UK Makes Top Wearables

Intel are running their International “Make it Wearable”  competition and have whittled the finalists down to ten. They incidentally at this stage get $50,000 plus an intensive incubation process, including virtual Lean Startup education from UC Berkeley to assist with the project.. The ultimate 1st 2nd & 3rd projects receive $500,000, $200,000 and $100,000. The winners of this main Development Track (Build it) will be announced on November 3rd with a gala event on 11/11.

Of the twenty seven listed countries the finalists come from a superb seven as follows:

The three UK projects are:

  • blocksSnapable Platform / Modular Smartwatch
  • open bionicsRobotic Hand
  • vumbl Sports & Activity Smartnecklace

Here are some of their videos

We understand that Intel finalist videos are being prepared for all & will add these as they become available.


open bionics


vumbl is a discrete device worn on the neck. Like a sixth sense, vumbl intuitively guides people to where they need to be, using touch. vumbl delivers considerable value beyond navigation, with the potential to become the wearable hub for the smartphone.

Intel video expected in next week or so & will then be added.

Incidentally there is an Estonian connection here as they are benefiting from an accelerator project (Build it) over there which is interesting.

The project finalist which is getting quite a bit of the publicity is the USA’s  Nixie which is a sort of wearable drone! Here’s their (Intel) video


We think anyone of our three would be a worthy winner #GoUK!

Emergent Breaking News

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As we all know the internet is probably the most prolific conveyor of rumours in the universe!

Well Craig Silverman (a fellow with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University) is researching this seriously and is on a mission “ …to conduct research into how news organizations deal with rumours and unconfirmed information,  and to identify best practices for how journalists can debunk misinformation.

The result will be a research paper published in 2015, which will be available for free online. I will also be a launching a public-facing website where anyone can view the data being collected for the project.”

The website is where you can check up on many of the latest rumours to ascertain their status in terms of True, False, Unverified.

You can also  click on:

  • a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source.
  • individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article.

You can also even tweet your “unconfirmed reports” @EmergentDotInfo and get updates on current rumours status.

UPDATE: New York Times (the Upshot) article – Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online

For regular updates on the project register here.

Keep an I on our Week, Ryder Cup Europe edition

Our most popular articles this week were:

As it’s Ryder Cup weekend we’ll leave you with the Gleneagles aerial film of all three courses and for the devotees, here’s a link to all 18 holes of the Centenary course from Golf Monthly

The UK Tech Cool Brands they are a-changin’!

CoolBrands® published their latest assessment  (2014-2015) of the Coolest UK brands earlier this week.

“The UK’s CoolBrands are chosen by an Expert Council of influencers and members of the British public. Brands do not apply or pay to be considered. The entire selection process is independently administered by The Centre for Brand Analysis.”

The results (pdf) and the selection criteria and some selected Brands and the Expert Panel details appear on their site.

Many of the of the previous incumbents have fallen out of the top 20 including Twitter, BBC’s iPlayer (shame), and Spotify and as far as we can see Amazon has disappeared altogether!

In the top twenty, Techs have dropped by one to a mere 6 this year but continue to have 4 in the top ten with netflix replacing twitter.

Apple continues its dominance retaining the #1 spot but what of 2015 – we shall see!.

The overall Tech content has increased somewhat in that, on our wide definition, it looks as if just under 8% this year (47) of those considered come from this sector whereas previously it was nearer 6.5%.

The overall numbers have contracted from we reckon 712 last year to 610 currently.

Of the dozen or so new Tech entrants this year the ones which caught our eye (with CoolBrands categories) included:

The last two we are pleased to report are home grown, so as to speak.

We’ll leave you with (a) peak behind the scenes at Rockett St George’s …… and (b) an explanation from Mr & Mrs Smith!

Internet Sales down for third consecutive month

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) l published  at the end of last week the monthly retail sales figures for August (pdf) Full details  are available on the ONS site.

Overall figures showed an increase in sales volumes of  0.4% (including fuel) on last month which according to Bloomberg was in line with estimates. Rather than the weather the EU got some credit for an increase in high powered vacuum sales ahead of new restrictions coming into effect in the near future.

The ONS on their preferred quarterly view noted continuing significant growth ” This year-on-year increase is now the 17th month of consecutive year-on-year growth and when this is coupled with the 18 months of consecutive rolling 3-months on 3-months growth it would be true to say that the underlying picture is one of growth.”

