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Wearable electronics move on from iPhone, to iWatch and beyond
18 March 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Patrick May
"Many of these gadgets will simply piggyback on the muscular computing prowess available in the cloud, said Mike Roberts, an engineer with PARC...Computers take the mountain of input from your device, crunch it, and immediately suggest ways for you to, say, improve your athletic performance....
Roberts talked about one very human application of wearable technology, a beta version of a head-mounted computer that PARC worked on with Motorola Solutions. It connects a user in the field, say a sailor trying to fix a broken generator on a naval ship, with an expert thousands of miles away...
'You got the iPhone,' said PARC's Mike Kuniavsky, 'then you got the apps, and now the apps are jumping off the screen and becoming devices you can wear.'"
Mobile recommendation service now in field trials in Tokyo
25 March 2010 | Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), who collaborated with PARC just 3 years ago to extend its existing publishing business with the creation of new digital media technology platform, is now running a limited user trial of the resulting mobile recommender system. They are conducting the trials in the Ginza and Yurakucho districts of Tokyo through a downloadable iPhone application called "Machireco" (literally, "city" + "recommendation"), which provides recommendations based on location, history, user likes/dislikes, time of day, and other contextual information. DNP plans to monetize the service by offering it for all smart phones later this year.