Optimize Your Sleep Performance: Beautyrest SmartMotion™ Base

January 24, 2016

Innovation has led to the creation of the breakthrough sleep solution – Beautyrest SmartMotion™ base powered by Sleeptracker® technology. SmartMotion™ bases allow consumers to optimize their sleep through a fully integrated and non-invasive sleep tracking technology that translates their nighttime habits into life transforming solutions. With the technology seamlessly integrated into the base, Beautyrest SmartMotion™ base has the flexibility to work with any mattress. The SmartMotion base accurately tracks deep, light and REM sleep without the assistance of a wearable device or wires, making this a truly non-invasive sleep solution.

Equipped with accurate and powerful sleep tracking technology, Beautyrest SmartMotion™ bases offer a clear step-up story for adjustable bases at retail – all while remaining within the same price range as standard adjustable bases ($1,199 – $2,299).

“Beautyrest SmartMotion™ is a game-changer in an over commoditized category. This is technology unlike anything seen in the Market as it is seamlessly integrated into a motion base so you don’t need to wear anything to track your sleep. With it, we’re able to drive category growth and add true value to retailers and consumers alike,” said Jeff Willard, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Simmons Bedding Company, LLC (“Simmons”).

In addition to easily tracking your sleep to provide real-time feedback and tips to help you sleep better, SmartMotion™ bases boast:

Individualized Sleep Tracking
Advanced, non-invasive sensors accurately monitor up to two sleepers independently in order to display separate sleep data, reporting and coaching designed for improved sleep performance for both.

Integrated Sensors
Our sleep tracking sensors are integrated into the Base and undetectable during sleep. No wearable device is necessary so you sleep freely.

Sleep Cycle Alarm
Based on pre-selected earliest and latest wake times, our advanced alarm system detects when sleepers are in a light stage of sleep to wake them at the optimal moment to feel refreshed.

Customized Coaching
The SmartMotion™ System monitors your inputs (i.e. heart rate, respiration rate and movement), compares your sleep history with individuals like you and synthesizes your information into real-time solutions designed to help you achieve an improved level of sleep.

“The SmartMotion™ base powered by Sleeptracker® technology is the culmination of over 250 man years of research and development and delivers the first complete Sleeptracker® smartbed Internet of Things platform in the industry,” said Philippe Kahn, CEO and founder of Fullpower – the company behind Sleeptracker® technology.

Wear It’s At

January 21, 2016

Wearable technology is changing how we exercise, and even how we live—but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet

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We live in an age where technology is intertwined into almost every aspect of our lives. Perhaps the only place it hasn’t yet completely conquered is our own bodies. That may be why mainstream culture greeted certain wearable technology like Google Glass with distrust and even outright hostility—after all, once technology is on us, isn’t it only a matter of time before it’s in us, or simply is us?

But Philippe Kahn, best known as the inventor of the camera phone, and now CEO and founder of Santa Cruz-based Fullpower Technologies Inc., thinks that attitude is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. More and more consumers are embracing gadgets like FitBits, smart watches, smart beds, and even fitness-tracking smart shoes for their potential to revolutionize the fitness and health care industries. These wearables can track every aspect of daily life, from sleep patterns to steps taken to heart rate, calories burned, body weight, and time spent standing.

Meanwhile, Kahn’s company is already working on all sorts of ideas that will help usher in the next era of wearable tech. Why is he betting the industry will continue to grow? Because knowledge is power. When it comes to improving our health and lifestyles, extremely individualized data can go a long way. And when we decide to make a change and do something about it, wearable technology can provide immediate feedback on our progress.

“It’s simple and amazingly efficient,” Kahn tells GT. Wearable technology provides the kind of information that can get results fast, he says, which feeds its popularity. “Without any other changes, if Ms. and Mr. Everyone are just a little more active and sleep just a little more, health immediately improves.”

Whereas current fitness wristbands and watches collect data mainly through an accelerometer that tracks step-related movements or lack thereof, devices of the future will be able to distinguish among many different and diverse types of exercise, as well as provide data about blood sugar, hydration, hormone levels, and beyond. Additionally, whereas a current concern among wearable technology users and makers is a lack of privacy, the wearable tech of the future will use authentication techniques that are unique to every individual, such as heart rhythm.

Current wearable fitness trackers are fairly limited in the types of exercise they can track, and this is especially true if the exercise doesn’t involve taking steps. The next generation of wearable tech will not only be able to “learn” and measure new exercises performed by the wearer, it will also be able to more accurately track activities like weight lifting, swimming, and even something like playing an instrument that while usually performed stationary is nonetheless a legitimate workout for the upper body. Future fitness wearables will also be able to instantly access the wearer’s diet and medical history and even be able to “critically think” and provide advice. Smart sports gear is also just around the corner, such as a basketball that has an implanted computer and can track made baskets and provide feedback on shooting form, or a football that can help aspiring quarterbacks throw a tighter spiral.

PICTURE OF HEALTH

Exercise and sport aren’t the only frontiers for wearable technologies. They show even greater potential to improve personal health on a large scale because they provide a larger amount of more accurate data to a doctor or health care provider. As long as the patient consistently wears his or her health-and-fitness-tracking wearable technology, a doctor can easily use the data from the device to get a more accurate picture of the patient’s lifestyle. This will allow doctors to make better decisions and diagnoses than ever before. Eventually, wearable technology will allow doctors to treat patients remotely, without having to see them in person—transforming health care for travelers, those who find it difficult or impossible to visit a doctor’s office, and pretty much everyone else.

