Will future doctors look like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple Watch? Kaitlyn Flannagan for Observer Amazon and Apple have taken over just about every corner of our lives. Their next stop is the doctor’s office.Both companies have introduced medical innovations in recent days that could turn Alexa and Apple Watch into digital physicians.First, Amazon recently filed a patent which would help its artificially intelligent smart speaker detect unusual changes in a person’s voice and speaking patterns without input from the user. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made the proposal public today.The Amazon Echo feature would allow Alexa to automatically pick up on auditory clues like coughs and moans, then suggest remedies such as eating chicken soup or taking cough medicine. It could even play ads for preferred medicines and purchase those items with one-hour delivery.“Physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Alexa and Apple Watch Are Now Digital Doctors
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(Credit: Reuters) Apple has only offered a rectangular Apple Watch design since the wearable first launched in 2015. But a new patent from the company suggests it's at least thinking about other options. Apple was recently awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that relates to a circular Apple Watch design. The patent, called "electronic device having display with curved edges," discusses how information would be displayed and presented on a device with a round screen. Specifically, Apple says that the way for displaying content on a circular display instead of a rectangular option is different. And with help from curved edges, it believes it can address that problem. "Pixel arrays often have rectangular shapes," the patent reads. "However, rectangular pixel arrays will not fit efficiently within a device having a circular shape. Circular displays can have bottleneck regions in which signal lines become crowded, leading to … [Read more...] about Round Apple Watch could be on the way
In the battle of the fitness wearables, did Fitbit or Apple Watch win the Christmas consumer wars? The companies are not releasing sales figures, so it's impossible to know for sure. But anyone who thought Apple Watch would make Fitbit obsolete was clearly mistaken: the fitness tracker saw its iOS app shoot up 20 spots on the "free apps" list at Apple's App Store after the holiday. The boost in app downloads indicates that many people were buying or receiving new Fitbit wristbands, which is the overall market leader in fitness tracking devices, Quartz reports. Fitbit currently has a wide range of fitness tracking options available. For instance, the Fitbit Surge counts users' steps, sleep times, and heart rates, while also containing a GPS tracker and the ability to receive text notifications. The Fitbit Charge is cheaper -- $100 less -- stripping the device of its "smart" features and instead focusing on basic health tracking. How Apple Watch fared during the Christmas shopping season … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Fitbit vs. Apple Watch: Who won Christmas?
When the new Fitbit Blaze was introduced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Tuesday, the fitness tracking watch might have looked a little familiar. The wearable's sleek new design reminded a lot of tech insiders of the Apple Watch, at least on the outside. The Fitbit Blaze, priced at $199.95, comes in three colors -- black, blue, and plum -- and does everything the old Fitbit did, but with a new look and functionality. It has a colorful touch screen and consumers have the option to buy sleek leather bands or metal link bands and frames. In addition to carrying out its standard fitness-tracking tasks, the watch can receive calendar alerts and text notifications. "The Blaze uses your phone's connection to track GPS for runs and to get buzzing notifications for incoming calls, texts, and calendar appointments. But that's it: this won't be full of Facebook messages or have separate apps" like an Apple Watch, noted the CNET review. First impressions of the device drew some mixed responses across … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo The new Fitbit Blaze looks a lot like Apple Watch
When it came to her heart, Ramona Anderson was the picture of health. She was a vegan, never smoked and walked around her Coral Springs subdivision on a daily basis. One day that changed. It was April 2016, and 59-year-old Anderson started to feel pain in her chest. She took some pain medication and checked the health app on her Apple Watch. Her heart rate was skyrocketing even though she was sitting still. The data led her to the emergency room, where the retired attorney, now 61, learned she had had a heart attack. Around 30 million people have taken to the Apple Watch since Apple launched it in 2015. Nearly 61 million own FitBit trackers. Wearers can monitor their heart rate, count their steps and in cases like Anderson’s, potentially save their lives. Consumers aren’t the only ones taking to this technology. Exercise and healthy eating are the most effective ways to prevent heart disease, and doctors are increasingly using the wearable products to help patients lead … [Read more...] about Checking your heart rate through the Apple Watch and other devices