During the recent roundtable at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, BlackBerry’s enterprise head John Sims said the company has been working on a wearable device.
“I would love BBM to be running on a wearable,” he said. “We’re not releasing anything at the moment, but it’s definitely an area of research for us.”
BlackBerry’s experimental wearables are said to pair with a phone, and communicate via a “voice interface.”
Sims used the occasion to introduce Sandeep Chennakeshu, BlackBerry’s new head of “technology assets.” The former CTO of Sony-Ericsson now runs the QNX OS department, the Certicom cryptography lab, the Paratek antenna acquisition, and the Project Ion Internet of Things platform.
BlackBerry’s experimental wearables are said to pair with a phone, and communicate via a “voice interface.”All of these technologies are part of a shift from being a device-centric company to being more of a software and services company, Sims said. In that sense, the Canadians are already present in the digital health space, pushing its QNX platform to all parties across the healthcare.
On the other side, BlackBerry is still betting on its devices business with few of its phones set to hit the market in the next few weeks. These include the new BlackBerry Porsche phone, the Passport phablet and BlackBerry Classic.
At this point, we can only hope they’ll be more active in the wearables space; the way we at mHealth Spot see things, the Canadian company could play a pivotal role in bringing highly secure wearables to organizations dealing with patient data. Alas, we’re not sure whether something like this is in the pipeline, or not…