News Roundup: Warring Wearable Tech

This past week at Mobile ID World wearable tech dominated the news as mobile commerce, healthcare, fingerprints and the Internet of Things rounded made the headlines in digital identity. Here is a look back on the top stories from the week that was.

Wearable Tech

News Roundup: Warring Wearable TechStarting with wearables, Apple’s new smartwatch continued to be a fixture, with stories landing in regard to the device’s trouble with tattoos, opportunities for crafty vendors, and the community that’s sprung out of its weird heartbeat sharing feature. Understandably, all of this Apple Watch hype seems to be responsible for the pushing back of Samsung’s next smartwatch, the Gear A, which in addition to having a round face also doesn’t require a smartphone pairing to work and is now slated for release in the fall.

It’s not all smartwatch wars in connected clothing though, LifeBEAM announced this week that it’s expanding its line of wearables, and Tractica launched a new subscription based intelligence service focused specifically on this area of mobility.

Here are the week’s top headlines in wearable tech:

Rumored Delay for Samsung Gear A to Avoid Apple Watch Hype

Tractica Launches Wearables Market Advisory Service

LifeBEAM Expanding Line of Wearables

Apple Watch Users Eager for Playmates

Apple Watch Cardiac Sensor Can’t See Past User Tattoos

Apple Reveals Specs for Third-Party Apple Watch Bands

Wearables Market on Cusp of Boom: Report

Mobile Commerce

Mobile CommerceVisa and MasterCard both emphasised the importance of biometrics in their respective futures this week as we also reported on a new biometric bitcoin wallet. CARTES America took place as well, and Oberthur took home an American SESAMES award for its new payment innovation, the Dynamic Security Code. Mobile biometric banking made the news this week too, with the First Internet Bank announcing support for Touch ID security.

Visa Steps Up Efforts in mPayment Expansion, Biometric Security

Online Bank Introduces Touch ID Login for Customers

Bitcoin Wallet Uses Comprehensive Multi-Factor Security

SESAMES Awards Recognize mPayment Innovation

MasterCard Emphasizes Importance of Biometrics, Tokenization


vital biometrics and wearable techHealthcare continues to be a hot space in biometrics and mobile tech. This week, NEC Corporation of America launched an enterprise-based telehealth platform, Sentrian undertook a thousand patient study in order to see if remote care can help detect the early onset of pulmonary disorders, and British researchers developed a mini fingerprint reader for use in the development of healthcare in the Third World.

NEC Launches Comprehensive Telehealth Platform

Mini Fingerprint Scanner Aims to Extend Healthcare in Developing World

Sentrian Embarks on 1,000 Patient Study

Internet of Things

Internet of Things, Smart Tech, Connectivity, Mobile EcosystemIn IoT news this week, Sansa Security was recognized by Gartner as one of the industry’s cool vendors. Meanwhile, we saw speech recognition make it onto a kitchen-borne Internet of Things device that can order groceries and we received statistics painting a bright future for voice biometrics in IoT and connected cars.

Here are the top Internet of Things stories of the week:

Sansa Security Named Cool Vendor in IoT

IoT Device Compiles Shopping List by Dictation, Barcode Scanner

Strong Growth for Voice Biometrics, Smart Car Integrations

Innovation and Integration

Mobile BiometricsBig news in fingerprint biometrics came down the pipeline this week, with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announcing two extremely small new sensors. Integrated Biometrics, meanwhile, announced that its fingerprint technology has been embedded into an ultra durable tablet from AMREL and the Department of Defense ordered more Tactivo smart sleeves from Precise Biometrics.

US DoD Re-Ups on Tactivo Readers

Durable Tablet Uses Sherlock Fingerprint Scanner

FPC Unveils its Smallest-Ever Fingerprint Sensors


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