Some examples of cutting-edge health care wearable technology include body-worn sensors and contact lenses that monitor blood sugar levels and could revolutionize the care and management of diabetes, an increasingly common condition in America. Companies are also developing smart bras that track breast health, as well as wearable technology that could help a person quit smoking by detecting cravings and then releasing medication before the smoker falls off the wagon and lights up a cigarette. There is even ingestible technology being developed that is powered by stomach acid and could monitor the timing and consistency of when a person takes their medications. This could provide doctors with unprecedented information about the adherence to and effectiveness of prescribed therapies.

FUZZY DATA

Wearable technology, however, is still in its infancy, or, at most, its toddlerhood. And there are plenty of growing pains.

One challenge is the drive to constantly improve the accuracy of the data these devices provide. When current wearable technology can only provide estimates on steps taken, calories burned, or anything else, it simply isn’t good enough. This can be a major problem, especially if health care providers are basing recommendations for medication, exercise, diet, and lifestyle on the accuracy of this data.

“Accuracy is important, as that is key work that Fullpower focuses on more than any other company on the planet,” says Kahn. But for most current applications of wearable technology, he believes this issue shouldn’t be overblown. “Remember that the benefits come from being more active and sleeping a little longer, not necessarily understanding every detail of everything.”

At this point, there is little industry regulation and no governing body to make independent verifications of wearable technology data, and to make sure standards are upheld. Greater industry regulation with independently verified data will go a long way toward legitimizing the entire industry. “We sure hope this happens soon, as it will make Fullpower’s technology shine even more,” says Kahn. “My understanding is that there are a couple of labs who are evaluating the business opportunity.”

There is also the issue of interpretation of all this data—without it, the information is basically useless. “It’s not just quantified self-measuring, it’s using big data science to give meaningful insights,” explains Kahn. “For example, Fullpower’s new Sleeptracker® Smartbed will soon start being deployed by major bedding manufacturers and will provide lots of insights and tools to improve sleep.” Kahn says the insight the smart bed provides is based on data from more than 500 million nights of detailed recorded sleep, and calls it “the greatest sleep study ever.”

Wearable technology not only needs to be stylish, in Kahn’s view, it also needs to be at least somewhat invisible or at least seamlessly integrated into a person’s “look.” Making a one-size-fits-all product that also has universal aesthetic appeal is no small challenge. Just consider how many different companies sell widely diverse products that are all essentially either a shoe, a shirt, a hat, or anything else wearable.

“We believe that wearable tech and fashion are tied at the hip. We are focused on making non-invasive technology that is green, invisible and beautifully discreet,” says Kahn.

Battery life is another challenge. “Fullpower is working on energy harvesting off the host. It’s no different than getting solar energy to work in the home,” says Kahn. His company recently launched the Movado smartwatch that can run for over two years without a charge. Whether it’s using body heat, body movement, or some other source, renewable energy is a big part of the future of wearable technology.

WEARABLE FRONTIERS

As bright as the future may be for wearable fitness technology, the possibilities for merging man and machine on a larger scale may be even more astounding. For example, Lockheed Martin has developed an unpowered exoskeleton that makes heavy tools feel almost weightless, as if they are being used in zero gravity. This kind of technology could revolutionize many industries including construction, demolition, disaster cleanup, and first-responder situations. Still other exoskeletons are being used to help paraplegics regain the use of their legs and walk again. There is even wearable technology being developed that turns sound into patterns of vibration felt on the skin from a garment that, with training, can help the deaf “hear” the world around them in a similar way to how Braille turns letters and words on a page into tactile representations that allow the blind to “see.” Some people are even pushing the boundaries of our senses by implanting magnets into their fingertips in order to be able to “feel” electromagnetism.

The incredible neuroplasticity of the human brain allows for all of this remarkable technology to be seamlessly integrated into the brain’s representation of the body over time. For example, ask any experienced surfer where the body ends and they will all tell you that eventually the surfboard becomes an extension of the self. To them, the body does not end at the foot, it ends on the wave.

All of this seemingly space-age technology being closer to our doorstep than most of us thought begs the question: How much technology is too much technology? But the reality is that technology is in many ways the ultimate embodiment of everything it means to be human, showcasing our ingenuity, ambition and creativity. Wearable technology is only the latest expression of an age-old truth: We have always been natural born cyborgs, using technology to transcend ourselves and our biology.

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Mondaine Wins 2015 Good Design Award

January 5, 2016

Mondaine has received a 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award for the Helvetica No1 Smart watch. Mondaine has received a 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award for the Helvetica No1 Smart watch.

“Industrial design is about so much more than furniture and lighting,” commented Courtney Robinson, Marlox USA Marketing Director, Mondaine Brand. “Creating a truly good watch involves overcoming a lot of design challenges to reach innovative solutions, and we are honored that the Chicago Athenaeum recognized the Helvetica No1 Smart, Mondaine’s first connected device, with a 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award.”


