Mobile SIG: What's In Store for Wearables?

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  • 2014: The Breakout Year for Wearable Tech?

    Will 2014 finally see mass adoption of wearable devices? Could this be the year that wearables take some huge leaps and go beyond just being a sideshow to smartphones and tablets?

    Broadcom projects that the market for wearables will see a 10x increase by 2018. Given the success of wearables on micro-funding platforms like Kickstarter.com, where small, talented teams can get to market in a matter of months, this growth will likely be even more explosive.

    Yet mass market devices like Samsung and Sony's smartwatches have seemed to launch with just a whimper. Google Glass is still in an exclusive beta release. Meanwhile there's a growing army of fitness bracelets, dedicated collars for your pets, rings that pay your transit fare, and organic cotton connected jumpers for baby.

    Dive into this exploding market by joining our panel of experts in the field on January 8, 2014 for a co-meeting of the SVForum Digital Media and Mobile Internet special interest groups.

    Explore new ideas, hear their thoughts, share your own, and look forward to the evolving roles of mobile devices that are, increasingly around us, with us, and on us at every moment.

    Speaker Bios:

    Kevin Lloyd, Co-Founder, Whistle (http://www.whistle.com)
    Kevin Lloyd co-founded Whistle with Ben Jacobs and Steve Eidelman in 2012. He is responsible for the buildout of the engineering team and architecture of the company's first product, the Whistle Activity Monitor. Prior to Whistle Kevin spent seven years working in different roles and groups of Sierra Wireless. He started at Sierra Wireless as a systems engineer where he primarily focused on leading technology due diligence and integration for their consumer products. In the two years at Sierra Kevin joined the Maching2Machine (M2M) /Internet of Things (IoT) platform AirVantage team as a product manager responsible for their application framework and developer tools.

    Greg McNeil,  VP Global Technology and Platforms, Flextronics (http://www.flextronics.com)
    Greg McNeil is vice president of Global Technology and Platforms for Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), which is a $24B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries.  Mr. McNeil is responsible for our Silicon Valley product engineering and global technology.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. McNeil held vice president level product development and product management positions within large corporations. At Apple, Microsoft, Cadence Design Systems, Sun Microsystems and Palm, he designed world class products and lead teams responsible for product development and product management.

    In addition to his corporate experience, Mr. McNeil has also held numerous positions at start-up companies. He helped to change the landscape of the living room at WebTV Networks; created a new class of servers at Cobalt Networks; developed RFID based credit card payment solutions at ViVOtech; and founded the media player company, VVM Systems.

    Mr. McNeil holds graduate degrees in Engineering and Business from Stanford University and Santa Clara University, respectively. Prior to his technology career, he spent nearly a decade as a professional cyclist, competing worldwide with the U.S. National Cycling Team, representing the United States in two Cycling World Championships, and one world record.
     

    Takahito Iguchi, CEO, Telepathy Inc. (http://tele-pathy.us)
    Takahito Iguchi is CEO of Telepathy Inc., which launched its first product prototype -  the Telepathy One - at the 2013 SXSW conference in Austin, TX. Telepathy One is a new wearable social communication device which aims to visually connect people in real-time by encouraging hands-free, interactive communication. Takahito (aka. “Taka”) has been the creator and evangelist of several innovative multimedia platforms and web services companies including JUST Systems, and Digitao Limited, a blog publishing service, for which he was founder and CEO. Taka has over 20 years experience in providing consumer oriented services using cutting-edge technology. In 2008 he founded Tonchidot Corporation which developed the Sekai Camera service, a popular augmented reality application which has garnered over three million downloads in 88 countries. Mr. Iguchi holds a BA in Philosophy from Ritsumeikan University Kyoto.

    Matthew Diamond MD PhD, Misfit, Inc. (http://www.misfit.com/)

    Matthew Diamond MD PhD is a sports medicine physician and the medical lead at Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including the award-winning Shine, an elegant activity monitor. Matthew serves in national leadership roles in sports medicine and is on the faculty of New York University’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. An award-winning teacher and researcher of integrative medicine and mobile health, Matthew is passionate about helping people improve their mobility and performance through innovative, integrative medical treatments and the development of wearable devices that promote wellness.

    Location:
    Qualcomm Inc. Building B
    3165 Kifer Road Santa Clara, CA 95051-0804

    Agenda:
    6:30 PM Registration and Networking

    7:10pm Speaker I
    Greg McNeil, VP Global Technology and Platforms, Flextronics

    7:40pm Speaker II
    Kevin Lloyd, Co-Founder and Head of Technology, Whistle

    8:00pm Speaker III
    Takahito Iguchi, CEO, Telepathy Inc. 

    8:20pm Speaker IV
    Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD, Misfit Inc.

    No charge for SVForum members
    $20 at the door for non-SVForum members