Change is coming to ‘stagnant’ wearables market as heart rate sensors claim accurate monitoring

Today’s continuous monitoring tech is shifting the consumer mindset away from a reactive monitoring approach to a proactive one. And this is having a dramatic effect on the market for wearable technologies, as Jeremy Cowan reports. 

Instead of waiting for annual visits to the  doctor to get results for blood pressure and other vital signs, consumers want real-time information about their health status. So says Sui Shieh who is vice president, Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at one wearables manufacturer, Maxim Integrated.

This shift is causing an increased demand for accurate, small, and low-power wearable devices, said to be an important enabler for this new way of thinking. As continuous monitoring and preventive healthcare become more common, both technology providers and health practitioners must embrace and accommodate these new demands to be successful, he believes.

“Global healthcare costs are high and growing,” says Sui, “with spend now running at 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) – in the US it’s $ 9 trillion. The consumer mindset is moving from reeactive to proactive, with prevention and early detection (of illness) by fitness apps, and chronic disease monitoring” with healthcare devices. But, as he goes on to say, fitness apps generally give little information; that’s why the market has been stagnant for two years.

“The market is there,” he says, “with six million users in 2016 rising to 50 million in 2021, according to analysts, Berg Insight. Our customers are now looking for clinical-grade performance (with US Food & Drug Administration certification), the longest battery life, a small size, and high accuracy.”

Sui Shieh: Wearables market is shifting towards prevention and early detection of illness

Maxim believes that it’s now able to meet these requirements. Through compact, low power solutions, it has a new range of devices that enable accurate monitoring of vital signs to monitor wellness/fitness and prevent health problems before they even begin.

Maxim’s portfolio of sensors for wearable health and fitness applications allows consumers to accurately monitor a variety of key vital signs while being mindful of low power (for longer battery life) and small size (for convenience and comfort). The MAX86140 and MAX86141 can be used to measure PPG signals on the wrist, finger, and ear to detect heart rate, heart rate variability, and pulse oximetry.

The MAX30001 measures ECG and BioZ on the chest and wrist to detect heart rate, respiration, and arrhythmias. Compared to competitive solutions, the MAX86140 and MAX86141 is claimed to require less than half the power and is approximately one third smaller, while the MAX30001 requires approximately half the power in almost half the size. By collecting beat to beat data about the heart, these solutions collect accurate data so users can recognize important symptoms when they first begin. In addition, the MAX30001 meets IEC60601-2-47, clinical ECG standards.

“The convergence of clinical grade diagnostics in form factors small enough to integrate into all sorts of smart, everyday clothing is impressive,” said Adrian Straka, director of Hardware and Manufacturing, SKIIN. “The ultra-small MAX30001 enables SKIIN’s bio-sensing underwear to monitor and track health […]

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iPhone X is coming, AR apps are booming

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Earlier this October, Apple released an article on its developer website. It provided more details regarding how to better develop and present augmented reality based effects using the ARKit platform. Apple also encouraged all developers once again that right now is the best time to launch more software products using ARKit. After the releasing of its AR developing platform and iPhone 8/X, Apple has become the most active promoter of AR technology.

iPhone X will be available to general consumers this Friday, so the iOS 11 has been receiving frequent updates. Utilizing the most advanced TrueDepth camera, iPhone X will be able to detect users’ dynamic expressions and 3D data via facial recognition function. Animoji is the fruit for this 3D facial recognition technology as it could collect users’ facial expressions and reflect as real-time dynamic emoji expressions.

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The Value for AR Apps

Apple believes this technology will be valuable for AR apps. So, they offered a link inside the article that allows developers to submit their demos or apps to be embed into the TrueDepth camera module. This will allow developers to review apps before actually developing them. iPhone 8/X won’t be the only stage for Apple’s AR show. Thanks to the newly designed iOS 11 for iPad and the super power data-processing ability, iPad Pro no doubt will be the better showcase for Apple’s ARKit.

From the positive feedback developers around the world are very interested in improving and producing their AR apps on Apple’s platform. We have reported several popular AR apps compiled with ARKit, such as AR Measure, NEDD AR and so on. So far, most of the ARKit apps are focusing on entertainment and games. But recently, one AR app that also came from ARKit is becoming viral among businessmen and professionals. It is called Graphmented made by the company Badr, an Egyptian data analyzing and processing company.

