An Apple Watch A Day Can Keep the Doctor Away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is an adage as valid today as it was then; however, this time we are picking a different kind of Apple – an Apple Watch, to be exact. A few months ago, CNBC reported that Apple was coming out with a smartwatch that could potentially monitor the tendency to develop diabetes with 85% accuracy. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, a big fan of the Apple watch tested a monitoring device that tracked his blood sugar levels in response to factors like  food, exercise, and stress.

This non-invasive and continuous monitoring (as opposed to current methods that monitored blood sugar levels through intermittent pricks or blood drawing) was supposedly a project started by the late Steve Jobs. CNBC revealed that Apple has also bought a company called Cors sometime in 2010 when its then CEO Bob Messerschmidt (later absorbed by Apple) piqued Job’s interest in “sensor technologies for health and wellness”.

A few years ago, Apple reportedly hired a small team of bioengineers who worked on this secret project of developing non-invasive sensors somewhere in Palo Alto.The project apparently has advanced to the testing stage and was tried out in the Bay area.

Called the holy grail of smart wearables its entry into today’s healthspace is timely since the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and the slew of chronic metabolic diseases that result directly from the excess sugar in the bloodstream is alarming. Back in 2014, CDC reported that more than a third of those over 20 had prediabetes and that a full 12% of adults developed diabetes or were born diabetic.

Other apps monitor heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure but this Apple innovation is the first of its kind that could give some sort of “biofeedback” about sugar levels throughout the day so that the wearer could respond correct his diet, level-up exercise, and modify his lifestyle, in general. According to Cook, “It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar.” Obviously, if this can be done painlessly, cheaply, and conveniently, more people will be able to monitor their health and can “self-correct” so as not to cross the bridge to developing full fledged diabetes from a metabolic syndrome state.

Speculations fly on the nature of the sensors. Some sources hinted that it could be optical in nature. The cost of the project is estimated to cost up to a billion dollars but the Apple Watch’s implications in healthcare is enormous. It is of no surprise that Aetna, a leader in health insurance was supposedly in secret talks with Apple to bring the watch to its 23 Million members. A successful piloting of this gadget would make it a “must-have” wearable – could embedding sensors on Apple phones be far behind?

Already, the Google life science team is at the heels of rival Apple with its own foray into smart contact lenses that can detect blood sugar levels. Started in 2015 with partner DexCom, Google hopes to market a miniature device, probably the size of a bandage.

 

 

Something About The AmazFit Bip

The Amazfit Bip: Something To Know About It

Something worth buying? The Amazfit Bip is the newest addition to the portfolio of award winning smartwatches. It is a multi-function smartwatch. The best companion to have around.

All About The Amazfit Bip

This smartwatch is a convenient device to have. It comes in the colors onyx black, cinnabar red, cloud white, and kokoda green. It is super light-weight. Its battery life is a record-breaking 30 days with regular use and 45 days with minimal notifications.
It is comfortable for daily use for sport and sleep tracking. It can receive notifications for calls, messages, emails, and other apps on the always-on touch color display.

The Amazfit Bip has a multisport tracking function. It can track your runs, cycling, and more with mapped routes, detailed stats and heart rate zones.

It has the latest technology with the GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometer, and a compass.

Its always-on display provides at-a-time view for date, time, weather, steps, sports stats, etcetera.

A Perfect Companion

The Amazfit Bip is the perfect companion to keep you active and informed. Daily step, calorie and distance tracker are a given and motivate you to get up more often. The always-on display is very readable in bright sunlight or indoors.

Technical Specs

Here are its technical specs: Always-on reflective 1.28-inch color touch display. It also has a 2.5D Corning gorilla glass generation 3+ AF coating. An Optical heart rate sensor for heart rate zones and a Geomagnetic sensor compass. A Barometer (air pressure sensor) for elevation and a GPS + GLONASS for route tracking is also one of its features. It has a 20mm standard width changeable watch band, and an IP68 rating (resistant to dust, rain, and splashing). Its battery is a 190mAh Li-polymer battery and 1.1 ounces (31 grams) in total weight.

The given information about the Amazfit Bip will help the readers know more about this gadget. A smartwatch with as many functions is truly a good deal for prospective buyers. This gadget is not only for technical purposes. Its health and fitness related features are additional bonuses for its users.

Google rebrands Android Wear to Wear OS

Google has decided to re-christen their line of wearable technology to Wear OS by Google effective immediately. This is in a bid to attract more iPhone users to consider the product without the whole iOS vs Android saga clouding their choices.

Google’s new smartphone operating system (Credit: Google)

In a blog post from Google’s Dennis Trooper, he mentioned that one out of three new Android Wear owners also uses an iPhone. He explained that “as our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users.” In addition, he emphasised that the rebranding “better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all – the people who wear our watches.”

