Week in Wearable – Quick Look of the Latest Updates of Your Favorite Wearables

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Quick Look of the Latest Updates of Your Favorite Wearables

The past few weeks have revealed some exciting news for wearables fans and users. Whether you already got your own device, or you are planning to buy one soon, Week in Wearable has gathered the newest and hottest details you’d be more than interested to know.

New Version of Apple’s Watch OS Beta

The dev beta of Apple for their Apple Watch has now reached the fourth reiterating, and it looks much more stable than its earlier versions. On top of that, it is also apparent that it has an added battery life. On the surface, you might not see much changes. This is perfectly understandable since bug fixes will be the priority first.


But, probably the most crucial development lies on the reports that the battery life of Apple Watch’s battery life has gotten up by one hour because of the latest software update. It has also been reported that TomTom might leave wearables to its rivals after the disappointing sales, with the company’s CEO specifying the Sports segment.

According to Harold Goddijin, the market of wearables was not able to meet expectations, and for this reason, and because they want to focus on Telematics, Licensing, and Automotive businesses, they have decided to review their strategic options for their Sports business.

With such a drastic move from one of the forerunners in running watches, it seems that Apple might soon be getting a good momentum in the market.

Intel Deserted the Building

Pocket-lint reported that Basis is shut down and is leaving the market of fitness trackers. Intel currently manufacturers chips meant for wearables, with partnership, for instance, with Tag Heuer. It will not only make its very own in the near future. Basis Peak smartwatch, that was still being developed during the acquisition of Intel suffered some serious setbacks within its lifespan, eventually getting recalled because of the overheating problems the previous year.

Custom Chip in HoloLens Follow-up

It will have an integrated Ai to make it more capable and powerful. According to the Director of Science for HoloLens, Marc Pollefeys, even though they saw significant improvements in the accuracy of recognition as result of DNNs or Deep Neural Networks, deep learning approaches have two known challenges – they need large amounts of training’s labeled data, and they need a kind of compute which could not be amended to the present general memory architectures/purpose processor.

In HoloLens, they are in the business of coming up with untethered mixed reality devices. The battery is placed on your head, aside from the sensors, the display, and the compute. Pollefeys says this is the form of thinking you have to create mixed reality devices which are intelligent on their own. Artificial intelligence and mixed reality represent computing’s future, and HoloLens is excited to advance this frontier. This represents one more step for a company which develops custom chips. Apple is doing it since their first ever iPad.

No Sleeping on Wheels with Steer

If you often have to drive yourself even when you are dead tired, and you are afraid that you might be nodding off before you know it, Steer is now here to help you out. Steer is a type of wearable launched on Kickstarter. This works with the use of a skin conductance sensor and heart rate sensor to see if you are already starting to get sleepy.

Once you wear the device on your arm, it will measure your heart rate every 5 seconds, as well as the amount of sweat you got. If the 2 conditions are met, the Steer activates. Your heart rate will slow down and there will be a decrease in sweat secretion. If these things happen, a bit of electric shock will be issued by Steer. Of course, this wakes you up easily.

It is definitely more severe compared to opening the windows, starting a conversation with a passenger or turning up your favorite songs. The founder of the company told Wearable that from his experience and what others have also experienced, loud music doesn’t help often. Aside from that, it’s distraction and dangerous to one’s ears. There are also some evidences that people can fall asleep in an environment that’s loud. Caffeine may also cause danger to one’s overall health. Taking a high dose of caffeine may cause high blood pressure, anxiety, and seeing some flashing lights. These can be true for some, yet others thought of an electric shock might have caused anxiety as well.

Withings’ Nokia BPM+

For those who don’t know, the manufacturer of the health monitoring products from fitness trackers to bathroom scales, Withings, is now a proud partner of Nokia. This was reported last month by Paul Lamkin. Since then, the said takeover has not been without controversy, particularly for Withings health app’s loyal users, even if there are several things that started to enhance.

The first of the new products of Withins are now made available in the market. There is a smart bathroom scale that’s reasonably priced and the BPM+, which is a smart blood pressure monitor. Many have reviewed the monitor’s earlier version and it’s really great. The major changes are the Nokia logo’s arrival and the shorter cuff to wrap round one’s arm, making it simpler to roll up and carry it in anywhere you like while stored in a small bag.




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Fitbit Blaze

To Pocket-lint that has rounded up everything you think or know about the Fitbit GPS smartwatch, a much anticipated wearable, Fitbit Blaze was released and this sat between full-on smartwatch and fitness tracker. Fitbit purchased several companies like the Vector, Pebble, and the Coin, which is a mobile payment company.

The next smartwatch of Fitbit might follow the design footsteps of Fitbit Blaze, which is what rumors say and if you will believe in the leak that was featured on Yahoo Finance. The image that leaked shows that a similar device to Fitbit Blaze yet with some changes.

The image shows a square colored display like Fitbit Blaze, yet there’s no gap between the screen as well as what looks like the signature textured band of the company. Fitbit Blaze comes with a screen module, which slots into the frame while the latest smartwatch appears to have some design tipes from the recent Fitbit Alta HR and Fitbit Charge 2 devices.

The suspected additional features might leverage what the company gained from acquiring Pebble wth the compatibility for apps and services. However, there are questions remain if whether GPS will be included in the smartwatch or will it be another gadget that’s waterproof. As of now, what consumers can do is to wait for the final release of the details of the latest smartwatch.

Culled from: Forbes

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