Apple iWatch Could Feature Ultraviolet Light Sensor [Report]

Apple iWatch Could Feature Ultraviolet Light Sensor [Report]

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Apple's rumored iWatch could feature an ultraviolet light sensor, according to Barclays’s chip analyst Blayne Curtis.

Barrons relays a report from Curtis which suggests the smart device could feature a new sensor from Silicon Labs.

Silicon Labs recently announced a family of products featuring the industry’s first digital ultraviolet index sensors. These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple’s upcoming iWatch (late 2H14 or early 2015). Timing of the iWatch seems in flux, but if it comes this year, we estimate it at an opportunity worth $2-4M in revenue ($0.01-0.02 in EPS) in 2H, assuming an ASP of ~$0.40 and 5-10M iWatches.

Previous reports have suggested that the iWatch will use optoelectronics to monitor a wearer's heart rate and blood oxygen levels. It's also said to feature other sensors that would monitor a user's fitness and vital signs. Data from these sensors will reportedly feed into a new Healthbook app for iOS 8.

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Apple iWatch Could Feature Ultraviolet Light Sensor [Report]

sharonnathaniel - April 9, 2014 at 6:40am
This is cool ............
Krapatis - April 8, 2014 at 11:15am
The only limit you have is shit used to attempt to prove it. What's so imaginary about iWatch? This may be the final look.
It could be... - April 8, 2014 at 2:59pm
But it won't be.
It might be... - April 8, 2014 at 3:14pm
Just like iPhone iPad etc. ever made.
vueapp - April 8, 2014 at 7:19am
it's funny because i've been waiting for a iwatch to come out for so long that my taste for it has changed. first, the idea of an iwatch came into fruition with the popularity of fit bracelets. smart watches existed for awhile but never caught on. before i thought i would wear an iwatch to replace my sexy luxury watches. but now that has passed. i love the look, feel and sound of a good mechanical watch. but i do have room on my arm for trivial piece of technology. before i wanted everything and the kitchen sink. now i would be fine with a notification repeater and being able to communicate with siri(send messages, ask questions, control music, etc). i don't need a camera or heart rate. keep the size down and the price down to disposable tech items(200usd?). that's why fit bracelets are popular. it's cheap and doesn't look like a tech device. the common man has to want one, not nerds for it to be successful.
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