Smartstones wins Roddenberry Prize

Team Smartstones (from Left to Right, Front to Back) Zachary Zerman, Andreas Forsland, Mary Anne Masterson, Cameron Dexter, Leonard Zerman, John Temple, Doug Lynch, Ben Williamson (Not pictured: Andrew Duncan)

 
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BIG BOLD IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Fifty years ago, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned a boldly better future, full of optimism, driven by exploration and strengthened by diversity. Yet urgent challenges today threaten humanity and the infinite possibilities of tomorrow.

Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced the inaugural winners of The Roddenberry Prize, $1 million in awards to support innovative solutions that address humanity’s greatest challenges. The Roddenberry Prize consists of one $400,000 Grand Prize winner and four $150,000 Innovation Award winners.  

We are proud to announce we have been chosen as a Roddenberry Prize Innovation Award winner.

Hundreds of applications from across the globe, re-imagining how we teach and learn, how we can care for our environment, how to eradicate disease, and how we can connect more deeply to each other. The Roddenberry Foundation has carefully selected this portfolio of solutions recognizing their effort and dedication in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time.

The world needs daring ideas from innovative thinkers to achieve the future that Gene imagined, ideas that put humanity first, to benefit a large and diverse population; are feasible and replicable, with potential to scale the magnitude of their impact; and are strategic, altering the status quo by addressing systemic needs for a boldly better future.

The world we are going to create is one that every single person, regardless of your ability, is going to be able to communicate.
— Andreas Forsland, Founder

We are excited to be recognized for our bold efforts to unlock human potential, starting with people who are the most impacted by communication barriers.

The Smartstones communications platform utilizes exponential technology to radically simplify communication for people who cannot easily convey their thoughts or needs. Whether through simple gestures, or even purely by thought, we want people to be able to express themselves and easily connect with others in ways never before thought possible.

Today, there are over 370 million people globally who are unable to communicate verbally. Our goal with Smartstones :prose is to to help the non-verbal population around the world find their voice.

Watch nonverbal children and adults alike use :prose to speak on their behalf - either through taps and swipes or direct brainwaves.

Smartstones featured in Gizmag

Gizmag: Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind

Author Michael Irving did a nice job of explaining how :prose and the EEG headset work together. Here is an excerpt:

[Gizmag] By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The "think to speak" technology works by reading the brainwaves of the user and expressing them as phrases spoken through the app.

:prose is the app at the heart of it all, developed by Smartstones to help nonverbal people communicate by tapping or swiping on a mobile device. Like sign language, individual gestures and movements are linked to words and phrases: for example, swiping up could mean "I want", and drawing a circular motion could mean "water". The app recognizes the input and speaks aloud the complete sentence, "I want water." The commands are customizable too, so a user can assign phrases to specific movements however they like.

It's a valuable tool for people who are living with conditions that present verbal communication challenges, such as ALS, Autism and Cerebral Palsy, or have suffered brain or spinal injuries. But for others, the movements required to use the app can also be difficult to perform, due to conditions like Parkinson's or ALS, which inhibit a person's motor skills. That's where the EEG headset comes in.

Using Emotiv's Epoc or Insight headset in conjunction with the :prose app, a user can simply think about the motions tied to each command, and the headset reads their brainwaves, transmits the signal to the app via Bluetooth, and speaks the related phrase aloud. It works the same way as gestures and touch interfaces, but removes the element of physical movement that some people may struggle with. Users can even send messages to other devices with the power of thought alone.

Read the full article here:

http://www.gizmag.com/brainwave-headset-think-to-speak/43264/

Smartstones' Partnership with PathPoint featured in Noozhawk

PathPoint participant Liz, who has Cerebral Palsy, was the first person to use Think to Speak with :prose™

PathPoint participant Liz, who has Cerebral Palsy, was the first person to use Think to Speak with :prose™

Local Santa Barbara news outlet Noozhawk (http://noozhawk.com/)

Smartstones and PathPoint unveiled their collaboration Tuesday, April 26, 2016, when Smartstones introduced a major breakthrough in the world of assistive communication technology.

Smartstones founded a technology titled :prose that has allowed nonverbal users the ability to “swipe to speak” on an iPhone or iPad, “tap to speak” with the Apple Watch and “gesture to speak” with their patent-pending Touch device.

