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zewde yeraswork
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safety first
zewde yeraswork   12/9/2013 10:40:56 AM
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Although the market may not be quite ready for some of these devices, there is a great deal of opportunity to be seized by companies looking into wearables. I especially think, given the importance of safety concerns--especially for children and young athletes---that the brain-sensing headband and the wearable locator and phone for kids could be onto something. The headband addresses head trauma and other types of injury which are increasingly on peopole's minds these days and there is always a concern for the possibility of children going missing.

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Impact Indicator
DrFPGA   12/9/2013 11:51:44 AM
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The impact indicator is a perfect example of a new market opportunity and not just for contact sports. How about a discount on car insurance if you wear an impact monitor while driving. The possibilities are mind scrambling..

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hyped too much?
junko.yoshida   12/9/2013 10:30:17 PM
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I am sure that I am not the only one getting sick and tired of writing a story about yet another smart watch. But as more vendors get involved in designing new wearable devices, they may be articulating the importance of simplifying its user interface and clarifying what each of those wearable is for.

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RunPhones
rick merritt   12/10/2013 1:28:37 AM
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As a jogger and music lover, the RunPhones are most interesting to me. How is it washing does not ruin them?

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rick merritt   12/10/2013 1:41:45 AM
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BTW I like this format that enables readers to jump to any picture of interest

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basketball
alex_m1   12/10/2013 7:56:36 AM
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The basketball looks interesting, and could potentially be a hit if they make it far cheaper, with better usability(having to look on the phone isn't comfortable while on the field) and with stronger marketing(make people believe that this will really improve their game, assuming that's the case.)

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Re: basketball
alex_m1   12/10/2013 7:59:19 AM
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Can anybody here please estimate the BOM cost of this basketball?

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junko.yoshida   12/11/2013 7:09:14 AM
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@rick, that was my question too. It turns out that you take the thin speakers out of the headband and wash it. Duhhh. I know, I was a little disappointed at that simple solution!

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Re: basketball
junko.yoshida   12/11/2013 7:14:42 AM
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@alex-m1, agreed. Actually, I was most intrigued by the basketball thing among all others. Indeed, having to look on the phone isn't comfortable as you pointed out. However, the smartphone does keep the record -- what you did and how well you did. So, it does, in a way, help to discipline your practice, I suppose.

As far as the marketing of this basketball is concerned, I did read a blurb by Bo Ryan, Badgers' coach, on this company's site. Oh, well, call me biased (as I live in Wisconsin), but I was immediatelyu sold on it when I read his comments. Ha ha.

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Re: basketball
alex_m1   12/11/2013 8:05:08 AM
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@Junko The basketball was definetly very interesting.

And i'm happy to hear bo convinced you :)

I looked into their testimonials. All focused towards teams , but definetly interesting.

BTW i like their marketing dept : http://teams.94fifty.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/cs-charts.jpg . it's a funny graph.

But it would be definetly interesting to see what happens if this basketball is giving to someone who plays for fun(and it's pretty easy to test, since the app measures everything). How big the change would be ? 18% isn't enough. You need something noticable.

 

 

 

 

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