Global wearable devices market saw solid growth during Q4 2018, says IDC

The latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker report has found that the global wearable devices market grew 31.4% during Q4-2018, with 59.3 million units shipped.

New wearable launches during the months leading up to the holiday season and new smartphone launches, many of which were compatible with wearables from leading brands, were responsible for the booming wearable market. 

In total, 172.2 million wearables were shipped throughout 2018, suggesting a growth of 27.5%. Ear-worn...

By IoT News, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Udderly groundbreaking 5G/IoT experiment provides real-time cow tracking

Cisco has debuted a smart farm IoT experiment which uses 5G connectivity to keep tabs on a cow of the user’s choice in real-time via their smartphone.

The project, called 5G RuralFirst, is led by Cisco alongside principal partner University of Strathclyde and a consortium of other partners from across business, government, and academia.

Rural testbeds are set to be established across three main sites in the Orkney Islands, Shropshire, and Somerset.

Anyone with an iOS or

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Wearables.

Global wearable device sales to rise 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to increase by 25.8% year over year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019, according to the latest figures from Gartner. The research firm also predicted that that the end-user spending on wearable devices will reach to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019.

It has been estimated that 74 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2019 which will make them the top...

By IoT News, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage...

By Ilan Reingold, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

UK’s largest biz organisation alarmed over employee microchipping

We may need to coin the term Internet of Humans if the concerning possibility of microchipping employees gains much traction.

Around 150 employees in the UK have been implanted with BioTeq chips so far in a bid “to improve security.”

The chips are similar to those used for pets and are implanted between the thumb and forefinger. Once implanted, they allow employees to do things such as access restricted areas with a wave of their hand.

Business organisation CBI, the largest in the UK, has voiced...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Wearables.

Turning IoT devices into supercomputers? Sisense has a Hunch for more effective BI

Sisense, a business analytics software firm, has launched its patent-pending Sisense Hunch Data Cognition Engine which aims to turn sensors, phones, and wearable devices into supercomputers.

Sisense Hunch represents a new class of big data analytics, data cognition engines that learns vast amount of datasets and is able to produce microsecond analytical responses to queries that are 99% precise, with a small fraction of the cost and...

By IoT News, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Wearables.

Review: PoochPlay is your dog’s very own fitness tracker

We’ve covered a wide range of connected devices on IoT News, but the PoochPlay marks the first wearable designed for our canine friends.

The best way to describe PoochPlay is a Fitbit for dogs. It’s a simple device which attaches to your dog’s collar and tracks activity/rest per day.

Using a replaceable CR2032 battery, the device lasts six months – beating many human fitness trackers. Data is transferred seamlessly to an accompanying smartphone app which...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Qualcomm’s new wearable chip improves Wear OS battery life

It feels like it’s been an age, but Qualcomm’s first wearable chip in two years has launched promising much-improved battery life.

The main beneficiary of Qualcomm’s chip will be Wear OS devices. Apple and Samsung’s devices have benefited from in-house developed chips that Wear OS’ various manufacturers have not had access to.

Dennis Troper, Director of Wear OS at Google, says:

“Together with Qualcomm Technologies and the ecosystem, Wear OS by Google has...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Apple retains its lead at the top of the wearables tree, says IDC

Apple remains the strongest vendor in the wearables space with market-beating results – but the overall market is seeing an uptick thanks to strong figures in emerging markets.

The Cupertino giant holds 17% of the overall market share, up from 13% this time last year, with 4.7 million shipments this quarter and year over year growth of 38.4%, according to the latest figures from IDC.

By James Bourne, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.