Using apps to curb smartphone addiction

With smartphone addiction becoming a major theme of discussion around tech companies, it is interesting to see how Apple & Facebook are being blamed for this issue. Especially with children concerned, it is important for parents to set a limit on their phone usage and apps that they use. Apps like Facebook are built with feedback loops which lead to social FOMO. Today product designers are building apps with these feedback loops in mind, making people want to come back to their apps.

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Pixel Buds, AirPods, and the future of the Hearable

There are two ways wearables can truly evolve: one, by incorporating AI, and two, by becoming more non-obtrusive.

Wrist bands and smartwatches were (and still are) in vogue since 2014, but let’s face it – there’s only so much that OEMs and users can accomplish with a device on the wrist. It hinders user interaction with phones, might not create pathways for more seamless experiences, and is getting too common (to the point of being hackneyed, perhaps?).

Enter, hearables.

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Wearable Cameras: Will lifelogging become cool (again) in 2018?

So here’s the thing with wearables in general. When a new one is introduced, it comes with the prospects of new applications and improved use cases. In the consumer oriented space, things might seem to get boring after a while – a smart watch as a notifier might not really be worth it. In the health monitoring space however, things do seem to be a little more promising. But then, where do wearable cameras fit into the picture?

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The future of VR and AR: Novelty with more use cases?

Virtual and Augmented Reality have had a troubled existence so far. They come with wonderful prospects, bringing in the best of technology for consumers and businesses alike. They present a solid foundation for app developers to build specialised, interactive applications, and yet the growth rate isn’t really billowing out as most headset OEMs would have hoped for.

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Wearables moving beyond wellness applications as medical devices

The FDA has just cleared Kardiaband by AliveCor, which is the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch. Kardiaband records a medical-grade EKG as an Apple Watch strap and has an Apple Watch app providing a graph and data of the EKG. This is a leap ahead for wearables as we are moving beyond wellness applications into real medical ones. Before the Food and Drug Administration approved it in the US, it was being sold in Europe.

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Quantified Self Data Overload?

With the Internet of Things maturing and the next generation low-latency, high bandwidth 5G networks nearing mass deployment, the data available from our lives is growing exponentially. The cost of sensors has been reducing thanks to increased adoption of wearables. With all this data out there, is it really adding value to our lives?

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Key Takeaways from Huawei’s APAC Innovation Day

Huawei’s Asia Pacific Innovation Day took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year. The keynotes covered some interesting themes from all around the ecosystem focussing on Huawei’s Digital Transformation projects in this region. It was nice to learn how Huawei is collaborating with the entire ecosystem to work on the infrastructure behind smart cities, digital economies and even mobile AI. Here are 7 key takeaways from the APAC Innovation day.

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Privacy & Security with Augmented Reality

Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore is helping developers bring Augmented Reality experience to millions of smartphone users. AR software has really grown in user adoption and also is now being used in new verticals. Along with AR & mixed reality headsets, we are also seeing new smartphone software experiences coming up like AR medical applications and enterprise software. With Augmented Reality apps & hardware having complete access to our visual and audio data in our surroundings, security & privacy can be a crucial aspect to think about.

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