In collaboration with this technology, Smartstones has joined forces with PathPoint, a nonprofit organization that strives to empower individuals with developmental, psychiatric and physical disabilities in five counties throughout California.

Using :prose’s breakthrough “think to speak” technology, PathPoint participants with severe developmental disabilities have been able to use brainwave commands to communicate while connected to the Emotive EEG headset.

PathPoint Vice President Seth Miller said, “seeing the expression on our participants face when she was able to say a word for the first time just by thinking was a moment I will never forget.”

View the original article here:

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/smartstones_pathpoint_collaborate_to_produce_think_to_speak_sensorial_commu

ASU-GSV Summit Recap - Smartstones featured!

This year's ASU GSV Summit went off without a hitch, featuring speakers such as Sal Khan, Condoleeza Rice, and Bill Gates, and a plethora of Edtech panels, pitches, and presentations.

Smartstones and 'Think to Speak' were featured in the Tomorrowland section, along with 19 other companies creating innovative education technology products and services. 

Blue skies, glistening water, swaying palm trees and a bright, 86-degree forecast greeted us on the first day of the 7th annual ASU-GSV Summit, newly relocated from Arizona to San Diego.

Hosted at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Marina district of San Diego, the location was ideal. Buttoned-up investors ate lunch al fresco in quaint Seaport Village, entrepreneurs held partner meetings on balconies overlooking the bay.  A number of attendees even brought their families on the trip, taking the kids surfing and to the zoo the weekend before the event.

Yet for such a casual, relaxed location, the conversations overheard were strictly business. Attendees seemed intently focused on developing partnerships and finding investment, locking down as many meetings as possible. By afternoon of day one, the lobby started to resemble a speed-dating event for edtech. Entrepreneurs chased after investors, sales reps sought out the few educators in attendance. Reporters ran from story to story.

But the ASU-GSV Summit didn’t only test the limits of how many meetings a single human being can have in a day. It also upped the ante on the “tech” side of things. Knightscope’s security robots resembling R2-D2 (or Daleks, according to RefME CEO Tom Hatton) roamed the halls. Tomorrowland hosted companies pitching virtual reality recording equipment, pocket college counselors, and even an upcoming thought-to-speech tool.

 

Tomorrowland Companies

Schoold
Vrtul Inc.
Learning Games Studios
Next Galaxy
Lingoland
Realiteer Corp.
Lucid VR

Smartstones
Parrot.com
Tynker
Woofbert
ZSpace
codeSpark
Mursion

ASU Globe
Virt
Knightscope
Brainpop
Discovr Labs
Root and the Wyss Institute/Harvard


Smartstones Featured in Cerebral Palsy News Today

The article, written by Charles Moore, covers :prose, Think to Speak, and our partnerships with Emotiv and Pathpoint, as well as the history of Smartstones. 

View article on Cerebral Palsy News Today:  http://cerebralpalsynewstoday.com/2016/05/02/think-to-speak-technology-finally-becomes-a-reality-for-people-with-impaired-verbal-communication/

View a similar article on Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-j-carter/an-entrepreneur-makes-spe_b_9776666.html

View a similar article on Futurism:

http://futurism.com/think-speak-headset-lets-people-communicate-using-brainwaves/


Have you heard about the Think to Speak Beta?

We've teamed up with Emotiv to adapt their EEG brainwave monitor headsets to work with :prose. For the first time ever, you can Think to Speak by simply associating spoken phrases in :prose with mental and facial commands. Think or express the command, and your phrase will speak aloud, using only the headset and an iOS device. Get first access to the Think to Speak beta by clicking below:

Are you a teacher, education tech specialist, SLP, or other specialist who wants :prose for your school or organization?

We are offering flexible packages for education specialists to implement :prose in special education classrooms, rehab facilities, hospitals, community centers, and other organizations that provide services to individuals with communication challenges. Get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure out what will best serve your needs.

Smartstones featured in Huffington Post

The article, written by Carol J. Carter, focuses on Think to Speak, :prose, and the history of Smartstones.

View the Huffington Post Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-j-carter/an-entrepreneur-makes-spe_b_9776666.html

View a similar article on Futurism: http://futurism.com/think-speak-headset-lets-people-communicate-using-brainwaves/


Have you heard about the Think to Speak Beta?

