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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News : Android Accessibility Updates – TCL 20R 5G – Surface Duo 2 – Withings Blood Pressure Device BPM Core

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we took a look at new accessibility and wellbeing features on Android which are rolling out in Australia.

Some of the new features include:

  • Control your phone with facial gestures.

  • Alerting you to look up when walking eyes-down and absorbed by your phone’s content.

  • Handwriting recognition in Lookout App (helping those with low vision or blindness see the world around them).

You can read more about it on Google’s blog page.

We also showed off TCL Mobile’s latest smartphone.

The TCL 20R 5G offers outstanding value for money. A 5G phone for a low as A$299.

We got a little excited about Microsoft’s new Surface line-up coming our way.

What really got us amped up was the pricing and availability of the Surface Duo 2.

And we were hands-on with Withings BPM Core.

This is the best (and probably most important) home health testing device we’ve tested.

It’s 3-in-1 Blood Pressure, ECG and Digital Stethoscope capabilities gives you a comprehensive health report from the comfort of your home.

It’s now available in Australia.

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Why Apple Watch is Apple’s Most Important Product

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I think the Apple Watch is the best (or should I say?) most important device the tech giant makes. It’s amazing for notifications, productivity and fitness but most of all – it’s vital for health and safety.

As I explained on Sky News Weekend Edition in the video above, Apple’s latest Watch campaign includes a couple of Australian survival stories that give compelling reasons as to why having a smartwatch is a good idea.

The two Aussies are Bruce Mildenhall and Lexie Northcott. We spoke with them last week and they had two very different lifesaving experiences with Apple Watch.

BRUCE’S STORY – FALL DETECTION

Back in 2021 Bruce Mildenhall was enjoying his regular bike ride in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges when a Kangaroo hopped out of nowhere.

After hitting a kangaroo and coming off his bike, he was knocked out. Fortunately for Bruce, his Apple Watch detected the fall and notified his emergency contacts and emergency services. 

Mildenhall remembers waking up in an ambulance and hearing his wife pounding on the door asking if he was alive. He was taken to hospital where he spent a week recovering from a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs. 

There’s no doubt fall detection helped Mildenhall receive medical attention quickly. Without it, he could have been stuck for hours or days. It’s also important to consider a cellular Apple Watch. It works independently of the iPhone (once setup) but it’s also important to note that a cellular Apple Watch will call 000 even it doesn’t have a plan.

Bruce says he’s fully recovered from his injuries and he’s back on the bike, cycling the same route like a champ.

LEXIE NORTHCOTT – LOW HEART RATE NOTIFICATIONS

This a powerful story about taking the data seriously from your Apple Watch.

In 2019 Lexie Northcott was just 16 when she received an Apple Watch as a birthday present. Soon after wearing the watch she started receiving low heart rate notifications – daily. 

As a young and fit person, Lexie dismissed the notifications. But the notifications kept coming, several times a day.

A year after receiving the watch, Lexie was visiting a doctor on another matter when her mother, Karla, mentioned the Apple Watch notifications. The doctor assumed Lexie would be fine considering her age but suggested she get an ECG (electrocardiogram) just to be sure. 

A week later things escalated for dramatically.

During the ECG, doctors informed Lexie that she was at extreme risk of heart failure. They rushed to Melbourne where she received heart surgery.  

Lexie is doing fine now and admits to feeling safer because of her Apple Watch. Karla (mum) believes the Apple Watch saved her daughters life. Without it, they would not have known to mention a low heart rate concern to doctors.

This is why the Apple Watch is the most important device made by Apple, in my opinion. If your parents are getting older and they have an iPhone, seriously consider getting them an Apple Watch.

There is no downside, just up.

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New Withings ScanWatch Nova is Stylish and Smart

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The problem with many smartwatches is … they look like smartwatches. The ScanWatch Nova is different. It’s not the first smart/health watch that Withings has made with classic looks but it’s certainly the latest and greatest.

Underneath that metal housing, ScanWatch Nova tracks advanced health metrics and activity including on-demand electrocardiogram, SpO2, 24/7 body temperature and in-depth sleep analysis. 

“ScanWatch Nova makes continuous measurements autonomous and effortless with an extraordinary 30-day battery life,” said tienne Trégaro, Product Manager at Withings.