This change comes before the Baselworld 2018 expo this week. This three-day annual event takes place in Basel, Switzerland and is the main avenue for the world’s top watch and jewelry makers to come together and show off their latest products and innovations.

To mark these changes, Google has created a new landing page and a new Twitter feed.

In February, LG Style and the LG Sport smartwatches were launched together with Android Wear 2.0. This also brought the support to iOS.

There’s no word yet as to how they will go about with the switch to existing Android Wear users but most likely through software updates while the new devices launched will be under the new Wear OS moniker.

Google has also kept mum on whether there will be new products to be launched in the upcoming Baselworld expo but we will definitely be keeping an eye out. A new Pixel watch perhaps?

Stay tuned!

Newest SmartWatch is the Latest Invention of Modern Technology

Built-in Projector Feature in the Newest SmartWatch

More and more gadgets are released everyday which can be helpful to people. The newest release for this year is the SmartWatch which includes a built-in projector. How cool is that, ‘ayt?

Some people might ask, “What is so great about smartwatches?”. Well, for starters, you can have access to your phone’s call and messages even when you don’t have your phone with you. You’ll have some of your phone’s usage right there on your wrist.

Haier’s Asus watch was created in order to bring more life to the said device. Made with a built-in projector, you will be able to see information at the back of your hand.

It may be a huge smartwatch for some but with this kind of feature, a gadget can’t be perfectly perfect. Having the projector serves as a second screen which makes it easier for other people to see. This is great for work presentations and the such.

The gadget also supports gesture controls. Just set your settings with the gesture that you want and you’re good to go.

You can double tap the screen in order to change the displayed information. But Haier stated that the watch is still under development.

The only bad news is that the watch is still limited to fitness activities. Let’s just hope that more will come for this babe.

Apple’s iPhone X Video Focuses on Selfies Taken With Portrait Lighting

In a bid to promote the company’s flagship iPhone X, Apple Inc. this week has released a promotional video featuring the Portrait Lighting selfies. The iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting is actually a front-facing camera mode that uses the phone’s TrueDepth camera system.

The Cupertino-based company shared the video through Google’s YouTube channel. The video shows various selfies taken with the use of iPhone. iPhone users described the 38-second video as a collection of selfies taken using iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting effects and TrueDepth lens system.

 

Apple’s new iPhone X ad features the poetry of Muhammad Ali. Check the video below for future reference.

 

In case you don’t know, Apple videos have been shifted to focus on iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting effects. The new iPhone camera effects were featured using an iPhone camera. It can be recalled that as early as January, Apple has already explained how the Portrait Lighting works even without the lighting effects from a studio.

 

The Portrait Lighting was one of the features included in Apple’s promotional videos. It uses a set of complex algorithms to compute how a user’s facial feature interact with the light. The new camera effects also use depth of information embedded in Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.

 

Other iPhone features include Face ID and Animoji.

Top Reasons to Own a Smartwatch Even If You Aren’t a Techie

Telling time has just gotten complicated with the biggest names in IT like Apple and Google entering the wearable technology game with this cutting-edge companion piece for the smartphone. In the past, we managed our time – these days, our timepiece practically clocks what we do, how we should feel, and how we measure up, aside from being a media player and concierge rolled into one. In fact, SmartWatch advertorials can easily convince you that wearing one on your wrist can turn you into a “robotoid”; a superhuman who carves more “me” time by focusing more at work and playing smart with an unobtrusive, unpaid assistant working efficiently in the background.

From Limbo to Boom

The smartwatch is just beginning to regain its reputation from the flak that sent it falling from grace after the hype that surrounded its launch. Unlike smartphones that practically rendered the digital camera (and video cam) obsolete with its logarithmic growth, smartwatches were thumbed down for being stupid. However, the entry of the new generation of smartwatches that are intuitively integrated with smartphones to allow for seamless communication and cool apps that give you information on virtually anything is changing perception and driving sales up.

“Smartwatches Grow Up. The Apple Watch has real competition in Android Wear 2.0 making its debut in new LG watches and in Samsung’s Gear S3”

Geoffrey Fowler in the Wall Street Journal

In fact, it is predicted to contribute the most to wearable tech sales with a projected sales of 141 million units in 2018, driven by demands in North America, Asia Pacific, and Western Europe (from Statista). Google’s Android Wear OS, Samsung’s Tizen OS and of course, Apple’s OS have made smartwatches more powerful and useful and Apple is so popular that iWatch accounted for just below 3/4 of global delivery.

Obviously, it’s not for everyone but as Verizon says, it is “sleek, stylish and doggone handy”. But I think that it was created for a person like me who is in the habit of misplacing phones, forgetting appointments, or take an inordinately long time to fish out a ringing phone from a capacious bag full of gadgets. Now I can answer messages on the fly!

Here are a few of 2017’s top choices that demonstrate how smartwatches are used and personalized according to your needs and preferences. Note that android watches like Andoid Wear can be paired with an iPhone (iPhone 5 and newer using iOS 8.2 or later) but with limitations on functionality.

