Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses
Google loves wearables and this time it’s getting even closer to your body with a developmental smart contact lens. Through miniaturized electronics, it can apparently measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the needles and the blood — something we’ve reported on a several before. A tiny (really tiny) wireless chip and glucose sensor are wedged between two layers of “biocompatible” contact lens material, and Google is saying that it’s already working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications, too. There’s been no shortage of developmental contact lens tech over the last few years, but the clout of Google means this could well be the most realistic mainstream offering, in addition to its very practical use cases. Google is currently angling for partners with more expertise in the medical market to help make it happen and is “in discussions with the FDA” to ensure the tech ticks all the right healthcare boxes before it progresses further.
Recode’s got a deep dive on the make-up of the smart contact: we’ve added their science textbook-grade diagram right after the break.
Next Generation Pad Mini Will Focus on Enhancing the Display?
Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources say Apple’s next generation iPad mini will focus on enhancing the device’s display resolution, reports DigiTimes.
The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the de
velopment of past Apple products
such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad
series. That means if the iPad mini uses Apple’s current Retina Display technology, it will have a 2058 by 1536 resolution and 326ppi.The site’s sources also say that Apple will update the 9.7-inch iPad to use just one LED light
bar reducing the overall weight.
Which Tablet Has the Longest Battery Life?
Which.co.uk has published two infographics comparing the battery life of 10-inch and 7-inch tablets.
Each time we test a tablet we check the battery life for web browsing over wi-fi, over 3G (if relevant) and for video playback. To keep the tests fair we set the screen brightness to 200 nits (a reasonable daytime brightness level) using a light meter to ensure no tablet has an unfair advantage by using a low default brightness setting. We also test how long the battery takes to fully recharge.
As you can see in the graphics below, Apple
wins both categories hands down. The Apple iPad
with Retina latest for 811 compared to 590 for the iPad 2 and 532 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab
2 10.1.The iPad mini
also topped its category lasting for 783 compared to 591 for the Amazon Kindle Fire
HD and 550 for the Nexus
iPad Mini Design Could ‘Outshine’ the New iPad?
Brian White, an analyst at Tokepa, has been traveling around Taipei to speak with component suppliers about the iPad mini.
White believes the iPad mini could outshine its big brother.
“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much anticipated ‘iPad Mini,'” White says. “In fact, we believe the ‘iPad Mini’ could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”
AllThingsD also backs up this report saying they’ve heard promising things about the smaller tablet’s design which sources say is demanding to manufacture.
“The new ‘iPad Mini’ is more challenging to produce than prior iPad iterations,” White says. “We believe supply will initially be constrained.”
A recent report from the WSJ said that Apple has ordered 10 million iPad minis to be manufactured in the fourth quarter
‘iPad Mini‘ to get its own event in October after new iPhone reveal
After refreshing its computer range, Apple’s gearing up for two events for its new phone and tablet hardware, according to sources at AllThingsD. Given the excitement welling up behind its next iPhone, many have noted (including Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber) that it would make a whole lot of sense to furnish both the phone and the heavily rumored smaller tablet with individual events — and that is, apparently, what’s going to happen. Unfortunately, the anonymous sources weren’t revealing anything further — Apple’s yet to confirm that posited September 12th event date, let alone any secondary event. But when it does, be assured that we’ll be there to cover both of them.