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Japanese Startup Claims Its New Wearable Can Monitor Blood Sugar

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Quantum Operation Inc, a Japanese startup at the ongoing virtual CES 2021, is claiming to have solved one of the biggest problems in medical technology: Noninvasive continuous glucose monitoring. 

Quantum Operation Inc, exhibiting at the virtual show, says that its prototype wearable can accurately measure blood sugar from the wrist, according to a report in engadget.com

Looking like a knock-off Apple Watch, the prototype crams in a small spectrometer which is used to scan the blood to measure for glucose.

Quantum’s pitch adds that the watch is also capable of reading other vital signs, including heart rate and ECG.

The company says that its secret sauce is in its patented spectroscopy materials which are built into the watch and its band.

To use it, the wearer simply needs to slide the watch on and activate the monitoring from the menu, and after around 20 seconds, the data is displayed.

Quantum says that it expects to sell its hardware to insurers and healthcare providers, as well as building a big data platform to collect and examine the vast trove of information generated by patients wearing the device.

Quantum Operation supplied a sampling of its data compared to that made by a commercial finger-prick monitor, the FreeStyle Libre.

And, at this point, there does seem to be a noticeable amount of variation between the wearable and the Libre. That, for now, maybe a deal-breaker for those who rely upon accurate blood glucose readings to determine their insulin dosage.

Noninvasive glucose monitoring is something of a holy grail for the medical industry, as well as the major wearables brands.

In order to maintain their health, diabetics today either need to take regular finger-prick blood tests or wear an implanted glucose monitor.

In the last five years, companies like Dexcom and Abbott have even found ways to connect these monitors to smartwatches for ease of tracking.

 

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Nokia Transforms Hong Kong Int’l Airport With Mission-Critical IP Network

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Nokia Shanghai Bell has confirmed that it will provide Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) with a new, high-bandwidth, mission-critical Nokia IP/MPLS network, to support the digital transformation of its tower operations.

Nokia Shanghai Bell will also support and manage the migration of legacy non-IP aviation applications to the new network, according to reports at itp.net.

Mervyn Harris, Head of Air Traffic Management, Nokia Cloud and Networks Services said, “As we deploy this robust next-generation network, not only will we complete a flexible, seamless migration of legacy applications but we will also deliver Hong Kong International Airport wide-ranging benefits that include increased passenger capacity, reliability and ease of expansion.

“Nokia possesses extensive experience in mission-critical IP networking with air navigation service providers (ANSPs) elsewhere in the world. This enables us to deliver an unparalleled combination of technical skills and domain expertise, which is essential to provide the highest levels of network availability, performance and safety for such a high-profile airport.”

As part of the deal, Nokia will supply a range of operational aviation-specific professional services for network design, architecture, integration and deployment. Following the completion of the deployment later in 2021, Nokia will continue to provide long-term support and maintenance for the airport.

During the project, Nokia will partner with Shun Hing Systems Integration. Shun Hing Systems Integration has extensive experience in design, project management, installation, maintenance of telecommunication and transport infrastructure related systems.

“This project is an important step in plans to expand the airport’s operations, enabling it to take advantage of IP networking to modernise aviation communications,” said S.F. Chan, Assistant General Manager, Shun Hing Systems Integration Co., Ltd.

 

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Samsung Nigeria Announces The Awesome And Affordable Galaxy A12, A02s & A02 Phones

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Samsung Galaxy A12 mobile phones in different colours

Samsung Nigeria, Tuesday, launched brand new additions to the Galaxy A series- the Galaxy A12, A02s and A02 devices into the Nigerian boisterous mobile phone market.

The launch also witnessed the introduction of the face of Galaxy A series, Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa AKA Joeboy.

The Galaxy A12 device, for instance, comes with a stylish rear quad camera design that features a 48MP main camera.

Together with the 6.5-inch large display and 5,000mAh massive battery, the Galaxy A12 is the affordable device that offers an incredibly wide array of features Nigerians want.

Iretiogo Oke, Head of Marketing at Samsung Nigeria said, “With the launch of the Galaxy A12, Samsung Nigeria has entered the new year with a strong commitment to providing Galaxy fans with the amazing features at an unbelievable price.

“Through these new devices, A12, A02s and A02, we continue to showcase our commitment to listening to the needs of the Nigerian consumers and providing innovation for all.”

Ireti Oke, Head of Marketing, Samsung Nigeria

The Samsung Galaxy A12 is equipped with a stylishly designed quad rear camera such that one can easily capture wonderful moments and share happiness with friends and families.

The Galaxy A12 is available in three vivid and unique colours of black, white and blue.

Combining truly awesome features for an awesome price, the device promises to change the game for everyone.

A Reservoir of Power

The Galaxy A12 has a massive 5,000mAh battery reservoir – enough power to make sure one gets through their day uninterrupted. When you do need to power back up, 15W Fast Charging makes short work of it.

Awesome Performance

The Galaxy A12 houses 4GB RAM with optional 64GB or 128GB internal memory. The A12’s powerful Octa-core 2.3 GHz MTK 6765 processor is optimised for gaming, so you can play your favourite games seamlessly.

With the introduction of these devices as well the face of Galaxy A series, Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa AKA Joeboy, Samsung further reinforces their continuous drive in endearing their brands to consumers.

The amazing Galaxy A12 64GB and 128GB are available at recommended retail price of N67,000 and N72,000 respectively nationwide.

 

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COVID-19: Global Wearable Market To Reach $81.5B In 2021

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Analyst firm Gartner forecasts that worldwide end-user spending on wearable devices will reach $81.5 billion this year, representing an 18.1% increase over 2020 where spend reached $69 billion.

The growth is being attributed to increased remote working and a higher interest in health monitoring, according to a report in neowin.net.

According to the company’s data, spend in this market has been increasing since 2019 and is expected to continually grow through to 2022.

In 2019, spend totalled $46.1 billion while spending in 2022 is expected to more than double to $93.8 billion.

Though smartwatches were the biggest driver of the wearable market in 2019, ear-worn devices became the leader in 2020 and this is expected to remain the case through to 2022.

Senior research director at Gartner Ranjit Atwal said: “The introduction of health measures to self-track COVID-19 symptoms, along with increasing interest from consumers in their personal health and wellness during global lockdowns, presented a significant opportunity for the wearables market.

“Ear-worn devices and smartwatches are seeing particularly robust growth as consumers rely on these devices for remote work, fitness activities, health tracking and more.”

Gartner includes smartwatches, wristbands, ear-worn devices, head-mounted displays, smart clothing and smart patches in its definition of the wearable market.

Of all these categories, only spend on wristbands is declining.

Gartner didn’t explain why wristband spend is coming down; it could be that devices are being sold at a lower price or that companies like Apple are releasing cheaper smartwatches and drawing people away from wristbands.

As sensor accuracy improves with each iteration of wearables, the gap between medical and non-medical wearables is beginning to close.

By 2024, Gartner also predicts that technologies will have been miniaturised enough where 10% of wearable technologies will become unobtrusive to the user which could open up many possibilities.

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