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08 Mar How smart is your home?

Get ready for your smart home. Interest in home automation, security and monitoring, and lifestyle IoT technologies is growing rapidly. According to BI Intelligence research, “the number of smart home devices shipped will grow from 83 million in 2015 to 193 million in 2020. This includes all smart appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), smart home safety and security systems (sensors, monitors, cameras, and alarm systems), and smart home energy equipment, like smart thermostats and smart lighting. How do you manage and control your smart home and all of these devices? The smart approach to interacting with and controlling smart technology is to turn the human hand and fingers into a dynamic touchscreen display. Wearing a standalone smartphone eliminates the need to carry a phone or access a laptop because the person becomes the console and controller. When a human hand becomes the display, touch screen, gesture interface and command center for smart technology, life is simplified. Advanced biometrics enable people to effortlessly lock and unlock doors, or remotely access their home, vehicles and all of their networked appliances. People can live stream media content and video games with voice, gesture, touch screen and projection interfaces. In their Connected Home Forecast, research firm NPD Connected Intelligence claimed that by the end of 2019, 238 million installed devices are expected to be connected to the Internet and able to deliver apps to TVs, representing 59 percent growth from 2015 to 2019. The Internet of Things is set to change how we live, work and play. At eyeCam we focus on enabling OEMs to license, acquire and rapidly introduce groundbreaking new products to market and secure a faster ROI....

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01 Feb The convergence of smart technologies in one wearable phone

  The smartphone market is still in its infancy, and yet with each passing year, new and more powerful mobile devices are released that outshine previous generations. In fact, smartphone technology has progressed to the point where it rivals the desktop and portable devices with enough memory and computer power to support complex work applications. Simultaneously, smart wearable technology is emerging at lightning speed. The Fitbit launched just over 2 years ago in May 2013. In March 2015, market research firm GfK reported 17.6 million smartwatches and health and fitness trackers (HFT) bought worldwide in 2014, and that number continues to grow exponentially. [1] But, it is impractical to wear single- and dual-use devices such as health and fitness monitors and “smart watches” that are dependent on the user carrying a handheld smartphone for most functionality to even work -- including networking, applications, and interfacing. The future is wearable smartphones. It free users entirely from handheld phones, watches, and scores of wrist-based monitors. Companies like ours are designing new wearable products and technologies that will replace handheld phones and Internet-connected devices as the primary wireless communications. OEMs will be able to drive the future of the mobile industry with new 3D interface, display, and biometric identification systems and capture more of the market. For the incumbent smartphone OEM looking to create breakout products in a rapidly commoditizing market, there is opportunity in licensing products and technologies that can be incorporated into generations of mobile devices. [1]http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gfk-forecasts-51-million-wearables-bought-globally-in-2015-294678211.html...

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21 Dec eyeCam Raises $1.5 Million on Crowdfunder for Innovative Wearable Platform

We are thrilled to announce that eyeCam has received $1.5 Million in reservations on leading equity crowdfunding site Crowdfunder (www.crowdfunder.com/eyecam).  Investors are coming on board daily as we continue to generate momentum and interest in the prototype development of eyeHand™ The Wearable Smartphone and adaptive display system. Companies like Google, Intel and Apple have invested heavily in wearables, biometrics and 3D interfacing technologies and we see the growing interest in eyeHand as an extension of that trend.  Moreover, the success of our Crowdfunder campaign speaks to investor confidence that eyeHand will change the way that consumers and companies communicate, perform tasks and interface with the world eyeCam is developing the prototype of eyeHand™ The Wearable Smartphone that turns the hand and fingers into a touchscreen display, 3D mouse and controller, leveraging biometrics to create a secure key, wallet and Internet of Things command center. eyeCam is an engine of innovation and technology as a service (TaaS) company whose focus is product design for acquisition, we design and engineer products for other companies to manufacture and sell as their own.  eyeCam is pioneering wearable computing products, applications and services that free users entirely from handheld phones. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to our crowdfunding campaign has been an exciting affirmation of our values ideas and direction.  This is just the beginning! Come join us.  To be a part of the movement, check out our Crowdfunding Campaign. (www.crowdfunder.com/eyecam)....