Inside all Mondaine Helvetica No1 Smart watches is the latest in smart technology focused on monitoring activity and sleep, featuring MotionX activity tracking, Sleeptracker sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarms, get-active alerts, adaptive coaching and automatic time alignment – all the data from which can be backed up and stored in the MotionX cloud.

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The watch does not need to be recharged regularly, boasting a 2+ year battery life. It uses the horological smartwatch platform, power MotionX, which manages the bi-directional communication between the watch and whichever device, be it phone or tablet, it is connected to via the downloaded app. In complete contrast to other smart devices, where the data is shown digitally on the watch, the information is read in an analogue fashion via the sub dial.

Read the original article @ http://www.dexigner.com

Fullpower Receives Patent on a Sleep Monitoring System for Wearable and IoT to Improve a User’s Rest

December 2, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 2nd, 2015)- Fullpower® Technologies today announced it has been awarded another important patent covering a sleep monitoring system, including monitoring a user’s movement to determine when the user is falling asleep, as well as distinguishing between power naps and longer sleeps. This enables the user to optimize their sleep patterns, including setting wake up alarms allowing them to wake at the optimal time in their sleep cycle to feel more refreshed.

“This is one more important patent, as most wearables follow similar methodologies inspired by Fullpower’s Sleeptracker® pioneering efforts,” said Philippe Kahn, CEO and founder of Fullpower. “For IoT and the smart bed in particular, Fullpower’s IP portfolio continues to extend the Sleeptracker® technology platform.”

This patent is part of an intellectual property portfolio from Fullpower that includes more than 110 issued and pending patents. Broad coverage for the MotionX® Technology Platform and Sleeptracker® technology introduces a new and necessary approach for continuous activity and sleep monitoring and analysis, with applications spanning a variety of smartwatches, activity trackers, and the smart bed, as well as health and fitness, medical, business, lifestyle and navigation applications. Fullpower’s ongoing innovation translates into continually broadening and deepening of its technology and sensor-fusion patent portfolio.

Important Links:
www.fullpower.com
www.motionx.com

About Fullpower
Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable and IoT revolution. The MotionX end-to-end technology platform includes a suite of tightly coupled and integrated firmware, software, and communication components that are the building blocks for new breakthrough non-invasive, wearable wireless and IoT devices. The MotionX platform includes firmware, applications and cloud infrastructure. Fullpower drives wearable and IoT solutions for market leaders such as Nike, Serta, Simmons, Movado, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Mondaine, and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 110 patents relating to horological smartwatches, sleep monitoring, activity tracking, bands, pods, digital smartwatches, eyewear, clothing, sensor-fusion technologies, health, medical applications, wellness, and machine learning. More information at www.fullpower.com.

US Patent 9,192,326: Sleep Monitoring System.

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MOVADO MOTION SMARTWATCHES: MOTIONX POWERED

November 16, 2015

Movado Motion is a collection of fine Swiss made watches enhanced by smartwatch technology. Powered by MMT’s MotionX® technology platform, these iconic Movado watch designs deliver 24/7 MotionX activity monitoring. They are compatible with iOS 8 or later and Android 4.4.3 and later smart phones and tablets. Offering styles for men and women, the Movado Motion collection is priced from $995 to $2,495.

Simply intelligent, Movado Motion timepieces merge Swiss-made elegance and smartwatch technology. The modern analog dials feature a subdial with date indicator that also tracks steps and sleep activity towards fitness goals. Offering easy set-up and sync with a paired iOS or Android smart device, the collection includes the chic women’s Bellina and iconic men’s Museum Sport models.

MOVADO MOTION SMARTWATCHES: MOTIONX POWERED

Powered by MMT’s MotionX-365 technology platform, the water-resistant Movado Motion collection and app support automatic local time/date setting through sync with the paired smart device, steps activity tracking, sleeptracker® sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarms, get-active alerts, dynamic coaching, +2 years battery life, MotionX cloud back-up and restore.

Designed to wrap a women’s wrist with style and comfort, the modern Bellina Motion sport watch design is meticulously crafted in solid stainless steel with a bezel smoothly polished, or fully set with 80 dazzling diamonds, or in versatile two-toned stainless steel. All three models sport luxurious mother-of-pearl/silver sunray dials detailed by diamond-set markers and applied silver-toned or gold-toned indices, matching hands and flat dot at 12 o’clock, and a date indicator/smart activity counter subdial at 6 o’clock. Presented on a classic sport link bracelet, the stylish Movado Bellina seamlessly blends fine Swiss watch design with cutting-edge connectivity.

MOVADO MOTION SMARTWATCHES: MOTIONX POWERED

Movado’s iconic Museum Sport™ for men is available in three models, all featuring a black Museum dial® with iconic dot, minute reflector ring with white and bright orange printing, luminous hour/minute hands and date indicator/smartwatch activity counter subdial at 6 o’clock. Available with a stainless steel case topped by a black PVD-finished bezel on a perforated black rubber strap or a stainless steel deployment bracelet, or in a dramatic all-black-PVD bracelet model, the iconic Museum Sport is engineered for style and precision.

More details at http://www.movado.com/us/en/motion-news-motionx.html

Fullpower Receives Patent on Optimizing Power Management for Mobile Devices

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16th, 2015)- Fullpower® Technologies today announced it has been awarded an important patent covering a power management methodology for mobile devices. This provides a method and system to schedule tasks in the most power efficient way based on what the user is currently doing.

