Winning with wearables

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Wearable technology

UK innovation and economic growth initiative IC tomorrow has launched a wearable technology contest with the backing of the likes of Disney, McLaren Applied Technologies and Atos. Six start-ups and small business will get the chance to share a £210,000 pot for their commercial, creative and technical innovations in areas such as health and fitness trackers, identity and authentication, along with the pioneering use of smart textiles.

The six winning wearable entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to trial their technology with leading industry partners in six categories:

• Wearables for Kids – Disney

• Sensor technology and tracking performance – McLaren Applied Technologies and Loughborough University

• Guest-centred experience through wearables – glh Hotels

* Reacting to the local environment – Amey & Network Rail

• Unlocking accessibility through wearables – Atos

• Plug-and-play for textile wearables – Queen Mary University London

“Wearables will be making an increasingly big impact across UK industries in the coming year,” says Matt Sansam, programme manager at IC tomorrow. “We are looking for ambitious concepts that explore wearable technologies in new ways. The early movers identified in this contest will benefit from partnerships with established industry players, who will help bring their ideas to market.”

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