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Samsung, Apple working on blood sugar monitors for watches

No need for a needle

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Especially last year, smartwatches have adopted a lot of valuable health detection features. Among them all, the coveted blood oxygen level is supposedly helping smartwatch users detect COVID-19 before any tests. Now, the wearable technology is adding another essential health sensor. According to reports, Samsung and Apple are working on blood sugar monitors for next smartwatches.

Reported by ET News, both companies are looking to incorporate the feature in this year’s slate of smartphone models. While Apple was only mentioned partially, Samsung’s take on the monitoring feature is a lot more detailed.

Specifically, Samsung, partnered with MIT, developed a more accurate blood sugar monitors without using invasive procedures. Normally, blood sugar monitoring involves pricking yourself and testing the drop of blood for sugar levels. With Samsung’s own method, called Raman spectroscopy, smartwatches can use noninvasive wavelengths from a laser to detect blood sugar. Though the company claims that it is accurate, we haven’t seen it in practice yet.

According to the report, the next smartwatches, unveiled in the next Galaxy Unpacked event, will come with the feature. Additionally, Apple is apparently also slated to introduce the feature in the next Apple Watch.

As of late, smartwatch technology is really amping it up. Recently, medical journals have also found the benefit of smartwatches in detecting COVID-19 using simple heart rate monitoring.

SEE ALSO: Study: Smartwatches can detect COVID-19 before symptoms

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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The body heat charger inches closer to reality

As predicted by Samsung

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Image source: Xiao Lab/SciTechDaily

Last year, Samsung patented one of the craziest ideas in the wearable market: a wearable charger that converts body heat to electrical energy. Though a wild idea, the patent, once developed, can potentially revolutionize how we think of rechargeable energy. For one, we wouldn’t say no to a body heat charger. Now, going outside the patent realm, a research development in the science industry has made such a charger more of a reality than a dream.

In the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder, researcher Jianliang Xiao and his team developed a “low-cost wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery.” Reported by science outlet SciTechDaily, the wearable charger functions much like how Samsung described its own device: harvesting body heat through thermoelectric generators which convert it into electricity.

Since Xiao’s device is already a proof in concept, the wearable device already has crunched in the numbers. For every square centimeter of body coverage, the device can generate around a volt of energy. Though the conversion can hardly charge a smartphone, a volt should be enough to top off wearables when in use.

According to the report, the technology should work even better as you exercise, making it a perfect application for fitness devices. Additionally, Xiao projects building on the project much like “small Lego pieces,” eventually creating a device which covers more surface area and, ergo, generating more energy.

Unfortunately, Xiao predicts that the technology will publicly arrive sometime between the next five to ten years. It’s still a while before a wearable charger will make it onto our fingers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is developing a charger that harvests your body heat

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Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

In-ear and with silicone tips

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Through two generations, Apple has tried several form factors for its now-ubiquitous AirPods. You can’t own an iPhone anymore without an accompanying pair of Apple’s wireless earphones. From a pair of relatively loose buds to full over-ear headphones, iPhone users have a lot of choices on their plate. For this year, Apple is reportedly going a slightly different direction with the third generation AirPods, as seen in a new leak.

Reported by MacRumors, and leaked by 52audio, the third generation AirPods will don a new form factor. According to the leak, the earphones will have a more in-ear design, rather than just simply sitting in your ear. Further, the charging case shown in the photo is less wide than that of the AirPods Pro. It will also seemingly have an LED light on the center of the charging case.

According to more renders, the earphones will have removable silicone tips and a touch interface. Since other wireless earphones have the same features, it’s no surprise that the AirPods will have the same ones.

In terms of similarities with the AirPods Pro, the pair will reportedly have the same pressure-relieving system to make them more comfortable for users. According to previous rumors (and not pictured in the leak), the pair will not have active noise cancellation, an unfortunate loss from the previous generation.

SEE ALSO: Man accidentally swallows AirPods while asleep

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