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How wearables are helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic

Does your fitness tracker support SpO2 monitoring?

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The Coronavirus pandemic has shut down massive economies for weeks, if not months. Unemployment is radically on the rise since many industries like tourism, hospitality, transportation, and more are worse hit.

The virus is extremely fatal because of its ability to spread undetected for decades. Many may have contracted the virus but are asymptomatic, making it harder to trace the spread.

Technology has again proved to be a life-saver amid the chaos. Many wearables have a SpO2 sensor that can measure the blood’s oxygen saturation levels. Along with the heart rate sensor, it can detect color as well as the movement of blood cells. The measurement is done in percentage and a healthy adult has 95-100 percent cells with sufficient oxygen.

If the flow of oxygen is on the lower end, it indicates the presence of a respiratory problem. According to doctors, SpO2 levels below 92-93 percent are a sign of worry and further medical help should be sought as soon as possible.

Coronavirus affects the respiratory system directly and constant SpO2 monitoring can provide faster detection. Many consumer-grade wearables sport a SpO2 sensor and wearing one can potentially help you diagnose Coronavirus faster.

Fitbit has rolled out SpO2 monitoring on the Versa, Versa 2, Versa Lite, Ionic, and Charge 3. In the affordable segment, the realme Watch also has a SpO2 sensor. The Honor Watch Magic also has this feature. If you’re in the market for a wearable, the Sp02 monitoring has just become a key feature.

On the enterprise level, the NBA offered players a ring by Oura that can track a user’s health data and might even predict if users are about to show symptoms of Coronavirus infection. The US$ 299 Oura smart ring is designed to monitor sleep, pulse, movement, heart activity, and temperature.

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Apple Watch SE keeps overheating in South Korea

Malfunctioning screens and burn spots

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When you own a smartwatch, you often want timely notifications on your wrist. That said, expertly timed notifications are often just tiny vibrations or tiny beeps. However, a smartwatch burning your wrist is a bit much. Unfortunately, Apple Watch users are ending up with scorch marks on their arms. In South Korea, the Apple Watch SE keeps overheating and malfunctioning.

As documented in a Reddit post, there are already six individual cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating. In all cases, the smartwatch ended up with a yellow patch on the screen, likely where the overheating happened. In four cases, the watch overheated while the user was asleep. Luckily, Apple has not disputed these claims, offering the users either refunds or replacement products.

According to the post, the yellow spot is “above the display connectors” and “far from the battery.” At this point, there is no documented risk of the device blowing up, at least.

Affected devices are all from the Apple Watch SE 40mm series of devices. These include both GPS and cellular. They also include Silver, Space Gray, and Nike Edition variants.

Apple has not released any breakdown information on the Apple Watch SE about the incidents yet. Unofficial breakdowns have not revealed the problem as well.

The company launched the Apple Watch SE last month. The new series brings Apple’s wearable experience to a more budget-conscious market. That said, you might want to stay away from the affected devices above for now.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

Charges 4000mAh battery in 19 minutes

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There is a new charging war brewing. After a hotly contested race for wired charging supremacy, the rise of wireless charging has brought a new field to work on. Trying to jump ahead of the curve, Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger.

On their official YouTube page, Xiaomi posted a video testing the upcoming technology on the Mi 10 Pro. According to the video, the charging solution can fill the Mi 10 Pro’s 4000mAh battery up to 50 percent in just eight minutes. Further, the battery reaches 100 percent in 19 minutes.

Currently, the company sports only a 50W wireless charging solution. On its own, the solution can fill up the Mi 10 Ultra’s 4500mAh battery in 40 minutes. Relatively, Xiaomi’s upcoming solution is a drastic improvement.

In terms of competitors, OPPO has already announced their own 65W wireless charging solution. The wireless charging war is truly heating up. Wired charging, on the other hand, has already advanced to 125W charging. As expected, OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi are leaders in the wired charging battle.

Of course, Xiaomi has not announced when the upcoming charging solution will eventually launch. The company and its competitors often announce their charging improvements as opening salvos before releasing compatible devices officially.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Fujifilm Introduces X-S10 mirrorless digital camera

Compact, lightweight, and high-end

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Fujifilm X-S10

The newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series family of compact and lightweight digital cameras is the Fujifilm X-S10.

Being relatively small and light, Fujifilm hopes this camera will appeal to everyone. It has professional features for both photo and video, while also having the AUTO/SP (Scene Position) Mode. It automatically adjusts the camera settings without the need for tinkering from the user’s end.

Smaller IBIS for compact body

The camera’s in-body stabilization (IBIS) is around 30% smaller than the previous model. Despite this, it’s able to deliver up to 6.0-stop so five-axis image stabilization. The less shaky the footage, the better.

It’s the first midrange X Series camera with a motion sensor retention mechanism. It’s a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations.

For more hand-held stability, the X-S10 has a large, ergonomic magnesium-alloy grip. This should make it easier to hold the camera even when a larger lens is mounted.

Film Simulations, updated AUTO functions

One of the X Series’ appeals is its ability to cater to both experience and beginner users. As mentioned earlier, the X-S10 will have the AUTO/SP Mode. This will have the camera automatically adjust the settings to suit the scene.

Whether you’re shooting landscapes or portraits, you’ll come away with a photo with your desired clarity, vividness, and tones no matter your skill level.

It also has Film Simulation modes. Fujifilm says this is to celebrate the history of photographic film. It mimics the look of most iconic analog films. There are 18 exclusive modes.

Capture with focus and speed

For quick and accurate autofocus, Fujifilm combines the X-S10’s high-speed AF woith the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What you get is an AF as fast as 0.02 seconds.

It has high-precision Tracking AF for moving subjects along with Face/ Eye tracking.

For capturing high-movement activities, the X-S10 has blackout-free high-speed burst shooting of 8fps.

Flexible LCD monitor

Shooting from different angles is easier too with the vari-angle LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can rotate up to 180 degrees so it’s also ideal for getting yourself in the frame.

The viewfinder’s Live View function has three boost modes: Low Light Priority, Resolution Priority, and Frame Rate Priority.

Extensive video-recording

The X-S10 generates 4K video from the amount of data equivalent to 6K for a high resolution, low noise footage. It supports recording 4K/30p 4:2:0 u-bit video onto an SD inserted in the camera, and outputting 4K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video via the HDMI port.

It can also record FullHD at 240p. That’s up to 10x slow-mo footage of a split-second motion of a fast-moving subject.

The X-S10 also has Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) mode to assist its IBIS. It’ll compensate for any camera shake when walking with it.

The dedicated recording button is on its top plate, letting users record while taking still images. Exposure and focus settings are automatically recorded in AUTO mode.

Pricing and availability

Model

Color

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Fujifilm X-S10 body only Black Mid-november 2020 PhP 55,990
Fujifilm X-S10 with Fujinon XF 19-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS Black Mid-november 2020 PhP 78,990

 

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