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12 Oct Connected Health and Safety: The Wearable Smartwatch as a Lifeline

  In an emergency, few people are going to think about grabbing their cell phone and opening an app to get help. For a wearable device to really be a lifeline, it needs to autonomously text or call family, friends, doctors or emergency services with real-time location and health data providing potentially life-saving information in an emergency.  We know that continuously monitoring your vital signs can recognize an abnormal heartbeat, temperature, seizure or fall. It has been proven that connected health delivers clear benefits. Doctors can remotely monitor a patient’s health status outside of office hours with bio-sensing wearables.  In fact, this is proving to be very helpful in supporting older adults that want to age in place. With the advancements in sensors and software and the innovations in wearables, your smartwatch can become more than a monitoring device --- it can be your lifeline. Think of a wearable smartphone as a medical assistant capable of continuously monitoring a wearer's health and in case of an emergency autonomously contacting a medical professional or emergency responder with real-time medical and location data and instructions without user input. A wearable with advanced sensors is extremely valuable when it can provide wearer verification, safety and security. In 2015, 39.5 million U.S. adults 18 and over used wearable devices, including smartwatches and fitness trackers — an increase of 57.7 percent over 2014, according to eMarketer. Sadly, today’s wearable market is filled with accessories, including health and fitness monitors that are dependent on handheld smartphones for most functionality including networking, applications, and interfacing.  It is time to eliminate the need for handheld phones to get the most out of a wearable. “There is demand for a more sophisticated class of activity tracker that supports GPS and heart rate monitoring while also being a little more rugged and waterproof. And while we see the simpler fitness trackers potentially hitting a wall, these advanced devices will continue to drive adoption,” said Eddie Hold, vice president, Connected Intelligence. eyeCam’s focus is to deliver products and services with the appropriate set of features that uniquely address how humans interface with mobile technology. For example, eyeHand’s sensor hub and 3D interface projected onto the hand frees users entirely from handheld phones. Your hand and fingers become your display, touchscreen, gesture interface, and command center.      ...

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19 Sep The Wearable Smartphone: The future of smartphones and wearable devices

If recent history is any indication for what the smartphone will look and be like in the near future, then we can expect radical changes and dramatically different ways that we will interface with this technology. Today wearables are mostly smartphone companion devices that connect with Bluetooth. That invisible cord will probably be cut soon. New products are constantly emerging that continue to revolutionize the smartwatch, smartphone, and wearable computing industry. In fact, in January 2016, Apple announced it is doing away with wired headphones jack altogether and going with Bluetooth earbuds. Soon enough you will have a smartphone on your wrist with independent cellular connectivity: the wearable smartphone. This will be your health and fitness monitor, media player, 3D mouse and controller, and biometric key and wallet. You will be able to make a call, effortlessly lock and unlock doors, avoid security lines and make payments instantly and securely all from your wrist. Wearable projection interfacing (mapping a display onto any surface) and heads-up displays (smartphone glasses that enable us to augment our reality and senses) allow your hands and fingers to be your touchscreen display eliminating the need to carry a pocket PC. Ben Arnold, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Consumer Electronics, The NPD Group, said “Manufacturers continue to partner with designers to increase the appeal of the products, and there is a product for every type of consumer—from the most active athlete to the mom who just wants to remember when to pick up her kids from soccer practice—on the market.”[1] eyeCam is developing eyeHand a wearable smartphone with a projection interface that turns your hand and fingers into a touchscreen display, 3D mouse, and controller. If this is what the future looks like, what will it look like in 5 or 10 years? We can’t wait to see. [1] https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2015/ownership-of-activity-trackers-smartwatches-expected-to-jump-at-least-4-percent-this-holiday-season-according-to-npd/  ...

