And finally: Apple's AR glasses could include transition lenses

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Apple's AR glasses with transition lenses
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Hitting the headlines this week was a potential first look at a pair of Samsung AR glasses, new fitness trackers from Huawei and spin-off company Honor, a dedicated sleep tracking app for TicWatch Pro owners and an Apple Watch accessory that swimmers may well lap up.

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We've saved four more stories for your reading pleasure and remember, you can catch up on all of the week's headline-grabbers on our dedicated news page.

Apple's AR smartglasses might have dimmable lenses

And finally: Apple's AR glasses might have transition lenses

Reports still point to a 2020 launch for Apple's first pair of augmented reality glasses and a new patent could point to one of its key features.

Originally filed in April 2018, the patent describes a head mounted display with adjustable rates of opacity, to help users fine-tune their viewing experience. What that really means is that the lenses could get brighter and darker as needed, much like a normal transition lens.


That's an enticing idea, which makes it sound almost like the glasses could double up as sunglasses. It could also let you block out your surroundings entirely, if you need to concentrate on a message or some information.

Check out our pick of the best Apple Watch apps to download.

Apple Watch safety features come to the rescue

And finally: The Apple Watch comes good on its safety features

Back when we reviewed the Apple Watch Series 4, we said that it was a watch that would save lives, and the Series 5 only furthers this. This week's been a good one for proving that point, happily.

First came a story out of New Jersey, where two hikers fell from a trail into an apparently precarious situation far from help. Luckily one of their Apple Watches detected a hard fall and automatically called for help from emergency services, eventually leading to their rescue.

Meanwhile, a woman in Alberta, Canada, used the Apple Watch's messaging functions to send texts to her boyfriend when a man invaded her home. She got her partner to call the police, which also resulted in the situation being resolved without more trauma.

Read our guide on how to use ECG on the Apple Watch.

Microsoft brings out an Outlook app for Galaxy watches

And finally: Apple's AR glasses might have transition lenses

Microsoft has brought a bit of scheduling usefulness to your wrist, if you're both an Outlook user and the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch.


It's released an official app for the platform, letting those who've picked up an Samsung wearable get notifications from their email accounts, browse their inbox, and reply on the go if desired.

It's one of those that looks like it does what it says on the tin. You can download the app from the Galaxy App Store now, although you'll also need the Outlook app installed on your smartphone to make it all work.

Check out our roundup of the best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces to download.

The Air Force could use smartwatches to monitor for fatigue

And finally: Apple's AR glasses might have transition lenses

Smartwatches can provide solutions in all walks of life, including threatening professional scenarios, as we discovered when we talked to startup Equivital about its heat stress-monitoring wearables.

The US Air Force looks like it's keen to be on the forefront of this technological wave. It's looking into using smartwatches to help pilots and crew monitor themselves for signs of excess fatigue - something that could seriously impair them in perilous situations.

With overnight flight missions a common occurrence, a few options are on the table including an app to help staff regulate their sleeping patterns when off-shift.


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