Moto360

The LG G Watch “R”

 

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 3 & Gear Circle

The Samsung Gear S is the next generation smart wearable device that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist. It delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features to meet the evolving needs of consumers.

Enhance the Smart Wearable Experience

[ Design ]
Samsung Gear S boasts an industry-leading Super AMOLED curved display to offer an incredible, easy to use and beautiful UI that fits comfortably on the wrist.

Its curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while customizable displays and changeable straps empower users to feely express their own taste and style.

The Samsung Gear S also provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards.

[ Truly Connected to Stay in Communication ]
Samsung Gear S extends communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity helping users to be truly connected and stay in communication.

3G connectivity allows consumers to directly make and accept calls, or receive and respond to messages and emails.

The Samsung Gear S lets users stay on top of what’s happening around them with seamless notifications for messages, social networks, calendars and applications even when away from a smartphone.

The device’s on screen keyboard and enhanced S voice functionality allow for easy text input to complete tasks while on-the go.

[ Enhanced Features and Powerful Applications ]
The Samsung Gear S is empowering users to stay connected with the world around them with extended features and powerful native and 3rd party applications optimized for a robust wearable experience – with or without their smartphone.
The powerful features include turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians, news services, music capabilities, etc.

The perfect health and fitness companion, the Samsung Gear S features more enhanced multi-sensors, as well as a built-in GPS and S Health so users can keep track of their activities more accurately to stay fit.

Also with the new Samsung Gear Circle, when paired with a smartphone, users can easily receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both The Gear S and Gear Circle will be available globally starting from October.  For more information : http://www.samsung.com/global/microsi…

WHO WILL WINS 1ST?  The Apple iWatch or Galaxy Gear ‘S’

We predict the iWatch will meet prediction of forecasts, in sales, and market placement. Sources for this fulfullment will primarily be by Apple product and GeeKy Smartwatch fans. Most expect Apple’s iWatch to outshine every other brand competitor.  However, we disagree – strongly.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear ‘S’ (short for ‘Solo’) will be the First, large OEM, consumer release of a 3G GSM/cdma wirelessly enabled smartwatch with a flexible display.  We’ve concluded, whomever first integrates a SIM chip within their core smartwatch model, (alongside significant form-factor improvements, a BIG BONUS) would take lead as the Top Smartwatch Company in Sales.

DATA INDEPENDENCE IS KEY
and its finally here

The experience of complete data connection independence versus any other companion device is an entirely MORE useful and practical application in design of a smartwatch – as a whole.

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by Kevin Clayton, CEO of Be Bold Technologies

Asustek confirms voice control, price band of Android Wear watch | Tech | FOCUS TAIWAN

By |August 28th, 2014|Companion |NFC, News, PRODUCT RUMORS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Asustek confirms voice control, price band of Android Wear watch

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2014/08/28 16:15:37

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. confirmed Thursday that its upcoming ZenWatch — a smartwatch powered by Google Inc.’s Android Wear system — will come with a voice recognition feature and an under-US$199 price band.

Asustek CEO, Jerry Shen, told a media briefing that the ZenWatch, which is due for launch Sept. 3 in Germany ahead of the IFA electronics trade show, will initially pack English-enabled voice recognition when it goes on sale in October.

Chinese language support for the watch’s voice control is expected to be released by the end of this year, depending on Asustek’s third-party developer of the feature, Shen said.

The smartwatch will have only one size and will cost less than US$199 when it hits stores in the United States and other selected markets from October, he added.

The ZenWatch can be used alone or paired with Android phones, including Asustek’s low-cost ZenFone models, to enable more functions, Shen told reporters without elaborating.

In early August, Asustek claimed that its smartwatch had been “well-received” by Google, which selected Asustek as one of its hardware partners for the Android Wear initiative in March, as the new watch looks better than competitors’ products but comes with a relatively low price tag.

Android Wear is a version of Google’s popular Android operating system and is designed specifically for wearable devices. The U.S. search giant said it is working with several hardware manufacturers and chipmakers to build new devices based on Android Wear.

(By Jeffrey Wu)

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via Asustek confirms voice control, price band of Android Wear watch | Tech | FOCUS TAIWAN – CNA ENGLISH NEWS.

Asus confirms SmartWatch annoucement for IFA

By |August 28th, 2014|Companion |NFC, Consumer Wearables, News, PRODUCT RUMORS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, WEARABLE DEVICES|

The manufacturer Asus has released the first teaser sketches of its upcoming Smart Watch.  The Taiwanese want to introduce the Smart Wearable on 3 September at IFA.
Photo: Asus
The manufacturer Asus has released the first teaser sketches of its upcoming Smart Watch. The Taiwanese want to introduce the Smart Wearable on 3 September at IFA.For friends of Smart wearables the upcoming IFA gradually to the event of the year:
After LG and Asus has now officially a SmartWatch announced for the electronics show. Besides various teaser sketches , on the social channels in the group Facebook and Twitter had presented no details of the surname, the equipment or the technique of Asus Smart Watch is currently known, however.

Smart Wearable: Asus also now comes with a Smart Watch for the IFA in Berlin.  Malteser sketches on Facebook and Twitter provide an outlook on the design of the smart clock.

Smart Wearable: Asus also now comes with a Smart Watch for the IFA in Berlin.
 Malteser sketches on Facebook and Twitter provide an outlook on the design of the smart clock.
(Source: Asus)

The sketches show a slightly curved, slimline housing which is to be made ​​according to the observations made ​​of stainless steel. Unlike LG’s G Watch R and Motorola’s Moto 360..

Asus does not follow the trend of round display – the display seems to be curved rectangular and also easy. The bracelet is as classic analog watches leather.

No information is yet available to the inner workings of the Smart Watch. Since Asus but with its tablets and smartphones recently introduced the Zenfone series on Android is operating system, the use of is Google’swearable operating system Android Wear close.
More details will probably be known only to the IFA, where Asus will introduce the SmartWatch on 3 September.

via Asus provides SmartWatch at IFA ago – com! professional.