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Forget smartwatches, manufacturers will popularize wearables with gadgets like this

Computex will not be made just from the announcement of the new ASUS Zenfone 3. Qualcomm has launched a new processor for use in dedicated sports wristbands. The good news is that with this new hardware you will have cheaper options for wearable devices at national retail.

After announcing the Snapdragon Wear 2100 * in February, it is now the turn of one of the largest smartphone chip makers to market a more affordable version of this CPU. Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed to be used on devices such as fitness bracelets that are more affordable and offer longer battery life at a smaller size.

The popularization of wearables is not through expensive smart watches, but small solutions for everyday life.

The Snapdragon Wear 1100 features 3G and 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and the ability to receive voice commands.

Qualcomm's idea is to encourage manufacturers to use a cheaper component to lower wearable device manufacturing costs and make such gadgets cheaper for the end consumer: you. This CPU will not be used on smartwatches like Moto 360 or LG Watch Urbane, but it can further spread the famous fitness bracelets like Mi Band, or smart headphones, or even trackers that will be worn on children. , seniors or even pets.

WeBanz band tracker
Small, simple and functional, this is the WeBandz / WeBandz tracker.

One of the companies that is working with Qualcomm to popularize such devices is Miami-based WeBandz. This little device can be worn as a bracelet, can be attached to your backpack (thieves hate this novelty) or your dog's collar and you can know the location of your child, dog or an object. Although small, this device shows that we still have more possibilities within the wearable device industry.

As Qualcomm and the industry invest in wearable devices like this one from WeBandz, I realize more and more that the popularization of wearables is not through expensive smart watches but small solutions for everyday life. And you?

* Snapdragon Wear 2100 is a chip 30% smaller than Snapdragon 400 and which consumes 25% less power; It features low-power WiFi and Bluetooth antennas, as well as a 4G modem and its dedicated use for smart watch manufacturing.

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