Unlike other glucose monitors which typically require you to stick a needle in your body, Glutrac is a smart wearable for non-invasive glucose monitoring. It works by measuring interstitial fluids (those outside your blood vessels) when you scan your index finger on an optical touch-screen sensor.
Using artificial intelligence and deep learning to calculate your blood glucose levels, the company claims an accuracy rate of 90 per cent. The fact that it’s a wearable means that you can now measure, in real time, your body date, anytime and anywhere.
The Withings ScanWatch is the world’s first smart watch. It is able to detect sleep apnoea episodes. Sleep apnoea is detected through a sensor that monitors your oxygen saturation levels. This is achieved by emitting and absorbing light that is passed through your blood vessels throughout the night. ScanWatch features a classic analogue design but includes a digital display at the top that is capable of displaying various health data.
YogiFi is a smart yoga mat embedded with sensors that allows you to track your progress on posture, strength, flexibility and balance. Voice instruction provides correctional feedback. It works with third-party wearables such as Apple Watch and FitBit to track and correlate body vitals in the context of yoga practice sessions. It’s available in May.
DESK EXERCISE MACHINE
Cubii is an elliptical machine that allows you to exercise while sitting at a desk! It is designed to fit under most desks, with the recommended desk height from the floor to the underside being at least 58.3 cm. Unlike other desk exercise machines, Cubii’s ergonomic design mimics the motion of an elliptical. This means that the range of motion is lower and puts less pressure on your knees.
The number of calories burned varies based on the resistance setting and the speed of rotation but it’s quite possible to burn up to 150 calories per hour on the Cubii. Through a Bluetooth connection to your wearable device, you can track, share and set goals.
If you don’t like the idea of doing anything like stationary cycling and would rather do some running outdoors, you should look into Nurvv Run, which is an insole designed to help you run faster and to reduce your chances of injury.
Its smart insoles have a whopping 32 embedded sensors that capture data 1,000 times per second. It pairs with an app to provide real-time suggestions on factors like cadence, step length, pronation, balance and more. You can receive audio coaching feedback using wired or Bluetooth headphones and it’s compatible with both Apple and Android.
Huawei has been in the wearables space for quite some time now, and has been steadily pushing out new smartwatch models in India. The company launched the Watch GT early last year for Rs. 15,990, and there’s now a successor aptly called the Watch GT 2. Surprisingly, this watch packs in more features but is priced lower, at Rs. 14,990. The new smartwatch promises 14 days of battery life and has a speaker that’ll allow you to take calls on the watch itself. Should you plonk your money down on the Watch GT 2? We review it to find out.
Huawei Watch GT 2 design
Huawei offers the Watch GT 2 in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm. Surprisingly, the design is a little different for the two variants. The smaller one looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (Review) with a plain casing, while the bigger variant has markings around the bezel that give it a sportier look. We have the 46mm variant for this review.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has two buttons on the right side. These protrude quite a bit but are easy to press and offer good tactile feedback. The upper button is to go back in the UI, while the lower one can be assigned to any feature on the smartwatch. Between these two buttons is the speaker grille, which isn’t very easy to spot.
The Watch GT 2 has two buttons on the right side.
Huawei has used wide 22mm straps for the Watch GT 2. These are user-replaceable, and you can pick any standard 22mm strap of your choice. The base option comes with a black Fluoroelastomer strap that feels comfortable when worn.
The 1.39-inch AMOLED display sports a 454 x 454-pixel resolution which is higher than that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which we reviewed recently. There is no pixelation, and the smartwatch has auto-brightness which helps it adjust to changing ambient light conditions.
At the back of the device, you’ll find the heart rate sensor along with the charging mechanism. The Watch GT 2 does not support wireless charging like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. Instead, it uses a magnetic dock with pogo pins. The magnets on the charger help it to securely latch onto the Watch GT 2. Huawei’s charger uses a USB Type-C port, so if you have a smartphone with a Type-C port, that’s one less cable you’ll need to carry.
