Plans a company Huawei to increase the focus of wearable device research on the healthcare field, as the world’s largest telecom equipment maker scrambles new growth areas amid its struggles with US trade sanctions.
The initiative could also enable Huawei to catch up with Xiaomi, the world’s second largest seller of wearables after Apple.
Huawei announced the implementation of three health research programs on managing high blood pressure, body temperature and coronary heart disease, the company announced at an online event.
It did not say when the features based on this research would be integrated with the range of wearable devices – including smart watches, smart straps and glasses – but it aims to build a strong barrier to entry for competitors in the industry.
The entire industry expects wearable products that can help consumers better manage health concerns, especially the chronic diseases that are likely to afflict both the young and the elderly.
And there is still a long way to go because this type of device requires a lot of investment in research and development, as well as cooperation between hardware and smart technology companies.
The step taken by Huawei shows that it continues to enter other areas of growth amid the difficulties it faces with the US restrictions, which have affected the supply of hardware and software components in the field of smart phones and network equipment.
Market research firm IDC said last month: The negative impact on Huawei’s wearable business was less than other tech categories. By not relying on Google in its watches and with many components coming from vendors outside the United States.
Huawei’s wearables efforts also reflect the intention of Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of the company, to remain committed to research and development, despite US sanctions.
“We invest 20 billion US dollars in research and development every year, but the income is only 40 percent of the input, and 60 percent of the investment disappears like candles in the dark,” said Chengfei.And we can bring light to others just as the leading European, American, Japanese and Russian companies did.
And according to Chengfei, it is important for Huawei to simplify Its product lines and focus on profit making to bypass US trade restrictions.
Huawei has more than 13 research centers around the world, covering design related to smart wearable devices, software and hardware development, and health research.
Huawei’s smart wearable devices, including the Watch GT 2 Pro that were launched last year, have healthcare functions such as heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and pressure monitoring.