“Power management is critical for wearables like watches or intelligent clothing, for example,” said Philippe Kahn, CEO and founder of Fullpower. “Intelligent embedded operating systems are a quantum leap, and with this issued patent Fullpower extends its IP lead.” 
 
This patent is part of an intellectual property portfolio from Fullpower that includes more than 110 issued and pending patents. Broad coverage for the MotionX® Technology Platform and Sleeptracker® technology introduces a new and necessary approach for continuous activity and sleep monitoring and analysis, with applications spanning a variety of smartwatches, activity trackers, and the smart bed, as well as health and fitness, medical, business, lifestyle and navigation applications. Fullpower’s ongoing innovation translates into continually broadening and deepening of this sensor-fusion patent portfolio.

http://fullpower.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Fullpower-8689P048C-Patent-9183044.pdf

Important Links:
www.fullpower.com
www.motionx.com

About Fullpower
Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable and IoT revolution. The MotionX end-to-end technology platform includes a suite of tightly coupled and integrated firmware, software, and communication components that are the building blocks for new breakthrough non-invasive, wearable wireless and IoT devices. The MotionX platform includes firmware, applications and cloud infrastructure. Fullpower drives wearable and IoT solutions for market leaders such as Nike, Serta, Simmons, Movado, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Mondaine, and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 110 patents relating to horological smartwatches, sleep monitoring, activity tracking, bands, pods, digital smartwatches, eyewear, clothing, sensor-fusion technologies, health, medical applications, wellness, and machine learning. More information at www.fullpower.com.

US Patent 9,183,044: Optimizing Preemptive Operating System with Motion Sensing.

Additional Q&A
Q: Why is this patent significant?
A: Power management is critical for embedded devices, and optimizing the core embedded operating system for context is a breakthrough. 

Q: What are the potential use cases for the claims set forth in this patent?
A: Fullpower’s core context sensitive power management methodologies are key, for example, to long battery life for wearables like smartwatches, fitness bands, and intelligent clothing. 

Q: Is this IP already part of any products you’ve powered? If not, when do you plan to start incorporating it?
A: Yes, this IP is integrated in the Horological Smartwatch powered by MotionX and is one of the important reasons why we can achieve 2+ years of battery life with a simple coin-cell battery. 

Q: How does this patent fit in with the rest of the Fullpower IP portfolio?
A: This patent is another keystone in Fullpower’s broad wearable and IoT patent portfolio. 

Frederique Constant offers exclusive preview of its 2016 pre-Basel Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX®

November 13, 2015

Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant Geneve, known for its classical and refined timepieces of exceptional value, is delighted to present a new model of Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX®, as an exclusive preview of its 2016 novelties.

Frederique Constant offers exclusive preview of its 2016 pre-Basel Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX®

With the introduction of 5 new in-house calibers and the launch of the MotionX® powered Horological Smartwatch, 2015 was an important year for Frederique Constant. Indeed after three years of research and development, the brand was the first in the Swiss watch industry to introduce the Horological Smartwatch. The enthusiasm over this innovative timepiece has materialized over the last 6 months through incredible worldwide demand. To answer this need, Frederique Constant has decided to introduce a new model, which will undoubtedly please the eye of all classical timepiece lovers.

Blending modern and classic is the aspiring sentiment from this new Horological Smartwatch, which is crafted by hand from fine materials and comes with a promise of longevity.

This Horological Smartwatch comes with a 42mm highly-polished rose gold plated steel case and a captivating navy blue dial that features applied indexes and roman numerals. A convex sapphire crystal protects the delightfully beautiful dial. The watch is waterproof up to 50 metres and finished with a stunning blue alligator bracelet.

The Horological Smartwatch is built with the MMT-285 calibre, and powered by Fullpower’s end-to-end MotionX® technology platform, with a battery life that will keep your Horological Smartwatch running up for two and a half years before replacement, without the need to be charged.

By combining technology and our watchmaking tradition, the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch takes luxury and simplicity to a new level. Offering hours, minutes and date, the “smart” aspect of this watch comes from its ability to accurately track your activity and sleep patterns. The smaller dial at 6 o’clock on the watch dial shows the percentage of your activity or sleep against your goal in real-time. This data is also displayed in the attractive MotionX-365® app, available for iOS and Android, with simple and easy to understand graphics to highlight how much one has moved and slept during the day, week, or month. The MotionX® high-accuracy end-to-end solution that includes firmware, applications and cloud infrastructure includes over 110 patents and encapsulates 7 years of research and development of a leading Silicon Valley technology leader.

Once again, Frederique Constant has proven with this new Horological Smartwatch that passion and innovation can proudly integrate alongside maturity, age and beauty.

Frederique Constant offers exclusive preview of its 2016 pre-Basel Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX®

About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a family owned watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 19 different versions since 2004. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers.

