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Samsung releases Gear S2 smartwatch

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The device features a rotating bezel, features a round face and is the company’s latest offering in the wearable category.

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom User Experience (UX) and advanced features that enable wearers to enhance, personalise and deliver more to their mobile experience. By simply rotating the bezel of the Gear S2, users can quickly and easily access a series of notifications and applications.

The Samsung Gear S2 has been launched with two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic – each designed to appeal to distinct consumer taste and preferences. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more traditional watch design as it offers an elegant black finish with a matching genuine leather band. The Gear S2 is ideal for enthusiasts who love the minimal and modern design.

“The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s most progressive innovation. A perfect fit for any occasion, easily taking the user from day to night, from work to exercising at the gym – and ensuring that one gets more out of every moment in their day by making it smarter, personal and ultimately, more fun,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics SA.

Purposeful Circular Design for Intuitive User Experience

The Samsung Gear S2 features an elegant circular display, along with premium finishes that reflects the aesthetic of a more familiar, traditional watch. The Gear S2’s unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensures customers have more comfortable and precise control with a quicker, more instinctive method to access notifications and applications than ever before.

A mere 11.4 mm thin, the Samsung Gear S2 brings a light and compact design to your wrist. It offers an incredibly vibrant view for a smartwatch due to its 1.2-inch circular screen and its 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi (pixels per inch). The applications on the Gear S2 can be viewed with amazing clarity so that users won’t miss any prompt notifications pop-ups in their busy lives.

The band can be easily changed with one click, as well as the watch’s interface for a more personalised and sophisticated Gear experience depending on the time, place or occasion.

Thanks to the latest Tizen OS and a wearable optimised 1 GHz dual core processor, the Samsung Gear S2 performs tasks easily and efficiently.

Seamless Usability for Everyday Life

The Samsung Gear S2 is optimised for seamless, everyday use with enhanced wearable technologies. At-a-glance, consumers can stay connected with notifications to check calendars, e-mails, news or send important texts directly from their wrist – and with the Gear S2 offering 3G connectivity and the first e-SIM embedded wearable device with voice capability, users can do all that even when their phone isn’t close by.

New fitness functions on the Samsung Gear S2 encourage consumers to stay healthy and active. The 24-hour activity log allows daily activity progress and patterns to be viewed at a glance to stay on track of fitness goals. In addition, auto activity recognition updates the wearer to stay active.

For the ultimate convenience on-the-go, the Samsung Gear S2 comes with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that can enable consumers to make payments without the need for a wallet. In addition, Samsung is working with a wide selection of partners across different industries to expand wearable usability and streamline consumers’ mobile lives in a variety of ways, including smart car keys, residential room keys and remote controls that help manage a connected home.

All of these connected features are supported by a battery that can last up to 2-3 days, allowing people to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge. When it needs to be charged, simply place the Samsung Gear S2 on the wireless charging dock right.

Open Collaboration to Enrich Broader Eco-system

The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s commitment to open collaboration with developers to bring increased customisation, applications and control to its devices. Through these partnerships, Samsung is continuing to enrich its wearable ecosystem and provide users with a more optimised and unique smart wearable experience. Samsung is working closely with partners to offer a range of watch faces and bands to give consumers various ways to express their personal mood and style.

“Throughout the journey of bringing new innovations and concepts to the smart wearable market for the past several years, Samsung has bravely pioneered this category with its advanced wearable portfolio,” concludes Fleischer.

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Earth 2050: memory chips for kids, telepathy for adults

An astonishing set of predictions for the next 30 years includes a major challenge to the privacy of our thoughts.

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Buy 2050, most kids may be fitted with the latest memory boosting implants, and adults will have replaced mobile devices with direct connectivity through brain implants, powered by thought.

These are some of the more dramatic forecasts in Earth 2050, an award-winning, interactive multimedia project that accumulates predictions about social and technological developments for the upcoming 30 years. The aim is to identify global challenges for humanity and possible ways of solving these challenges. The website was launched in 2017 to mark Kaspersky Lab’s 20th birthday. It comprises a rich variety of predictions and future scenarios, covering a wide range of topics.

