Samsung’s wearables rocket in adoption while WearOS lags

A report from Canalys suggests the adoption of wearables in North America is surging, especially of Samsung’s excellent devices.

Often the two leading smartwatches on tech reviewers’ lists are the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch. Both are fantastic devices, and the smartwatch world is becoming the new battleground for the fight between Apple and Samsung which is cooling in the smartphone realm.

Canalys has the North American wearables market pegged at a $2 billion...

How sensors and wearables are adding a whole new meaning to remote patient monitoring

Traditional remote patient monitoring (RPM) is evolving at a rapid rate due to a number of external factors. We are seeing new market pressure coming from giants such as Apple, Google and Amazon looking to manoeuvre into the healthcare industry.

Recently, Amazon announced its “Haven” project, a joint healthcare venture with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to improve access to primary...

Qualcomm is working on a much-needed new WearOS chipset

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a WearOS chipset that should finally deliver some tangible performance and battery life improvements.

Qualcomm’s most recent WearOS chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, was widely regarded as a disappointment; offering minimal improvements over its predecessor.

The 3100’s main processor was left relatively unchanged with the key change being the addition of the QC1110 co-processor.

Based on a 7nm process, the QC1110 promised to...

Honeywell on how the IoT is elevating the digital worker

Honeywell Connected Plant GM Vincent Higgins used a session at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to discuss how the IoT is elevating the workforce.

The session, titled ‘People at the core of the Internet of Things’, provided a first-hand account of how modern technologies are improving the lives and efficiency of workers.

Regular training is required to retain information and learn new advancements. Few people enjoy it, especially when it requires travelling...

Smart IoT device payments grow substantially – but security concerns remain

A new report has argued that while smart payment technologies have shown ‘substantial’ growth, ‘significant’ security concerns remain for consumers.

The study, from Transaction Network Services (TNS), evaluated US, UK and Australian consumer experiences with – and attitudes towards – smart payment technologies on IoT-based devices, including voice assistants,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...