iWatch to include sleep technology

Apple’s rumoured iWatch is increasingly looking like it will be a 24/7 wearable after it was reported that the company had hired a sleep tracking specialist.

Former Philips Research senior scientist Roy J.E.M. Raymann is claimed to have been recruited by Apple, according to 9to5Mac. Raymann has been involved in sleep monitoring for many years.

The iWatch’s launch date is expected to be sometime in 2014.

Raymann is the latest non-core focus expert to join the company. Apple has previously hired experts from the fashion and sports industry.

According to the website, Raymann’s research has focused on researching and developing wearable and miniaturised sensors.

Apple has refused to comment on Raymann’s reported hiring. However, his background in sleep and wearables research suggests that he will almost certainly be working on Apple’s much rumoured iWatch.

Focus on health

Recent reports have suggested that the iWatch will have a strong focus on health.

iOS 8 is said to include a health and fitness app called Healthbook.

Healthbook is said to be a pre-installed app that will be able to track things like the number of steps taken by a user, calories burned, weight gained or lost, blood pressure, hydration, and glucose level.

The report notes that Healthbook will work with the upcoming iWatch.

Power

Other reports have claimed that Apple has been testing alternative methods of charging as a way of combating the short battery life typically seen in many smartwatches on the market.

The charging methods mooted are wireless charging, kinetic and solar.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/iwatch-to-include-sleep-technology

Wink functionality added to Google Glass

According to Google, winking to take a picture is faster than pressing the existing camera button or the voice action. The feature will also work when theGoogle Glass’ display is turned off.

Google has said that it expected the feature to become one of the most useful on the device. In a blog post announcing the feature, the company said it can see a number of potential uses for the function in the future.

Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay”, Google said.

“You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss”.

Wearable technology is seen as a major growth area in the next 12 months. Analysts have predicted the market could grow by as many as ten times compared to sales of devices this year.

The general sale of Google Glass and the arrival of Apple’s rumoured iWatch are expected to be major contributors to the surge in demand.

Another report from Juniper Research predicts it will grow in value from $1.4 billion (£86 million) this year to $19 billion (£11.9 billion) by 2018. Analysts at bank Credit Suisse have predicted the figure could be as high as $50 billion (£30.5 billion) by the same point.

However, devices like Google Glass have prompted fears from privacy campaigners. Several restaurants have banned the device and there have been instances of people being fined for using the device while driving.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/wink-functionality-added-to-google-glass