About Fullpower-MotionX

Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable and IoT revolution. The MotionX end-to-end technology platform includes a suite of tightly coupled and integrated firmware, software, and communication components that are the building blocks for new breakthrough non-invasive, wearable wireless and IoT devices. The MotionX platform includes firmware, applications and cloud infrastructure. Fullpower drives wearable and IoT solutions for market leaders such as Nike, Serta, Simmons, Movado, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Mondaine, and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 110 patents relating to horological smartwatches, sleep monitoring, activity tracking, bands, pods, digital smartwatches, eyewear, clothing, sensor-fusion technologies, health, medical applications, wellness, and machine learning. More information at www.fullpower.com.

For more information, please visit our website or feel free to contact us directly. You can email Miss Annabel Corlay at corlay@frederique-constant.com.

Mondaine Group reveals smart new watch from Helvetica

October 30, 2015

Helen Pawson
The Moodie Report

Swiss watchmaker Mondaine showcased the brand’s first ever smart watch at last week’s TFWA World Exhibition.

The Helvetica No 1 Smart, which does not have a LED screen like other smart watches, features the Mondaine Helvetica Bold shape, a classic brushed matt steel case, white dial, sapphire crystal and a soft leather strap.

A sub dial at six o’clock is an analogue representation of the timepiece’s smart technology which features MotionX activity tracking, Sleeptracker sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarms, Get-Active alerts and Smart coaching. All the data can be backed up and stored in the MotionX cloud. The model has a battery life of over two years and is priced at €800.

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Helvetica No 1 Smart uses the horological smart watch platform, power MotionX, to manage the bi-directional communication between the watch and smart phone or tablet it is connected to via the downloaded app. The information is read in an analogue way via the sub dial, in contrast to regular smart devices where the data is shown digitally.

Developed by Swiss company Manufacture Movements Technologies (MMT), the horological smart watch platform is currently only licensed for use by Frederique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine.

Mondaine CEO Andre Bernheim commented: “This is a beautiful Swiss watch that is also connected and smart. Mondaine, founded by our father in 1951, introduced some of the world’s first LCD and LED watches and now we are doing something which is the next step in today’s watch industry. This is the first-ever Swiss-made horological smartwatch. It is a world first and Mondaine is proud to be at the forefront of this new technology, thanks to a collaboration with MMT.”

Pictured is the promotion taking place now at Zürich Airport, a top performing airport for sales of Mondaine and Luminox watches

Pictured is the promotion taking place now at Zürich Airport, a top performing airport for sales of Mondaine and Luminox watches.

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Europe and Asia are Mondaine’s strongest markets in travel retail, with the brand listed at all airports in Korea. Mondaine Global Sales Manager Travel Retail Beat Schärer said the company would like to strengthen its position in Asia.

Read the rest of the article @The Moodie Report

ACAP Health and Fullpower Announce MotionX®-MÜV Solution for the Healthcare Industry

October 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 13th, 2015)- ACAP Health and Fullpower Technologies introduced today MotionX®-MÜV, a new, cloud-based solution for employers to encourage less sedentary behavior and a more healthy, active lifestyle for employees. The partnership between Fullpower and ACAP Health creates a unique opportunity in the healthcare industry to lower cost and improve long-term employee well-being with natural and meaningful incentives. The MotionX-BYOD integration supporting iPhone, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Android and Jawbone makes corporate adoption a no-brainer.

MotionX®-MÜV is a new cloud-based solution developed by Fullpower Technologies of Silicon Valley and marketed to the healthcare industry by ACAP Health. The MotionX®-MÜV mission is to help employers create an office mentality focused on improved health and activity by offering a fun, activity solution with real incentives and rewards that is based on the most recent clinical science.

“Most people are familiar with public health recommendations to complete physical activity each week,” said Tim Church, M.D., Ph.D, M.P.H, Chief Medical Officer at ACAP Health and one of the country’s leading physicians in exercise and obesity research. “However, what many people don’t know is that research also shows that leisure physical activity can’t compensate for high amounts of sitting. Extended sitting is strongly associated with the risk of mortality.”
“Fullpower looked for innovative partners in the healthcare industry for our MotionX®-MÜV cloud-based solution, and the ACAP Health team jumped out,” said Philippe Kahn, CEO and founder of Fullpower-MotionX. “The MotionX-MÜV cloud-based solution is based on what we learned from data-science collected from our patented advanced machine methodologies applied to over 250 million days of activity and nights of sleep. The science told us that Ms. and Mr. Everyone perform best when they focus on three modalities: M for Moving often, at least every hour; Ü for Units of daily activity or steps, take at least 7,000 steps a day; and V for Vigor in daily steps, aim for 30 minutes of vigorous walking spread out through the day.”

Powered by MotionX®, the cloud-based MotionX®-MÜV solution delivers BYOD by supporting iPhones or Android, the Apple Watch and leading trackers such as Fitbit and Jawbone. This flexibility allows organizations to get started immediately in the most cost effective way.

About ACAP Health
ACAP Health Consulting is a healthcare consulting firm aligning major healthcare stakeholders including employers, insurers, medical providers, pharmaceutical companies and others with measurable solutions that lower the cost of healthcare benefits. ACAP Health’s ultimate goal is to flatten the trajectory of healthcare trend by reversing the production of disease in America. ACAP Health connects clients with the medical providers and programs that give them the best chance of getting better—in an affordable way.

