Tag: Wearable Tech

Game changers: 4 tech trends re-inventing the world of competitive sports

Back in 1994, we marveled at coaches being able to communicate with their quarterbacks through headsets embedded in helmets. By 2012, fans and players expected helmets to use technological advances to provide better injury protection. At the same time, new materials couldwithstand a one hundred MPH beanball, and embedded sensors were sending signal warnings based on the force of a collision.  This followed the trajectory of sports technology, a burgeoning sector that even today, merits major-league attention. Sports tech has captured the imaginations of Michael Jordan and Mark Cuban, both of whom participated in a recent $44 million funding round for Sportradar, a sports data science company that has contracts with three major sports leagues as well as Google and Yahoo Sports. Advances in sensor technology, nanotechnology, imaging technology, as well as the cloud and communication tools that fuel the Internet of Things, are being put to service in sports to prevent and treat injury, improve training and performance, and enhance the fan experience. Wearables Sports wearables generally fall into two categories: devices and materials. Fitbit is the most well-known fitness wearable,...

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8 Israeli Tech Trends, 8 Crazy Nights 2014: Wearable Tech (6/8)

As Israel observes Hanukkah – a celebration of the light among the darkness – it’s time to highlight the tech trends creating sparks within the Startup Nation. Note, these trends are based on our deal flow – what our team sees on the ground. Trend 6/8: Wearable Tech How a trend is born:  You are what you eat, goes the saying. A more modern adaptation would be: you are what you wear. From “smart” watches that sync to your phone, to contact lenses that measure diabetics glucose levels, wearable technology is rapidly spreading to all facets of technology. The wearable technology industry goes back to a device as simple as the once-trendy calculator watch of the ’80s. Today, however, the next wave of wearable technology will far outpace a simple Casio watch. Recent success and traction experienced in the wearable technology industry, such as Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR and the 2012 launch of Google Glass, has entrepreneurs and investors alike excited for what should be “the next big thing.” Who’s who:  Israel has also played its part in the recent global innovation occurring in the wearable device market. Here...

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