Huawei Watch GT 2 specifications, software and features
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is powered by the company’s Kirin A1 processor. Huawei developed this chip specifically for wearables, including smartwatches and wireless headphones. It competes with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC which is used by most WearOS devices, and the Exynos 9110 SoC which powers the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Huawei does not specify the amount of RAM available, but does say that there’s about 2GB of storage on the watch. This can be used to store audio files on the watch itself, which can be streamed directly to a Bluetooth headset.
There is support for Bluetooth 5.1 along with GPS which can be used to track outdoor runs. The device is water resistant up to 5 ATM, so you will be able to take it for a swim. The 46mm variant is also capable of receiving calls over Bluetooth.
The Watch GT 2 adjusts screen brightness automatically.
Huawei runs proprietary software on the Watch GT 2, and it is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 (or later) as well as iOS 9 or up. Unlike WearOS devices and Samsung’s Galaxy Wearables, you don’t have the option to download new apps on the Watch GT 2, which somewhat limits its capabilities. While this would seem like a huge cause for concern, Huawei has included a large number of essential features on the device.
Just like most other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is capable of step and distance tracking. It also has its own GPS for tracking distance. Heart-rate, sleep, and stress monitoring are also supported (though stress tracking works only when paired with Android smartphones). There’s also workout logging, and a few workouts are pre-configured. Huawei has managed to cover the basics, but the workout list is not as expansive as Samsung’s on the Watch Active 2.
You will need to download the Huawei Health app to sync the Watch GT 2 with a smartphone. The pairing process is simple and quick. Sleep and heart-rate tracking are enabled by default. Stress tracking needs to be enabled manually, through the Health app on an Android smartphone.
Huawei Watch GT 2 performance and battery life
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has a crisp display that is viewable under direct sunlight. The ambient light sensor is quick to bump the brightness up when needed. Huawei does not offer an always-on mode on this smartwatch but you can keep the display on for up to 20 minutes after use. This might disappoint people wanting an always-on display. The watch is quick to wake up when you raise your hand, and the display goes off when you lower it.
Performance could have been better, as the smartwatch feels slow when scrolling through the UI, compared to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. If you swipe quickly a couple of times, the Watch GT 2 might fail to register the last one. It also takes some time to open submenus, which might get annoying when you’re in a hurry. While using the watch at a casual pace we did not notice these issues.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 tracks activities quite well.
The Watch GT 2 buzzes to alert you to incoming notifications, and you can set the intensity of the vibration. You can see alerts on the watch but cannot interact with them, so for example if you were hoping to be able to reply to WhatsApp messages quickly using the watch, you’ll be disappointed. What you can do is take calls on the watch. The inbuilt speaker is fairly loud but you will have to move it close to your ears to hear callers clearly.
We put the Watch GT 2’s fitness tracking functionality to the test by walking exactly 1 km, and the watch reported 1.02km which is a good result. The Watch GT 2 utilises GPS to track distance, and the route we took was reflected on a map. To check step counting accuracy we manually counted 1,000 steps as we walked, and the watch registered 994 which is also acceptable. We can say that the Huawei Watch GT 2 is good at step and distance tracking.
Sleep tracking was accurate on the Watch GT 2 as well, and it recorded our bedtime correctly. The app shows a graph and assigns a score to the quality of sleep. It also breaks down your sleep patterns into deep, light, and REM sleep.
First up, a smart display is a great addition to the kitchen for lots of reasons. The Google Nest Hub has all the smarts of Google Assistant built in, with the benefit of a seven-inch screen. This means you can watch YouTube videos on how to make your favourite dishes, as well as ask Google Assistant for new recipes. It offers up step-by-step instructions on its screen, all controllable by voice, with saves you getting your phone messy with food-covered hands. All that, and it can serve up your cooking playlist from your streaming service of choice too – the speaker is only so-so in terms of music quality, but it’ll do the job.