All the internet figures we quote are now the new seasonally adjusted statistics issued by the ONS. January 2014 was the one year in six when an extra week occurs statistically and we have annotated our headline graph to show an approximately comparable level of sales.

Our Internet sales headlines:

  • Internet sales fall again at only 11% of all retail sales down from their all time high of 11.4% back in May.
  • Internet sales down for third month in a row and are now 2.6% below the May level (July & August both down by 1.3%)
  • Reduction is entirely in Non Store Retailing sector which includes the likes of Amazon and other wholly online retailers. The reduction from May is 8.2%. The rate of decrease seems to be accelerating and this month showed a reduction month on month of 12.8%.
  • Internet food sales continue at  their all time high levels and reached  £109.3 million and are over £100 million a week for the eleventh  consecutive month
  • For every £1 spent in the online retail sector 48 pence was spent on non-store retailing 37 pence in non food stores and 15 pence in food stores!
  • We do think the ONS needs to do more analysis of internet sales as already half are effectively categorised as sales by online retailers virtually irrespective of the underlying goods or services! These average YoY growth figures of over 20% but now show signs of  the beginning of negative growth

August and year to date stats for internet sales:

  • Months sales 11.0% (11.2% last month 10.6 % a year ago) of all retail sales
  • Monthly year on year increase of 8.3% (12.9% last month 21.9 % a year ago)
  • Year to date increase on 2013 is 12.1%
  • Moving Annual total increases (1) on July 2014 annualised +6.2% (2) on July 2013 +15.5%
  • The UK’s *largest online retailer is included in the group Non-store retailing and this sector shows growth of only 4.3% on 2013 this month and accounts for nearly 50% of all online retail sales. This is an area which SHOULD just grow & grow unless further analysis is undertaken of this channel!

The ONS words this month are:

Key points

The proportion of sales made online fell by 0.2% to account for 11.0% of all sales in August 2014. Despite this fall in the proportion of sales, the amount spent online increased by 8.3% in August 2014 compared with August 2013.  

Internet Sales

Seasonally adjusted Internet sales data are provided within this release. These seasonally adjusted estimates are published in the RSI internet tables and include:

  • A seasonally adjusted value index; and
  • Year-on-year and month-on-month growth rates.

Internet sales are estimates of how much was spent online through retailers across all store types in Great Britain. The reference year is 2010=100.

Key Points

  • Average weekly spending online in August 2014 was £707.7 million. This was an increase of 8.3% compared with August 2013.
  • The amount spent online accounted for 11.0% of all retail spending excluding automotive fuel, compared with 10.6% in August 2013.
  • The online spend in textile, clothing and footwear stores increased by 27.3% year-on-year, feedback from retailers suggested that this was due to orders for children’s fancy dress costumes.

Table 4 shows the year-on-year growth rates for total Internet sales by sector and the proportion of sales made online in each retail sector.

Table 4: Summary of Internet Statistics for August 2014 (seasonally adjusted)

We have added our annotations to the ONS table – The bold categories/ figures in the table are the primary constituents of the total (ie (a) + (b) + (c) = All retailing). Dept. stores, Textile etc, Household etc and Other stores are simply an analysis of (b) All non-food.

We have also added the weekly Internet sales figures by sector and the proportion they represent of all online sales.

Sector summary

The non-store retailing sector comprises of stalls and markets, mail order and those retailers that sell mainly online.

+ Whilst the ONS will not confirm the names of specific retailers within categories they did say that retailers selling wholly online with no physical outlets would be included in the Non store retailing category along with eg online  mail order retailers.

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The moving annual total, which we report, moved up again (it has increased EVERY MONTH since January 2009  to an all time high of £36.7.billion an increase in the month  of  0.6% annualised 6.2%. The average this year is 13.1%. The long term compound average growth rate is around 23%.

The published weekly figure was £708 million which was well below our estimate but due to historic revisions the moving annual total came out just £0.1 billion below our estimate.

The average monthly increase this year is  now down to 0.5% and we are uncertain as to whether this is a continuing trend we’re looking for some recovery next month so we’re  going for £730 million in September and a moving annual total of close to £37 billion.

