McDonald’s fitness bands have now been recalled due to skin irritation

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The fast food chain had already stopped giving them out in Happy Meals and now the devices are recalled. The McDonald’s fitness bands have reached a new level of irritation for the fast food chain. Initially, it had been complaints of skin irritation, now that has risen to the level of burns. To protect the safety of its customers, it has recalled the Step-It wristbands. Unfortunately, this will be a massive undertaking as it had already sold over 32 million Happy Meals containing them. The McDonald’s fitness bands had been…

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The market for wearable technology could soon include 385 million people

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If the wearables market does grow as many expect it will, it could potentially alter the way we “consume and use information”. Erinn Murphy and Christof Fischer, of the bank and asset firm, Piper Jaffray, recently released a note to clients that stated that “wearable technology will be the next generation of devices to transform how individuals consume and use information.” While the adoption of smartwatches has not been a rapid one, wearable tech as a whole has been taking off. The note indicated that it may not be long…

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YouGov says wearable tech will play an important role in retail

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As smartwatches enter the mainstream, retailers will need to embrace this technology in order to keep up. According to a recent statement made by YouGov, as wearable tech becomes a growing part of the everyday lives of the majority of the population, brick and mortar retailers are going to need to start to embrace what these devices have to offer in order to improve their in-store experience in a way that will allow them to compete with online-only merchants. The statement, made by YouGov director Russell Feldman, called wearables “an…

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Wearable technology from UNICEF to boost child fitness

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The charitable organization is also hoping to use wearables to help to combat malnutrition in kids. UNICEF has made a move into wearable technology that has surprised many people around the world, as the launch of its Kid Power program has involved distributing high tech fitness bands to thousands of kids in schools across the United States. The reason that UNICEF has made this move into wearables for kids has two separate but connected purposes. According to U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Caryl Stern, “One in four American kids is underactive…

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Wearables making health claims will now be FDA regulated

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In an effort to ensure that medical promises made by wearable technology are trustworthy, they will be subject to regulation. The idea of putting on wearables such as pedometers, fitness bands, and even smartwatches, before beginning a workout has become relatively commonplace, to the point that there are many people who simply wear their devices all the time, regardless of whether they are awake or asleep. That said, the more products there are on the wearable technology shelves, the grander their claims seem to be. The U.S. Food and Drug…

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Wearables are used by a small fraction of adults

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Over 80 percent are already using smartphones and among them, most have Android mobile devices. Although both last year and this year have been declared the year of the wearables, and many have expected that these devices, such as smartwatches and smart glasses, would go mainstream, it looks as though it may require a little bit more time for that hype to turn into consumer adoption. The results of a recent study has shown that wearable technology is used by a small minority of adults. This research was conducted by…

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Wearable technology’s top brand is Apple, even though its device isn’t out yet

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Despite the fact that it won’t be releasing its smartwatch until early next year, it is still the brand in the lead. Even though Apple doesn’t yet have a wearable technology that is actually available to be purchased on the market, it has already become the leading brand in this category which has a considerable number of participants with products for sale. Consumers won’t be able to actually buy and test the Apple Watch until the start of next year but it is already a favorite. This was part of…

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Wearable technology isn’t seeing astounding sales figures

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Some are starting to ask whether or not the market is going to die off before it really took hold. Regardless of the dramatic hype that has been generated for products from Google, Apple, and Samsung, there is a growing number of analysts that are starting to say that wearable technology – ranging from smartwatches to augmented reality glasses and fitness bands – may never see the types of sales figures that have been achieved by smartphones or even tablets. The reason, according to some analysts, is that these mobile…

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Wearable technology is seeing a tough path to success

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For every step forward that the wearables sector has seen, there appears to be another step back. At a time in which fitness trackers are supposed to be becoming an explosively popular form of wearable technology, those that are already in existence are finding themselves suffering from a tremendous number of hurdles and bumps in the road. Nike is planning layoffs within the fitness accessories line with its FuelBand, as Fitbit faces recalls. Many experts in the mobile industry have been predicting that this year would be a defining one…

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Wearables will be owned by 1 in 5 people by August

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According to a recent study, a fifth of people aged 17 to 75 years will soon have one of these devices. This year, wearables are making a tremendous splash, as devices from fitness bands, to smartwatches and from augmented reality glasses to smart jewelry, and a recent study has indicated that by August of this year, one in every five people between the ages of 17 and 75 years in Australia will own at least one of these mobile devices. It has been predicted that sales will reach 10 million…

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Wearables are owned by 15 percent of consumers who know about them

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A recent Connected Life Report from Nielsen has revealed that many people who know the term are wearing one. According to the recently published Nielsen Connected Life Report, among the people who actually know what wearables are, and understand the term itself, fifteen percent already own and use one. The survey conducted by Nielsen involved the participation of 3,956 respondents. The research itself was done, last year in November. This is interesting because there has been a great deal of movement in the wearables industry since that time. There have…

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