2. KEEP AN EYE ON INGREDIENTS WITH A FRIDGECAM
The Smarter FridgeCam gives keen cooks an easy way of keeping an eye on what food is in the house, without needing to buy a whole new smart fridge. The FridgeCam is secured inside your fridge door, taking a photo every time the door is closed that can be viewed inside the connected Smarter app. You can also keep an inventory of your items by scanning their barcode as you add them to the fridge, and get notifications when things are approaching their sell by date, so you know you need to stock up. The FridgeCam can even add items used or expired items to your Amazon Fresh or Tesco shopping list automatically, plus there’s Alexa integration on hand to hear a list of what you’ve got in, or receive suggestions on what to cook for dinner, based on the ingredients it knows you have.
3. CHOOSE A SMART OVEN FOR A HELPING HAND
Brands like Hoover, Siemans or Whirlpool are among the best to consider when it comes to choosing a smart oven. Depending on your budget, they can offer a whole host of functionality, such as touchscreen control, advanced cooking and cleaning features and in the case of something like the £1,200 Hoover Vision, you even get an in-oven camera that allows you to keep an eye on the cooking process in real time. However, even in relatively entry-level options around the £200 to £400 mark, you will see wi-fi control on the spec list, which will allow you to get the oven pre-heated from your phone when you’re not in the house – perfect for getting in from work and having the oven ready to go.
4. USE A MEATER THERMOMETER FOR PERFECT RESULTS
The Meater meat thermometer is a super handy gadget that will help you cook any meat to perfection, whether you’re trying to nail the perfect medium rare steak, or want to ensure you don’t dry out that roast chicken. All you need to do is place the Meater wireless thermometer into the meat, open up the companion app and choose what it is you’re cooking. It will then recommend a cooking time and temperature, and adjust throughout the cooking process if necessary, allowing for any resting time too.
5. MAKE CLEARING UP EASIER WITH A VOICE-CONTROLLED BIN
Finally, clearing up after you’ve cooked up a storm has never been more satisfying than with the SimpleHuman voice-activated bin. If your hands are full, simply say “open can” to have the lid open automatically, and you can also say “stay open” if you’ve got lots to clear down. It features three microphones that triangulate sound for voice recognition accuracy, so even in a busy kitchen when there’s music on and people chatting, it will still pick up your commands – plus it offers gesture control too. Just wave your hand over the top and the lid will open.
A tennis ball-shaped rolling robot that follows you around the house. What can it do? Well, it can act as a fitness assistant and activate smart devices to assist with household cleaning. It will also respond to commands, such as “Come here, Ballie” and reply with a jingle when you ask it to “Say hi”. But mostly it’s for fun – your own personal BB-8, complete with bleep-bleurp sounds. Skittish, loyal and thwarted by stairs.
There are plenty of “hybrid” smartwatches on the market – connected timepieces that look like analogue watches. Withings has produced a few of them, but its new ScanWatch goes big on health tracking. A 30-second ECG reading can be taken via three built-in electrodes in the watch, while a sensor tracks your oxygen saturation while you sleep, to help detect sleep apnea. The addition of a digital crown to dismiss notifications, set alarms, etc does away with any touchscreen functionality, making this more like a traditional watch than ever before.
3Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is a computer with a folding OLED screen. It’s calling it the “world’s first foldable PC” and joins a cluster of foldable tech this year. Hold the tiny laptop in your hand like it’s a novel, or open up the screen full-size and use the keyboard wirelessly. A futuristic, versatile solution that eliminates the tablet/ laptop debate.
A pleasing instrument that simplifies music making. Connect the wooden board to four brightly coloured silicon modules and you can make beats, add distorted guitar solos or knock out synth riffs a la Daft Punk. The French company’s aim is to democratise music making – it claims to be able to make a viable musician out of any music fan.
Taking phone mirroring to its logical conclusion, Samsung’s new TV flips between standard wide-screen mode and vertical portrait mode just like your phone. Samsung says its designed for “the mobile generation” – though that surely means everyone by now – and allows you to view vertical videos from Facebook, YouTube and your own phone the way they were filmed, on a 43-inch screen. Bonus points if you own a Samsung Galaxy phone: you can sync it with the TV so it rotates as you turn your phone.