Wearable Electronics

Bose Puts a Speaker on Your Shoulders

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Bose Puts a Speaker on Your Shoulders

Customers asking for a wearable audio device that does not cover the ears? Bose might have a solution with the SoundWear Companion, a speaker one wears on on their neck.

The SoundWear Companion pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth, meaning it streams music and takes calls just like any other similar device. It is controlled via companion iOS/Android app, and promises to provide music while not shutting out the noise of the outside world.

Producing what "deep, rich sound" is a pair of 11-inch waveguides, while the battery promises up to 12 hours of use on a single charge with a quick 15-minute charge giving up to 3 hours of use). Construction is sweat and weather resistant, and a combination of bend-and-stay steel wire and medical-grade silicon ensures the wearable stays form-fitted on the shoulders.

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IDC: Wearables Continue to Grow Through 2021

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IDC: Wearables Continue to Grow Through 2021

According to IDC wrist-worn devices-- as in watches and wristbands-- will continue to drive the wearable device market until at least 2021, while lesser-known categories such as clothing and earwear should experience growth in the years to come.

The analyst says 2017 wearable device shipments will total 121.7 million, a 16.6% increase over the 104.4m shipped in 2016. Such growth should continue throughout the forecast period, reaching 229.5m units in 2021 with a 5-year CAGR of 17.2%.

"We expect the most innovation and development in the wearables market to take place on the wrist," IDC continues. "It's the ideal location for users to collect, view, and interact with data and applications, and the point to execute tasks like responding to notifications or communicating with other people and devices. Layer on top of that varieties in style, design, segment, and feature set, and wristworn wearables are poised to remain well out in front of the market."

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Gartner: Wearables to Grow 17% in 2017

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Gartner: Wearables to Grow 17% in 2017

According to Gartner global wearable device sales are to reach 310.4 million in 2017-- a 16.7% increase over 2016, with revenues reaching $30.5 billion, of which $9.3bn coming from smartwatches.

In fact, the analyst says smartwatches are on pace to account for the highest unit sales of all wearable device form factors from 2019 to 2021 (aside from Bluetooth headsets), with 2017 sales reaching 41.5m. Smartwatch sales are estimated to total nearly 81m by 2021, making 16% of total wearable device sales.

Helping smartwatch revenues the relatively stable ASP of the Apple Watch. Higher volumes inevitably lead to "slight" reduction in manufacturing and component costs, but strong brands such as Apple and Fossil should keep pricing consistent with that of traditional watches. Thus, Gartner says smartwatch ASPs will drop from $223.25 in 2017 to $214.99 in 2021.

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Fitbit Smartwatch is Ionic

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Fitbit Smartwatch is Ionic

Fitbit launches its long awaited take on the smartwatch format-- the Ionic, a lightweight aluminium number with built-in GPS tracking, water resistance and a new operating system.

Technically the Ionic is an upgrade of the Blaze, the previous fitness-focused Fitbit watch. However it runs the proprietary Fitbit OS, a piece of software Fitbit says makes the core of its current and future smartwatch effots. It handles 3rd party apps, with the press reveal showing apps from the likes of Pandora, Strava, AccuWeather and Starbucks, among others.

The company promises a full selection of apps will be available at launch, while developers get an SDK on September. Users will be able to add more apps through a Fitbit App Gallery, and can also side load content through private links.

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DigiTimes: Apple Watch Shipments to Reach 15m in 2017

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DigiTimes: Apple Watch Shipments to Reach 15m in 2017

According to upstream supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes overall Apple Watch shipments are to reach 4.4 million in Q4 2017, before growing to 15m for the full year 2017 and 20m by 2018.

Such results bode well for Apple and its plans for the 3rd generation Watch. Other vendors do not have such luck, though-- the anonymous sources say demand is weakening for wearables from the likes of Xiaomi and Fitbit. Also seeing weak demand are Samsung, LG, Huawei and Motorola, while Asus and Intel have essentially given up on the device category.

Why did smartwatches-- aside from the Watch-- fail to capture the imagination? DigiTimes points out "high prices, weak battery life, overlapping functionalities with smartphones, and not yet fully integrated ecosystem have prevented demand from reaching expected levels."

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Swim Tracking, Offline Spotify for Gear Fit2 Pro?

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Swim Tracking, Offline Spotify for Gear Fit2 Pro?

According to VentureBeat Samsung will reveal more than just the Galaxy Note8 at its 23 August event-- also waiting in the wings is the Gear Fit2 Pro, the 3rd fitness tracker from the Korean giant.

