The wearable market is hot. As interest in health increases due to the COVID-19 epidemic, fitness bands and smart watches with health care functions are selling like wings. The use of wireless earphones, which increases immersion and efficiency by reducing ambient noise while working from home, attending classes, or engaging in hobbies, has also increased significantly. According to a recent report by IDC, a global market research company, 444.68 million units of wearable devices were shipped worldwide, up 28.4% from last year. This year, shipments of 548.5 million units are expected to increase by 25.6%. The domestic market has also grown significantly. In 2020, domestic wearable device shipments were 12.76 million units, a 50.7% increase from 8,468,000 units in 2019.
A wearable device is a smart device that supports information input/output and processing functions in the form of being worn or attached to the body. Although it is defined differently depending on the company or institution, it generally refers to information and communication technology (ICT) devices that are attached to the body. Ear ware, such as fitness bands or fully wireless earphones, is also included in this category because it is used while attached to the body. Wearable devices are in line with the development of smartphones that have exploded since 2010. In the early days, it simply had basic functions such as heart rate, electrocardiogram, and pedometer, and only played a role in transmitting information obtained from the body to a smartphone.
However, as advanced technologies such as 5G (5G) communication, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) are combined, information can be exchanged in both directions and played a wide range of roles in more diverse fields. Wearables have a clear purpose of use, have to be small and light to attach to the body, and are functional as they require an intuitive interface. In particular, wearables that greatly help in real life are emerging as a shiny idea. Here are some standout devices.
◇An alternative to digital forgetfulness, Samsung Electronics ‘Galaxy SmartTag+’
Modern people do not have a hard time remembering something, but their smartphone remembers everything, so ‘digital forgetfulness’ has worsened. You can easily forget your acquaintance’s phone number as well as where you put your favorite things. There is a product for those with severe forgetfulness. The Galaxy Smart Tag is a product that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to display location information on a smartphone. It helps users find valuable things with the help of other nearby Galaxy smartphones or tablets, even when the network connection is disconnected offline. It is a mobile accessory that can be attached to things that do not have communication functions, such as young children, pets, and keys, so that the location can be easily and easily checked.
The Galaxy Smart Tag + is an upgraded version of the Galaxy Smart Tag, and in addition to BLE technology, Ultra Wide-Band (UWB) technology is additionally installed, enabling more accurate location search for the item you are looking for. By using augmented reality (AR) technology on Galaxy smartphones with UWB technology, such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21+, users can find objects more easily and conveniently by visually providing movement paths such as how far away the object is and its direction. help you to
In order to use the Galaxy Smart Tag and Smart Tag +, the device must be registered in the ‘SmartThings Find’ service of the ‘SmartThings’ application (app), and multiple smart tags can be registered per smartphone. have. The Galaxy Smart Tag and Smart Tag + have a function to control smart devices along with location management. Through the SmartThings app, users can set the action they want to execute when the button on the smart tag is pressed once briefly and when the button is long pressed. For example, if you set the air conditioner power button on the smart tag button, you can call that button to turn it on and off.
◇Salted smart insole for golf
In golf, visible swing posture is important, but inconspicuous weight shift is also very important. Posture can be easily corrected, but core specifications such as weight shift and balance are quite difficult to explain without certain numerical values. The smart insole (insole) of Salted, a spin-off venture company of Samsung Electronics, uses four sensors built into the insole to analyze the balance and weight movement data of the golfer’s swing posture in real time to help correct the posture on the smartphone. In addition, it can effectively correct the weight shift to increase the distance and aiming accuracy.
It is IP68 certified, so it is dustproof and waterproof, and it can be easily charged using a magnetic terminal. The upper part of the insole can be cut to fit the shape and size of the foot, so amateurs and juniors as well as professional golfers can analyze and correct how the weight shifts during the swing using the Salted Insole and Salted Golf App. It has signed a distribution contract for about 40,000 units by 2021 with Amazon and other global golf equipment distributors.
◇Atrial fibrillation with a ring ‘Skylabs Cart One’
Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia disease in which regular contractions of the atria are lost and irregular tremors occur. Continuous monitoring is necessary because side effects such as stroke or thromboembolism can occur due to thrombus caused by this. Healthcare startup Skylabs’ AI-based heart monitoring platform CART-I is a ring-shaped wearable medical device that allows patients with atrial fibrillation to monitor outside the hospital.
When irregular pulse waves are measured by automatically observing blood flow in the finger through a photoplethysmography sensor (PPG), the data is transmitted to the cloud to detect and analyze atrial fibrillation through AI analysis, and to display the results through a user app and a doctor-only web transmit
CartOne has been conducting clinical research with leading domestic and foreign medical institutions at the same time as product development, and has proven the accuracy of atrial fibrillation detection and obtained CE-MDD (Medical Devices Directive), a European medical device product approval as well as the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Recently, it attracted 22.5 billion won in investment in the Series B round, and it is growing significantly, reaching a cumulative 34.3 billion won.
◇ AI on pillows… ‘Metel Jerema’
Snoring can interfere with the sleep of a couple or children who are sleeping together, but it can also adversely affect one’s health by causing sleep apnea. Startup Metel introduced ‘Jerema’, a smart pillow equipped with snoring relief, pillow height adjustment, and sleep tracking functions.
Jerema, which added AI for the first time in Korea, detects the user’s snoring sound and automatically adjusts the height of the pillow in conjunction with the smartphone app. Through this, the airway is secured and snoring is reduced. You can manually adjust the height of the pillow that suits your body type through the app, and it can also be done automatically by analyzing the user’s body pressure. When adjusting the pillow, the air pump and valve are used to reduce noise.
Open cell memory foam is used to increase ventilation. High hardness (75) compared to other products helps you sleep in a comfortable environment. In addition, sleep data can be checked through the Jerema app on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and sleep time, target sleep time, and snoring time are recorded as detailed data to help smooth sleep.
◇ Every part of the body… Useless
Although wearable devices have their own functions, they can maximize the effect when linked with a smartphone. A platform that can use various wearables can feel much more attractive than a platform that does not.
High-quality wearables such as the Apple Watch and AirPods are often purchased by iPhone users, but they are also a factor in purchasing the iPhone. It has come to a point where wearables support operating systems (OS) or increase loyalty to smartphone manufacturers.
Did Apple feel a crisis in its market share? Samsung Electronics recently announced that it will abandon its own OS Tizen, which has been used for its smartwatches, and build a smartwatch platform integrated with Google. It is a tearful decision by Samsung Electronics, who decided that it could not compete with Apple with its own OS.
Until now, the wearable market is dominated by familiar forms such as watches and earwear. The body parts are very diverse, and the functions necessary for humans are as limitless as their combinations. IT devices are attached to every corner of the body, and the day will come when each will play a role. It is very enjoyable and beneficial to meet new wearable devices.
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