The Register: COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

The Register: COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away. “COVID-19 is spurring new types of wearable hardware. Exhibit A: a startup named Nodle has cooked up a ‘smart wearable’ that bakes the third-party contact-tracing the ‘Whisper tracing protocol’ and Bluetooth into a device said to be wearable as a necklace or clipped onto your garments.”

South China Morning Post: Hangzhou park security uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever

South China Morning Post: Hangzhou park security uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever. “Roving security staff at Hongyuan Park, part of the Xixi Wetland preserve in Hangzhou in eastern China, now have the power to quickly detect the body temperature of all park visitors from a distance of up to 1 metre, thanks to ‘non-contact thermal augmented reality’ smart glasses supplied by AI start-up Rokid Corp.”

Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine

Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine. “You probably didn’t buy your smartwatch planning to make music on it – particularly, it has to be said, a Google-powered smartwatch – but it turns out that high-tech timepieces that run the company’s Wear OS contain a hidden drum machine.”

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables. “The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), launched last September by Nextbridge Health, Shimmer Research and Dr. Vincent van Hees, announced that it is now ‘actively soliciting’ open-source software and datasets from wearable sensors and other connected health technologies. The group wants to create a platform from which researchers and care providers can share digital health source codes and algorithms.” I didn’t understand mHealth in this context; apparently it just means “mobile health.”

Neowin: Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase

Neowin: Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase. “After announcing the product last May, Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase for anyone. Previously, certain partners could grab one to start developing solutions for businesses, but now Google is aiming it at all developers.” Oh, I so could have used these in my last job…

Yann LeCun: AR glasses will be the killer app of energy-efficient machine learning (VentureBeat)

VentureBeat: Yann LeCun: AR glasses will be the killer app of energy-efficient machine learning . “Facebook AI Research chief AI scientist Yann LeCun believes augmented reality glasses are an ideal challenge for machine learning (ML) practitioners — a ‘killer app’ — because they involve a confluence of unsolved problems.”

9to5 Google: Google apps for Glass Explorer Edition will be killed in 2020 after final update

9to5 Google: Google apps for Glass Explorer Edition will be killed in 2020 after final update. “Google Glass today lives on as enterprise product for factories and other similar environments. The consumer-focussed Glass continues to work for Explorers that spent $1,500 from 2013 to 2015, but it surfaced today that many Google Glass features will be killed in February 2020.”