Wearable Technology

Monitoring technology distributed around the body

The Skills Required

A number of key performance characteristics had to be met through careful hardware design. Multiple RF technologies required very careful PCB electrical and mechanical trade-off choices to be made.
Main processor and sub-system processor choices were central to both UX performance and battery life. Careful sensor choices had to be made to ensure world leading system performance.
Careful integration of all of these elements ensured compact size and low weight requirements could be met.

Good design choices were essential to ensure optimal use and interaction of a number of hardware sub systems. This enabled a distributed data processing system to remain synchronised, load-balanced and optimised for low cost, high performance and frugal battery usage.

Fen played a pivotal technology lead role in supporting the client and a number of third party partners.
Scientists, product designers, mechanical specialists and sensor technologists all needed supporting by Fen's design team to enable the synergy needed to attain such a high standard of ground breaking product

The Brief

An established product company wanted to enter the electronics wearables market with a best-in-class product offering.

The vision for the product was clear but support was needed in defining the architecture and implementation detail, and then full product development through to volume manufacture.

An innovative technological approach was required to meet the exacting standards needed to ensure world class performance.

Cost, size, weight and battery life were significant constraints when considering the high performance spec.

The Solution

A significant amount of up-front effort was invested with the client product team, brainstorming and examining innovative methods, technologies and product architectures, to raise the bar in the target market space.

A complex and challenging distributed data processing & sharing scheme was devised using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as the prime communication method.

Novel algorithms were cleverly combined with multiple sensor technologies to enable a real-time and unique analysis of the human body.

Fen specified an embedded system API to support third party App developers in creating the desired user experience.

Fen were an integral part of the customer team to support unit testing, field trialing and provided an introduction to a Far Eastern manufacturer.

 

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