Apple’s Developing MicroLED Panels for AR Wearables and Larger Devices

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Apple is developing its own microLED panels. But while we’ve known that news since March, a new report suggests their use could stretch far beyond the Apple Watch. Apple has plans to develop first-party MicroLED panels for both small- and large-sized devices, DigiTimes Senior Analyst Luke Lin wrote in a new report. Previously, rumors of […]
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Flipkart No Kidding Days Sale – Best deals on Bluetooth Headsets, Power Banks, Wearables and more

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Flipkart today started its two-day No Kidding Days Sale that offers deals on several products including  accessories, wearables and more. All these offers are available through the site, mobile site as well as Flipkart app. Best Deals on Tablets, wearables, accessories and more on Flipkart  Apple Watch Series 3 – Starting at Rs. 28900 (Rs. 3000 off) Apple Watch Series 2 – Starting at Rs. 24900 (Up to Rs. 3000 off on MRP) Apple Watch Series 1 – Rs. 18900 (Rs. 4000 off) Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro – Rs. 11,590 (Rs. 2400 off) Alcatel A3 10 tablet WiFi – Rs. 5999 (Rs. 1000 off) Google Chromecast 2 – Rs. 2699 (Rs. 300 off) Lenovo HW01 Smart Band with Heart Rate Monitor – Rs. 1399 (30% off on MRP) Xiaomi Mi Band – HRX Edition – Rs. 1199 (Rs. 100 off) Up to Rs. 3000 off on Fitbit Wearables Offers on Laptops, Hard disks, Power banks, Speakers and more on Flipkart Intel Core i3 laptops – Starting at Rs. 22,990 (Up to Rs. 8200 off) Microsoft Xbox One S 1 TB – Starting at Rs. 22,990 (up to 34% off) HP DeskJet Ink Tank GT 5820 Multi-function Wireless Printer – Rs. 9499 (31% off on MRP) Sony MDR-XB650BT Bluetooth Headset – Rs. 6499 (18% off on MRP) …
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The battle of the basic wearables

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As long as I’ve been covering wearable tech, the category has always been on the cusp of something. But it’s also been hampered by a series of ifs that still make wearables impractical for a lot of people: if battery life was better; if it was smarter; if it was more accurate; if it looked nicer; if it offered enough value to wear it on my wrist / body / face all the time.

However, the upside of anything that feels not fully realized is that there’s always room for improvement, which means the companies that make wearable tech keep on trying. Like Fitbit: it starting selling wireless health trackers in 2009 (in the early days, they were basically techie pedometers), and more recently, it jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon. First, there…

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Consumer wearables can detect major heart problem

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the cardiogram app combines consumer wearables with AI to detect health conditions

The dawn of fitness wearables has allowed us to track exercise, count steps and generally look like we know what we’re doing in the gym. But arguably their full potential has yet to be fully harnessed.

A study has just been published showing that everyday consumer wearables, including the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and products from Garmin, are capable of detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm with 97 percent accuracy.

The study was carried out by mobile health data startup Cardiogram in conjunction with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Titled, ‘Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch’, it’s available to read online at JAMA Cardiology.

Read more: Health IoT: KardiaBand sensor could replace invasive blood tests

Training a deep neural network

Cardiogram and UCSF have developed a deep neural network capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. The condition will affect 25 percent of us at some point in our lives, is responsible for 25 percent of all strokes, and is often left undiagnosed.

“By using software to transform ordinary wearables into personal health monitors, we can literally save lives,” said Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger.

The software, named DeepHeart, is the result of 9,750 Cardiogram users taking part in UC San Francisco’s Health eHeart Study. Together, they contributed 139 million heart rate and step count measurements, which were used by the DeepHeart neural network.

To validate the software, 51 cardioversion patients at UCSF were tested. DeepHeart was able to distinguish between normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation with an accuracy of 97 percent.

Read more: Health IoT: App helps sports stars predict and manage injuries

Consumer wearables for health

Cardiogram claims to have over 750,000 monthly users, with 78 percent of those using its mobile application every day. That engagement rate, which is higher than that of the most popular social media networks, has coincided with the company’s recent research on major health conditions: hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, and, this week, atrial fibrillation.

Read more: Fitbit and Apple Watch can help predict diabetes, says report

“Over the last year, we’ve presented research on four major health conditions. The link between these health conditions and heart rate comes from the autonomic nervous system,” explained Ballinger.

“As you develop hypertension, for example, your pattern of beat-to-beat heart rate variability shifts – so your heart is not just an important organ in its own right, but also a vantage point into the rest of your health.”

The Cardiogram application is compatible with the Apple Watch, and any Android Wear watch with a heart rate sensor, including models from Huawei, LG, New Balance, and Montblanc.

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Personal healthtech devices and other wearables that can be optimised to monitor health and fitness have been one of the big stories this year, alongside smart/connected car partnerships (good news) IoT security (bad news), and AI ethics (calls for action).

The revelation that wearables’ key application isn’t to offer us a window into our social world, as many people had thought, but a window into ourselves and how our own bodies are performing, has been transformative, and the levels of user engagement prove this.

The IoT is saving lives with data, and encouraging us to look after ourselves better: as positive an application of networked computing and analytics as you could wish for.

