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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Voice + AI = The new frontier in user interaction?

For a lot of time, voice has been the go to medium for enabling digital assistants to work for us. Right from the basic Google voice powered searches that caused quite a stir some years back, to devices that are always listening for a keyword to deliver to your commands – voice enabled user interaction has definitely come a long way. Which brings about an important question: Given that Artificial Intelligence and Context are evolving at gargantuan rates, what will be the next big things in voice enabled user interaction? Add to the table the heavy investments that Google and Apple are making in this area, and we’ve got ourselves a booming space for connected devices.

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The Future of the Smartphone Market

Saying that the smartphone landscape is evolving, would be like saying water is wet. With the advent and growing popularity of Chinese players, and the involvement of bigger OEMs to up their ante and innovate more, we’re looking at smartphone launches at unprecedented rates – both in terms of frequency of launches, as well as number of products launched in a single event.

But let’s take a pause, step back, and look at the bigger picture. A rise in the number of launches would have a significant impact on the supply-demand ratio for an OEM, and this would in turn lead to changes in the smartphone upgrade cycles as far as consumers are concerned. And that shall be the crux of this article: I look at the market as a whole, what the trends point towards, and what the effects might be on supply-demand, as well as the other constraints.

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The Future of Heart Rate Tracking with AI

Reinventing the wheel isn’t always easy. The sentiment applies more so in the space of sensor tech, wherein the only advancements that can be made are more often in the efficiency of measurement, footprint reduction and more sensitive recording parameters.

But then, there’s also the concept of reinventing the applications of the wheel. And that’s what advancements in sensor technology are all about. Heart rate sensors have moved on from their avatar of simply measuring heart rate, to more advanced applications such as pointing out exactly when and why there was a spike in the heart rate.

All this being said, what’s new in the world of heart rate sensors? And is Apple making some headway in this regard?

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The State of Wearables: Q2, 2017

Cheap wearables have always been key drivers in the wearable market, with Fitbit and Xiaomi going neck to neck for the top berth in the battle for market share. While budget wearables are showing potential this quarter, there’s now a growing need for Apple to come up with more innovative features for the Apple Watch.

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Diffrential Privacy with AI and the future of health tracking

One of the major reasons people are vary of jumping onto the self-tracking wagon is privacy of their data. Granted, when you’re trusting a fitness tracker to record how much you’ve run and how your heart rate varies, you’re trusting a slew of services that are working in the background. How can that balance be achieved?

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