We've teamed up with Emotiv to adapt their EEG brainwave monitor headsets to work with :prose. For the first time ever, you can Think to Speak by simply associating spoken phrases in :prose with mental and facial commands. Think or express the command, and your phrase will speak aloud, using only the headset and an iOS device. Get first access to the Think to Speak beta by clicking below:

Are you a teacher, education tech specialist, SLP, or other specialist who wants :prose for your school or organization?

We are offering flexible packages for education specialists to implement :prose in special education classrooms, rehab facilities, hospitals, community centers, and other organizations that provide services to individuals with communication challenges. Get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure out what will best serve your needs.

Smartstones featured in Futurism

Smartstones :prose has been featured in Futurism. The article, entitled ''Think to Speak' Headset is Breaking Down Communication Barriers', discusses :prose, Think to Speak, and the history of Smartstones, as well as a short interview with our CEO Andreas Forsland.

View the article on Futurism: http://futurism.com/think-speak-headset-lets-people-communicate-using-brainwaves/

View a similar article on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-j-carter/an-entrepreneur-makes-spe_b_9776666.html


Have you heard about the Think to Speak Beta?

We've teamed up with Emotiv to adapt their EEG brainwave monitor headsets to work with :prose. For the first time ever, you can Think to Speak by simply associating spoken phrases in :prose with mental and facial commands. Think or express the command, and your phrase will speak aloud, using only the headset and an iOS device. Get first access to the Think to Speak beta by clicking below:

Are you a teacher, education tech specialist, SLP, or other specialist who wants :prose for your school or organization?

We are offering flexible packages for education specialists to implement :prose in special education classrooms, rehab facilities, hospitals, community centers, and other organizations that provide services to individuals with communication challenges. Get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure out what will best serve your needs.

Smartstones :prose wins Gold Edison Award

We're pleased to announce that we've taken home the gold at this year's Thomas Edison Awards in the category of Social Innovation. We're pleased to be among former winners such as 3M, Apple, Tesla, and hundreds of other innovative companies, large and small.

:prose, our sensory speech app, was reviewed by hundreds of industry experts and opinion leaders during the nomination process, and selected by the Edison Awards Steering Committee as the Gold award winner at the Awards Gala in NYC April 21st.

Other finalists in the category were Autism Core Skills by Infiniteach (Silver), and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project from the Clinton Foundation (Bronze).

Other finalists in the category were Autism Core Skills by Infiniteach (Silver), and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project from the Clinton Foundation (Bronze).

You can see the full winners list for 2016 here: http://www.edisonawards.com/winners2016.php

See more information about the Edison Awards and winners 2015, 2014, and 2013, at http://www.edisonawards.com/

The winner of this year's Edison Achievement Award was John Chambers, Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Cisco Systems. More Information


What are the Edison Awards? (official statement)

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world.

The Edison Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. The competition is open to innovative organizations across the globe. The Edison Awards™ are focused on the innovators as much as the innovations – a unique distinction in the world of award programs. Award winners represent "game changing" products and services, as well as excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. An Edison Award represents significant value to the award winner and to the cause of innovation and highlights the strong marketing value of an unbiased 3rd-party endorsement.

The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards™ symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity, and ingenuity.


Have you heard about the Think to Speak Beta?

We've teamed up with Emotiv to adapt their EEG brainwave monitor headsets to work with :prose. For the first time ever, you can Think to Speak by simply associating spoken phrases in :prose with mental and facial commands. Think or express the command, and your phrase will speak aloud, using only the headset and an iOS device. Get first access to the Think to Speak beta by clicking below:

Are you a teacher, education tech specialist, SLP, or other specialist who wants :prose for your school or organization?

We are offering flexible packages for education specialists to implement :prose in special education classrooms, rehab facilities, hospitals, community centers, and other organizations that provide services to individuals with communication challenges. Get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure out what will best serve your needs.

Smartstones partners with Emotiv to make Think to Speak a reality

The Emotiv Insight, pictured above in white, is available for just $299.99, but Think to Speak Beta participants will receive an additional $15 discount courtesy of Emotiv.

The Emotiv Insight, pictured above in white, is available for just $299.99, but Think to Speak Beta participants will receive an additional $15 discount courtesy of Emotiv.

Emotiv provides wearable EEG component to make Think to Speak breakthrough possible.

