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Wearables News Clips for Thursday, June 27, 2013

by on Jun.27, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables Education, Wearables News, Webelow Wear News Clips

Webelow Wear News ClipsIn today’s clips we learn another smartwatch (from an Apple provider!), a new wearables technology contest, and a workshop for educators using e-textiles.


Apple Supplier Foxconn Cooks Up Its Own Smartwatch
CNET

Foxconn demoed a smartwatch that can wirelessly connect to an iPhone to display incoming phone calls and Facebook posts.

Foxconn demoed a smartwatch that can wirelessly connect to an iPhone to display incoming phone calls and Facebook posts.

One of Apple’s key suppliers has beaten the company to the punch with its own smartwatch. At its shareholders meeting on Wednesday, Foxconn, aka Hon Hai, demoed a smartwatch that can wirelessly connect to an iPhone to display incoming phone calls and Facebook posts, Want China Times has reported. The watch can also keep track of your heartbeat, respiration, and other vital signs. And if your vitals aren’t tip-top, the device can even offer advice on how to get them up to snuff. More features are on the horizon. Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said his company’s wireless and medical research divisions plan to add fingerprint recognition in order to monitor your personal health, Watch China Times added.

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element14 Gets Into The Fabric Of Technology With Its Latest Challenge
Wall Street Journal

element14 has selected Adafruit's FLORA kit to provide the computing platform for their wearable technology challenge.

element14 has selected Adafruit's FLORA kit to provide the computing platform for their wearable technology challenge.

…As one of the hottest topics in global technology and with the first products starting to appear on the market, element14 is challenging engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. The global competition will focus entirely on technology integrated within clothing and wearable accessories, and aims to encourage a deeper level of integration than those demonstrated by first-generation wearables such as the Pebble watch and Google Glass. element14 have selected Adafruit’s FLORA kit to provide the computing platform for the challenge. The FLORA allows designers to create products that are far more integrated and less expensive and opens up wearable technology to a wider group of users where potential designs could include a tracking device for the elderly or vulnerable, a cycling jacket with built-in visibility sensing lights or gloves that operate as hand-worn data terminals.

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Hacking Education: Free STEM Workshop For All Educators
Tech  Valley Center Of Gravity

Tech Valley Center Of Gravity workshop will show educators how to introduce STEM topics using easy and inexpensive art-based electronics projects like e-origami and e-textiles.

Tech Valley Center Of Gravity workshop will show educators how to introduce STEM topics using easy and inexpensive art-based electronics projects like e-origami and e-textiles.

Jeff Branson, Education Outreach Coordinator for SparkFun Electronics in Boulder, Colorado, will show teachers, librarians, and other educators how to introduce STEM topics using easy and inexpensive art-based electronics projects like e-origami and e-textiles. This technology is being used in classrooms around the country and is accessible to a number of populations. Educators can receive up to four hours of professional development credit for this workshop.  The Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy is a new makerspace serving offering classes to the public and access to tools and equipment for members. While you’re here, find out what TVCOG can offer educators, and let us know what you would like to see! SparkFun (sparkfun.com) is a popular online electronics retailer with an active and growing Department of Education (learn.sparkfun.com), offering online and real-life tutorials and classes.

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