If there’s one thing the smart-glasses sector needs to put behind itself, it’s the term ‘Glasshole’. About five years back, when Google launched their Augmented Reality product Glass, it brought the prospect of smartphone-esque controls, without actually having to take the phone out of the pocket. Agreed, we had smart watches much before techie eye-wear made headlines, but Google Glass as a concept was new, novel, and pretty neat.
With Apple’s latest iOS updates, it is getting evident that digital health is one of their top priorities moving ahead. There have been plenty startups that have been building up mHealth solutions but only few of them have managed to get real scale and the medical community behind them. Moving ahead from simple health wellness solutions to actual medical care is the real promise of mHealth. Apple is taking this very seriously with their Apple Watch and their Health app. With iOS 11.3 Apple is bringing in Health records to their app in collaboration with 12 healthcare clinics/hospitals.
CES 2018 drew to a close a couple of weeks back, and the spotlight was on Artificial Intelligence, smart cars, and random gadgets which forced us to raise an eyebrow and ask, “Why even?”.
But more interestingly, the future of sports and fitness tech was showcased in the form of new sensors and trackers. Gamification and AI are definitely upping the ante as far as wearables and The Quantified Self is concerned. Connected fitness has some new players who are making some very impressive headlines, and embedded sensor tech is the biggest driver in this sector.
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.
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.
Along with 5G networks being tested for mass scale deployment, there have been some major breakthroughs in fixed line internet networks through fiber optics and microwaves. This evolution of broadband networks has been lead by the need of applications of different vertical industries rather than simply focusing on increasing bandwidth for consumers. Low latency and high bandwidth is going to be the backbone infrastructure for cloud VR, smart homes and higher TV resolutions. As we saw at UBB Forum 2017, in developed countries carriers are focussing on getting higher bandwidth for applications like 4K HDR video streaming. On the other hand, developing countries are looking to grow the reach of their broadband systems to remote areas so everyone can have access to internet connectivity. Read More
Artificial Intelligence processors seem to be the biggest mobile breakthrough in 2017. Especially, in flagship phones starting with Huawei’s Kirin 970 AI processor announcement, which will be seen in the Huawei Mate 10 (launching next week). Apple also added in an Neural engine in their new A11 Bionic chip which ships with their new iPhone lineup. So how is the AI processor different from what most of us have in our smartphones? Putting it simply, AI processors have an additional inbuilt Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that is capable of lots of parallel processing, uses low power and is capable of cognitive tasks like prediction & classification. More like how the human brain works.
Google announced two new wearables today. Pixel Buds & Google Clips were announced at Google’s Pixel 2 launch event. With voice becoming an important platform for users to interact with their digital world, these wireless ear buds make perfect sense. But more than an added convenience, Pixel Buds actually have an essential use case. Real-time language translation.