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Amazon announces upgraded Echo Frames smart glasses as it opens availability to everyone

27th November 2020
"The Echo Loop smart ring, however, is being discontinued"

Amazon has announced an upgraded model of its Echo Frames smart glasses, adding better sound quality, longer battery life, and new colors. Furthermore, the new Echo Frames are now available for anyone to buy, as the company transitions the Alexa-equipped glasses from a “Day One Edition” invitation-only device to a full-fledged product.

The second-generation Echo Frames will cost $249.99 — a $70 price increase over the original models, which sold for $179.99. (Existing Day One Edition Echo Frames customers will be able to upgrade their pair to the new model for $70, however.)


Like the original model, the new Echo Frames are designed to offer a simple, discreet way to use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant during your everyday outings. Visually, the new models look pretty similar to the old pair, with a design that looks more or less like a regular pair of thick-framed glasses, albeit with thicker-than-usual stems on the side (where all of the hardware is). The new model adds two new colors to the standard black, with blue and tortoiseshell options. Amazon is also partnering with LensCrafters to make it even easier for customers who use prescription lenses to get lenses on the smart glasses (although it also offers a guide for any optician).

The glasses themselves function somewhere between a smart accessory and a pair of strange Bluetooth headphones. You’re able to pair them to an iOS or Android phone using the microphone and speaker to connect to the Alexa app and take advantage of Amazon’s smart assistant features, similar to the Echo Buds. But you’ll also be able to use them for standard Bluetooth “headphone” tasks, like listening to music and using your device’s own assistant (like Siri or Google Assistant).
While Amazon is elevating the Echo Frames to “real” product status, the company also announced that its other Day One wearable device — the Amazon Echo Loop ring — won’t continue. While the company will stop production and sales of the Echo Loop ring, it does promise that it’ll continue to offer “updates and support” for existing customers, at least for now. The new Echo Frames are available to preorder now, ahead of a December 10th release.

Source: theverge


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Best Smartwatch in Nepal -Price, Specifications

27th November 2020
"Why wear a watch which just shows time where you can wear a watch which can show you time, play music, track your fitness and many more. Here is the list of best smartwatches available in Nepal"

One thing that can be an accessory for both the gentleman and a classy lady is a watch. It was not uncommon to hear, people wearing hand down watches which their grandparents wore. But development in mobile technology has replaced many of the items people used to carry with them, one being the watch itself. If I talk about myself, last time I owned a watch was about 13, 14 years ago until recently when my dad gifted me one.

Watches now are making a comeback but with a modern twist. Why wear a watch which just shows a time where you can wear a watch which can show you time, play music, track your fitness and many more. Here is the list of best smartwatches available in Nepal.

Best Smart Watches in Nepal

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watches can be considered one of the best smartwatch out there. It is so popular that four iterations of the watch have already came out. Apple Watch Series 4 has an improved design and build quality than its predecessor which is made from ceramic and sapphire back.

Apple Watch Series 4 Specifications

Apple Watch Series 4 features a 1.78-inch LTPO OLED display which is 30% bigger than its predecessor having the resolution of 448 x 368 and pixel count of ~326 PPI. The display also supports 3D Touch functionality and is covered by a sapphire crystal glass protecting it from scratches.

Talking about the internals, Apple Watch Series 4 is powered by Dual-core Apple S4 chip and runs on watchOS 5.0, upgradable to 6.1.1. The watch comes with 16GB internal storage and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Additional feature of the watch includes built-in Heart Rate Monitor, Fall Detection, SOS Emergency call and ECG.

Apple Watch Series 4 Price in Nepal

The watch is priced at रू 68,000

Apple Watch Series 4 Colors in Nepal

Apple Watch Series 4 is available in two colors: Regular Black Band and Summit White Nike Sport Band variant.

Apple Watch Series 4

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Huawei Watch GT2

One company that makes good devices with elegant design has to be Huawei. Not only the phones, its watches are also very noteworthy. Huawei Watch GT2 is the latest smartwatch from the company and has many interesting features.

Huawei Watch GT2 Specifications

Starting with the design, the face of the Huawei Watch GT2 is made up of Glass, back made up of ceramic and body made from stainless steel frame. Below the glass is a 1.39 inch OLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454 and pixel count of ~326 ppi. The watch is powered by Huawei Kirin A1, runs on Huawei Wearable Platform and comes with 4GB of internal storage. Note worthy features of the watch includes TruSleep (sleep monitoring), TruRelax (stress monitoring), TruSeen (heart-rate monitoring), calorie counter, etc.