About Fullpower
Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable and IoT revolution. The MotionX platform includes a suite of tightly coupled and integrated firmware, software, and communication components that are the building blocks for new breakthrough non-invasive, wearable wireless and IoT devices with ultra-long battery life. Fullpower drives wearable and IoT solutions for market leaders such as Nike, Serta, Simmons, MMT, Alpina, Frederique Constant, Mondaine, Jawbone, and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 100 issued and pending patents relating to sleep monitoring, activity tracking, bands, pods, smartwatches, eyewear, clothing, sensor-fusion technologies, health, medical applications, wellness, and machine learning.

Mach was aus dir!

September 8, 2015

The first cameraphone image, taken by Philippe Kahn

Philippe Kahn

Philippe Kahn wanderte einst illegal in die USA ein. Heute ist er eine der Ikonen des Silicon Valley – und entscheidet mit darüber, wie Mensch und Maschine sich miteinander vernetzen.

Philippe Kahn hat sich auf sein Fahrrad geschwungen und ist die 3,5 Kilometer von seinem Haus am Hafen ins Büro gefahren, in der Innenstadt der kalifornischen Küstenstadt Santa Cruz. Es ist Mittag, Kahn muss erst einmal etwas essen und lässt sich eine Platte Sushi kommen. Er habe die ganze Nacht durchgearbeitet, sagt er und lacht dröhnend – ‘um herauszufinden, wie man besser schläft’. Denn er tüftelt gerade an einem ‘smarten Bett’, also an einer Liegestatt, die den Schlaf der Menschen verbessern soll.

Wie das genau funktioniert, will er nicht sagen. Fest steht er nur, dass er das Bett nicht selber auf den Markt bringen, sondern dies einem bekannter Hersteller überlassen will. ‘Wir sind die Leute hinter den Kulissen’, sagt Kahn.


 

Ein Moment, zwei Gerburten Mit dem briefmarkengroßen Foto, das er am 11 Juni 1997 via Mobilfunk verschickt, schreibt Phillipe Kahn Geschichte. Er kombiniert eine Casio Digitalkamera, mit der er seine Tochter fotografiert, mit einem Toshiba-Laptop und einem Motorola-Handy.

Das ist wahr und eine Untertreibung zugleich. Ob künftige Smartbetten, digitale Fitnessbänder von Nike und Jawbone, Schweizer Uhren von Mondaine, Alpina und Frederique Constant und nahezu jedem Mobiltelefon – überall stecken Ideen oder Technologien von Kahn drin.

Zugleich ist Kahn, 63 Jahre alt, Typ zausiger Bär, eine der Legenden des Silicon Valley. Er hat einst eines der größten Softwareunternehmen der Welt aufgebaut und mit dem Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates die Klingen gekreuzt. Er hat die Fotografie mit dem Mobiltelefon erfunden.

Und nun, Anfang 60, ist Kahn das technische Hirn der sogenannten Quantified-self-Bewegung, jener schnell wachsenden Gemeinde, die alles an sich selbst messen, aufzeichnen und optimieren will – von den Schritten beim Spazierengehen, den Höhenmetern beim Treppensteigen, dem Puls beim Sprinten oder der Atemfrequenz beim Schlafen.

Mit 63 noch erfolgreich trotz Jugendwahn

Die Sensoren dafür und die Analysesoftware liefert Kahns Unternehmen namens Fullpower Technologies, das er 2003 in Santa Cruz gründete. Weil die neue Apple Watch schon nach 18 Stunden an die Ladestation muss, forscht er zum Beispiel gerade an einer Möglichkeit, die Zeit auf zwei Jahre auszudehnen. ‘Ich glaube, dass Messfunktionen einfach da sein müssen, ohne dass sich ihr Nutzer ständig sorgen muss, ob sie überhaupt einsatzbereit sind und funktionieren’, sagt Kahn. Damit definiert er die Handlungsmaxime für jene, die derzeit im Silicon Valley die Trends vorgeben. Mal wieder. Wie schafft man das auch noch mit 63 ausgerechnet in einem Fleckchen Erde wie dem Silicon Valley, in dem der Jugendwahn herrscht?

Kein Mann für den Flugzeugträger
So dröhnend Kahn im direkten Gespräch wirkt, so gerne arbeitet er im Hintergrund. In den Achtziger- und Neunzigerjahren befehligte er schon einmal 4000 Mitarbeiter eines Softwarehauses namens Borland, das er mitgegründet hatte und mit dem er eine halbe Milliarde Dollar pro Jahr umsetzte. Doch dabei habe er sich gefühlt ‘wie auf einem Flugzeugträger’, erinnert er sich, ‘schwer beweglich und nur Beton um mich herum’.

Heute hat Kahn 100 Mitarbeiter unter sich, zumeist Elektroingenieure, Informatiker, Mediziner, Datenspezialisten und Mechatroniker. ‘Ich würde es gern nur mit drei Mitarbeitern machen’, sagt er ‘aber das geht natürlich nicht.’ Darum fühle er sich wohl mit seiner jetzigen Mannschaft. Er reite gern ‘mit der richtigen Ausrüstung auf einer großen Welle’.

