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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 rumored to gain SpO2 sensor, Smart version will support Amazon Alexa - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Previously, Mi Bands had NFC and Xiao AI support only in China. The new one will go global in two versions, one with Alexa, one without.
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will enhance the heart rate tracker with SpO2 measurement (blood-oxygen saturation). Additional health features will include menstrual cycle tracking. The international version was said to gain NFC support, previously exclusive to China. However, some new info casts doubt on global NFC support, but mentions a new Mi Smart Band 5 version with a model number XMSH11HM (the regular Band 5 will be XMSH10HM). The current Xiaomi Mi Band 4The Smart Band will have AI assistant support, specifically Amazons Alexa. On previous generations, models sold in China had NFC on board and a mic for a digital assistant, but that only worked with the Chinese-speaking Xiao AI. Alexa is a much better pick for a global release as it already understands eight languages (covering the Americas, Japan, much of Europe and India). Note that as the band lacks a speaker, Alexas replies will be text only. Good thing then that the screen will grow to 1.2 while bezels will shrink (the fourth gen screen is 0.95). The band will likely be unveiled in China first, some time in June with a global version to follow a couple of months later. Source
Amazfit Ares announced, brings rugged design and up to 2 weeks of battery life - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Official sales start on June 1.
As expected, Xiaomi subsidiary Huami unveiled its latest smartwatch entry with the new ruggedized sports-focused Amazfit Ares. It comes with tracking for 70 sports modes, performance analysis via the Firstbeat platform, GPS and heart rate tracking. The watch is built around a square 1.28-inch reflective color touch screen with a 176 x 176 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It's made out of polycarbonate, weighs just 48 grams and boasts a 5 ATM water-resistant rating. Apart from its sports tracking abilities, the Ares also features a Biotracker PPG optical heart rate sensor and supports sleep tracking. It can pair with any Android 5.0 or iOS 10 via Bluetooth. The battery comes in at 200mAh which Amazfit claims can fully charge in 2 hours and last up to 14 days with normal usage. Alternatively, it's rated at up to 90 days in watch mode with Bluetooth and heart rate tracking turned off. Charging is done via a proprietary magnetic stand included in the retail packaging. The Amazfit Ares will go for CNY 499 ($70/INR 5,300) and will be available in black and army green colors. Its already up for pre-sale in China while official sales start on June 1. Source ( in Chinese)
Sony's Intelligent Vision Sensor is the first to have AI processing hardware on board - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The image sensor can do object recognition in tracking in just 3.1 milliseconds - and it doesn't need the cloud or an external CPU to do it.
A few years ago Sony created the first image sensor with on-chip RAM, which enabled slow-motion video capture at very high frame rates. Now the company has created the first sensor with on-board AI hardware, which can do high-speed image recognition. The Intelligent Vision Sensor, IMX500, has a stacked design, consisting of a pixel chip (1/2.3, 12.3MP resolution, 1.55µm pixels) and a logic chip that has a Sony-developed DSP and memory for the AI models. The sensor can capture 4K video at 60fps, but more importantly it needs only 3.1 milliseconds to analyze the image (using the MobileNet V1 model from Google). It doesnt even need to output images at all, it can just send out metadata to be processed. As Sony says, this is a boon for privacy as the image data never leaves the chip (and it certainly doesnt need to be sent over the Internet to the cloud). Also, since the AI models can be configured, the same hardware can be used for various tasks. A simple example is putting the IMX500 in a car and pointing it at the driver. If the sensor detects the driver is distracted or asleep, it can send a warning to the car. Even though an external processor can do the same task, using just the image sensor is simpler (and thus more reliable) and cheaper. Stores can use the Intelligent Vision Sensor for many tasks. For example, one could be at the door, counting how many people went in. Another can keep an eye on shelves, sending a notification when stock is running low. Yet another can determine the areas where most people go and the products they pick up. The sensor has possible applications at the cash registerThe IMX500 is unlikely to find its way in smartphones. But it can enter your home as part of a smart speaker e.g. it can see who is asking the question, which will help the system provide a more relevant answer. And, again, privacy concerns are lowered since the image sensor can output just Tom is speaking instead of capturing a photo and sending out for processing. Its not just privacy either, a design using this sensor will have much lower latency, will need very little bandwidth and it reduces power usage to boot. 3.1 milliseconds to analyze an image is much faster than traditional approaches, enabling applications that need lightning fast reaction times (e.g. industrial robots). Also, metadata is tiny compared to the 4K/60fps footage it is based on, so hundreds of cameras can share a relatively slow data connection. The IMX500 (just the sensor) and IMX501 (the sensor in an LGA package) will be sampled to companies soon and Sony thinks the first products to use them will come out next year. For now, these two cost JPY 10,000 and JPY 20,000, respectively (thats $94 and $187). Source | Via