Huawei Watch GT2 price in Nepal 

The Huawei Watch GT2 price in Nepal is रू 29,990 and comes with a brown leather band.

Huawei Watch GT2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a mouth full of a name but other than that it is an awesome smartwatch. It is the second iteration of the Active series and comes with many improvements.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Specifications

Design-wise, Face of the watch is made from Gorilla Glass DX+ and the body is made from stainless steel. The watch sports a 1.4 inch Super AMOLED display with the resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and pixel count of ~364 PPI. The display also has a digital bezel which is a touch-sensitive area replacing the rotating outer dial.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is powered by an Exynos 9110 processor and runs on Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0. The watch also comes with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Other feature of the watch includes improved heart rate monitor and accelerometer, ECG tracker, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Price in Nepal smartwatch price in Nepal

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 price in Nepal is रू 38, 999 and is available from official Samsung outlets.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

 

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Honor MagicWatch 2

Honor MagicWatch 2 recently launched in Nepal and has proved itself to be worthy for this list. Honor sub-brand of Huawei has many things in common with its parents, as it designs many sweet-looking devices as well as performs well.

Honor MagicWatch 2 Specifications

Honor MagicWatch 2  has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with the resolution of 454 x 454. The body of the watch is made from 361L stainless steel with glass on the face and ceramic on the back. Powering the watch is a Kirin A1 processor and runs on Huawei wearable platform. It comes with 4GB of internal storage and connects to your phone via Bluetooth.

Watch sports features like 24-hour heart-rate tracking system, distance tracker, speed & calorie tracker, and lot more. Along side it also features additional  15 fitness modes. The watch comes with a 455mAh battery which will last you 14 days on a full charge

Honor MagicWatch 2 Price in Nepal smartwatch price in Nepal

Honor MagicWatch 2 price in Nepal is रू 25,999

Honor MagicWatch 2

Mi band 4

If you want to track your fitness but don’t want to spend too much on it than Mi band 4 is the watch for you.

Mi band 4 Specifications

Mi band 4 is a fitness band style watch that features a 0.95 inch AMOLED display and has various features like Sleep tracker, 24/7 activity tracker, music playback controls, notifications, alarms, reminders, etc. It also comes with various sensors like PPG Optical Heart-rate monitors, 6-axis-motion-control-sensor (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope motion sensor), proximity sensor to keep track of your health and fitness.

Mi band 4 Price in Nepal

The MI Band price in Nepal is रू 4,400.

Mi band 4

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Chinese Startup Rokid Sees Opportunity With COVID-Fighting Smart Glasses

22nd November 2020
"A Chinese startup that develops augmented-reality products for use in manufacturing and gaming has found a promising growth area in the midst of a global pandemic - wearable glasses that measure temperatures on the move."

A Chinese startup that develops augmented-reality products for use in manufacturing and gaming has found a promising growth area in the midst of a global pandemic - wearable glasses that measure temperatures on the move.

Rokid Established in 2014, specializes in the research and product development of Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Rokid provides the extreme user experience, superior products, and robust enterprise solutions for developing communities. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in late 2019, Hangzhou-based startup Rokid developed a pair of glasses to help screen for symptoms. Rokid Vice President Xiang Wenjie says demand has risen for the company's T1 glasses, developed in only two weeks after it sold roughly 1,000 pairs to governments, industrial parks, and schools.

"Apart from fixed temperature measurement, T1 can provide portable, distant, and prompt temperature checking, which would be a great help," Xiang said.

Equipped with an infrared sensor and a camera, the glasses allow the wearer to "see" peoples' temperatures.

Rokid says on its website that it completed a round of "billion-dollar" financing in 2018, led by Singapore state investor Temasek, Swiss bank Credit Suisse, and others.

Rokid is not the only Chinese tech startup involved in the fight against COVID-19. Thermal imaging systems made by face recognition giant SenseTime have been installed in railway stations across China.

Source: Reuters

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Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick Kids

19th November 2020
"Amazon’s state-of-the-art, eight-story building allowed the unique program to triple its capacity."

