On June 17, 2022, at the Vivatech show held in Paris, Oppo spoke about deploying its technologies in e-health services and invited three start-ups from the sector towards ‘to join. The Chinese brand, fourth among smartphone brands, has returned to its partnerships in Europe, specifically with major sports tournaments such as Wimbledon and Roland Garros.
On the microphone, Yan Ren, director of Open Innovation Europe at Oppo, indicates that the company is working with the Old Continent in the field of 5G, edge computing and augmented reality. Oppo also invests in R&D and has six research institutes around the world, where 25% of its 40,000 employees employ. Currently, the company aims to respond to a new problem in Europe: the aging population.
“According to a study, only 12% of internet users in Europe are over 65”, explained Yan Ren. To change the game, Oppo is offering this population-focused OS with a simplified presentation mode, a screen sharing system to get usage help and improved colors for people with an understanding of ito. The company plans to use the Munsell test to assess a person’s ability to recognize colors and provide an appropriate palette.
Augmented reality and wearables
Oppo is also investing in augmented reality using its mirrors “Oppo Air Glass ‘See the sound'”. Using speech-to-text technology, the company offers to show in writing the words of someone in front of you for better understanding of conversations. The technology also allows real-time translation, indicates the manager and can be useful for users with hearing problems.
In addition, R&D teams are refining connected objects with functionalities intended for adults (allowing, among other things, sleep testing.) An announcement on this topic should be made on end of 2022.
Major partners in Europe
On stage, Oppo also returned to its innovation accelerator program announced in May, and then gave the floor to three start-ups: Crunchfish, Owlytics and Leman Micro Devices.
Founded in Sweden, Crunchfish provides software for evaluating “hand and body” movements, particularly enabling interactions between physical movements and devices as well as remote control. The company’s software is installed on more than 50 million Oppo devices, including smartphones, tablets, AR glasses and VR devices.
“At Oppo, we will continue to offer more immersive gesture interaction features. “, said Joakim Nydemark CEO and COO of Crunchfish. To meet Oppo’s promises, the young shoot suggests that its technology, in the future, will be available in applications intended for sign language, for example.
For its part, Leman Micro Devices is a Swiss company that sets up a measurement solution for key vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, temperature, etc. The company currently focuses on managing hypertension using smartphone software and a sensor in the form of a small box. From its partnership with Oppo, Leman Micro Devices hopes “improve our health monitoring technology and make our solutions more accessible to a wider audience”said Zhao Fang, vice president of business development.
Finally, in part, Owlytics is a start-up that seeks to improve the lives of seniors and neurology patients (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.) using management solutions, predictive analysis and real-time data of health. For healthcare providers, Owlytics technology uses artificial intelligence to determine collapse. By studying patient behavior, the solution alerts nursing staff in the event of abnormal behavior. The start-up also offers self-diagnosis solutions directly for patients.
an incubation program for e-health start-ups
In addition to these start-ups, Oppo is inviting other companies to join it through its Oppo Global Inspiration program to develop e-health solutions and make technology more accessible. Oppo will offer $ 46,000 to ten teams as well as other benefits such as promotion in the Asian market. The company gives entrepreneurs and other start-ups who want to register until the end of June.