In support of ARM Wearables Week, I browsed Kickstarter for active ARM-based wearable campaigns and it wasn't hard to find one that was using one of our ARM Partner's technology. Below is the final (here are the others Pip, a GPS and activity tracker for dogs and cats and Arki by ZIKTO believes every movement matters) crowdfunding wearable project I will be featuring this week.
All-in-one Gadget for Sport and Wellness
SensoTRACK is an innovative device unlike any other. The gadget fits comfortably on your ear, where it senses, tracks and manages a range of biometric and activity parameters. SensoTRACK measures heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. It counts steps, calories burned, senses your speed, activity level, geolocation, altitude, body posture, and pace, while tracking parameters you enter, such as weight, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and emotional state. It also takes into account your specific activity – walking, running, cycling, etc. – and models its measurements for that form of activity to more accurately gauge performance.
The built-in speaker speaker enables users to receive notices during your workout, which can also act as a personal trainer. The personal trainer uses SensoTRACK's on-board sensors to get a comprehensive overview of the activity and how your body is responding, formulating its advice accordingly. This allows the personal trainer algorithms to react dynamically to the activity, helping you push your limits and motivating you to reach your workout goals. The speaker also allows the user to control music from your smartphone. See below for a demo.
During the development, they have secured two patents for their proprietary technology: Continuous non-invasive blood pressure monitoring system and; Method and apparatus for ambient noise cancellation in PPG (Photoplethysmography) sensors. For developers, they have protected and developed their propriety technology so it can be licensed to third parties to integrate for development and integration into your own applications.
For a $199 pledge, you can be one of the first to own the device - they have 21 days to go on their Kickstarter campaign Wearable Biometric Earphones for Fitness and Health by Sensogram Technologies, Inc and need your help to get them to mass production.
Get to know more about the Founder and CTO of SensoTRACK, Dr. Vahram Mouradian.
I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and a M.S. in Electronics Engineering, along with thirty years of experience in Electronics, Semiconductor and Medical Technology fields. I’m the former Founder and CEO of four companies in the semiconductor and medical devices industries with the exits through M&A with private and publicly trading internationally recognized companies. Seasoned in managing international companies and teams across the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Initially, I wanted to know how my activities affect my body. Therefore, I started collecting all sorts of gadgets and devices that measure vital signs to make experiment on myself - but, because none of them were able to provide a sufficient level of information and accuracy, I started to design a technology that will allow me to get the information I was looking for. This was the start of SensoTRACK. Despite a few devices that have interesting features or design; their limitations keep them in a category that does not allow for providing the level of reliability and versatility I’m expecting.
Based on STMicroelectronics' STM32L1 series MCU (ARM Cortex-M3), the technology is a combination of light and small sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer from IvenSense) that continuously ready the vital signs. The onboard electronic processing allows to filtering (electro-magnetic, light, and motion artifacts with our proprietary cancellation system using components from OSI Optoelectronics) and analyzes the data trough dedicate advanced algorithms. The hardware device transmits the data via Bluetooth LE (by a Texas Instruments solution) to mobile devices (smartphone or tablet). The mobile application ensures providing the relevant information the proper way at the right time, and allows the user to manage his or her workout sessions, history, calibration, and other parameters that make the applications friendly to use, efficient, and comprehensible. The secured cloud allows real-time, remote monitoring over the web portal, which provide equivalent features that the mobile application. At each step of the storage and transmission, the data is encrypted to keep the eco-system fully secured. The integrated high quality miniaturized speakers add SensoTRACK music listening and virtual coaching capability. The carefully selected battery and its implementation allow for up to twenty-four hours of use for maximum mobility and performance. All technologies combined make SensoTRACK a useful, versatile, and enjoyable device to use on a daily basis.
Most challenging hurdle you had to overcome in creating SensoTRACK?
The proof of our new technological innovation concepts and it takes to build a prototype to prove the concept. Having developed smart formulas is not enough these days, it has to be the commercial viability behind.
Advice for a developer that would like to create a wearable product?
Find an unfulfilled need or a better solution to a problem, and focusing on a single core idea. Making a strong concept proof, and keep mastering your domain to stand ahead of the curve and to distinguish yourself. After setting up a good ground, expansion can take place.
What’s the future hold for SensoTRACK?
Medical remote monitoring devices, fitness and wellness monitoring, and importantly, the feedback mechanism based on the data. Future products include offerings for medical, healthcare, and fitness and wellness markets.
To learn more or to become a backer of SensoTRACK, visit their Kickstarter campaign: Wearable Biometric Earphones for Fitness and Health by Sensogram Technologies, Inc. — Kickstarter