Bose frames eliminate ear buds altogether
Bose’s eyeware hides tiny speakers in the arms, providing for full fashion frames and Bluetooth headphones in one. Bose offers two styles, the Alto and the Rondo, catering to Wayfarer fans or those that prefer a smaller, rounder look. At $200, the frames are well within many people’s personal luxury budget. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: If you think of smart glasses being about augmented reality and video capture, Bose has offered a high-value, mass market application of smart glasses: replacing earbuds. As soon as Bose strikes a partnership with Ray-Ban or Prada, we will all be enjoying music or carrying on conversations without fumbling for earbuds, hoping they are either untangled or charged. This product will first enjoy success for recreational value, but will quickly address professional applications such as navigation, military, and training, and hopefully won’t become a new crutch for SAT test takers.
Omron develops blood pressure monitor smart watch
The Omron HeartGuide smart watch provides the first wearable to easily and frequently measure blood pressure, and the device is FDA approved. The HeartGuide is $500, and relies on an inflatable cuff underneath the band. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: Smart watches seem a bit mundane, now that the novelty has worn off, but Omron, long a maker of consumer friendly health and diagnostics products, has created something remarkable, as measuring blood pressure without an arm band is no easy feat. For the 33% of Americans who have high blood pressure and need to be mindful of their condition, this product is a breakthrough. More importantly, however, is that this functionality, or an improvement of it, will eventually be incorporated into everyday watches like the Apple Watch, helping the masses improve their health, if they choose.
Juul using online tools to track misuse of vapes
Juul, maker of the smokeless e-cigarette popular among teens, is seeking to prove it is serious about combating underage nicotine use. A new campaign urges parents and authorities, who confiscate a Juul device, to log its serial number in an online portal which will help company investigators understand where and when the device was purchased. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: While a Juul vape is not (yet) a connected device, it likely will be soon. Illegal use of connected products will be difficult, requiring underage users to create false online aliases or even carry “burner” smart phones registered to an older sibling or imaginary persona. The price and penalties for cheating will increase at the expense of continuing loss of online privacy — a mixed blessing.
“Alexa, I need a doctor’s appointment.”
Amazon is positioning Alexa to be a health coach, providing information about nutrition, the location of clinicians, and answering questions about health. The device is now HIPPA compliant, meaning that its data storage policies meet federal health records privacy standards. While one can schedule a doctor’s appointment now, they cannot yet communicate with a doctor over Alexa, as that is a feature in development for future use. CNBC
dis-rup-shun: Smart speakers are great, and most people have found a number of applications for them, but Amazon wants to be sure you get more value from your Alexa-powered device than listening to music. Making critical household tasks, such as getting health informaton, easier on Alexa than even on your phone, will add to the product’s stickiness. More importantly, Amazon is working to embed Alexa as a core component of senior care and aging in place technologies, where using a keyboard and finding phone numbers is increasingly difficult.
Notre Dame, you have a place in all our hearts.
“Notre Dame of Paris is Notre Dame of all of Europe,” tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk. “We are all with Paris today.” Washington Post