Startup Digest


March 17, 2017

This week: warehouse wearables, wearables for neuroscience and hands on with Levi's Project Jacquard at SXSW.

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These Wearables Are All About Neuroscience [VIDEO]

Big Think

Artist, writer, and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, fresh from his recent Reciprocal Biomimicry project, is back, and this time it’s wearables. Based on recent advances in neuroscience, Keats is presenting “The New Look of Neuroscience”, clothing designed to alter one’s self-perception. One of the four prototypes includes sunglasses that leverage interception, involving awareness of one’s autonomic processes. The Superego shades have irises that open and close in sync with the wearer’s breathing, raising his or her consciousness of his or her respiration.

Here's What's Holding Back Wearable Payments

Business Insider

This week, Movado and Kerv launched wearables with integrated contactless payment technology and BI Intelligence forecasts that payment functionality will be included in 60%+ of wearable device shipments by 2020. Even though customers are interested in wearable payments, they are unlikely to buy a product with the only purpose of using it for transactions. Data suggests that consumers are more interested in retrofitting existing products with payment functions or multi-function wearables that do more than just payments.

SXSW News: Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard Jacket Has Restored My Faith in Wearables

The Verge

Wearable technology once promised to take us away from our phones and to improve our lives in subtle but powerful ways. The reality, however, has been a bit less exciting. More often than not, devices have been hampered by clunky design and bad taste, resulting in products that are expensive, unnecessary, and ugly. Yet it’s these drawbacks that highlight just how interesting Levi’s new connected smart jacket is — and why it’s a bolder and perhaps more promising form of wearable tech. The Verge argues that the jacket solves for a real problem we can observe, and not a perceived or invented problem. That, in our view, is what makes this wearable particularly intriguing.

Why Wearable Technology is Going to Completely Transform Warehouses

SAP Blog

The modern warehouse is the epicenter of product-based businesses. If there are ways to improve the logistics of a company it’s going to have a positive effect on a huge number of things. One thing warehouses are going to rely on more than anything else in the coming years are wearables to improve communication, productivity and safety.

Starkey Hearing Technologies' Halo 2 Wins "Wearable Tech" at 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovations Awards

Market Wired

"Halo 2 is kick-starting a revolution in wearable technology, and this award recognizes that," Starkey Hearing Technologies Senior Director of Research, Simon Carlile said. "It has re-defined the meaning of convenience, comfort, function and fashion when it comes to hearing technology. Halo 2 lets patients define and customize their own hearing experiences while also changing the way they think about having a device on their bodies."

How Wearable Tech is Bringing Normality to the Lives of Diabetics


More than 29 million people in the US have diabetes, but a staggering one in four don't know they suffer from it. Verily has teamed up Dexcom, one of the biggest names in continuous glucose monitoring with devices used by 200,000 people worldwide. Dexcom's wearable tracker is made of two parts: a disposable needle that goes just under the skin to monitor interstitial fluid; and a patch that sits on top, housing the electronics that measure the sensor and transmit them to a Bluetooth device.

Montblanc's First Smartwatch is a Big Lump of Android Wear Luxury

The Verge

The race to combine old-school luxury brands with modern technology is well and truly on, as today Montblanc joins Tag Heuer in rolling out its own Android Wear watch. The Montblanc Summit is the company's first venture into the digital timekeeping world, bringing with it some of the expertise Montblanc has for crafting mechanical timepieces. Felix Obschonka, Montblanc's director of new technologies, wears his own prototype Montblanc Summit with a sfumato brown leather strap and all-black stainless steel case. It's a classy look, though at a 46mm diameter and a height of 12.5mm, it’s unmistakably a large watch.

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