AI for the Busy Person

Is AI (Artificial Intelligence) the most important topic of our future? Here is a quick opinion on the top five questions that come to mind regarding this topic (without trying to introduce too many acronyms): What is AI all about? Trying to make computers as smart as humans Computers work in computation cycles / second. The human brain works at approximately 10^24 cycles per second while using low power. This allows us to do complex things without even thinking about them: raising an arm, sitting down, recognizing emotions, driving a car, and more. These are incredibly difficult mathematical operations for computers (think about building a self-driving... read more »

Solving Your Customers' Real Problems

Why is it so many companies build products without ever talking to customers? And why is it several products fail despite a plethora of customer interviews? The motivation to build a new product or technology typically comes as an inspiration, or an observation of a pain point either viewed directly or indirectly. The assumption then lies that this problem, or more importantly its solution, will be precious to more people than just the observer. All this is garbage until we really understand why the customer is looking to solve the problem. Once that understanding is there (by asking and working with the customer(s)), then... read more »

Software is the Battleground for Wearable Tech

Over the course of the past few years, we've met dozens of product managers and startup founders who have spent the majority of their resources (time, money, and people) in building up hardware, figuring out hardware design, manufacturing, testing, certification in order to get a few thousands units of their product out there.   But is hardware really where companies should be? Or is software and industrial design where the biggest value lies?   Building hardware is costly, and can test the will of the strongest product managers. However, the wearable technology industry today is a little bit like the "Homebrew Computer Club"... read more »

Wearable Technology: The Basics

Wearables have been around in labs since the 70s, but it didn't make its grand entrance into the modern tech sphere until the introduction of the Google Glass in 2010. If you're quite unfamiliar with this kind of tech, you might be asking yourself, “Why does wearable technology matter?”   Well, for the first time since its development, we are able to accurately measure our movements, record our sights and sounds, and track where and how we move around. We do this all in the hope that we can derive insights from our day-to-day movements that can help make our lives easier, healthier, and happier.... read more »

Kiwi & IBM | Understanding Any Human Motion Anytime, Anywhere on IBM Bluemix

When healthy individuals stumble or fall, they can take great solace knowing they can lift themselves back up again. But for the elderly, disabled, or sick, this simple act may not be so easy.   To improve citizen vitality and well-being, businesses in the wearable tech industry are designing devices with motion sensors to address multiple mobility concerns. For athletes, this could mean using an exercise wrist band to gather data that measures individual performance, power and speed. For caregivers, this could mean providing seniors with a monitoring device that detects a sudden collapse.     At Kiwi, our goal is to move beyond simple activity... read more »