President and CEO of BlueSpark Technologies, John Gannon, showcases here their Temp Traq device, a temperature monitoring flexible sensor in the form of a patch applied on the body. It transmits signals via Bluetooth, readable on their app. The flexible battery inside is non-rechargable and is touted to last for up to 48 hours. The disposable sensor costs US$19.99, is FDA approved and immediately available.
Babaali is giving away 5 samples of Babaali ASP-011 smart cycle helmet!! (value of $159 each) With built-in LED Turn Signal Indicators which are controlled by a wireless remote mounted on the handlebar. Features 4 Turn Signal Functions: Double Flash, Turn Left, Turn Right and Stop which is activated by the built-in accelerometer in the helmet. The Wireless Remote attaches easily to handlebars which can be transferred between bikes. Also see our Interview with Babaali featuring their other Smart Bicycle helmets including one with Smart Glass and Bone Conducting audio.
Heidi Dohse, Senior Program Manager at Google Cloud Platform, discusses the Internet of Me at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Google is looking at ways to build platforms that enable technology developers to standardize data collection, particularly with healthcare, to allow personal self-monitoring through wearables to be translated to healthcare professionals. Google has built a comprehensive Cloud platform with a focus on best-of- breed performance, scale and flexibility. Their Cloud services are designed to allow developers large and small to create a wide range of amazing applications with easy to use tools that harness the immense global power of Google’s infrastructure.
Khasha Ghaffarzadeh of IDTechEx interviews Tsuyoshi Matarai, Sales & Marketing Manager of Hitachi Chemical Co. on their wearable technologies on exhibit at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Matarai-san shows stretchable electronics for textiles, for which Hitachi supplies the stretchable, waterproof films. Hitachi Chemical co., ltd. is a chemical manufacturer engaged in a wide range of areas, including semiconductor and display-related materials, printed wiring boards, copper clad laminates, photosensitive dry films, functional polymeric materials, adhesive films, carbon products, ceramics and automotive related products.
AIQ shows their washable smart clothes with heart rate sensor, ECG, HRV, their key material is stainless steel fiber, 10% of size of human’s hair. AIQ’s smart clothes features a removable electronics moduel with ARM Cortex M0 and battery, it supports about 7 days battery life with normal usage.
Taiwan Textile Research Institude (TTRI ) shows their smart glove to control a drone, smart clothes wth smart textile marterials that are washable. The smart gloves is Gypro inside, with sensors in 3 fingers to control the Parrot drone to get up, turn left/right, forward/backward, and to get down again. With 70mAh removable battery. TTRI also shows the smart T-shirt with heart rate.sensor in the back, they also show smart clothes for policeman with LED lights on the surface.
Coros has manufactured a smart helmet for cyclists with smart functionality. It features Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone for taking calls, with the speaker and microphone integrated into the strap. The speaker works through bone conduction, transmitting the sound through one’s jaw and not ears. One can also select a certain Bluetooth channel allowing multiple Coros users to talk to each other. The bump sensor detects impact and sends a message to a pre-selected number. A bicycle-attached remote allows for music and call control.
Babaali Smart Cycle Helmet With Smart Glass and Rear View Assist features a rear view camera and a Smart Glass at the front of the helmet to provide Bicycle riders with a clear and unobstructed view of the road in front and behind you at the same time. With the screen it also can support map navigation, speed, communications and any other handsfree app features during the bicycle ride. With Bluetooth inside, it also support answer a phone-call or stream music from your smart phone to the helmet, Babaali also show others smart bicycle helmets that they are already selling on the market, one with built-in LED turn signal indicators, controlling the LED lights by wireless remote control to turn right/left, double flash and fixed stop signal light. It is $129 with free shipping on Babaali’s website.
Smart Movt is a smart watch movement with hands solution provider design house for the traditional style Smart Watches of the future, they are located in Shenzhen, they integrate Swiss movements from Ronda with electronic parts which they design consisting of PCB, battery, vibrators, Bluetooth 4, many different types of sensors and even displays are possible. The style is of a traditional Swiss watch, and with minimal but precise Smart functions to keep a very long battery life, thus to try to offer a usable Smart watch. Smart Movt supports vibration notifications for messages, phone calls, apps, configurable and customizable for their brand/distributor customers by their Software and Firmware engineers, they also can support NFC, UV detection, heart rate tracking, step counting, date and week-day and more. The thickness of the module can be less than 2mm. Battery life can be from 6 months to 2 years depending on the different modules based on a standard coin cell watch battery.
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.
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.
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.
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.