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Apple is reportedly developing its own MicroLED displays for upcoming wearables

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After crafting its own processors over the past couple of years, Apple is now getting into the display business, reports Bloomberg. The company is said to have some 300 engineers working on an upcoming screen tech called MicroLED at its Santa Clara facility. The idea is to create a better display, first for its smartwatches and later for its phones, and perhaps eventually ditch third-party suppliers like Samsung and LG. But don’t expect an Apple MicroLED display on your wrist anytime soon. The technology is incredibly complex to manufacture at scale, because, unlike LEDs that are simply powered by lights…

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AliveCor wearables may detect unsafe potassium levels in the future

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AliveCor is working on a new application for the technology behind its KardiaBand for Apple Watch. Last year, the FDA approved KardiaBand as a medical device, and it can record your heart rhythm and report on any rhythmic abnormalities that could be…
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The Apple Watch Series 3 helped Apple dominate the wearables market last quarter

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Apple’s introduction of the Apple Watch Series 3 this past September marked a huge turning point for the company’s venerable smartwatch. Thanks to the inclusion of built-in cellular connectivity, the Apple Watch for the first time was able to fully live and breathe without having to be continuously tethered to an iPhone.

Coupled with beefed up internals, not to mention a wider array of watch bands, it’s no surprise that the Apple Watch Series 3 was an immediate hit. And though Apple still refuses to divulge specific sales information, Tim Cook during Apple’s recent earnings report boasted that Apple Watch sales during the 2017 holiday quarter were record-breaking.

In light of that, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Apple dominated the wearables market towards the end of 2017. According to research data published by IDC earlier today, Apple Watch sales during the 2017 December quarter checked in at 8 million units. In turn, Apple’s share of the wearables market jumped from 14.4% to 21% year-over-year.

IDC’s report reads in part:

4Q17 was the first quarter that Apple held the market leader position all to itself after spending several quarters close behind Fitbit or Xiaomi. Apple is catching the market at the right time with many users of basic wearables moving on to smartwatches and cellular connectivity (available on select Series 3 Watches) is earning a warm reception among end users, if only for the convenience of leaving their smartphone behind. The late-year push of 8.0 million units separated Apple from the competition to emerge as the overall leader of the wearables market for the year.

With respect to marketshare during the 2017 holiday quarter, Fitbit came in second place with a 14.2% share, followed by Xiaomi and Garmin with respective shares of 14.2 and 13%.

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Apple Watch sprints past Fitibt to grab wearables crown

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Apple sold more wearables than any rival last quarter thanks to strong demand for the Apple Watch 3. According to the latest data from IDC, it’s the first time Apple outsold both Fitbit and Xiaomi. And it beat ’em by a huge margin.  Fitbit and Xiaomi primarily make cheap fitness trackers, while Apple offers more expensive smartwatches, […]

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Series 3 sales help crown Apple Watch king of 2017 wearables market

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Some 8 million Apple Watches may have been sold in the December quarter, allowing Apple to beat out the likes of Fitbit for wearables dominance not just then but during the whole of 2017, according to research published on Thursday.
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IDC: Wearables grew 7.7% in Q4 2017, Apple passes Xiaomi and Fitbit for first place

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As demand for wearable electronics continues to grow, Apple has taken a decisive lead away from rivals Fitbit and Xiaomi, IDC reports today. Apple dominated the wearables market during 2017’s holiday quarter with a 21 percent market share and led the category for the year with a narrower but still solid 15.3 percent share.

Apple’s wearable leadership in 2017 is a major step up from 2016, when the company had less than half of then-leader Fitbit’s 22.5 million shipments, and 5 million fewer than Xiaomi. At the time, Xiaomi’s wearable shipments were growing much faster than Apple’s, but that turned around for 2017.

Thanks to strong sales of the Apple Watch Series 3 and a comparatively weak holiday quarter for Fitbit, Apple shipped 8 million units worldwide to Fitbit’s 5.4 million, with Xiaomi at 4.9 million. For the year, Apple shipped 17.7 million units to number two Xiaomi’s 15.7 and Fitbit’s 15.4 million. IDC said that the 1 percent or less difference between Xiaomi’s and Fitbit’s numbers made them a statistical tie for second place.

Collectively, 37.9 million wearables were shipped in the 2017 holiday quarter, up 7.7 percent over the 2016 quarter. All five of the top companies in the space shipped over 1.5 million units, though once again, the “Others” category was the largest — both for the quarter and year, with 15.6 million shipments in the quarter and 55.5 million for 2017. This means over 40 percent of wearable shipments continue to come from smaller players, though the number is falling as larger brands — particularly Apple — continue to grow.

Apple’s overall strength for the year was largely the result of its holiday performance, as IDC pointed out that “4Q17 was the first quarter that Apple held the market leader position all to itself after spending several quarters close behind Fitbit or Xiaomi.” The firm suggested Apple was picking up upgraders from basic wearables, as well as people interested in the Apple Watch Series 3’s cellular connectivity.

IDC noted that Huawei had the largest growth in the top five, though its focus on China has been “somewhat detrimental,” as the brand receded slightly on the world stage. Similarly, though Xiaomi’s shipments have been fairly steady, the company predominantly sells to Chinese customers, with under 15 percent of shipments going outside the country.

The firm was positive on Fitbit, noting that while its shipments were down, the company has been deepening its health care reach and setting the stage for future growth. It also characterized Garmin’s slight increase as attributable more to fast growth in its smartwatches than to its basic fitness trackers. Interestingly, it had nothing to say on Fossil, which was the fifth-ranked wearables vendor for the year but not a leader for the quarter.

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