Excel Sheet Wizards

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Graphmented is able to convert and present 2D data charts in 3D/AR form. Users can insert data or documents from cloud drives like iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or sync data directly from Google Sheets. Graphmented will automatically transform the data into visual 3D image and show them in the AR style. Graphmented also allows users to interact with the AR 3D image in real-time, which means you will be able to drag or move 3D images to let your presentation become more impressive and interesting. For people who need to make presentations regularly, this ARKit app definitely will not only be fun, but also productive. Right now, Graphmented supports CSV, Excel, Google Sheets, and other mainstream digital chart formats. It also offers recording, mirroring and other functions to help users perform a better presentation. This video gives us a more direct impression on how Graphmented could help presentations for work.

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Apple constantly promotes and spends effort on optimizing ARKit and iOS 11. Coupled with positive attitudes towards the AR industry from developers, we should have the chance to welcome more practical AR apps like Graphmented. Compared with VR, which is facing the predicament of the shortage of good and useful content, augmented reality probably will become more popular and the better choice for customers.

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IPv6, Routing Security, and More Coming to ION Belgrade

We’re getting pretty close to ION Belgrade on Thursday, 23 November. This ION will be held alongside the Republic of Serbia Network Operators’ Group (RSNOG). As usual, this ION also has generous support from our ION Conference Series Sponsor Afilias.

This time, we’re doing a half-day program focusing mostly on IPv6, Routing Security and MANRS, and the IETF. Here’s a quick look at the agenda:

  • Opening Remarks
  • Welcome from the ISOC Serbia Chapter
  • MANRS, Routing Security, and Collaboration
  • NAT64check
  • What’s Happening at the IETF? Internet Standards and How to Get Involved
  • Panel Discussion: IPv6 Success Stories
  • Closing Remarks

Registration will open two weeks before the event (around 10 November) – watch here for announcements! RSNOG is also planning to livestream the whole event, so even if you can’t be there in person you’ll be able to follow along online. Stay tuned for more information on that in the coming weeks.

Will you be in Belgrade or watching online? Please speak up in the comments below or via our social media channels. Also feel free to follow along using #IONConf!

We hope to see you there, or at another event in the future!

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Dell to pump in $3 billion to further its IoT vision in coming three years

Dell Technologies has unveiled its Internet of Things vision and strategy which includes a new IoT division as well as new IoT-specific products, labs, partner programmes and consumption models. The company plans to invest a total of $ 3 billion in IoT over the next three years.

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, said: “IoT is fundamentally changing how we live, how organizations operate and how the world works. Dell Technologies is leading the way for our customers with a new distributed computing architecture that brings IoT and artificial intelligence together in one, interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud. The implications for our global society will be nothing short of profound.”

The new IoT division will be headed by Ray O’Farrell, CTO at VMware. It will work on developing IoT products and solutions across the Dell Technologies Group.

O’Farrell said: “Dell Technologies has long seen the opportunity within the rapidly growing world of IoT, given its rich history in the edge computing market. Our new IoT division will leverage the strength across all of Dell Technologies family of businesses to ensure we deliver the right solution – in combination with our vast partner ecosystem – to meet customer needs and help them deploy integrated IoT systems with greater ease.”

The company is already gearing towards its goal with the launch of a slew of new product development initiatives. Project Nautilus enables real-time ingestion and querying of data streams from IoT gateways. Project Fire, a hyper converged platform and part of the VMware Pulse family of IoT solutions, offers simplified management, local compute, storage and IoT applications such as real-time analytics. Project IRIS, a security analytics offering, is under development by RSA Labs. The company is also investing in five start-ups dedicated towards IoT, AI and machine learning: Edico Genome, FogHorn Systems, Graphcore, Moogsoft, and Zingbox.

Some of the new IoT services initiatives include the IoT Vision Workshop, which identifies and prioritises high-value business use cases for IoT data, and the IoT Technology Advisory which develops the overall IoT architecture and roadmap for implementation.

What are your thoughts on Dell’s IoT investment and vision? Let us know in the comments.

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Communications coming full circle – are we moving back into a voice-first world?

With the wave of personal assistants, such as Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, and new start-ups leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics to build personal companions, it’s becoming clear we are moving toward a new voice-controlled relationship with technology. As we have already seen in the consumer market, it is all but a given that […]

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