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We have again included our experimental graph (e & o e!) showing the relative internet and non-internet, moving annual total, sales from late 2007 by month. As before it highlights that high street sales have been and continue to go nowhere! As, we have mentioned before, the Boston Consulting Group forecast  in their report (The $4.2 Trillion opportunity)  that this trend is likely to continue with the high streets market share contracting at around 2.75% a year from 2010 through 2016. Due to the exceptional 5 week month in Jan 2014 there is a 6 yearly jump to allow for the 53rd week!

Further details and explanations are either in the ONS release on the statistics or on their website. As previously mentioned a retail convention of a 4, 4, 5 week quarter is used by the ONS (March June September and December are 5 week months). To cater for the inconvenience of years not having 364 days every 6 years or so an extra week is included in the statistics. The ONS adds this in January which happened this year the previous one being in 2008.

Keep an I on our Week, #indyref edition

Our top articles this week were:

Our Tech Rich List for 2014 continues to be popular, and Peek’s Vision still attracts many eyes.


Should Scotland be an independent country?

The results

Post Results analysisHow Scotland voted & why – Lord Ashcroft Polls (pdf)

18 September

  • Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm
  • Across Scotland’s 32 local authorities, there will be 2,608 polling places/stations in local schools and halls, with a total of 5,579 individual polling stations inside.
  • 4,285,323 people have registered to vote.
  • 109,533 16 & 17 year olds have registered to vote
  • 789,024 have registered for a postal vote.
  • 4,410,288 people over 16, it is estimated, are resident in Scotland,


Apparently there are no exit polls being conducted so the likely first stat to be divulged will be turnout.

In the last three elections the Scottish figures were:

  • UK General Election 2010 – 63.8%
  • Scottish Parliament General Election 2011 – 50.6%
  • European Parliament Elections 2014 – 33.5%

It is widely expected that turnout today will be high some even estimating it could be above 80%.

The University of Reading have done some analysis of historic turnout and have detailed some of the records which may be at risk. We think it will be over 70%.

Grab your dot uk domain rights and certificates NOW

Nominet have started (from September 16) to email all eligible uk domain registrants (ie that’s etc domain owners) letting them know that:

  • The short .uk equivalent of their UK domain has been reserved for them
  • This reservation is free, and they are under no obligation to pay anything extra, unless they choose to register the short .uk domain with a registrar
  • Registrants should contact a domain registrar or hosting company if they wish to register the .uk domain. However, they have time to think about it as the reservation will last until 10 June 2019, provided they continue their existing domain registration.

Each email for some (practical?) reason will only list up to a maximum of 5 domain names but you can access their Online Services in any case where initially you can use the “… first time logging in “ facility to set up your own password after which a complete list of domains is accessible.

It has editing facilities and is we thought rather useful.

Other Nominet links that you may need (together with a repeat of the online Services facility are:

The, sort of, icing on the cake is that you can download your very own certificate signed by ….. Lesley Cowley the past Chief Executive of Nominet!

Whilst Nominet stress that the .uk rights will continue until June 2019 (as long as the domain name is continually registered) we think there is much to be said for grabbing them NOW! This will need to be done through your registrar.

Incidentally if as with ourselves certain domains were registered without one’s own email address as the contact point it will be appropriate to contact the registrar used to progress matters.

We haven’t yet received any of the promised emails but may update this post on discovery!

Live Digital #LFW SS15

London Fashion Week (September 12 -16 2014) Spring/Summer 2015

The Digital Schedule features the definitive selection of the best SS15 fashion films and digital presentations showcased in the BFC Presentation and Digital Space and off-site venues. The rebroadcasts of the SS15 shows are screened between live streams of catwalk shows. (For daily details and times of LIVE SS15 presentations  see below.)

As the week is over a summary of the event is now shown below.

There have been some teething problems with the live screening so here’s a link to the main British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week livestream just in case!


Day 5 – Tuesday September 16

  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Anya Hindmarch   

11.00 – 12.00   Fifi Chachnil Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 11:00   LIVE STREAM: – Simone Rocha      
  • 11.30 – 12.30   #LFW Talks Digital: 3 – Courtyard Show Space

12.00 – 13.00   Auria Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: Marques’Almeida   

13.00 – 14.00   Claire Barrow Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Fashion East         
  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: – Emilio de la Morena        
  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Ashish      
  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – Meadham Kirchhoff          

17.00 – 18.00   Wedgwood and Headonism Craftsmanship Film Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 17:00   LIVE STREAM: H by Hakaan Yildirim        