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06 Sep Why Biometrics are here to stay: (Hint, it’s because you become the key to your world.)

Biometric identification is technology that either identifies you or authenticates your identity. You can be identified by matching your picture against a database of imagery or you can be authenticated when an image has been accessed from a specific device. When you unlock a computer, a phone or an application, you are authenticated to confirm a match. This is most often done with a finger print. Integrating a biometric key and wallet into a standalone wearable smartphone means that people are entirely free from passwords, keys and credit cards. When Apple first launched the user-friendly biometric identification on the iPhone in 2013, it was novel and new.  Now that people are more comfortable with a home button fingerprint sensor that authenticates the user and unlocks a phone, more companies are introducing biometrics into their products. Such as: MasterCard is investigating using your heartbeat to verify purchases Google is going to confirm you are you with speech patterns You can use the CLEARlane to go through security at the airport by tapping your finger According to Acuity Market Intelligence report, there have been over 200 biometric smartphones introduced since 2013 and the data suggests that there are at least 600 million biometric smartphones being used around the world. Even more exciting is the fact that Acuity projects a huge uptick in annual revenues for the carriers who offer biometric capabilities.  The research estimates that the global mobile market revenues from over 4.8 Billion biometric enabled smartphones will reach $6.2 B by 2020. "Biometrics are a natural fit for the smart mobile devices we literally hold onto nearly every waking hour. The explosion in the use of smart devices over the past five years, along with anticipated growth over the next five -- especially in developing economies where sub $100 smartphones have begun to alter the mobile landscape -- will bring biometrics into the daily lives of half the global population. By 2020, 100% of smart mobile devices will include embedded biometric sensors as a standard feature" C. Maxine Most Principal, Acuity Market Intelligence - See more at: http://www.acuity-mi.com/GBMR_Report.php#sthash.F8tfSUmd.dpuf With a biometric key and wallet, people can effortlessly lock and unlock doors, avoid security lines and make payments instantly and securely.  In fact, multi-layered and continuous biometric user (wearer) identification provides an extremely high level of security.  eyeHand biometrics will revolutionize consumer and enterprise security.  ...

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16 Aug The Evolution of Wearables: From Pedometers to Smartwatches and Beyond

Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson invented the first pedometer, but in truth, Leonardo Da Vinci envisioned the pedometer as a tool for the military. Using the pedometer as a tool for fitness and weight control was introduced in the 1960’s in Japan.  Finnish inventor, Professor Seppo Säynäjäkangas, came up with the first portable heart rate monitor in a watch format in the 1970’s. Fast forward to the 21st Century: The Fitbit was introduced in 2008 at TechCrunch50 to much acclaim.  The first product tracked the intensity of activity, calories burned, distance travelled, the number of steps taken, and sleep patterns. Eight years later, eyeHand has developed the technology for a full body mapping system that enables athletes to map their body motion and improve their game in real-time. Operating as a sensor hub, eyeHand networks with micro-sensors worn, attached, or embedded in clothing or sporting equipment to generate a 3D map of your body for full body motion capture throughout a game or training session. Imagine the incredible new opportunities for live-action sports and gaming (live indoor/outdoor video gaming with athletes and friends on the field, the court or on the move).  eyeHand technology can let you play with a professional athlete remotely from your living room or stream your power serve on the tennis court to your friend’s game console, in real-time. All of this is possible today thanks to the amazing advancements in sensor technologies and the dramatic acceptance and adoption of wearable devices. TechNavio, a research and advisory firm, announced they expect the global demand for sensors for mobile devices to reach over $52B in revenue by 2020. According to the global information provider, The NPD Group, annual 2015 dollar and unit sales of connected activity trackers experienced respective growth of 110 percent and 85 percent versus 2014, despite the average selling price (ASP) increasing from $96 to $109. “Despite slightly lower overall awareness of the fitness tracker category, fitness trackers are still showing strong sales and ownership, which shows that the category still has more headroom for growth, while strong awareness has not yet translated into more robust sales for smartwatches,” said Weston Henderek, Director of NPD Connected Intelligence. We see tremendous opportunity for OEMs. With eyeCam’s reference design kits, they can license, acquire and rapidly introduce groundbreaking new sports and fitness products to market, secure a faster ROI, and have the ability to add features/services in the future that drive and maximize ongoing revenue....

