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Qualcomm Announces Collaboration With Ecosystem Leaders

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc

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Partnering with ecosystem leaders for growth of wearables: Qualcomm. Flickr

US-based chip maker Qualcomm Technologies on Tuesday announced a series of collaborations with ecosystem leaders to boost the growth of wearables such as smartwatches, kid watches, and smart trackers based on the company’s Snapdragon Wear platforms.

At its 4G/5G summit here, Qualcomm said that it was working with leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) and ecosystem players, including Taipei-headquartered Compal Electronics and China-based Longcheer on smartwatches.

On 4G kid watches, Qualcomm announced partnerships with China’s Huaqin and Thundersoft. It tied up with US-based Franklin Wireless on 4G smart trackers, and with French wireless communication software provider Smartcom on 4G connected end-to-end solutions.

The ecosystem collaborations aim to support a range of customers to develop next-generation wearable devices based on the Snapdragon Wear family of platforms, including the recently announced Snapdragon Wear 3100 for Wear operating system (OS) by Google smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2500 for open source Android based 4G kid watches and Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 1200 for smart tracking solutions.

“We think Snapdragon Wear 3100 can change the arc of Wear OS based smartwatches because we are focused on two things — to make the smartwatches more useful and make it last longer,” Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies told reporters here.

Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company.
Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. Wikimedia Commons

Snapdragon Wear 3100 is based on a new ultra-low power system architecture, designed to bring new experiences and support for extended battery life in Wear OS by Google based smartwatches.

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc.

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“The wearables space is an exciting and fast-growing segment. Our Snapdragon Wear family of platforms bring key innovations in low power, small size, smart sensing, and superior connectivity to help transform the industry and drive growth across smartwatch, kid watch, and smart tracking segments,” Kedia said.

“Working closely with leading ODMs and ecosystem players is essential to expand the wearables ecosystem and help our customers to bring new, innovative wearable products to consumers worldwide,” he added. (IANS)

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Light Pollution at Night Disrupts Ecosystem, Says Study

In addition, invertebrates became less reliant on food sources that originate in the water when they were exposed to moderate light levels, results showed

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Light Pollution at Night Disrupts Ecosystem, Says Study. VOA

Increased exposure to artificial or outdoor light, referred to as light pollution, at night not only raises health concerns for humans but can also significantly harm the entire ecosystem, says a new study.

The study showed that light at night affects species’ composition as well as their food chain length.

“Night-time light is having profound impacts that extend to the entire ecosystem,” said Mazeika Sullivan, Associate Professor from the Ohio State University in the US.

Artificial light is a pollutant, changing the natural course of life for people, animals and plants.

“We are experiencing this pollution that we do not think about, but it is all around us and it is chronic and it is happening everywhere. It is also unprecedented in earth’s history,” Sullivan added.

For the study, the team examined the effect of existing artificial light in streams and they manipulated the light in wetlands.

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The study showed that light at night affects species’ composition as well as their food chain length. VOA

From those areas, they collected a variety of water-dwelling and land-dwelling invertebrate species, including mayflies, water bugs, ants and spiders.

Findings, published in the journal of Ecological Applications, demonstrated that species’ composition changed with an increase in light intensity.

They also discovered that the food chain length of the invertebrate communities shortened with more light, indicating that the ecosystem is less complex.

“Decreases in food chain length are a pretty big deal as it reflects not just changes in the architecture of an ecosystem — the numbers of various species — but also shifts in ecosystem stability and nutrient flows,” said Sullivan.

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In addition, invertebrates became less reliant on food sources that originate in the water when they were exposed to moderate light levels, results showed.

Interventions such as carefully directing light, using motion sensors to activate lights only when they are needed and dimming them when human activity is minimal could all have the potential to lessen the effects of lighting near wildlife, the study noted. (IANS)