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Stanford University will distribute free of charge 1000 “smart” watches Apple Watch

Recently analysts have noted the decline of interest in wearable electronics and “smart” clock in particular. After the first batch of Apple Watch was bought fans and geeks, there was a lull. And experts were quick to recalculate their forecasts for the growth of the market, reducing them by half — from 60% to 25% per year.

In 2016, the wearable gadgets in the United States used slightly more than 39 million people, while initially it was assumed that by year-end, their audience will reach 63 million by Frustrated users and producers in a new market can be explained by the fact that last year there was no one new Android Wear watch. And the new version of OSes, introduced in may last year, has still not come to light.

Another reason that the market of “smart” hours very quickly was replaced by growth on the decline, is the lack of innovation and a really important and useful scenarios for the use of such devices. Apple after the release of the Apple Watch became the leader of the market, but sales of smart watches are reduced and it is unlikely that anything will change in the near future.

The scientists from Stanford University decided to look for new use cases the Apple Watch, which launched a program in which are giving up to 1,000 hours of Apple Watch and up to $10 000 faculty and staff faculties. The aim of the project is to find new ways of using “smart” hours in the field of health.

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Center Stanford Center for Digital Health began to accept applications from those wishing to participate in the experiment. Investigators must provide their own use cases in one of two directions. The first involves the use primarily of various sensors of the Apple Watch with the aim of the study progress indicators, and the second is built around the influence of various notifications and other functions on the user’s behavior.

The project involves groups of individuals, and not a single interested people. That is, applications will be accepted from teams that will research one chosen issue in the course of one year.

Applications will be accepted until 26 February, and the project will start in April.

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