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04 Aug Big News: Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Launches

Big News!  Today we publicly announced the eyeCam equity crowdfunding campaign and unveiled the developing eyeHand technologies to the world. eyeCam is giving investors the unique opportunity to have a hand in the future of wearables and profit from the development of eyeHand, The Wearable Smartphone. Visit our campaign at www.crowdfunder.com/eyecam [caption id="attachment_16200" align="alignnone" width="300"] Touchscreen Media Control [/caption] ...

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05 Jul Why Wearables are Ideal for Enterprises and Mobile Workers

  Could it be that the enterprise might turn out to be one of the biggest market opportunities for standalone wearable smartphones? While there are skeptics who claim the enterprise will not embrace wearable technology and that wearables are ‘tricky’ for enterprises because the technology is new, there are others who see its strategic advantages. We believe wearable standalone smartphones will empower people and improve enterprise operations. In 2015, Robert Half Technology researched how CIOs felt about the use of wearables in the enterprise and discovered that 4 out of 5 CIOs think wearable technology will become standard in the workplace. Companies like ours are designing new wearable products and technologies that will replace handheld phones and Internet-connected devices. It is impractical to wear single- and dual-use devices and “smartwatches” that are dependent on a handheld smartphone for most functionality to even work. Smartwatch displays are also tiny, and a screen the size of a user’s thumb is not easy to share or manipulate. The future is a standalone wearable smartphone that frees users entirely from handheld phones, watches, and scores of wrist-based monitors.  This is the technology that will enable workers to be far more productive: Biometrics will enable companies to customize everything from file management and file access to document encryption as well as keyless entry customized and secure access to funds, payments and salaries for each employee/partner (without having to setup expensive security systems) Organizations can push strategic intelligence to employees making decisions in the field so they can deliver top-notch customer service Your hand and fingers are the ultimate natural interface. The technology enables multipoint control of virtual objects in any computing environment or heads-up display A 3D mapping and interfacing system that turns your hands and fingers into a 3D mouse and controller can entirely eliminate the conventional mouse A projection interface can be boundless, not limited to a square screen or flat surface and able to customize to each user’s hand and fingers, continuously adjusting to fit moving surfaces of all shapes and sizes The enterprise needs a completely new form factor for wearable smartphones if they are to deliver the functionality and ease of use that a business professional requires. By enabling multi-point control of any 2D or 3D interface, eyeHand wearable computing technology delivers the new mobile command center. When the user’s hand and fingers become the console and controller, a standalone wearable smartphone can become the key to an enterprise’s world....

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29 Jun Welcome to The Wearable Smartphone Blog

Welcome! This is the official blog and newsroom for eyeCam, the company pioneering wearable computing products, applications, and services that free users entirely from handheld smartphones. The Wearable Smartphone Blog is intended to provide practical and timely insights into mobile smartphone innovations for telecom carriers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). We will also share news and releases relating to EyeCam products, innovations, and more. In a release from EQM Indexes about their new Wearables Index, they write: “As wearable devices "untether" from smartphones and can serve as stand-alone devices, their potential uses will expand, serving as "free agents" in the Internet of Things.” We are seeing that happen, too. eyeCam is on the forefront of wearables expanding as 'free agents' in the IoT field, and we encourage you to stay tuned for exciting updates.  Please feel free to comment and offer further dialogue on a particular blog topic. We welcome the opportunity to be responsive to your thoughts. Thank you for reading and joining us in providing everyone with the opportunity to participate and profit from innovation. Bryan Davis, CEO, co-founder...

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