Change is coming to ‘stagnant’ wearables market as heart rate sensors claim accurate monitoring

Today’s continuous monitoring tech is shifting the consumer mindset away from a reactive monitoring approach to a proactive one. And this is having a dramatic effect on the market for wearable technologies, as Jeremy Cowan reports. 

Instead of waiting for annual visits to the  doctor to get results for blood pressure and other vital signs, consumers want real-time information about their health status. So says Sui Shieh who is vice president, Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at one wearables manufacturer, Maxim Integrated.

This shift is causing an increased demand for accurate, small, and low-power wearable devices, said to be an important enabler for this new way of thinking. As continuous monitoring and preventive healthcare become more common, both technology providers and health practitioners must embrace and accommodate these new demands to be successful, he believes.

“Global healthcare costs are high and growing,” says Sui, “with spend now running at 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) – in the US it’s $ 9 trillion. The consumer mindset is moving from reeactive to proactive, with prevention and early detection (of illness) by fitness apps, and chronic disease monitoring” with healthcare devices. But, as he goes on to say, fitness apps generally give little information; that’s why the market has been stagnant for two years.

“The market is there,” he says, “with six million users in 2016 rising to 50 million in 2021, according to analysts, Berg Insight. Our customers are now looking for clinical-grade performance (with US Food & Drug Administration certification), the longest battery life, a small size, and high accuracy.”

Sui Shieh: Wearables market is shifting towards prevention and early detection of illness

Maxim believes that it’s now able to meet these requirements. Through compact, low power solutions, it has a new range of devices that enable accurate monitoring of vital signs to monitor wellness/fitness and prevent health problems before they even begin.

Maxim’s portfolio of sensors for wearable health and fitness applications allows consumers to accurately monitor a variety of key vital signs while being mindful of low power (for longer battery life) and small size (for convenience and comfort). The MAX86140 and MAX86141 can be used to measure PPG signals on the wrist, finger, and ear to detect heart rate, heart rate variability, and pulse oximetry.

The MAX30001 measures ECG and BioZ on the chest and wrist to detect heart rate, respiration, and arrhythmias. Compared to competitive solutions, the MAX86140 and MAX86141 is claimed to require less than half the power and is approximately one third smaller, while the MAX30001 requires approximately half the power in almost half the size. By collecting beat to beat data about the heart, these solutions collect accurate data so users can recognize important symptoms when they first begin. In addition, the MAX30001 meets IEC60601-2-47, clinical ECG standards.

“The convergence of clinical grade diagnostics in form factors small enough to integrate into all sorts of smart, everyday clothing is impressive,” said Adrian Straka, director of Hardware and Manufacturing, SKIIN. “The ultra-small MAX30001 enables SKIIN’s bio-sensing underwear to monitor and track health […]

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Semtech and Imprint Energy Collaborate to Power IoT Sensors and Devices

Semtech and Imprint Energy Collaborate to Power IoT Sensors and Devices

Semtech and Imprint Energy Collaborate to Power IoT Sensors and Devices

New ultrathin printed batteries for LoRa Alliance™ members.

Semtech and Imprint Energy, a company developing new battery technology for widely-deployed devices, announced a collaboration to accelerate the widespread deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Imprint Energy will design and produce ultrathin, flexible printed batteries that are especially designed to power IoT devices integrated with Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology). LoRa Technology, with its long-range, low-power capabilities, is regarded by many as the defacto platform for building low-power wide area networks (LPWAN).

To help accelerate a next generation of battery technology, Semtech has invested in Imprint Energy. The companies are working closely to target applications that have the potential to create entirely new markets. The Imprint Energy battery enables new applications which have a thin and small form factor and due to the integrated manufacturing process, the batteries are low cost to produce, making high volume deployments feasible.

Additionally, a key benefit of the Imprint Energy battery technology is the ability to be printed using multiple types of conventional high-volume printing equipment; this allows quick integration by traditional electronic manufacturers in their existing production lines. Test production runs are currently being processed and the resulting batteries are being used in applications prototypes to validate assumptions and engage early adopters.

“Collaborating with Semtech introduces Imprint’s batteries to a fast-growing IoT ecosystem,” said Christine Ho, Imprint Energy’s CEO. “We’re moving forward with LoRa-based market pilots now and looking forward to widespread adoption.”

“Thousands of companies already use Semtech’s LoRa Technology to deploy IoT devices and sensors for smart cities, smart buildings, smart agriculture, and smart supply chain applications,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager, Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

“With the batteries’ key capabilities – ultrathin and made with non-hazardous material – the LoRaWAN ecosystem and partners can leverage the batteries for new, untapped use case applications to drive mass adoption in the IoT industry.”

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A Treasure Trove Of Data: The Riches Of IoT, Sensors, And Connected Goods

There’s a precious treasure hidden in your midst, and you may not even know it. Instead of shiny gold medallions that will bring you personal fortune, this treasure consists of data – limitless insight that will help your organization maximize its business value and impact.

To find these riches, you don’t need a raggedy old map with an X that marks the spot. You don’t even need a shovel. The way to retrieve this treasure trove of data is through the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, and connected goods.