Making Life Easier

Despite its many virtues, one huge drawback is that it is not a standalone device, with lack of connectivity reducing it to a mere fashion statement. It also has to be matched with a smartphone so you can kiss its value good-bye when the paired phone loses charge. It’s also erroneous to call it totally hands-free because not all apps are voice activated – but it is handier and not as distracting as a smartphone.

Smartwatches don’t make coffee but here are 8 top reasons why even non-techies should slap one on their wrist:

  1. Play multimedia with good sound and resolution;
  2. Allow you to send and receive messages, emails, voice memos, and calls (or mute them). Never lose a message with smart notifications. Some models have an independent antenna that allows you to call even without the paired smartphone. A scheduler, calendar, calculator, and meeting apps let you create a virtual office anywhere you are.
  3. Can integrate with fitness apps to track activity and diminish bad habits (e.g slouching) through biofeedback. All models can track heartbeat, respiratory rate, and steps, with the more powerful ones able to provide a detailed workout program! And for the ultimate back-packer, smartwatches are waterproof, have GPS and can monitor terrain, as well as wind direction and velocity.
  4. Has a price range that suits your lifestyle, demands, and budget – from less than $100 to the $2,900 Louis Vitton model. Clearly, there’s a whole range of usability and price but steer clear of brands and models that have not been reviewed in reputable sites.
  5. The USB port for data transfer and charging is pretty standard but current models have a longer battery life which can be extended by 200% when in economy mode.
  6. Has time synch and weather forecasts – two very important features for travelers on the go.
  7. Has variable downloadable interfaces and interchangeable straps.
  8. Can snap photos and share (a step ahead of the spy camera of your youth).

Watch how it ranked third in the top must-haves in 2017 – will it do as well in 2018?

 

Pebble smartwatch is your smartphone from your wrist

Have you ever wondered what strapping our smartphones in our bodies is like? Imagine no more as Pebble is bringing your fantasy to life.

It may not be a smartphone literally, but Pebble is a watch that enables you to sync your Android devices and iPhone. By doing so, this will give you the ability to do functions from your smartphone right on your wrists.

For instance, in Pebble’s Kickstarter page, a video shows a man doing an errand when someone calls him. All he does is to take a peak at his Pebble smartwatch and immediately knows who is calling as the screen flashes the number of the one trying to contact you through your phone. Another video shows a woman jogging and easily switches songs from her iPhone by clicking the Pebble smartwatch.

The Pebble smartwatch’s battery can last up to seven days, has Bluetooth capabilities and has a glare-proof e-paper screen.

Head of operations for Pebble Rahul Bhagat said, “Pebble is a take on wearable technology that aims to better disseminate information through a wrist worn form factor. In many cases, it’s less distracting and provides a more efficient method of getting the information you need rather than having to grasp a phone.”

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Epson to delve into healthcare device business with Epson E200

People abhor going to hospitals to have themselves checked out by a medical professional. To some, hospitals are synonymous to overpriced services and unwanted expenses.

Technological breakthroughs have made life easier for us to monitor individually our vital signs. There have been a number of devices out there, from watches to even smartphones that can read our vital signs while some can even forward it to your doctor.

Now Epson is entering this market with their Epson E200 wrist watch pulse monitor. This simple to use wristwatch/pulse monitor comes from advanced sensing technology by Epson. This smartwatch is said to be the first entry of Epson to the healthcare device business.

The Epson E200 works by measuring the wearer’s pulse rate. It has an LCD display that shows the amount of exercise you need in order to achieve fat-burning heart rate.

This device might well be designed for those individuals who would want to lose weight for health reasons, as this could motivate individuals to go the extra mile to lose those unwanted fats.

Unfortunately, the Epson E200 is currently available in Japan as of the moment. Hopefully Epson decides to bring this to North America.

Care to buy an Epson E200?

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Sony SmartWatch: Your Android phone’s partner

A watch that serves as the command center for your Android phone? Sounds silly at first but the SmartWatch gives you the ability to do just that.

The 1.3 inch OLED touch screen watch has Bluetooth 3.0 and is compatible with Android smartphones. The Sony SmartWatch’s predecessor was the Sony Ericsson Live View that was released in 2010.

The SmartWatch basically is the same with the Live View. Though it is much prettier than its predecessor, Sony’s latest device has an accelerometer and a vibrating feature. It is also a wristwatch that anybody can wear.

You can do a lot of things with the SmartWatch. Just like your Android smartphones, you can send text messages and e-mails or check the weather if you’re going out for a walk. If someone calls you while you jog, you can simply look at your SmartWatch and view the caller with its caller ID feature. You can also check updates from Twitter and Facebook with your watch.

The Sony SmartWatch is pegged at $149 and is targeted to be released this coming March.