“The splendid timepiece imperceptibly embeds a powerful health scan, with all the cutting-edge innovations to enhance your health, wrapped in a stylish aesthetic inspired by the timeless tradition of diver-style watchmaking”. 

ScanWatch Nova is inspired by the diver-style watchmaking

SCANWATCH FEATURES

  • On-demand medical-grade electrocardiogram: Detect potential heart anomalies at any time such as atrial fibrillation, one of the most prevalent forms of arrhythmias characterised by irregular heart rhythms. Nearly 2 million signs of AFib have been identified on  ScanWatch since 2020. By simply touching the bezel, users can launch an ECG reading with live results on the Withings app in just 30 seconds. 
  • Indication of onset of an illness: Track baseline fluctuations of day and night body temperature which may indicate the onset of an illness or other health conditions. Its revolutionary TempTech24/7 module technology combines miniaturised heat flux sensors (measuring energy transit) with a high-accuracy temperature sensor (measuring ambient & skin temperature), alongside heart rate and accelerometer input calibrations to deliver best-in-class body temperature variation assessment.  
  • Respiratory system assessment: Track on-demand blood oxygen (SpO2) and overnight breathing disturbances. Good blood oxygenation is necessary for optimal muscle function. 
  • Advanced sleep metrics: Wake up to a Sleep Quality Score and explore advanced sleep metrics (phases, depth, duration, interruptions) which can help improve your sleep. 
  • Seamless tracking during physical activity: Track parameters such as steps, calories, elevation, workout routes (via in-app connected GPS) and the automatic recognition of 40+ activities.
  • Leading-edge technology: Utilising MultiWave PPG sensors and HealthSenseTM – Withings’ proprietary operating system, ScanWatch Nova can track advanced cardiovascular vitals including heart rate, heart rate variability, and ECG. It also measures SpO2, and breathing disturbances and tracks sleep patterns.  
  • Intuitive connection to the Withings app: The Withings app allows users to customise the screen and the information they can see on the watch display such as the heart rate variability3, the number of steps taken, the variation of the baseline body temperature, activities and much more. To take things to the next level, a long press on the dial can launch your preferred feature and its ‘quick look option’ activates the watch display with a lift of the wrist. Through the app, users can also receive personalised insights, trends, and recommendations to improve their health journey.
ScanWatch Nova comes in blue, black or green

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

ScanWatch 2 and ScanWatch Light will be available in Australia at JB Hi-Fi and Amazon.com.au from Monday 8 January 2024. ScanWatch Nova will be available from late January.

ScanWatch Nova will be priced at $799.99 AUD and comes in blue, black and green, with an Oyster metal wristband and FKM wristband which users can easily swap to suit the occasion. 

ScanWatch 2 (38 & 42 mm) will be priced at $699 AUD with a Silver Black (42mm), silver white (38mm), silver black (38mm) and Rose Gold sand face (38mm) and later on with a Silver white face (42mm) and Rose Gold blue face (38mm). 

ScanWatch Light, sized 37mm, will be priced at $479 AUD with a silver black, silver white and rose gold sand face and later on with a light blue and light green face. Each model features an OLED grayscale display and are available with optional coloured wristbands. 

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Vaccine Robot – NSW Transport goes Quantum – Cheap Smarthome by Laser – Google Pet Portraits

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we showed video of a robot that uses ‘needle-less’ injection technology to administer vaccines autonomously.

The Canadian-made prototype can scan a patient before using a high-pressure fluid jet to inject vaccine directly into tissue.


In a world first – Transport for NSW is establishing a Centre of Quantum Technology based in Sydney’s Tech Central, which will be co-led by a dedicated quantum technology director and a fellow of Quantum Technology.

Quantum computing would process and analyse massive amounts of information almost instantaneously, allowing customers to more accurately track the location and capacity of a train or bus. 

If something goes wrong – the network would ‘heal itself’ almost immediately. Minimising travel disruptions.


These prices make it easier to protect your home over Christmas when you are away because nobody is staying home this year!

For less than $40 you get a FHD Security camera, for less than $100 you get a FHD Video Doorbell and for less than $19 a Smart Wi-Fi power plug which turns dumb tech smart.

You could cover your whole home for the price of One camera from another brand.


PET PORTRAITS by Google compares a photo of your pet with tens of thousands of artworks from museums and galleries around the world.

So if you think your cat, dog or turtle is special then it could be a work of art .. literally.

This was a feature for people a few years ago. 

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