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Software Is Key For Wearables In The Enterprise
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Himanshu Sareen
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Himanshu Sareen,
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2/19/2014 | 9:54:31 AM
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I definitely agree Michael. If Apple produces a wearable that goes deep in terms of biometrics and health information, it could be a substantial disruptor to everything from annual health check ups to security and safety in the workplace. 

And the potential for applications are substantial in both the enterprise and consumer space. Right now the most popular wearable is the FitBit, and the device has also been used as a part of the corporate wellness programs in a number of Fortuner 500 companies. 

Thanks for reading!
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/18/2014 | 10:08:19 PM
Re: Apple
If half the tech Apple is allegedly investigating ends up in the final product, I think it will be a disruptive device-- and definitely one driven by Apple's expertise with software, ecosystem integration, and device-appropriate interfaces.

I strongly suspect the iWatch (or whatever) will have the typical fitness bracelet stuff-- pedometer, calorie counter, something to measure sleep quality, etc. But if the company goes beyond that (measuring oxygen in the blood, measuring blood pressure and skin temperature, measuring glucose levels, even predicting hear attacks if last weekend's SF Chronicle report is to be believed), we're into new territory. I've heard a few high-ranking Cisco execs argue (in the context of their Internet of Everything campaign) that wearable devices embedded with medical sensors will be one major component in the path to better disease detection, more physically active citizens, and ultimately more and more people living a century or more. I don't know how quickly fantastic increases in longevity will come on board, but I do believe wearable devices could meaningful benefit the user's health. Based on reports, Apple's iWatch could be the first one to seriously test this belief.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/18/2014 | 6:26:34 PM
Re: Apple
There's been some recent speculation that Apple is interest in medical applications for wearable devices. I think that makes a lot of sense. Health is the killer app for wearables. It's something people actually care about and will pay for. As much as I find Google Now interesting, I haven't found it truly useful.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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2/18/2014 | 4:25:45 PM
Apple
Software is one of the reasons why although it may not make sense at first blush apple would get into smartwatches, it will anyways. 

Apple has been successful in courting developers to make mobible apps. The supposed challenges for building on mobile fell away because of the incentives that Apple offered for those who could be successful in the App Store. That value will also be available when Apple releases wearables. 


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