Day 4 – Monday September 15

  • 09:00   LIVE STREAM: – Antonio Berardi   

10:00 – 12:00 Designer Showrooms Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Roksanda Ilincic   
  • 11:00   LIVE STREAM: – Erdem Moralioglu            

12.00 – 13.00   Charlotte Simone Screening    BFC Presentation Space
12.00 – 13.00   #LFW Talks Digital: 2 – Courtyard Show Space

  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: – Michael van der Ham       
  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Burberry Prorsum

14.00 – 15.00   Matar Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: Issa

15:00 – 16:00 Timur Kim Screening – BFC Presentation Space
16:00 – 17:00 Omer Asim Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – Thomas Tait         
  • 17:00   LIVE STREAM: – Peter Pilotto         
  • 18:00   LIVE STREAM: – GILES      
  • 19:00   LIVE STREAM: -Tom Ford  

20.30 – 23.00   Fashion Film Launch

Day 3 – Sunday September 14

  •   9.00    LIVE STREAM:  -  Preen Thornton Bregazzi
  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Margaret Howell  
  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: – Marios Schwab    

13.30 – 14.30   Estethica Film Showcase – BFC Presentation Space

13.30 – 14.30   #LFW Talks Digital: -  Courtyard Show Space

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: – Temperley London           

15.00 – 18.00   Edeline Lee Digital Presentation – River Terrace, Somerset House

  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Topshop Unique
  • 15.15   LIVE STREAM: – Ashley Williams
  • 17.00 LIVE STREAM: – Vivienne Westwood Red Label
  • 18:00   LIVE STREAM: – Mary Katrantzou   

18.30 – 20.30   Rejina Pyo Digital Presentation  – BFC Presentation Space

  • 19:00   LIVE STREAM: – David Koma         
  • 20:00   LIVE STREAM: – Jonathan Saunders            
  • 20:30   LIVE STREAM: – Pringle of Scotland           

21.00   Tessa Edwards Digital Presentation  – King’s College

Day 2 – Saturday September 13

  • 9.00     LIVE STREAM: – Barbara Casasola
  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Jasper Conran
  • 12.00   LIVE STREAM: – Julien Macdonald
  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Sibling      

13.30 – 15.30   HEMYCA Digital Presentation – See Invitation

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM:- Hunter Original  (Hunter-Boots show video)
  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Holly Fulton         
  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – J.W.Anderson
  • 16:30   LIVE STREAM: – 1205

17.30 – 19.30   Phoebe English Digital Presentation   – BFC Presentation Space

  • 17:30   LIVE STREAM: – Nasir Mazhar        
  • 18:30   LIVE STREAM: – House of Holland

19.30 – 23.00   Claire Barrow Film Preview and Presentation – Marylebone Gardens

  • 19:30   LIVE STREAM: – Lucas Nascimento
  • 20.30   LIVE STREAM: – Marchesa
  • 21:00   LIVE STREAM: – KTZ          

DAY 1 – Friday  September 12

  1. 10:00   LIVE STREAM: J. JS Lee
  2. 11:00   LIVE STREAM: Bora Aksu   
  3. 13:00   LIVE STREAM: Daks
  4. 14:00   LIVE STREAM: Eudon Choi
  5. 15:00   LIVE STREAM: Jean-Pierre Braganza
  6. 18:00   LIVE STREAM: Felder Felder
  7. 19:00   LIVE STREAM: Christopher Raeburn

Stream stream stream – Internet TV is the future

Viacom today announced that they have reached an agreement with Sony to provide 22 channels to their upcoming Cloud-based TV service likely launching later this year in the US.

Sony’s cloud-based TV service will offer subscribers Internet-based live TV and video on demand from major programmers, including the following content from Viacom:

  • At least 22 Viacom linear networks at launch, including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, TV Land and VH1, BET Gospel, Centric, Logo, CMT Pure Country, MTV Hits, MTV James, mtvU, Palladia, TeenNick, Vh1 Classic and Vh1 Soul and all available HD.
  • Authenticated access to hundreds of hours of programming on Viacom’s TV Everywhere websites and apps. Viacom currently offers TV Everywhere apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT and Logo.
  • Viacom’s full video-on-demand package.

Almost as soon as this was announced rumours appeared that both Disney & Fox were considering following suit.

irdeto have also just done some research on viewing habits and both here and in the US it looks as if we are all increasingly watching internet TV and this is, unsurprisingly, most prevalent amongst the younger generation.