And finally is where we mop up the wearable tech rumour mill, bringing you fully up to speed with what’s being rerported by the tech press.
It’s also a one-stop shop for some of the lesser stories of the week, that didn’t make our dedicated wearable tech news page.
Read on for this week’s instalment….
Apple Watch cellular plans canned
Bloomberg has it on good authority that a cellular-capable Apple Watch model was supposed to be landing but that “roadblocks” have been hit.
“Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone, according to people with knowledge of the matter,” reads the report. “The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking. The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based location tracking, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.”
We’ve investigated exactly what should be included in theApple Watch 2 and our editor Michael Sawh has written aboutwhat Apple’s health wearable might look like.
Fitbit kills Microsoft syncing
Fitbit has ended users’ ability to sync their activity to Microsoft’s HealthVault (not to be confused with Microsoft Health). HealthVault brings people and medical professionals together on a web-based platform.
“We strive to channel our energy and resources into creating the most value for our customers,” Fitbit told SlashGear; which doesn’t really tell us why the support has been dropped. What we do know is syncing will cease on 12 September.
It’s been a busy week for Fitbit, with the new Charge HR 2 and Flex 2 leaked.
Xiaomi smartwatch coming this week
The long awaited Xiaomi smartwatch could be arriving this week – 25 August is being tipped as a possible launch date by Gizchina.
The report doesn’t really give us any specifics but claims that “people who live sports will like the new Xiaomi watch and that the RRP for the wearable will be higher than we have come to expect from the Beijing phone maker.”
The Xiaomi smartwatch is one of the worst kept secrets in tech, and VP Hugo Barra (of Google fame) took to Facebook back in 2014 to confirm it was looking at the medium.
Since then Xiaomi has seen immense popularity of its Mi Bandand Mi Band Pulse fitness tracker, in no small part aided by their ridiculously low price points.
Apple and Microsoft providing brain waves
Cambridge Cognition, apparently, has come up with a method of tracking a person’s mental health using an Apple Watch and a Microsoft Band.
“Cognition Kit is a wearable software platform that will enable doctors, scientists and the public to better understand and manage day-to-day brain health by accurately measuring biological and psychological factors affecting cognitive performance more frequently.
“The technology could now help improve the development of disease-modifying treatments, treat mental health conditions at the earliest opportunity and objectively measure patient outcomes as a means of reducing the health and economic burden of mental illness.”