Huawei is planning to launch a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses within the next one or two years. In an interview with CNBC, Huawei’s Chief Technology Officer Richard Yu has confirmed that its first-ever augmented reality (AR) glasses are actively being developed, designed to work in tandem with the smartphone.
Even though the executive sees a pair of AR glasses as the next big thing in the tech world, they won’t really be going to replace the smartphone. According to Yu, the technology isn’t mature enough right now but that might change in the near future. “In the beginning you may feel AR … is nothing. But in the future you will see more and more the value of that,” Yu told CNBC.
Yu is of an opinion that the technology will be mature enough in another year or two and that’s when Huawei will bring its own augmented reality (AR) glasses to the market. For now, Huawei wants to bring more augmented reality features to smartphones.
Huawei isn’t the first company that has set its eyes on developing augmented reality glasses that can impose digital information on the real world through advanced lenses. Apple too is interested in this area. It’s being said that Apple is secretively working on a pair of augmented reality glasses and the global launch is expected to happen sometime in 2020. Back in April, a CNET report claimed that Apple is working on a combined AR/VR headset with an 8K per-eye resolution and 2020 launch.
In fact, Loop Ventures analyst Gene Munster believes that Apple is optimistic about the prospects of AR. He expects the Cupertino company to release augmented reality glasses in 2021. Apple recently acquired a small Colorado-based company Akonia Holographics, which has been focused on making lenses of augmented reality. Late last year the Tim Cook-led company reportedly acquired VR startup Vrvana.
Oppo A1K, Oppo A5s Tipped to Launch in India Soon
Oppo is reportedly gearing up to launch two new smartphones in India – the Oppo A1K and Oppo A5s. The Oppo A1K will reportedly be a budget smartphone powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone is also tipped to feature a 4,000mAh battery and will reportedly run ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie. On the other hand, the Oppo A5s has reportedly received BIS certification, which means the upcoming smartphone’s launch in India is imminent.
Starting with the Oppo A1K, it will reportedly be priced in the budget segment and might soon be launched in India. The Oppo offering is rumoured to feature a 6-inch or a slightly larger display with a waterdrop notch, although details like resolution and aspect ratio are not known. The Oppo A1K will reportedly be powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Oppo A1K will is tipped to be the first smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker to come equipped with the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC.
The alleged specifications of the Oppo A1K, which come courtesy of MySmartPrice, also mention that the device will feature a single rear camera, but there is no word on the megapixel count. Additionally, the Oppo A1K will reportedly be available in a single storage configuration and will hit the shelves in Red and Black colour options. Oppo’s next offering is tipped to pack a 4,000mAh battery and will run ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie. The dimensions of the Oppo A1K will reportedly be 154.4×77.4×8.4 mm and it will tip the scales at 165 grams.
As for the Oppo A5s, key specifications and a render of the smartphone were leaked earlier this month. Now, the smartphone has reportedly received BIS certification in India, which is an indication that the Oppo A5s is inching closer to its official launch. The offering’s BIS certification was spotted by MySmartPrice, which also reported about the Oppo A5s’ NBTC certification in Thailand.
The Oppo A5s will reportedly be a refreshed version of the Oppo A5s that was launched in India last month. The Oppo A5s’ rumoured specifications also bear some similarity with the Oppo A7’s hardware, such as an identical rear camera setup and display. The Oppo A1K will reportedly feature a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with a waterdrop notch and will be powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. The smartphone will be launched in multiple configurations with 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB of RAM paired with 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage that can further be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB).
The Oppo A5s is tipped to feature a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The front snapper will reportedly be an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The upcoming Oppo smartphone will run ColorOS 5.2 based on Android Oreo, while its dimensions and weight will be 155.9×75.4×8.2mm and 170 grams respectively. The Oppo A5s might be available in Red, Black, Gold, and Green colour options. There is no word on the pricing or a definite launch timeline of the Oppo A1K or the Oppo A5s in India.
Apple Watch spots heart issues, with limits: Study
Researchers from Stanford University’s School of Medicine presented results from a giant study sponsored by Apple Inc that showed the Apple Watch can sometimes spot patients with undiagnosed heart-rhythm problems, without producing large numbers of false alarms.
The Apple-sponsored trial enrolled 419,297 people and was one of the largest heart-screening studies ever. The study, details of which are being presented today at the American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans, used the watch’s sensors to detect possible atrial fibrillation.
“The findings are exciting and encouraging, but clearly there is a lot more to be done,” said Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford’s medical school. The study could help pave the way for more research into how modern digital tools can help improve health.
People who have atrial fibrillation are at risk of blood clots and strokes. In the U.S., it causes 750,000 hospitalizations a year and contributes to 130,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because it doesn’t always produce outward symptoms, it can go undiagnosed.
According to results presented Saturday, about 0.5 per cent of patients in the study — or almost 2,100 people — received notices from their watch indicating that they might have a heart-rhythm problem. That relatively low number showed that the technology wasn’t inundating people with worrisome alerts.
Of the minority of patients who got notifications and agreed to wear a portable electrocardiogram for up to a week, about 34 per cent were found to have atrial fibrillation. That may be because atrial fibrillation can come and go, and doesn’t necessarily mean that the other 66 per cent didn’t have the condition, Mintu Turakhia, a Stanford professor of cardiovascular medicine and one of the leaders of the study, said in a statement.
Apple looks forward “to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community,” said Jeff Williams, the company’s chief operating officer.
One unusual feature of the study is that it allowed people to participate without ever visiting a doctor in person. When the watch detected repeated periods of irregular heartbeats, patients got alerts to call in for a virtual consultation.
The study isn’t likely to immediately shift medical practice.
“We have got more work to do to understand specifically how the data form this technology can be integrated into routine clinical assessment and patient management decisions,” said Kenneth Mahaffey, a cardiologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, who chaired the study.
Huawei P30 Pro to launch in India soon after the global announcement: Report
It looks like India will not have to long for the Huawei P30 Pro after its global launch event on March 26 in Paris, France. According to a report , Huawei plans to unveil the Huawei P30 Pro in India days or weeks after the Paris launch event of the device.
The news agency quoted a source saying, “The company is dedicated to the India market and it aims to narrow the gap in the timing of global launches of flagship devices with this phone.”
Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro have been subjected to a number of leaks. From image renders to hands-on images and camera specifications to processor, we have a general idea of what these two phones will bring to the table.
While we have seen hands-on images of Huawei P30 Pro shared by Slashleaks which revealed quad camera setup with a periscope-style lens, recently, WinFuture revealed the full specifications of the device as well as image renders of the upcoming device.
Earlier Huawei VP of Global Product Marketing Clement Wong confirmed new Super Zoom feature of the phone. While Huawei shared teasers for the lossless zoom, we also got to see leaked camera samples of Huawei P30 Pro as well.
Huawei P30 Pro: Expected specifications and features
Huawei P30 Pro will likely feature a 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED curved display with 2340×1080 resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, a tear-drop notch on top and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device will be powered by Huawei’s latest octa-core Kirin 980 processor coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage options.
At the back, Huawei P30 Pro will have two camera strips to host four cameras. One strip will carry a flash and probably a ToF (time of flight) sensor, while the other strip will have three camera lens– one of which is a square shaped periscope style ‘Super Zoom’ camera lens.
The latest leak reveals the camera specs as– 40MP primary camera with f/1.6 aperture + 20MP secondary wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture + a third 8MP camera with f/3.4 aperture + a fourth Time of Flight camera. The front camera of the device is tipped to be a 32MP sensor.
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