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Gesture Recognition Technology in Wearables

When it comes to wearables and IoT (Internet of Things), gesture recognition technology has become table stakes, whether it's the Myo Gesture Control Armband, the Apple Watch, or many more smart devices.   With gesture detection at the forefront of wearable technology, let's explore what gestures are, examples of gesture wearables, and the difference between gesture and motion recognition.   What is a gesture? To determine how to perform gesture recognition on wearables, we first need to answer one question: what is a gesture? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a gesture is defined as "a movement of your body (especially of your hands... read more »


Key Characteristics of Motion Sensors

As much as manufacturers would like to build a device that’s cheap and accurate, and can process data quickly with unlimited battery life, the perfect sensor only exists in the imagination of engineers. There’s no such thing as the ultimate sensor, but there is the best sensor for you. That’s because manufacturers will always make trade-offs when deciding on which sensor to use for their motion product. They might focus on optimizing cost, or battery life, or accuracy of data capture, but not all at once. This is why there are so many different types of sensors, and why... read more »


4 Industries the Internet of Things is Transforming

"The future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed" - William Gibson The Internet of Things has become an established term. Most people know what it is, and how it can be used, but they don't understand the sheer scale of the market. The IoT space is growing quicker than people can track, and it's already resulting in massive change across diverse industries.   We’ll take you through the IoT landscape and show where the greatest uptakes are happening, and what’s leading them. To give you a hint, the IoT market potential for business-facing applications is larger than that of consumer-facing applications... read more »


RECAP: WWTO July 2016

Last night we had the pleasure of attending the We Are Wearables Toronto Meetup held at the MaRS Discovery Center in downtown Toronto. It was a fun night of everything wearables, IoT, and VR/AR. Some of Toronto's most innovative startups were in attendance, including Muse, Nymi, Myant, and more. As always, WWTO was hosted by Tom Emrich with assistance from Paula Kwan.   Keynotes and Panels WWTO July 2016 had 15 of the hottest wearable tech companies from the city exhibiting their product and projects. In attendance companies were featuring diverse technologies from sensor and motion recognition software, to VR/AR applications,... read more »


Inside Fitness Trackers: What Makes the Magic Happen

What makes your wearable tick? How does your fitness tracker do anything at all? Want to know what's inside a FitBit? To understand, you’ll need to know what's inside the device and what those things do.    We’ll take you through the data flow inside the fitness tracker, and how it finally gets to you in a form you can process. Just a caveat, some wearables depending on their complexity, may include more stages than are described here. However, by and large, most fitness trackers perform all these steps. There are five main components of a fitness tracker, three of... read more »