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.

HoloLens will provide 3D visualisations to surgeons in UK hospital

Surgeons working in a UK hospital want to use HoloLens to provide important 3D visualisations during critical operations.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for more than 270,000 kids per year. By partnering with Microsoft, the hospital is looking to use the company’s AR headset and Surface Hubs for its daily tasks.

During a surgery today, a surgeon is required to create a 3D visualisation in their mind of a person’s organ being worked on. This increases the risk of error.

Rafael Guerrero,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Fitbit leverages Google Cloud to accelerate healthcare innovation

Fitbit has announced plans to leverage Google Cloud in a bid to accelerate digital healthcare innovation and claw back Apple’s growing market share.

According to data last month from IDC, Apple surged past Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables. Fitbit acquired smartwatch manufacturer Pebble for $23 million last year which resulted in a marked improvement in the design and support for apps on their wearables, but now it seems Fitbit is going back to its health...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.