After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she’d be missing something critical to care for her daughter.

She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn’t camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her breathing is interrupted every six minutes without a CPAP device.

A typical open-space homeless shelter promised them a spot by an electrical outlet, but Wade felt they’d be too vulnerable.

Then they got an offer from Mary’s Place, a family homeless shelter that recently opened a facility inside a gleaming new building on Amazon’s Seattle campus. Believed to be the first homeless shelter built inside a corporate building in the U.S., the nonprofit’s Popsicle Place shelter program helps homeless children with life-threatening health conditions.

“Without Popsicle Place, these kids would die,” said Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place.

Amazon’s state-of-the-art, eight-story building allowed the unique program to triple its capacity. The $100 million commitment to the shelter is the tech giant’s single largest philanthropic contribution to its hometown, which it transformed with tens of thousands of high-paid tech jobs that some blame for exacerbating income inequality and affordable housing problems.

Critics also say Amazon’s explosive growth over the past decade helped fuel a growing homelessness crisis in Seattle. The online retailer faced backlash two years ago after getting city leaders to rescind a tax on large companies that would have funded homeless services. That year, CEO Jeff Bezos — the world’s richest man — announced that his long-awaited, private charitable fund would tackle homelessness.

The City Council is on the cusp of approving a new payroll tax that again would collect money from big businesses to address homelessness, affordable housing and other priorities, including the coronavirus pandemic.

John Schoettler, Amazon’s real estate chief who spearheaded the partnership with Mary’s Place, said the company isn’t totally opposed to taxes and called its new shelter “an initial step.” Amazon asked the nonprofit to help design the building because it has the space permanently, he said.

“Every inch of it was designed for the families they were going to serve,” Schoettler said.

The nonprofit takes up half of a glass-encased building, with workers in the company’s cloud computing unit on the other end. It opened in March just as the pandemic shuttered public life in Seattle.

Outside is now an eerily quiet, perfectly manicured tech campus that normally bustles with workers and food trucks.

Inside, families get private 175-square-foot (16-square-meter) rooms with bunk beds. They wear masks, get temperature checks and practice socially distancing in shared spaces, including the cafeteria, outdoor patio, kids playroom and laundry room. There’s a starkly “Amazonia” aesthetic throughout: exposed pipes, citrus-colored walls popping against concrete floors, even signs inscribed in the tech giant’s signature office font.

Two floors are reserved for families dealing with debilitating health issues, many of them with compromised immune systems from chronic illnesses or chemotherapy. Though bathrooms are shared, families have private sinks for medical needs such as feeding tubes.

A different program at the shelter also takes in homeless mothers with newborns, including prematurely born babies, for whom the bathtubs — a rarity in homeless shelters — are especially appreciated.

Experts with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council said the Popsicle Place program is a model they haven’t seen before.

The initiative is critical because medical bills have consistently been the top cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. for the past 40 years, and homeless children are much more likely to have chronic health conditions, said Bobby Watts, chief executive of the council.

Most families who come to Popsicle Place had some semblance of work and home stability before a child’s health issue contributed to their homelessness, either because parents could no longer work while they cared for their child or because the cost of care left them unable to afford housing.

Watts said it’s unknown how many families struggle with that type of homelessness because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development only tracks the health conditions of homeless adults. He has never met Bezos but was an adviser for the Amazon boss’s private “Day 1 Families Fund,” which offers donations to groups sheltering young families.

Cindy Manginelli, who visits families in shelters across Tennessee as coordinator for the TennCare Shelter Enrollment Project, said the instability of homelessness is at odds with the needs of sick children.

Being homeless means moving often, which disrupts the continuity of care. Parents dealing with a child’s diagnosis also must worry about providing basics like food. And kids lack the comforts of home, often something as simple as a familiar bed.

“If you are told to lay down and rest — which is a big part of getting better — how can you?” Manginelli said.

Families usually come to Popsicle Place through a referral from Seattle Children’s Hospital, often when a social worker discovers a child has nowhere to go to recover.

Wade is grateful for the Amazon facility, saying it feels almost like a luxurious hotel instead of a homeless shelter. Her tentative smile turns to tears as she describes how much her daughter loves the many kid-friendly, fort-like spaces built into the walls of the shelter.

“She won’t remember being homeless,” Wade said, her voice cracking. “But I know she will remember this place.”

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