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A round-up of the latest trends in the electronics industry that will have the most impact on our current way of living and consumer demand.
A window into one’s heart? Samsung Electronics’ stretchable OLED display can stick to skin and provide real-time readings of a person’s heartbeat and blood flow. This breakthrough is a single device that integrates the display and a photoplethysmography sensor. The display can be stretched by up to 30 percent without impact on performance. Other tests done show promise of commercial viability. When this will happen remains to be seen – literally.
With influencer collaborations becoming an effective, financially efficient tool for brands to connect with new and existing audiences, more and more companies are leveraging their marketing budgets on using influencers as product ambassadors. Find out what makes the perfect influencer collaboration in this video.
Nestlé’s hybrid bottles, which will be available for consumer testing in France in July, are made entirely from recycled content, with the plastic layer surrounded by a fibre-based material made from 100% recycled cardboard and old newspapers. The company is also developing a tearing system that allows for easy separation of paper and plastic components for recycling.
Social media behemoth Facebook is reported to have plans to release its own smartwatch next summer. “The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram.” This setup will allow users to use the watch much like how they use their smartphones. With this hardware release, Facebook aims to compete with tech giants Apple and Samsung.
This year, Auckland in New Zealand rose to the top of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability index “owing to its successful approach in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Its society largely remained open and the city scored strongly on a number of metrics including education, culture and environment.”
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.