EEG/bioinformatics technology company, Emotiv, founded by Tan Le in 2011, has developed the first wearable consumer EEG, allowing users to execute actions simply by thinking about a specific command, or performing a facial gesture like smiling. Learn more about Emotiv here:  http://emotiv.com/about-emotiv/ 

Using :prose, we have been able to integrate thought commands as a way to speak and send phrases. This is a breakthrough in the world of assistive communication, and a lucky few will be able to participate in a closed beta by signing up below (Hurry, this will not be available for long!) 

You can purchase your Emotiv Insight or EPOC+ headset at http://emotiv.com/product-category/mobile-eeg-headsets/ Think to Speak Beta participants will receive a promo code for the 5% discount via email as we prepare to launch the closed Beta.

Dillan's Voice: The impact of assistive speech tech on a nonverbal teen with Autism

In honor of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, Apple has released a story which is both enlightening and uplifting:

Dillan is a 17 year old on the severe end of the Autism spectrum, and cannot speak. Life as a nonverbal person means never being able to express your thoughts, essentially trapped in your own mind. And, most people assume that because someone doesn't make eye contact or speak, that they aren't listening, or even that they aren't thinking. Dillan teaches us that just because someone does not have a voice, it does not mean that they don't have anything important to say.

Check out Smartstones® :prose™, our gesture-to-speech app and other Apple featured Autism apps on http://Appstore.com/Autism

Watch below for Dillan's full journey as he is finally given a voice, changing his life for the better.

Happy Autism Awareness Month, and remember that what you see on the surface rarely reveals what is on the inside.

 

:prose featured in App Store for Autism Awareness Month

As you know, this month is Autism Awareness Month and Apple has featured Smartstones® :prose™ in the App Store for the occasion. Check out the screenshot below, or check it out yourself under the Education category.

Other featured apps include Proloquo's Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4Text, TouchChat HD, Children with Autism: A visual schedule, Voice Dream Reader, and many other communication and organizational tools for people with Autism. Smartstones :prose is the only gesture powered AAC app featured.

Remember, all April long, we're offering :prose for just $29.99, 50% off the normal price of $59.99.

Happy Autism Awareness Month!

 
 

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month with 50% off :prose!

To celebrate, we're offering :prose for 50% off for all of April!

Today, April 2, 2016, is World Autism Awareness Day!

President Barack Obama officially proclaimed the occasion in an White House statement issued just yesterday:

"I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2016, as World Autism Awareness Day."

President Obama had this to say about his wishes for the holiday: 

"I encourage all Americans to learn more about autism and what they can do to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, and to help shape a world in which all people, including those with autism, are accepted for who they are." 

You can view the official statement here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/presidential-proclamation-world-autism-awareness-day-2016

Autism Speaks is running their annual "Light It Up Blue" campaign, asking people to wear blue. Thousands of landmarks and buildings are also participating tonight, lighting up blue in honor of the holiday. You can participate by lighting your house up in blue, or purchasing your own blue WAAD swag from the Autism Speaks store here: http://shop.autismspeaks.org/light-it-up-blue

Autism Society sponsors Autism Awareness Month every April, and has great resources for how to help raise awareness, find local events, and get involved in the Autism community. Learn more here: http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/

:prose™ is an Edison Awards Finalist! #EA16

 
 

We're thrilled to announce that :prose™ has been selected from hundreds of nominations as a Finalist in the 2016 Edison Awards! That means that we will be taking home either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Edison Award after the 29th Annual Awards Gala on April 21st in NYC. We are extremely grateful to the Edison Awards staff, and the steering committee for their decision to move us forward. 

Edison Nominee ballots were submitted to over 3,000 industry professionals and experts, who selected the innovations they deemed worthy of a 2016 Edison Award. Smartstones joins industry giants and tiny startups alike who have received Edison Awards in the past honoring innovation in a broad range of categories, from Social Innovation to Applied Technology, Energy and Sustainability, Consumer Electronics, and many more. John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems, will be honored as the 2016 Edison Achievement Award Winner, an honor he shares with many notable individuals, including Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, who won the award in 2014.

Learn more about the Edison Awards here.

 
 

Vote: Starter Phrases

 
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Help us create our starter phrases, included in :prose™ and Smartstones® Touch™ at launch!

Vote now and we'll create the starter phrase list based on your suggestions.

What are we looking for?

We want to find out what phrases are most important to you. What are you planning on saying with Smartstones, and on :prose? Which gestures do you want to use for each phrase?

