The Quell is a device from Boston, Massachusetts-based Neuromatrix that claims to have brought relief for chronic pain to 81% of their users. The device involves the main unit bing put into a belt that has space for electrical contacts. These are used with a gel-based pad on the other side and wrapped around one's leg to deliver mild electrical pulses that trigger release of natural pain blockers from the brain. It costs US$249 and is currently on sale only in Canada and the US. The device also includes an optional app for advanced sleep tracking functions.
For more information visit : www.neurometrix.com
Heiki Raisanen, CEO of Emfit, displays their QS sleep tracker device meant to be placed under mattresses (tested up to 30cm thick). Using quasi-peizoelectric and ferroelectric sensors in the belt, it detects/displays heart rate, breathing rate, and sleep quality amongst other factors on the accompanying app. It is available now in US and Europe for US$299.
For more information visit : www.emfit.com
Duratouch Wristsense allows wearables to detect if the wearable is being worn or not. Going through the plastics, it allows to reliably know if the smartwatch or the sports band is being worn, which can then allow the device's software to turn off other sensors such as heartrate, tracking, when it's not being worn by the user.
An interview with Firstbeat at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. Firstbeat is a provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing. Firstbeat technology measures the heartbeat for insights on exercise, stress, sleep and recovery. For more information, visit http://www.firstbeat.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
A video interview taken with Muhammad Farooq of The University of Alabama at the IDTechEx Wearable USA event, presenting his poster “A Wearable Sensor System for Monitoring of Food Intake”. BitWearLabs is a University of Alabama spin-off. The AccuBite is a food intake tracker that analyses eating habits - the sensor pairs with a smartphone app to provide actionable feedback. For more information see http://bitwearlabs.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
An interview with Flexible Circuit Technologies at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. Flexible Circuit Technologies is a designer and producer of flexible and rigid-flex circuits and a supplier of assembly services. For more information see http://www.flexiblecircuit.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com
An interview with NanoVivo, Inc. at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. NanoVivo, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based health monitoring company, focused on the design, engineering and development of wearable wellness, fitness and health monitors based on photonics technologies. In 2015, NanoVivo introduced a monitoring device that can non-invasively measure through skin, integrating real-time blood chemistry monitoring into a wristwatch. Applications include: monitoring chronic diseases, blood count testing, food/nutrition, digital cosmetics, diet monitoring, athletic performance, pregnancy monitoring, food safety, etc. Data can be wirelessly uploaded to the Cloud for remote monitoring by physicians. For more information see http://www.nanovivomd.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
FlexEl develops battery solutions for companies that have unique power, biocompatibility, form factor or other requirements. FlexEl aim to facilitate the market entry of emerging technology products through battery innovation. For more information see http://www.flexelbattery.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Fazein Acton Global, a Silicon Valley-based startup, has on demo their Rocket Skates, a pair of powered skates that run on rechargeable batteries and allow the wearer to move faster. The skates are available in different models differentiated only by price and battery runtime. Prices start at US$399 for the cheapest model.
Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO of Nordic Semiconductor, enabling wearables, IoT, Bluetooth beacons and more
Nordic Semiconductor provides ultra low power ARM processors, to enable Bluetooth Smart devices, they are in wearables, smartwatches, rings, pens, wireless chargers, bluetooth beacons, smart home IoT. Nordic Semiconductor partners with many module makers who take the Nordic Semiconductor chips to adapt it to every type of suitable market. They showcase their support of Apple HomeKit. Nordic Semiconductor and the community has answered over 10 thousand questions at https://devzone.nordicsemi.com/questions/ to support their customers.
Nordic Semiconductor just launched the nRF52832 SoC, which is a powerful, highly flexible ultra-low power multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth Smart, ANT and 2.4GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF52832 SoC is built around a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F CPU with 512kB + 64kB RAM. The embedded 2.4GHz transceiver supports Bluetooth Smart, ANT and proprietary 2.4 GHz protocol stack. It is on air compatible with the nRF51 Series, nRF24L and nRF24AP Series products from Nordic Semiconductor.