smartwatches

Withings Smartwatch with ECG Scanner Can Monitor Signs of Sleep Apnea

Withings Smartwatch with ECG Scanner Can Monitor Signs of Sleep Apnea

Smartwatch maker Withings has unveiled its latest offering at CES 2020 this week, the ScanWatch — a smartwatch capable of tracking the wearer’s biometrics and identifying signs of sleep apnea. Using an SpO2 (peripheral capillary oxygen saturation) sensor that transmits light into the wearer’s blood vessels, the ScanWatch can take measurements throughout the course of…

Millions of Child-Tracking Smartwatches Exposed in Cloud Flaw: Report

Millions of Child-Tracking Smartwatches Exposed in Cloud Flaw: Report

An exclusive report from TechCrunch says that over 47 million connected devices, including GPS smartwatches marketed toward children, are vulnerable to hacking due to major flaws in the cloud platform that supports the devices. Earlier this year, researches found that a number of children’s smartwatches sold on Amazon and manufactured by the same White Label…

Samsung Updates User Interface on Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung Updates User Interface on Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung is rolling out a major software update for the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active. The update specifically concerns the user interface, and will allow owners of older Galaxy Watch models to enjoy a slew of features that are currently only available on the newer Galaxy Watch Active2, which debuted earlier this year.…

Apple Files Patent for Flexible Smart Watch Antenna

Apple Files Patent for Flexible Smart Watch Antenna

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has published a new Apple patent application for flexible antenna components that could be integrated into the band of the Apple Watch. The stretchable, bendable antennas would still support the Watch’s wireless capabilities, but would theoretically free up more space in the body of the watch without compromising the integrity…

FIDO, Money20/20, and a New Wearable: This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

FIDO, Money20/20, and a New Wearable: This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

It was another varied week in mobile identity news, and that is once again reflected in the latest roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories. But with a careful look, one or two key themes can be spotted. The FIDO Alliance, for example, found its way into a couple of different stories. One of them…

A Biometrics-heavy Roundup of This Week’s Top Stories

A Biometrics-heavy Roundup of This Week’s Top Stories

This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories is a biometrics-heavy one, with mobile in-display fingerprint scanning being a particularly important topic across two popular articles. One of these concerns Samsung’s major security fiasco with its Galaxy S10 smartphone. Its in-display fingerprint scanner has evidently been letting unauthorized users unlock devices when they were…

Huami Debuts Amazfit GTS Smartwatch at IFA 2019

Huami Debuts Amazfit GTS Smartwatch at IFA 2019

Huami has announced the launch of its latest smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Amazfit GTS at IFA Berlin 2019. The Amazfit GTS, which comes in six different colours, has a design that has changed considerably since last year’s Amazfit Verge. It sports a square 1.65″ curved AMOLED screen with a 341 pixel-per-inch resolution and is…

Nok Nok Releases FIDO Authentication SDK for Smart Watches

Nok Nok Releases FIDO Authentication SDK for Smart Watches

Nok Nok Labs has released the first FIDO authentication solution designed specifically for smart watch devices. Dubbed the Nok Nok App SDK for Smart Watch, the solution is based on the same technology that is already used to safeguard web and mobile apps, and extends those strong FIDO standards to the smart watch ecosystem. The…

Casio Secures New PRO TREK Smartwatch with Trustonic Technology

Casio Secures New PRO TREK Smartwatch with Trustonic Technology

Casio has turned to Trustonic to safeguard its latest smartwatch. Built specifically for athletes and outdoor adventurers, the Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR debuted in August and integrates the Trustonic Secured Platform for additional IoT security. The PRO TREK comes with a slew of fitness-oriented features, including a GPS, offline maps, and a heartrate monitor.…

New Infrared LEDs Enable Facial Recognition on a Smartwatch

New Infrared LEDs Enable Facial Recognition on a Smartwatch

“Biometric identification will become an increasingly important part of our lives in the future.” – Arne Fleißner, Product Manager, Osram Opto Semiconductors Munich-based Osram Opto Semiconductors is looking to facilitate facial recognition on smartwatches with a new pair of infrared LED solutions. The LEDs, dubbed SFH 4170S and SFH 4180S, can each be used in…

