29 Nov Weekly Wearables Roundup: XperiaEye, AmazfitPACE, OriiRing, SmartBelt,Neebo
1. Sony’s latest wearable from Xperia family
During the Mobile World Congress last February, Sony Corporation showcased a set of conceptualized wearable technology like the Xperia Ear and Xperia Eye. The company is going to bring to reality one of these conceptual wearable technologies, the Xperia Ear, the next month.
Sony designed the Xperia Ear as a wearable personal assistant, acting like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Google Home. But instead of being built in a phone or Wi-Fi speaker, the device is fashioned like that of a Bluetooth earpiece. Xperia Ear will be powered by the Sony Agent Technology, a personal assistant that Sony designed themselves. The user will receive driving assistance or text notifications through the Xperia Ear. Moreover, the Xperia Ear will also have various sensors on board enabling users to acknowledge a command by simple gestures like head movement for nodding.
Sony Xperia Ear will have a Graphite black casing. Inside, the Xperia Ear is a fitted with a gyroscope, proximity sensors, and an accelerometer. The proximity sensors on the device allow the Xperia Ear to automatically turn on when worn. Through the Xperia Ear, users will be able to send and receive messages through the device’s voice command technology, allowing the user to dictate a text message without having to type it on their smartphone. Users will also be able to accept or decline a phone call with a head gesture, without the need to pull out their smartphone. Sony designed the Xperia Ear to work best with Xperia smartphones. The Sony device will have a 65 mAh battery that will provide up to 4 hours of talk time and last up to 80 hours in standby mode. The Xperia Ear will also come with a storage case that doubles as a charger as well as multiple earbud tips.
The wearable device will be released through Amazon on December 13 at $200. It would later be available at retailers like B&H and Fry’s.
2. Huami Amazfit smartwatch
Amazfit, the second largest wearables manufacturer globally, has announced its third wearable device, the Amazfit PACE, a GPS-enabled running watch with up to 11 days of battery life. With 2.4 gigabytes of onboard media storage, heart rate monitoring and notifications, the Amazfit PACE allows for phone-free running and is now available for preorder at an introductory price of $129. The launch of Amazfit PACE marks the company’s third wearable product release within three months making it the most affordable line of wearables that cater to a range of styles and needs, from the competitive athlete to the casual, fashion-conscious wearer. PACE joins Amazfit ARC, a heart rate, activity and sleep tracker with a 20 day battery life and ceramic-based Moonbeam and Equator, which are the slimmest and most lightweight activity trackers on the market today, all available now on amazfit.com.
Amazfit PACE has Built-in GPS and GLONASS that tracks your route and distance. It IP67 certified and resistant to dust, rain, splashing, and accidental submersion. It comes with a Ceramic Bezel making it durable and resistant to scratching with a beautiful sheen. The wearable can track runs and capture distance, time, pace, heart rate, calories, speed, cadence, moving pace, moving speed, altitude, elevation gain and elevation loss. It provides automatic heart rate monitoring and continuous heart rate tracking during workouts and runs. It can connect wirelessly to Bluetooth earbuds and helping you enjoy music and media with internal 2.4GB storage for phone-free running.You will receive notifications for incoming calls, messages, emails and other apps. All data is synced and available in the Strava Run app. The device has a high battery life of up to 11 days on a single charge. The most astonishing feature is thirty-six hour continuous GPS and heart rate tracking. It is designed for outdoor activity, with an always on and easily readable display under bright sunlight.
3. Wearable Ring that will have you look like a ‘Secret Agent’
Hong Kong start-up Origami Labs has developed a wearable, a ring worn on the index finger, which uses bone conduction technology to deliver sound when the user places their fingertip next to their ear, in a gesture similar to that used by the secret service agents. This new ring gadget will have smartphone users looking like secret agents, but instead of transmitting sensitive codes, the invention delivers text messages or calls through vibrations straight into the ear. The ring can be paired with a smartphone’s voice assistant to perform tasks without looking at the screen.
