Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 2 of 2)

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

How can technology help in the fight against zoonisis? Aspiring vet, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this second article in a two-part series.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Emerging technology can help in mainly two ways.

Firstly, through harnessing the power of Big Data, information from previous outbreaks, and studies conducted independently around the world, can be collated to help predict where a deadly zoonotic virus will strike next.

The vast availability of health data today means that data must be intelligently handled, using the right tools to derive helpful trends.

For instance, Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity, and was found to show strong correlation with official data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2009 flu pandemic.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

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IMEC Collaborates With NUS On Quantum Communication Networks

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Today, imec and the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the signing of a research collaboration agreement to develop chip-based prototypes for secure quantum communication networks.

Securing ourselves through quantum cryptography in a post-quantum world. Dr Charles Lim (left) of NUS and Joris Van Campenhout of imec.

Securing ourselves through quantum cryptography in a post-quantum world. Dr Charles Lim (left) of NUS and Joris Van Campenhout of imec.

In the frame of this five-year agreement, imec and NUS will jointly develop scalable, robust and efficient technologies for quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation, which are amongst the basic building blocks of a truly secure Quantum Internet.

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New Arrival: Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch & Fitbit Aria Air Scale

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Fitbit has launched the Versa 2 smartwatch and Aria Air Bluetooth scale in Singapore. Price and availability below.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.

The two new devices join the existing Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Aria.

“At Fitbit, we believe that health belongs to everyone and that people should not be priced out of having access to devices and features that can help them improve their health. That’s why we’ve designed Versa 2 to be a premium, full-featured and easy-to-use smartwatch at an accessible price point. Building on the success of our original best-selling Versa smartwatch, we believe the added value and innovation in Versa 2 with new features like Alexa, a Spotify app and advanced in-app and on-device sleep features, will bring more users into the smartwatch category, allowing them to unlock the benefits of better health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

The new Fitbit Versa 2 is swimproof and includes sleep features like Sleep Score and smart wake, together with advanced health, fitness and smart feature.

The Versa 2 debuts an on-device microphone, which enables Fitbit’s first Alexa smartwatch experience, along with a Spotify app that allows users to control their music and podcasts, and Fitbit Pay on all models.

Coupled with even faster performance, thousands of apps and clock faces and a brighter, crisper display with an optional always-on mode, the Versa 2 wants to be your 24/7 health and wellness companion.

With 5+ days battery life, the Versa 2 has the same price tag as the Versa when the latter was launched last April.

The latest Fitbit Aria Air is an affordable Bluetooth scale that tracks weight and syncs with the Fitbit app to calculate BMI, providing a comprehensive view of your trends over time alongside your activity, heart rate, sleep and nutrition data within the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.

Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.

When combined with Fitbit’s app and wearable devices, Aria Air provides access to added data, information and motivation to more effectively reach health and wellness goals.

Price and availability below.

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Clarifications on Fitbit’s Collaboration With Health Promotion Board

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Both Fitbit and HPB have clarified that media reports that the Singapore government is planning to give away one million free Fitbit devices are not correct.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.

The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.

Both clarifications are very similarly worded and are appended below.

Essentially, the clarifications addresses two issues: who is actually giving out the free Inspire HR trackers, and whether other partners have been selected by HPB for other collaborations.

Below is Fitbit’s clarification.

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Fitbit Collaborates With Singapore’s Health Promotion Board

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Named “Live Healthy SG”, the population-based public health initiative with the Singapore Government is Fitbit’s first major integration of its digital health platform and wearables into a national public health program.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

The landmark nationwide health initiative will be powered by Fitbit devices and its new Premium service designed to drive better health outcomes at scale.

The landmark nationwide health initiative will be powered by Fitbit devices and its new Premium service designed to drive better health outcomes at scale.

Fitbit is collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on the healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

“Live Healthy SG” was designed for Singapore by Fitbit to harness technology, behavior insights and analytics to help Singaporeans get healthier through meaningful and sustained behavior change.

Live Healthy SG will engage people of all ages and levels of health using Fitbit devices and its new Premium service, which is launching to consumers in select markets around the world this fall.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Signify launches Philips Hue Play Smart Light Bar

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Signify has launched the Philips Hue Play smart light bar which enables users to design and create the lighting effect and ambience of their desires within their living or work spaces. Prices below.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The light bars enable you to create an immersive lighting ambience by illuminating your living or work spaces based on the colours on your movies, the music you’re listening to, or the games you’re playing.

 

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Philips Hue Play can provide a more immersive gaming experience with the light bars.

The keyword here is “immersive”.

So if you’re watching a movie, the Philips Hue Play light bars projects colours corresponding to the scenes on the TV screen so that it feels as if the colours on the screens are spilling out of the screen and lighting up the walls and surroundings.

If you’re listening to music, the light bars can translate the beats into light effects based on pre-canned translation algorithms or in whichever way you want to customise.

And if you’re playing games, especially if you’re using gear with the Razer Chroma RBG lighting – eg. laptops, keyboards, mice and mouse mats – you can sync the light bars to show matching lighting effects that change dynamically during gameplay.

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TVS Motor Singapore Invests US$3.2m in Predictronics Corporation

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Predictronics is an AI-driven predictive maintenance analytics solutions provider headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

TVS Motor (Singapore)’s US$3.2m investment in Predictronics Corporation comes on the heels of a US$7m investment in Scienaptic Systems last month in July 2019.

TVS Motor (Singapore)’s US$3.2m investment in Predictronics Corporation comes on the heels of a US$7m investment in Scienaptic Systems last month in July 2019.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TVS Motor Company Limited, India, has signed definitive agreements to invest US$3.2 million in Predictronics Corporation, which specialises in providing end-to-end predictive maintenance analytics solutions.

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Arlo Announces Apple Homekit Compatibility

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Certified to work with Arlo’s most popular base station models that support Arlo Pro and Pro 2 cameras, users can now add HomeKit automations, allowing automatic interactions across supported devices.

Existing Arlo Pro and Pro 2 security camera users whose cameras are paired with either the VMB4000 or VMB4500 base station models will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected.

Existing Arlo Pro and Pro 2 security camera users whose cameras are paired with either the VMB4000 or VMB4500 base station models will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected.

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home platform, is now supported on Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Systems that are paired with Arlo’s most popular base station models, VMB4000 and VMB4500.

While Arlo users can already control their Pro or Pro 2 cameras via the Arlo app, HomeKit compatibility will provide added convenience for iPhone and iPad users.

More details below from the press release.

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Keysight World Singapore 2019 Showcases New Innovations

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

The new solutions accelerate 5G, automotive cybersecurity and network innovations, helping Singapore businesses speed up technological advancements through collaboration and innovation.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company's solutions for IoT and 5G.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company’s solutions for IoT and 5G.

In 2019 and beyond, 5G-enabled technologies have the potential to create major global technology shifts, leading to huge potential for industries worldwide.

However, before this potential can be harnessed, the technologies must first be thoroughly tested.

Keysight targets these critical testing needs by offering solutions and insights in electronic design, test, manufacturing, and optimisation.

More details below from the press release.

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TVS Motor Singapore To Invest US$7m in Scienaptic Systems

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

The closing of the investment is subject to obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic, an AI-powered decision platform.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic, an AI-powered decision platform.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TVS Motor Company Limited, India, has signed definitive agreements to invest US$7 million in Scienaptic Systems Inc., a Delaware corporation, headquartered in New York City.

Scienaptic combines the latest big data technologies and proprietary machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms on its decision platform, “Ether”.

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