Qualcomm and Harman at CES 2017

By | 1 minute read | January 6, 2017

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A week of news for Qualcomm

Earlier this week Qualcomm unveiled its first device built on the new Snapdragon 835 chip: a pair of VR smartglasses. The Snapdragon 835 chip consumes 25% less power than its predecessors, and can enable up to five hours talk time on a smartphone after just five minutes of charging.

The move comes after rival Samsung Electronics acquired Harman International in November, increasing its commitment to the infotainment space.

Intelligent care solutions

Perhaps more pertinent for Harman, whose work with IBM at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is well documented, are Qualcomm’s medical-grade connectivity solutions, also on show at CES this week.

Harman shares Qualcomm’s passion for intelligent care systems and the Internet of Things. At October’s World of Watson event, IBM and Harman announced a partnership to bring voice-activated, intelligent solutions to hotels, offices and hospitals throughout the world.

The pioneering work has already been trialed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where IBM and Harman launched cognitive rooms designed to enhance the patient experience. Using voice commands, patients can adjust the feel of their room – altering the temperature, turning out the lights, or checking on test results.

The voice-activated assistant learns with each new interaction and is constantly adapting to its environment, and it has a wealth of data to draw on: from the hospital itself, the room, its connected devices, hospital employees and much more. One major advantage is that this virtual assistant can meet many of the hospital patients’ non-medical needs, freeing up medical staff for more urgent tasks.

Keep up with CES 2017

We’ll be bringing you further news from CES 2017 all this week. Keep an eye on our blog for the latest stories.