In a confusing take on naming conventions, the Gear Fit2 Pro is actually the sequel to the Gear Fit2. It features a similar tall, curved display and a bevy of upgrades, including what a more powerful processor and 5 ATM water resistance. This allows users to fully submerge the band in water, allowing the tracking of swimming workouts via Speedo On app (in comparison, the Gear Fit2 is IP-68 certified, and is not submersible).

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Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi Takes Wearables Lead

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Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi Takes Wearables Lead

According to Strategy Analytics the wearables market has a new leader in Q2 2017-- Xiaomi takes over 17% market share, beating the likes of Fitbit and Apple for the first time ever.

The reason behind Xiaomi's rise to the top is the popularity of the Mi Band fitness trackers in China, the result of highly competitive pricing and rich features. In total the company shipped 3.7 million wearables globally in Q2 2017, a 23% Y-o-Y increase over the 3m shipped in Q2 2016.

In the meantime Fitbit finds itself between a rock and a hard place, as its product offering fails to be either low-end fitness band or a premium smartwatch. Shipments for the former wearables leader total 3.4m in Q2 2017, with market share dropping from 29% in Q2 2016 to 16%.

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Cellular Capability for Next Apple Watch?

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Cellular Capability for Next Apple Watch?

According to Bloomberg Apple is working to ensure the Watch is a device more independent of the iPhone-- and as such "at least some new Apple Watch models" will feature an LTE chip.

Cellular connectivity means the Watch would not need to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download map directions, use a number of apps and send or receive messages. A "person familiar with the situation" adds the LTE chip comes from Intel, as opposed to regular iDevice modem supplier Qualcomm, with whom Apple is currently locked in bitter legal dispute.

In addition, Bloomberg says Apple is already in talks with carriers in both Europe and the US to support the LTE Watch-- but these may be a "limited subset" of carriers carrying the iPhone.

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The First MFi Choclear Implant Sound Processor

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The First MFi Choclear Implant Sound Processor

Implantable hearing solution Cochlear teams up with Apple to launch a first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor-- the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

Through the Nucleus 7 users will be able to directly pair their hearing implant directly with an iPhone or iPod touch. They also can control, monitor and customise hearing via companion Nucleus Smart app. Further app features include a tracker (records coil-offs times, or each time the sound processor does not detect the implant coil), time in speech (measures time spent in speech environments, including FM and streaming) and Find My Processor (locates lost sound processor via location services).

In addition, Cochlear says the sound processor is smallest and lightest behind-the-ear option on the market. It carries SmartSound iQ with SCAN and dual microphone technology, enabling clear hearing in any environment. A new processing chip also promises more efficient processing with up to 50% longer battery life than the previous generation.

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The Bluetooth Earpiece in a Ring

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The Bluetooth Earpiece in a Ring

Origami Labs presents itself as a solution for customers wanting a Bluetooth earpiece without the dorky look-- Orii, an index finger-worn ring able to produce sound via bone conduction.

The actual ring is perhaps oversized, being 30mm, 20mm wide and 12mm thick. Construction is in aluminium, and inside are a dual Bluetooth 4.0 radio with Bluetooth Low Energy support, dual-mic noise cancellation, gyroscope, LED, 50mAh battery and a bone conduction actuator. The LED flashes whenever a call is received, and to answer one simply needs to touch their ear with their index finger.

As well as calls the Orii allows users to talk with voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant. A companion iOS/Android app allows the customisation of the notifications provided by the LED light. Origami Labs says battery life totals 1 hour of talk time, with 45 hours of standby time.

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Jabra Upgrades Elite Sport Battery

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Jabra Upgrades Elite Sport Battery

Headphone maker Jabra announces an update on the Elite Sport wireless earbuds-- one promising a 50% increase in battery life without an increase in the weight or depth of the earbud.

The result, the company says, is battery life reaching up to 4.5 hours of use on a single charge (or 13.5 hours when used with the portable charging case). The upgrade also adds an equaliser profile feature, allowing users to personalise their music experience, and a "Lime Green Gray" colour option.

All other features of the original Elite Dash earbuds, such as audio passthrough, water resistance up to 1m for 30 minutes, heart rate monitor and personalised audio coaching, are retained. The earbuds carry multiple microphones to pick up the user's voice while determining how much of the background to filter out, and can pick up incoming voice commands with a voice command.

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