SINGAPORE, August 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Shenzhen, Guangdong, china, and Singapore – Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (hereafter, Huawei) and Plano Pte. Ltd. (hereinafter, Plano) today announced its partnership to solve the global problem of myopia. Through this partnership, Huawei and Plano will provide Huawei users with easy-to-use, innovative and science-based technology solutions to help protect children and families online and their healthy eyes, with a focus on myopia. The Plano app, which helps encourage protective behavior against myopia, is now available on the Huawei AppGallery and Huawei wearable devices, including the new HUAWEI WATCH 3.
Plano, founded by associate professor Mohamed dirani, is a SingaporeThe health technology start-up was launched in late 2017. Plano was the first spin-off from the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) – Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) ophthalmic technology incubator program. Key products in the company’s ecosystem include the Plano app, the online eye health reservation system, planoEyecheck and its global eye health education website. The scientific Plano application, already patented in Singapore and Japan, has been adopted by more than 500,000 parents. In less than 3 years, Plano is considered a world leader in the fight against myopia, thanks to its education and awareness, technological solutions and research and AI capabilities. Plano recently received the prestigious award for being the world’s most innovative start-up in healthcare technology in 2020.
Huawei, a Chinese multinational technology company, has developed and launched its 1 + 8 + N strategy, a smart ecosystem to provide every person, household and organization with a digital experience that can be managed by your smart device or EMUI (derived from Android mobile operating system). True to Huawei’s promise to create a world where everything works seamlessly, intelligently and effortlessly, it is developing partnerships with local and international businesses to enrich its ecosystem with a diverse range of smart products and services. Plano’s technologies will be part of every facet of Huawei’s architecture to deliver eye health and responsible device use behavior solutions to users for the first time.
Nearsightedness is one of the most common health problems in the world, affecting approximately 1 in 3 people (2.6 billion) worldwide. The number of people with myopia is expected to increase to 5 billion by 2050 (half of the world’s population). Myopia is highest in East and Southeast Asian countries and regions, where studies show that myopia affects 80-90% of adolescents and young adults in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and 96.5% of 19-year-old men South Korea. However, myopia has also become more common in Europe, Australia, and United States where it now affects up to 40% of people. Direct costs of myopia in Asia alone have been estimated at 328 billion US dollars every year, with a supplement $ 244 billion productivity losses associated with myopia.
Founding CEO of Plano, associate professor Mohamed dirani and the Plano team praised the alignment with Huawei. “We are touched by this partnership. We are delighted to be part of Huawei’s forward-thinking ecosystem, with our app now available on its AppGallery and its new HUAWEI WATCH 3. This is an exceptional start for our partnership. We look forward to continuing our work with the fast and friendly Huawei team to help tackle the global problem of myopia, ”Associate Professor Dirani said.
Sun Pei Yuan, said Huawei Ecosystem Development Manager in Singapore, “We are delighted to combine Huawei’s smart ecosystem with Plano’s innovative solutions for myopia. Our collaboration marks an important milestone that responds to the needs of consumers who increasingly use technology to track, manage and improve their health and well-being for a better life. Huawei is committed to providing consumers with a holistic digital experience and this will be the first of many more partnerships to come. “
Plano users with Huawei devices can now take advantage of exclusive discounts and prices to mark this partnership. The Plano ecosystem, including the Plano app, will also be available to Huawei users in China.
Plano was developed with a clear objective; to save eyesight and empower lives. With a culture of disruptive thinking founded on genuine scientific research, Plano promotes the use of innovative technologies to provide a solution to alleviate the public health, societal and economic problems posed by excessive use of devices. Founding CEO of Plano, associate professor Mohamed dirani, has dedicated his life to the study and research of myopia, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School and Honorary Principal Investigator at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the Center for Eye Research Australia (CERA ). www.plano.co
About Huawei Consumer BG
Huawei products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fourteen R&D centers have been set up in countries around the world, including Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PCs and tablets, wearable devices and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network draws on more than 30 years of expertise in the telecommunications industry and is dedicated to providing the latest technological advancements to consumers around the world.
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