Das erste Foto via Mobilfunk

Der ambitionierte Surfer hat schon etliche Wellen geritten, keine Monsterwellen, dazu sei er ‘zu feige’, allerdings sehr große im Pazifik – und ganz große im IT-Geschäft. Neben dem deutschen Informatiker und Unternehmer Andreas von Bechtolsheim zählt er zu den Europäern, die Amerikas IT-Hochburg Silicon Valley mitgeprägt haben. Dass es soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook, Instagram oder Snapchat gibt, dass das Smartphone boomt, all das geht auch auf Kahn zurück – und auf seinen Ehrgeiz, die Geburt seiner dritten Tochter Sophie so schnell wie möglich direkt aus dem Krankenhaus in Santa Cruz seinen Verwandten, Freunden und Fans mitzuteilen.

Mit dem briefmarkengroßen Foto, das er am 11. Juni 1997 via Mobilfunk übers Internet verschickt, schreibt Kahn Geschichte. Er kombiniert eine Casio-Digitalkamera, mit der er seine Tochter fotografiert, mit einem Toshiba-Laptop und einem Motorola-Startac-Handy. Die Aufnahme sendet er nicht per E-Mail in die Postfächer seiner rund 2000 Bekannten, Freunde und Partner. Denn ‘die Kosten wären damals astronomisch gewesen’, sagt Kahn. Stattdessen publiziert er das Konterfei seines Töchterchens auf einer Webseite, auf die nur Freunde und Bekannte Zugriff haben. Die können das Foto so dann betrachten und herunterladen. Im Grunde funktionieren heute alle sozialen Netzwerke nach diesem Prinzip.

Ein Babyfoto war der Anfang
Ein Babyfoto war der Anfang

Für Kahn ist es eine Initialzündung. Er tauft seine Erfindung PictureMail und vermarktet sie über sein damaliges Unternehmen Lightsurf an Mobiltelefongesellschaften. 2005 verkauft er Lightsurf an den US-Internet-Infrastrukturanbieter Verisign und streicht dafür 270 Millionen Dollar ein.

Das Babyfoto und das schlaffördernde Bett sind nur zwei Stationen einer außergewöhnlichen Karriere, die mit der illegalen Einwanderung aus Europa 1982 begann und inzwischen in der Galerie der Multimillionäre des Silion Valley angekommen ist. Der Vater Ingenieur, die Mutter eine Kämpferin im französischen Untergrund, die das Vernichtungslager Auschwitz überlebt hat, ist Kahn gerade 13 Jahre alt, als seine Maman stirbt. Der Halbwaise macht Abitur, studiert Mathematik und Musik und unterrichtet danach Mathematik an der Universität im südfranzösischen Nizza.

Software statt Käse und Wein

Doch das füllt Kahn nicht aus, also beginnt er in der Freizeit zu programmieren. Zwar will er nie Unternehmer werden, sein Vater ist überzeugter Sozialist. Wohl aber verspürt er den Drang, etwas Neues zu kreieren, am besten in der IT-Branche. In Frankreich ist das schwer zu dieser Zeit. ‘Mit Wein oder Käse hätte ich vielleicht eine Chance gehabt, nicht aber mit Software’, erinnert sich Kahn. Als ihm immer mehr Freunde empfehlen, doch ins Silicon Valley zu gehen, folgt er ihrem Rat schließlich. ‘Irgendwann habe ich gesagt: Okay, dann mache ich das eben’, sagt er. Anfang 1982 kauft er sich ein Ticket nur für den Hinflug, seine Frau, die beiden Töchter und der Hund bleiben zu Hause.

Der Selbstoptimierer, Internetunternehmer Kahn is seiner PrivatwohnungDer Selbstoptimierer, Internetunternehmer Kahn is seiner Privatwohnung

 

Vom Einwanderer zum erfolgreichen Berater

Es folgt die typische Odyssee vieler spontaner Einwanderer in den USA. Weil Kahn keine Arbeitserlaubnis besitzt, produziert er für einen Computershop Druckerkabel, die damals noch nicht genormt sind. Doch die Einnahmen reichen nicht zum Leben. Kahn schreibt 105 Bewerbungen, bis ihn schließlich ein koreanischer Familienunternehmer einstellt, der sich auf Computer sowie Software spezialisiert hat und selbst keine Arbeitsgenehmigung hat. ‘Dort habe ich nicht nur Koreanisch gelernt, sondern auch richtig hartes Arbeiten’, sagt Kahn. Ein knappes Jahr später hat er das Geld, um seine Familie aus Frankreich nachzuholen.

Irgendwann hat Kahn das Business mit IT so verinnerlicht, dass er beschließt, europäische Unternehmer zu beraten, die in die USA streben. Er nennt seine Firma frech MIT, was für ‘Market In Time’ steht, frei übersetzt: zur richtigen Zeit auf den Markt. Es dauert nicht lange, bis sich das richtige MIT, die berühmte US-Forschungshochburg Massachusetts Institute of Technology, beschwert und eine Namensänderung fordert.

Mit Turbo Pascal gegen Microsoft

Kahns erste Kunden sind drei Dänen, die ihr irisches Softwarehaus Borland in die USA bringen wollen. Borland hat sich auf Programme für Softwareentwickler spezialisiert. Kahn übernimmt die Führung des Unternehmens. Dessen Programmiersprache Turbo Pascal wird schnell weltberühmt, die Informationsmanagementsoftware Sidekick ein Bestseller, die Datenbanksoftware Paradox ein weiterer Knaller. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre beschäftigt Borland 4000 Mitarbeiter, setzt eine halbe Milliarde Dollar um, ist das drittgrößte Softwareunternehmen der Welt. Kahn rast abwechselnd in einem weißen Porsche oder auf einem Honda-Motorrad durch die Berge von Santa Cruz, konkurriert in Segelwettbewerben in Hawaii – und greift Marktführer Microsoft an.