The Orii ring falls under the umbrella of the IoT, a growing area of connected devices ranging from wearable devices such as fitness trackers to smart fridges. Origami Lab’s device connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth and can be used with the phone’s voice assistant to quickly open apps, dictate messages through a built-in microphone and check schedules. The company is developing its own artificial intelligence technology to perform basic tasks with the goal of building a voice assistant capable of handling complex tasks using the ring.
The start-up sought input from visually impaired groups in Hong Kong, with Kevin Wong, co-founder and chief executive officer of Origami Labs., adding that these groups had similar requirements for the technology as the general public. The company opted for a ring over a earpiece as Wong said earpieces are not designed to be worn all day as they can create humidity in the ear. Origami Labs recently completed the Wearable IoT World accelerator programme at Hong Kong Cyberport and is now taking part in the Cyberport Incubation Programme.
4. Smart Belt for seniors to prevent injuries due to accidental fall
Active Protective, a Philadelphia based company, developing a Smart Belt to help prevent hip fractures in senior adults who accidently fall has raised just under $2.6 million in a private stock sale, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company was co-founded by Dr. Robert Buckman, the inventor of the technology the company is seeking to commercialize, and Drew Lakatos, the company’s CEO. Buckman, a former trauma surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., serves as the company’s chief technology officer.
The company’s smart belt wearable technology uses 3D motion sensors to first determine people’s stereotypical motions and accelerations that govern their normal, daily activities in order to determine deviations from what is allowable. The technology, using a technique called “fall disambiguation,” can determine falls prior to impact which triggers the deployment of the micro-airbag protection. The company says its garment can reduce impact force by 90 percent.
“It works differently than a car airbag, which uses pyrotechnics to deploy,” said Lakatos.
The smart belt uses a cold-gas inflator which comes out less violently and stays inflated longer. Research studies have found one out of every three people aged 65 and older fall each year, resulting in three million emergency room visits, and hip fractures cost the U.S. health care system more than $30 billion annually. Active Protective raised $600,000 in its first round of financing in January 2014 and $2.4 million in a second round this year. Among its investors in the second round was the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which invested $100,000 in the company after its administration was approached by PCOM alumnus Dr. Jay Rosen, who is serving as an advisor to Adaptive Protective. PCOM later decided to create its own $5 million venture fund to support companies with innovative products and services focused on primary care. Drew Lakatos said the company’s goal is to have the Smart Belt in supervised care facilities early next year.
5. Wearable for monitoring infant health and hygiene
With hundreds of different wearable gadgets being released, from more common ones like fitness trackers and smartwatches, to some not that common ones, like the temporary tattoo fitness sensors and smart socks, the wearable technology has reached new heights in recent years. There are many of less known wearables out there, and if you’re into wearable tech, we’re sure that you’ve stumbled upon quite a few such gadgets.
Neebo is essentially a new infant wearable that will launch at the beginning of next month. This gadget is attached to your baby’s hand, and you can monitor all sorts of vitals through the companion app that you’ll need to install on your smartphone. Neebo monitors baby’s sound, thermal comfort, heart rate and blood oxygen level. In addition to all that, it monitors for suspicious activity, and will let you know if something’s wrong. This gadget also filters out background noises so that you can hear only relevant sounds that your baby is making when monitoring what’s going on. Neebo also has a built in voice chat features which allows you to talk to your baby no matter where you are, all you have to do is activate this feature through the companion app and your baby will be able to hear everything you’re saying.
Neebo can also serve as a lullaby gadget for infants, as it contains various audio content. In addition to lullabies, Neebo can playback fairy tales, fables, music and all sorts of other calming sounds that are automatically updated based on how old your baby is. The companion app will offer three different modes for you to choose from: Monitoring Section, Sleeping Mode and Parenting Section. In each of these sections the wearable will be set to do different things, the monitoring section will keep track of your baby’s vitals and audio in the room, the sleeping section activates heart rate monitoring and an alert system, while the parenting section will offer you various audio content to choose from.