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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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