Why connected goods continue to soar

Today, you can slap a sensor on virtually anything. And that’s precisely what companies are doing.

From beverage coolers to freezers, coffee makers to vending machines, aseptic containers to industrial silos, more and more organizations are retrofitting their assets with sensors and reaping the rewards of powerful IoT technology.

By 2020, 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, according to leading research firm Gartner. But while this trend is most often described in terms of the “sensor” and the “device,” the truth is that those details bury the lead:

It’s the “goods” that matter in the end.

What will this hyperconnectivity tell us about the goods inside the beverage cooler or freezer? The products inside the vending machine? The liquids or raw materials inside the aseptic container? The cement or grain inside the industrial silo?

The sky-high number of “devices,” as predicted by Gartner, shouldn’t surprise anyone. But in reality, that number is orders of magnitude higher when you consider all the goods involved and the subsequent untapped business value. It’s the connected goods that can benefit your business in countless ways, enabled by access to real-time data-driven insight that empowers your enterprise to:

  • Analyze usage patterns, compare trends, view historical data, and accelerate decision-making
  • Increase utilization with remote monitoring, management, and central control capabilities
  • Generate more revenue with enhanced inventory replenishment
  • Improve customer satisfaction by maintaining high product and service quality

Connected goods: For companies in all industries and lines of business

No enterprise is excluded from harnessing the power of connected goods. This emerging technology is generating valuable results for a wide range of organizations, no matter their industry or line of business.

In supply chain, connected goods help logistics providers enhance replenishment processes. For instance, an organization responsible for supplying the cement kept in silos on different construction sites could use sensor data to monitor the condition of the cement, ensuring it remains at the proper consistency and temperature while also knowing exactly when replenishment is required.

In retail, connected goods help companies track customer engagement, improve inventory management, and increase sales. A grocery chain, for example, can deploy smart beverage coolers in its stores, monitoring cooler interaction patterns to identify what time of day shoppers are buying the beverages and how quickly the drinks are being sold. The grocer can then alter where and when it displays its coolers, based on the data, to drive more sales.

These connected containers and beverage coolers provide organizations with real-time insight, so companies can quickly react to changing conditions or resolve adverse issues the moment they arise.

Getting started and getting the goods

Beginning your journey with connected goods is easier than you think. Here’s a simple, three-step guide for getting started and getting the goods from connected goods:

  1. Begin with design thinking: Conducting a discovery workshop is a great way to get self-reflective about your business. Among the questions you should ask yourself in the initial design thinking phase are: What are our pain points? Where are our bottlenecks? What are our concerns about adopting this technology? How can connected goods help our organization?
  1. Evaluate use-case scenarios: The discovery phase continues with a closer look at how connected goods align with your organization’s current strategies and business objectives. Map out precisely what your enterprise aims to achieve with the implementation, and weigh the potential risks versus the rewards.
  1. Launch a pilot program: When you’re finally ready to take your first formal step with connected goods, you can easily start small. In fact, an iterative approach to IoT adoption is recommended. Try beginning in a contained environment with a potentially low-risk, high-reward product.When you’re finally ready to take your first formal step with connected goods, you can easily start small. In fact, an iterative approach to IoT adoption is often recommended. Try beginning in a contained environment with a potentially low-risk, high-reward scenario.

Bring your treasure hunt for data to an end

Data is the life force for many companies today. The more insight your enterprise has, the quicker it can react to changing conditions, and the more likely it is to succeed in the digital age.

With IoT, sensors, and existing business assets, you can take your millions of offline products and turn them into connected goods that provide your organization with actionable insight and operational intelligence.

In other words, your seemingly never-ending hunt for a treasure trove of data is over. And you didn’t even have to break a sweat.

Want to learn more about adapting to the digital transformation? Join us for the can’t-miss conference, SAP Leonardo Live, November 2 and 3 at the Marriott Marquis Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The event will bring together a vibrant global community of IoT, manufacturing, supply chain, R&D, and operations decision makers, influencers, analysts, and media. Learn firsthand from SAP customer showcases on how to connect IoT and core business processes to achieve digital transformation.

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Internet of Things Podcast: KRACK and a River of Sensors

On this week’s Internet of Things Podcast, Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel discuss the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability. Kevin reviews the Sonos One (see full review here) and Stacey talks about her success with getting Alexa to tell different voices apart. As you gear up for Halloween, get some ideas on IFTTT integrations to make your home spooky. Also get the latest news from GE (NYSE:GE), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Honeywell (NYSE:HON).

In the guest segment, hear from John Miri, chief administrator of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in Texas. Miri oversees 275 sensors over 800 miles of river in Texas. These sensors are part of a real-time flood reporting system that I was glued to during Hurricane Harvey. It’s a great interview for anyone who thinks IoT is a magic wand that will generate the data to solve your business problems.

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Digitalist Flash Briefing: Miniaturized Sensors Are The Tiny Engines Driving The Digital Revolution

Today’s briefing takes us into the world of sensors as small as a grain of sand or dust, which is signaling the introduction of miniaturized sensors into every aspect of our lives.

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