Though :prose will support additional gestures, the Limited Edition Smartstones® Touch™ will support 10 gestures at launch, so we're starting with the top ten phrases. We'll be analyzing all your suggestions and finding out which messages are most requested to create our final list.

 

The Gestures: 

Single Tap        Double Tap         

Swipe Up        Swipe Down        Swipe Left        Swipe Right

Swipe Up & Hold        Swipe Down & Hold        Swipe Left & Hold        Swipe Right & Hold

 

Example Phrases: 

"Where are you?"        "I love you!"        "Can you pick me up?"

"Yes."        "No."        "Help! I need you."

:prose nominated for Edison Awards 2016!

 
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Our gesture-to-speech app, :prose has been nominated for an Edison Award. We are honored to be included amongst a field of radical inventions and innovations from a slew of tech companies. The awards will be held on April 21, 2016 in NYC. Check out a list of other 2016 nominees here.

See below for a sampling of notable companies that have taken home Edison Awards in past years:

 
 

Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

While previous winners include notable companies such as Apple, LG, and AT&T, the majority of the participants are from smaller firms and startups. We are thrilled to be included for 2016, and we hope that we will continue to produce innovative products worthy of future nominations!

To learn more about :prose, click here.

To purchase :prose, check out our shop.

Edison Awards Website

Smartstones featured in Vögele Kultur Zentrum Museum in Switzerland

Freienbach, Switzerland

The Vögele Kultur Zentrum Museum is currently featuring Smartstones as part of an exhibit entitled "Society 4.0: How Online Living Changes Society." An important part of the exhibit, which is running from the November 22nd, 2015 to March 20th, 2016, is communication, and how it has changed due to new technology.

According to Corina Forrer, Registrar of the Museum, "The exhibition will show the multifaceted possibilities and advantages of digital media and focus on human needs in this social change. Presenting art works, installations and objects from daily life, we want to show how digital media influences us as individuals and as part of the community."

Each year Vögele Kultur Zentrum features two exhibitions that pick up topics of cultural and social relevance, and highlights these contemporary phenomenas from different perspectives. The exhibition program this year will be accompanied by interdisciplinary events, a bulletin and a broad education program for students.

Since 1998 the non-profit foundation of Charles and Agnes Vögele has been the trusteeship of the Vögele Kultur Zentrum. 

Vögele Kultur Zentrum Website (German)



Smartstones and Aging 2.0 on CNBC

Smartstones was featured in CNBC, in an article entitled "Top VCs target $7 trillion senior-care market." Here is an excerpt from the article about Smartstones:

[via CNBC] The wearable technology start-up Smartstones also turned to Aging 2.0 for accelerator help. Smartstones, about the size of a river rock, are packed with sensors that can communicate messages through taps or swipes that can help people with disabilities communicate better. The start-up wanted to be part of the Aging 2.0 community to connect with more customers, said Andreas Forsland, founder of Smartstones. Aging 2.0 helped Smartstones connect with key distributors, influencers and customers, he said.

"The aging market is very complicated," he continued. "And there's a lot of government regulation on XYZ. But Aging 2.0 helped with understanding the market." Forsland said that transforming senior care is challenging. "There's a lot of complacency," he explained. "And the attitude is that if it isn't broken, don't fix it."

Future seniors will be more demanding about senior care, Forsland said, adding that if care facilities don't try to be more innovative, their pipeline will dry up. 

Read the full article here on CNBC:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/12/top-vcs-target-7-trillion-senior-care-market.html

 

To learn more about Smartstones and our revolutionary gesture to speech nonverbal communication platform, click below:

Try out our gesture to speech app, :prose, which is free on the App Store for a limited time:

Tractica: Wearables trends reflect growing use of analytics, customized value proposition

A new white paper from Tractica identifies and analyzes 10 key trends that will shape the next stage of evolution for wearables, including the following:

  • The diversification of wearables beyond just smart watches and fitness trackers
  • The growth of wearable operating systems beyond just Apple and Google
  • A shifting market focus toward wearable user interface and analytics
  • The role of North America as the primary market for wearables, with China ascending as a major market
  • Corporate wellness programs and the “quantified enterprise”
  • The continuing importance of crowdfunding in the wearables market
  • The emergence of wearables as a service
  • The prospects for smart clothing as a key wearable technology category
  • The merging of wearable cameras and virtual reality (VR)
  • The role of smart augmented reality (AR) glasses in the future of computing platforms

Here's what Judy Mottl from FierceMobileHealthcare learned about the whitepaper from an email interview with Tractica Research, especially the shifting market focus toward wearable user interface and analytics:

But it's the third biggest trend--a focus shift to user interface design, analytics capabilities and a clearer value proposition--that will drive consumer adoption, Tractica Research Director Aditya Kaul tells FierceMobileHealthcare in an email interview.

