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Can the Elephant Dance Again?
Twenty years ago, Louis Gerstner transformed IBM by emphasizing consulting and technology services (not just technology) to solve customer problems. Today, IBM has the technology to win at AI. It just needs to adopt a startup mentality. Link
Managing Heart Conditions
Millions of wearable fitness tracking devices will be incorporated into wellness programs over the next few years. Already 31% of heart patients use mobile health tools to manage their conditions. Link
A Big Failure? Think Again
Many tech journalists called the Apple Watch a big failure. In reality, Apple Watch took two thirds of the smartwatch market in 2015; with more than 12 million units shipped by it count in total. Not too shabby for a big failure! Link
Reading the Wearer’s Vein
A newly published Samsung patent describes a wrist-wearable sensor that reads the wearer’s veins to establish their identity. This promising technology may eventually let Samsung smartwatches act as key to things like cars, doors, and subways. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
While there are plenty of options for connected health gadgets, new Kickstarter project Flo may actually be the first you’ll want to use. Aimed at parents, Flo is small Bluetooth enabled contactless thermometer that lets you track and manage health as if it were social media. Link
The Essential Guide to Electronics
Andrew “Bunnie” Huang is a hacker who can’t get enough of hardware. So he is publishing a book, dubbed The Essential Guide to Electronics, that will help hardware creators and hobbyists, or makers, navigate the massive supply chain in Shenzhen, China. The book even got endorsement from Edward Snowden. Link
Smart Bathroom Mirror
For some, like Google Engineer Max Braun, innovation is just not happening fast enough though. That’s why Braun decided to build am Android-powered smart mirror. Spoiler alert. It’s Awesome. Link
Cisco Buys Jasper
This week, Cisco took a big step into becoming a broader IoT provider by announcing its intent to purchase IoT platform vendor Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion. Jasper’s Control Center platform is a SaaS-based solution, enabling users to analyze data, track performance, gain new insights, and rapidly launch new IoT services. Link
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