Recently a number of new contributions have been added to the site. Among them Lord Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal, Professor at Cambridge University and former President of the Royal Society; investor and entrepreneur Steven Hoffman, Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner, along withDmitry Galov, security researcher and Alexey Malanov, malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

The new visions for 2050 consider, among other things:

  • The replacement of mobile devices with direct connectivity through brain implants, powered by thought – able to upload skills and knowledge in return – and the impact of this on individual consciousness and privacy of thought.
  • The ability to transform all life at the genetic level through gene editing.
  • The potential impact of mistakes made by advanced machine-learning systems/AI.
  • The demise of current political systems and the rise of ‘citizen governments’, where ordinary people are co-opted to approve legislation.
  • The end of the techno-industrial age as the world runs out of fossil fuels, leading to economic and environmental devastation.
  • The end of industrial-scale meat production, as most people become vegan and meat is cultured from biopsies taken from living, outdoor reared livestock.

The hypothetical prediction for 2050 from Dmitry Galov, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab is as follows: “By 2050, our knowledge of how the brain works, and our ability to enhance or repair it is so advanced that being able to remember everything and learn new things at an outrageous speed has become commonplace. Most kids are fitted with the latest memory boosting implants to support their learning and this makes education easier than it has ever been. 

“Brain damage as a result of head injury is easily repaired; memory loss is no longer a medical condition, and people suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, are quickly cured.  The technologies that underpin this have existed in some form since the late 2010s. Memory implants are in fact a natural progression from the connected deep brain stimulation implants of 2018.

“But every technology has another side – a dark side. In 2050, the medical, social and economic impact of memory boosting implants are significant, but they are also vulnerable to exploitation and cyber-abuse. New threats that have appeared in the last decade include the mass manipulation of groups through implanted or erased memories of political events or conflicts, and even the creation of ‘human botnets’. 

“These botnets connect people’s brains into a network of agents controlled and operated by cybercriminals, without the knowledge of the victims themselves.  Repurposed cyberthreats from previous decades are targeting the memories of world leaders for cyber-espionage, as well as those of celebrities, ordinary people and businesses with the aim of memory theft, deletion of or ‘locking’ of memories (for example, in return for a ransom).  

“This landscape is only possible because, in the late 2010s when the technologies began to evolve, the potential future security vulnerabilities were not considered a priority, and the various players: healthcare, security, policy makers and more, didn’t come together to understand and address future risks.”

For more information and the full suite of inspirational and thought-provoking predictions, visit Earth 2050.

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Pizoelectrics: Healthcare’s new gymnasts of gadgetry

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Healthcare electronics is rapidly deploying for wellness, electroceuticals, and intrusive medical procedures, among other, powered by new technologies. Much of it is trending to diagnostics and treatment on the move, and removing the need for the patient to perform procedures on time. 

Instruments become wearables, including electronic skin patches and implants. The IDTechEx Research report, “Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing for Healthcare 2019-2029”, notes that sensors should preferably be self-powered, non-poisonous even on disposal, and many need to be biocompatible and even biodegradable. 

We need to detect biology, vibration, force, acceleration, stress and linear movement and do imaging. Devices must reject bacteria and be useful in wearables and Internet of Things nodes. Preferably we must move to one device performing multiple tasks. 

So is there a gymnast material category that has that awesome versatility? 

Piezoelectrics has a good claim. It measures all those parameters. That even includes biosensors where the piezo senses the swelling of a biomolecule recognizing a target analyte. The most important form of self-powered (one material, two functions) piezo sensing is ultrasound imaging, a market growing at 5.1% yearly. 

The IDTechEx Research report looks at what comes next, based on global travel and interviewing by its PhD level analysts in 2018 with continuous updates.  

Click here to read how Piezo has been reinvented.

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