Go Go Gadget
You’ve probably heard of Pavlok, the habit-changing device that literally shocks you into doing the things you’re too lazy to do. Team Betabeat touted it as terrible, but that’s only because going to the gym is the last thing we want to do after a long day of bringing readers the lowdown on high tech.
It turns out that a lot of people who are plagued by such laziness believe they found the answers to their problems in this wearable device. In fact, so many people want to turn their lives into a personal psychology experiment that Pavlok’s Indiegogo campaign reached full funding within one day of its launch.
The Singularity is Nigh
Previously, Disney resort guests were given credit card-sized access cards that allowed them entry to both their rooms and the parks and even enabled them to charge anything to their Disney accounts.
The rubbery MagicBands that replaced the access cards do all of the above and much more. They actually give Disney the ability to collect big data regarding their guests and their experiences, according to BMW’s Reform.
Most early attempts at Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like smart cutting boards and rudimentary wearables, haven’t proven their worth enough to become as important to us as our phones and laptops. But as of this morning, IoT startup Spark has raised $4.9 million to bring us smart objects that might actually be useful.
Until now, Spark has focused on selling home kits that let you take everyday objects like lightbulbs and cutting boards and hook them up with sensors and wifi. The new cash will help Spark move on from selling one-off DIY kits to providing thousands of cores for companies that want to use Spark to power IoT products.
Google may have scored a fab partnership with Diane von Furstenberg, but that doesn’t mean they won’t face competition from other tech companies
Following in Samsung’s footsteps, Lenovo just filed a basic patent for a device that looks veeeery similar to Google Glass.
It looks like the product will have Read More
After Betabeat tried Google Glass for the first time at Google HQ in New York, both writers experienced a sharp pain after about ten minutes, which went away shortly after we took it off.
On our second visit, we asked the team at Google Glass base camp in New York how they were managing the headache issue. They seemed baffled by the question.
We saw this day coming, and we tried to warn you.
Fitbit has started to sell its trackers by the thousands to employers along with “sophisticated tracking software,” says a new report from Forbes. With employees’ permission, employers can then track their workers’ health, see how active individual employees are and foster a little healthy competition.
Wiring up companies so that employers can monitor workers’ health is becoming “one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business,” Fitbit CEO James Park told Forbes.
The leaked screenshots from Apple of the project codenamed “HealthBook” have whipped up excited talk about possible wearables from Apple in the near future. But when enough people are generating larger and more sophisticated sets of personal health data, the question isn’t if, but when marketers will arrive to begin buying and selling Read More