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Fitbit Flow: A low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 Patients

Fitbit, the wearable giant has joined NASA and Dyson to manufacture low-cost ventilators to help during COVID-19 crisis. NASA had been approved to manufacture and sell their ventilators late last month. Now, Fitbit comes with a $5000 ventilator which has been given a green signal by the FDA for emergency use. This means that it can only be used during COVID-19 crisis and not after that. According to The Verge, Fitbit Flow would be sold around $5000, which is considerably lower than conventional ventilators and the production is expected to begin this month.

Comparison between traditional Ventilator and Fitbit Flow

According to the American Thoracic Society, a ventilator is a life support system that assists people to breathe when they are unable to breathe on their own. The ventilator helps to get oxygen into the lungs and get rid of carbon dioxide out of the lungs. It is important to note that the Flow isn’t a traditional ventilator, nor it is designed to be a replacement. According to FDA, it is only to be used when an FDA cleared ventilator isn’t available during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this, Fitbit explained that the Flow has been developed to act as a makeshift ventilator to be used during the COVID-19 crisis as healthcare establishments are running out of ventilators. It doesn’t mean that it could be used in hospitals after the pandemic resides, for that it would need further testing and approval from FDA.

Fitbit has expressed that it proposed to use the pre existing infrastructure to quickly manufacture “large volumes” of these easy to use and low-cost ventilators to keep COVID-19 patients alive until they are shifted to a traditional ventilator. Fitbit also suggested that this is a provisional shift in focus and there are no plans to continue manufacturing Flow once the pandemic resides.

Fitbit Flow Concept and Engineering

Fitbit says that the Flow is engineered around resuscitator bags generally used by healthcare professionals/ paramedics but it has supplementary sensors and alarms to assist patient monitoring efficiently. The company approached medical experts and practitioners while developing the Flow and expects it will be easier to use than conventional ventilators. The design is intended to inspire confidence. The machine is built from laser cut aluminium, it is devised to be user-friendly and insightful which reduces the burden on highly specialised healthcare professionals who are usually expected to operate a conventional ventilator. The hardware is designed to have a transparent viewing window for medical staff to examine the automated pumping from a distance and the Flow can be used with a stand or can stand firmly on a table top for ease of use. The stand is also modular and has the capacity to accommodate different sizes of oxygen tanks.

Fitbit CEO and co-founder remarked in a statement that the wearable company saw an opportunity to showcase their competence in advanced sensor development, manufacturing and their efficient global supply chain to address the dire and continuous need for ventilators and help make a contribution in the worldwide fight against COVID-19. Fitbit confirmed its intentions to produce a ventilator last month after concerns surfaced that there aren’t enough ventilators to handle all the patients who will need them during the ongoing crisis against coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal reported that in April, the United States government had been struggling to purchase thousands of ventilators to deal with the virus outbreak but the demand was lower than expected. Nevertheless, the ventilators may be needed if COVID-19 spreads beyond or due to factors such as the start of the influenza later this year. Only time will tell.

Top 5 Smart Speakers to lookout for in 2020

The top smart speakers of 2020 are the most hard working gadget ever as it not only plays our favourite music, it also helps to control our smart home devices and comes with our favourite virtual assistant always ready to solve our questions. These voice assistants have literally taken over our homes by playing our music, ready to answer our questions, tell us about the news and weather updates etc. 

Apple, Google and Amazon all make efficient smart speakers and their rivalry has made this segment quite appealing. Amazon has been a pioneer in smart speakers with the advent of the original Echo and virtual assistant Alexa. Today there is a diverse range of smart speakers available from different companies each with their own set of pros and cons. If you are confused about making the best choice, allow us to lead you to the right choice.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

It is insanely difficult to choose the best speaker these days as customers are spoilt with the number of choices available. Amazon and Google both have proficient smart speakers that are economically viable. If you do not wish to deal with the humdrum of the category and just wish to try out your first smart speaker, you should go for 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot. It has been noted that Amazon’s voice assistant has more abilities than Siri or Google Assistant. You would be pleasantly surprised that the third generation Amazon smart speaker looks and sounds much better than its predecessors and yet costs only 50 USD. That being said, you do sacrifice some sound quality for this price. However, it can easily add value as it plugs into your own speakers.

Sonos One

Sonos one priced at USD 200 enables you to pair two play stereo sound but even one speaker sounds good to play a wide range of music categories and costs much less than premium quality smart speakers like Google Home Max and Apple HomePod. Sonos One comes with both Alexa and Google Voice Assistant built in which you can simply choose during set up or you can control with Siri. You can choose between top three voice assistants from Apple, Amazon and Google at this price which is tough to beat.

Apple HomePod

If you are looking for the best sound quality overall, Apple HomePod is your best bet to play your favourite music. The sound quality is at par with similarly priced Google Home Max and way better than that of Sonos One. There are some limitations to using an Apple HomePod as you can only play music from Apple Music using a voice command. Unfortunately, you will not have the option to stream your Spotify playlist. This shouldn’t be news to Apple users who have already spent a good chunk of money in Apple products and are just looking for premium sound quality. 

Google Nest Mini

Amazon was the undisputed leader in the smart speaker segment however, Google has done a remarkable job with its digital assistant sound. The Google Assistant is now at par with Alexa and hence 50 USD for a Google Nest Mini is a steal. The Google Nest Mini also works better with your other smart home devices if you are unable to remember the exact name of the devices. Moreover, Google Assistant can distinguish different voices and hence it is a good choice if used by multiple people. Google has the expertise in assistant intelligence and hence Google Nest Mini is an ultimate option at a giveaway price.

Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa and Google Assistant are compatible with most of the devices and help you command them easily. As mentioned above, Google Assistant is better than Alexa but Alexa works with more smart home devices. Alexa is actually smart at sending you notifications if your smart speaker hears glass breaking or detects smoke. The Echo Plus has a great sound and smart-home hub built in so it is easy to sync other devices rather than buying new ones.

Finally, these are the five best smart speakers of 2020 according to us. There are other smart speakers available in the market with built in Alexa or Google Assistant. If you are still confused, we would recommend you to figure out which platforms and functionalities you like. This will enable you to make your choice easy. 

Sony unveils PlayStation5 for late 2020 release

This week Sony finally confirmed what the PlayStation 5 would look like. With PS5 console, it also unveiled the most awaited trailers of games to be launched with the new PS5 console. The PlayStation 5 gaming console has a suave white and black design. It will also include a new DualSense controller in the box. The event was earlier rescheduled due to the outcry taking place across the United States after the death of George Floyd.

The latest PlayStation gaming console will be released in two versions, one is the classic edition that comes with an Ultra HD blu-ray disc drive while the second is a digital variant which is not included with an optical disc drive. This stylish new PS5 is a vertical console, just like Microsoft’s Xbox Series X whereas the second variant looks considerably slimmer than the classic editions all thanks to the removal of the optical drive.

PlayStation5 Design and Specifications

You must be wondering that if the new PS5 comes without a drive, it must be cheaper right?  Well, Sony is playing it smart at the moment due to the COVID-19 crisis and has refrained from releasing the price just yet. However, there is a strong indication that digital edition (due to lack of optical drive) will be cheaper than the classic edition and it also gives us an indication of a digital ecosystem Sony is about to create and the future of gaming.

Sony has also given a list of accessories with PlayStation 5 console, which includes a DualSense charging station, a new high definition camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headgear and a media remote. Just like the PlayStation 5 pricing, Sony has left us wondering about the price of the accessories too. However, the accessories are supposed to be released along with the PS5 gaming consoles.

Just like Microsoft, Sony too has been gradually establishing more information about the next generation PS5 in coming months. The gaming console is supposedly coming to the stores just in time for the holidays in late 2020. The PS5 console is operated on an eight core AMD Zen 2 central processing unit and a customer AMD RDNA 2 based GPU. Sony revealed the PS5 specs in March and the custom AMD chips will supply 10.28 TF of power. This will be in accordance with variable frequencies on the GPU and CPU. Faster loading times is a necessity for gaming and hence Sony is using a proprietary SSD solution to pump up the load times for games on the new PS5 consoles. This new SSD will be able to provide 825 gigabytes of storage space and 5.5 gigabytes/sec performance with finesse. 

Sony’s Plan for Release and Pricing

On April 7th, Sony announced the PS5’s DualSense controller which features haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. There is also a novel create button to share gameplay content with your buddies. Just like the previous DualShock controllers, the D pad and buttons will stay on top half of the DualSense controller followed by two analog sticks at the bottom. The DualSense controller also has a center mounted touchpad and a revamped light bar that sits on each side of the touchpad.

There is good news for PS4 users too, the new PS5 console will support more than 4,000 PS4 existing titles. In the event this week, Sony also mentioned some of the games to be launched on PS5 like Spider-Man Miles Morales, GTA5, Resident Evil Village and many more. 

Sony has advised that the release date of the PS5 is due in the holiday season of 2020.  As we have seen the design and specifications now, can we skip to the end of 2020 to get a hands on experience of this beauty? We will do a write up about the price and games to be released on the PS5 in detail in the later part of 2020.

Nimblechapps to Support Businesses Across Gujarat and the World

Here at Nimblechapps Ltd, we are globally renowned for our work to assist businesses with web development and mobile app development. We’re known for our exemplary customer satisfaction, recognised on sites like The Manifest! Although we help businesses of all shapes and sizes from across a variety of industries, over half of our satisfied clients are small businesses! As a small business ourselves, we want to take the time to praise small businesses.

We’re incredibly proud to be based in Ahmedabad, the leading city of the beautiful Gujarat state. Ernst and Young recently named Ahmedabad the best city to do business in as a small business in all of India! Small businesses contribute 70% of Ahmedabad’s GDP, and 45% of its exports. The cluster and breadth of small business in Ahmedabad is specifically praised, as is Gujarat’s favourable small business laws leading to the state’s highest share in domestic investment plans across all of India!

Unfortunately, small businesses around the world and in India are hurting as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, lockdown, and ensuing economic calamity. Here at Nimblechapps Ltd, we have been helping small businesses with web and mobile app development solutions in order to emerge from this time stronger than ever.

One thing that you can do during this lockdown is to review your favourite small businesses. Love that dhaba on the corner? Shoot them a review on Yelp! Have a favourite park? Review it on TripAdvisor! Also, if you want to show support to your favourite B2B service provider and developer, review them on The Manifest!

 

The Manifest features leading companies and recognises leading business experts. It is the leading B2B ratings site allowing you to browse through company listings of B2B service providers across industries across the world! It provides independently verified reviews conducted with clients from around the world! Curated into a case study style format, The Manifest reviews are the gold standard for B2B ratings and reviews — which is why we’re honoured to have a stellar 4.8-star rating on the site!

In a recent 5.0-star review, the CEO of Delight Designs, Delyse Wright, praised the app development services that we performed for their design company! Our team’s quality of work, communication, and expertise were all highlighted for special recognition!

“I’m so happy with the app’s look, feel, and functionality.” – Delyse Wright. We’re incredibly grateful to Delyse Wright and all of our satisfied customers! If you want to join their ranks, please contact us today!