Fitbit and others are partnering with fashion designers for wearables

I used to think of Fitbit’s form-factor (and custom charger) as a significant con. Custom bands, pendants and other holders could turn it around for me.

from How Fashion Brands Are Beginning To Take Over The Wearables Market [CES 2014] – PSFK:

Also recently, Fitbit has announced a partnership with Tory Burch to create a collection of stylish wristbands and necklaces for Fitbit Flex. The collection includes wristbands, bracelets, and pendants that can hold the Fitbit Flex tracker.

Google’s GDK shows how native Glassware apps will integrate into Glass

Back in November, Google released a “sneak peak” of the Glass Development Kit (GDK) which will be in “developer release” later this year.

The GDK, and new Glassware using it, provide the first look at how native applications will be installed and used on Glass. There are a few ways a Glass app can run within Glass.

  1. Inline within the timeline
  2. As an immersive experience
  3. Behind the scenes

In the video below, Timothy Jordan demonstrates the GDK and several new native Glassware apps that launched with the GDK.

Helpful overview of the Gimbal SDK from Qualcomm

Gimbal is an attractive ecosystem for BLE beacons with two different beacon form factors (a fairly basic Series 10 and a more heavy-duty Series 20), an SDK and web-based management services.

from Inside Gimbal: Qualcomm Beacons Tackle Bluetooth LE Challenges | BEEKn.

There are some incredibly appealing reasons, however, to use the Gimbal ‘cloud’. They’ve managed to take a lot of the pain away in developing beacon-based solutions.

Building a network of twitter bots and using it to spark conversations

You’re here because of a robot | sune lehmann.

The overall goal was to for each team to build a convincing bot, get human followers, and  at a specified time, for everyone work together to make specific hashtags trend on twitter. So how to achieve that goal? Here’s an overview of what each team has worked on

  • Build convincing avatars and use the high follower-counts as part of the disguise.
  • Use machine learning to tell who’s a bot and who’s not (in order to focus only on humans and ignoring bots).
  • Use natural language processing & machine learning to discover quality content to re-tweet and tweet.
  • Use network theory, to explore the network surrounding existing followers, making sure that bot actions reach entire communities.

Give people stories to tell about ambient interactions powered by the IoT

Successful wearables may need to offer more than utility and fashion to succeed. Telling people stories helps them better understand otherwise ambient interactions, an important part of proving ongoing value. Personally, the accessibility of these stories has definitely influenced my long-term adoption of devices and services (and, more often, my abandonment of them).

From A narrative architecture for The Internet of Things:

But the more intriguing challenge is to start with the devices and build narrative from there: to layer the convention of storytelling onto the framework of the Internet of Things:

  • How do you add narrative elements to your smart watch?
  • How does a store “talk” to you as you walk through the aisles?
  • How do you add a sense of agency and narrative tension to your morning jog?
  • How do you tell stories about energy and sustainability and collective effort in a connected city?
  • How do you use foreshadowing, climax, and denouement to help users understand where they are on a particular journey through a connected experience?
  • How do we use history, legacy, myth and heroes as tools in the armament of connected experiences?