Evidence Suggests New Apple Watch Devices to Launch Soon

Evidence Suggests New Apple Watch Devices to Launch Soon

There is growing evidence that Apple will launch new versions of its Apple Watch smartwatches alongside its new iPhones this year. One of the most solid pieces of evidence comes from filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission, or EEC – a necessary step before launching new products in the Eurasian region that has previously foreshadowed…

Vivo Reveals Ambitious 5G Plans at MWC Shanghai

Vivo Reveals Ambitious 5G Plans at MWC Shanghai

Vivo is focusing on 5G at this week’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai event, announcing a slate of new products based on 5G technologies. The most noteworthy is Vivo’s first commercial 5G smartphone, which is on display at MWC Shanghai before becoming widely available in the third quarter of 2019. The smartphone will serve as the…

Amazon Alexa Comes to Huami’s Amazfit Verge Smartwatch

Amazon Alexa Comes to Huami’s Amazfit Verge Smartwatch

Huami has upgraded the Amazfit Verge smartwatch with the full integration of Amazon Alexa. Users of the wearable device will now be able to talk to the hand to get news, sports, and weather updates, and to perform a slew of basic clerical functions.  “Alexa has become a natural part of our daily routines in…

Apple Watch’s ECG System Comes to Europe, Hong Kong

Apple Watch’s ECG System Comes to Europe, Hong Kong

“The ECG data from the Health app can be shared as a PDF with physicians, potentially enabling diagnosis and treatment for conditions that otherwise might have gone undetected.” The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram capability is now being rolled out in Europe and Hong Kong through a new software update. First unveiled along with Apple’s latest iPhones…

Discover Lends Support to Garmin Pay Platform

Discover Lends Support to Garmin Pay Platform

“Based on the FitPay mobile payments platform, Garmin Pay allows users to upload their payment information so that they can make contactless, tap-to-pay purchases using their wristband devices.” Garmin Pay has a big new supporter: Discover has announced that its credit cards can now be used together with the wearables-focused mobile payments platform. The news…

Garmin Pay Ecosystem Expands with New Smartwatch

Garmin Pay Ecosystem Expands with New Smartwatch

The Garmin Pay mobile payments system for wearables has further expanded, this time through a new version of the Vivoactive 3 Music smartwatch. The new wearable was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. In its core specs, it’s pretty much the same as the last version of the device, able to store about 500…

Thai MNO DTAC Embraces IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for Smartwatch

Thai MNO DTAC Embraces IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for Smartwatch

IDEMIA‘s remote SIM provisioning technology is once again being used in support of a smartwatch, this time in collaboration with DTAC, a mobile operator in Thailand. The collaboration means that DTAC subscribers will be able to easily set up a new, eSIM-based smartwatch on the network, and to easily change their subscriptions and even network…

Korean MNO Uses IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for New Smartwatch

Korean MNO Uses IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for New Smartwatch

“In the case of SK Telecom’s smartwatch, the eSIM provisioning is facilitated through IDEMIA’s Smart Connect service.” Remote SIM provisioning technology from IDEMIA is being used in South Korea’s first eSIM smartwatch based on the GSMA’s latest eSIM specification. It’s the product of a collaboration between France-based IDEMIA and SK Telecom, the country’s largest Mobile…

US Design Firm Partnership Suggests Huami Aiming for US Market with Latest Smartwatch

US Design Firm Partnership Suggests Huami Aiming for US Market with Latest Smartwatch

China-based Huami appears to be banking on the flashy aesthetics of a San Francisco-based design studio to help it crack into the American smartwatch market. The company is promoting its new Amazfit Verge device, which features a Xiao voice-based virtual assistant, IP68-rated water and dust resistance, NFC support for mobile payments, and an embedded GPS. It…

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