"Today, most wearables lack one or all of these aspects," Kaul says. "Most wearable device companies put a lot of emphasis on hardware, looks, and product design, but pay little attention to what the device can actually do for the consumer."

He notes that while today's fitness trackers collect sleep data, there is no content analysis of the data.

"Going forward, fitness trackers will get better at explaining at what the data actually means and give personalized suggestions or health warnings," Kaul predicts. "Likewise, smart watches will become better at giving useful and timely notifications on your wrist, apart from collecting accurate health data and being used as an invaluable payment device."

The wearables trends research, which cites North America as driving device adoption, also lists the increasing importance of crowdfunding for emerging technologies and corporate wellness programs creating a "quantified enterprise" in terms of supporting wearables among employees. The paper also predicts wearables as a service arriving on the horizon, and smart clothing becoming the "ultimate wearable."

Data and user privacy remain top reasons consumers are wary of wearable devices. For instance, a recent Parks Associates report notes that about 35 percent of consumers who responded to a survey say they fear their health data will not remain confidential if put online; additionally, 23 percent of broadband household owners who responded to the Parks Associates survey cite privacy and security concerns in using connected health devices.

However, Kaul dismisses security as a top challenge, given consumer use of mobile payment technologies, cloud data storage and online banking services.

"Consumers, in my view, have already made the tradeoff using mobile and Internet services, in return for taking risks with security and privacy," he says. "Security threats will always be there, and consumer services will need to keep their guard up. The smartphone is going to be the central platform for collecting and analyzing this health data using wearables, with an increasing array of sensors on the smartphone itself."

Kaul points to Apple's HealthKit and Google Fit as prime examples.

"All of these platforms are taking security very seriously, and consumers will put more emphasis on the value that they provide in terms of providing personalized health and fitness insights, which can then be shared with your personal doctor or hospitals," he says.

Going forward, a critical adoption aspect will be keeping users engaged, according to Kaul.

"If a device like a smart watch helps you make payments on the move, is able to filter and contextualize your notifications from your smartphone, removing the need to open your smartphone every few minutes, and at the same time is your personal doctor and trainer tracking your vitals throughout your day, encouraging you to be healthy and active, doing all of these things better than any other device especially the smartphone, it will become one of those devices you don't leave behind," he says. "We are just at the beginning of this analytics and machine learning revolution, which will benefit wearables."

[from fiercemobilehealthcare.com]

(View the original Tractica White Paper here*)

*You'll have to register a free account with Tractica and agree to receive their newsletter and other promotional materials in order to access the whitepaper.

 

The trends which we are pleased to be seeing, as they matter most to Smartstones' vision, are the development of wearable operating systems, and the focus on user interface and data analytics. As a company with a heavy background in design, our focus has always been to build radically intuitive, human interfaces, and revolutionary wearable operating systems that are based on touch, light, haptic feedback and other natural sensory interaction.

Learn more about what we do at Smartstones below, and try our nonverbal communication app :prose, currently free for iOS.

Smartstones® Featured In Kiplingers' September Retirement Report

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Check out this article featuring Smartstones® Touch™ from Kiplinger's Retirement Report, released this month. 

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T057-C000-S004-young-entrepreneurs-fill-need-in-senior-market.html

A small excerpt below:

 
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You can subscribe to Kiplinger's Retirement Report and access the full report here:

https://www.kiplinger.com/store/krr/


Do you have a senior relative you want to stay connected to? Preorder your Smartstones® Touch™ today for 20% off!

PSFK Lookbook - How to Show Love When SMS Rules

When SMS dominates communication, how do you show your love? PSFK created this lookbook to answer that question. Of course, Smartstones goes a bit beyond SMS, but communicating simple messages like "I love you," is central to our communication platform. Check out the full article for awesome ways to communicate love from Smartstones Inc. and other companies like Snapchat, Giphy, and Swiftkey.