Startup Digest


December 02, 2016

This week: Sphero launches a BB-8 wearable and researchers hack an LG smartwatch.

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Sphero’s BB-8 Wearable Brings Force Control to Home Automation with IFTTT Support


Sphero’s BB-8 was the most memorable bit of merchandising among last year’s epic Force Awakens merchandising bonanza. It was the perfect piece of synergy – leveraging the hardware startup’s compelling piece of remote control technology to bring to life the film’s most marketable creation. Appropriately unveiled the week of Black Friday, Sphero’s taking the Force Band’s functionality to a compelling new level with the addition of IFTTT (If This Then That) support. That means the sky’s really the limit on the sorts of things wearers will be able to control with the wrist band.

Siren Care Makes a “Smart” Sock to Track Diabetic Health


Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in real-time for diabetics. Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when she started learning how to treat diabetic feet and thought of making a wearable that could track and prevent injuries.

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Hacked an LG Smartwatch to Turn it into a Gesture Device

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A group of researchers from the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to turn an off-the-shelf smartwatch into more than just a notification system or a fitness tracker. By overclocking the accelerometer on an LG smartwatch, the researchers were able to capture and process bio-acoustic signals, turning a smartwatch into a gesture device, a data transmitter, and a highly specific activity tracker, all at the same time.

This Connected Wearable isn't for Humans, It's for Horses


A team of engineers, designers and veterinarians from a start-up in Lille, France called Equisense wants to take the lead in connected objects and wearables for equestrian sports. They’ve created a new product, Equisense Care, a connected wearable body suit for horses which launched on Kickstarter in mid-November 2016. The Equisense Care body suit is an aerated mesh that creates a lightweight breathable, comfortable and abrasion-resistant fabric.

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