Doch dann kommt der Moment, an dem Kahn erkennt, ‘dass wir gegen Bill Gates nie gewinnen werden, zumindest solange nicht, wie er mit Microsoft das dominierende Betriebssystem kontrollierte’. Also empfiehlt er seinem Aufsichtsrat, alle Entwicklungsressourcen auf das damals noch junge Internet zu konzentrieren. Doch seine Partner wollen nicht. ‘Wenn sich der ganze Aufsichtsrat gegen einen stellt, bleibt einem keine andere Wahl, als zu gehen’, sagt Kahn. Für ihn ist das bitter. Er muss erkennen: ‘Mit einem Unternehmen ist es wie mit Kindern. Die wachsen auf, und man kann sie nicht mehr kontrollieren.’

“Das Beste, was mir je passiert ist”

Doch der Franzose ist inzwischen so amerikanisiert, dass er die Niederlage als neue Chance begreift. Neben einer Abfindung erhält er die Geschäftseinheit von Borland, die sich auf den Onlinedatenabgleich zwischen IT-Geräten spezialisiert hat. Daraus macht er die Softwarefirma Starfish. 1998 veräußert er Starfish für 325 Millionen Dollar an den damaligen Handyhersteller Motorola. ‘Der Rauswurf bei Borland war das Beste, was mir passiert ist’, meint Kahn im Rückblick. ‘Auch wenn mir das erst später bewusst wurde.’

<strong>Bloß kein Rislkokapital</strong>
Sein Erfolgsgeheimnis in all den Jahren beschreibt Kahn ebenso knapp wie überraschend: ‘keinerlei Wagniskapital’. Zwar sei Risikokapital fantastisch, ‘aber man macht sich abhängig von den Geldgebern’. Vor allem aber zwinge das viele Kapital die Gründer, viel zu schnell zu expandieren und übereilt Mitarbeiter einzustellen. ‘Unfähige Mitarbeiter sind das absolute Gift’, sagt Kahn. ‘Sie saugen Energie aus einem raus, weil sie ihren Job nicht richtig machen, und verschlechtern das Betriebsklima.’

Können statt Doktortiteln

Kahn nimmt sich deshalb viel Zeit, wenn er neue Mitarbeiter einstellt, und testet die Kandidaten manchmal sogar mit Denksportaufgaben. Neulich hat er eine Datenspezialistin angeheuert. Sie setzte sich gegen Mitbewerber durch, die mit beeindruckenden Lebensläufen und Doktortiteln glänzten. Anstatt das Problem, mit dem er sie konfrontiert habe, weiter zu verkomplizieren, habe sie es vereinfacht und logisch durchdacht, lobt Kahn. ‘Solche Leute braucht man.’

Zu solchen Leuten zählt Kahn auch Sonia Lee, seine zweite Ehefrau und Mutter jener Tochter, deren Foto er gleich nach der Geburt im Cyberspace verbreitete. Kahn lernte die koreanischstämmige Frau, die in den USA Malerei studiert hatte, in seiner dunkelsten Phase kennen, in der Zeit des Rauswurfs bei Borland. Sie beriet damals IT-Unternehmen beim Börsengang, indem sie deren Geschäftsideen in Grafiken und Schaubildern umsetzte. Dabei lernte sie auch, Unternehmensstrategien zu verstehen. ‘Sonia hält mich auf Kurs’, sagt Kahn, ‘sie fordert mich heraus.’

Ein Gründer braucht Glück

Die neue Frau an seiner Seite gründete zwar Kahns Firmen von Starfish früher bis Fullpower heute mit, hält sich aber stets im Hintergrund. Sie begeistert sich nicht übermäßig für die Passion ihres Ehemanns, das Surfen, umso mehr für Musik. Fast jeden Abend bringt sie Kahn dazu, mit ihr zu musizieren – sie auf dem Cello, er auf der Flöte. Das Saxofon, mit dem er in den Neunzigerjahren auf den Partys bei Borland aufspielte und sogar eine CD herausbrachte, hat er aufgegeben.

Kahn kann nicht sagen, wie lange er die Welle der digitalen Gimmicks noch reiten will. Er habe nie Unternehmen gegründet, um diese zu verkaufen, behauptet er. ‘Es kamen immer Interessenten, bei denen ein Verkauf strategisch Sinn ergab.’ Das Wichtigste, was ein Gründer brauche, findet er, sei ‘Glück’. Er habe lange über die Rolle des Glücks im Leben nachgedacht. Wolle man lieber von der Natur mit Klugheit gesegnet sein oder lieber mit viel Glück?

‘Ich kenne viele supersmarte Leute, die ständig unzufrieden mit sich sind’, sagt Kahn. ‘Wenn ich die Wahl hätte, wäre ich deshalb lieber dumm und glücklich.’

-Hohensee, Matthias

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