There was a great buzz at the Wearable Technology show in London this week. With exhibitors from across the wearable market we got to see a great range of devices and technologies on show, and of course many based on ARM technology.
ARM’s garyatkinson presented a fascinating viewpoint on how wearables have the opportunity to reach new demographics and enable new use cases.
Clothing+ were showing their range of clothing items that have embedded sensors actually woven into the fabric of sports garments. Clothing+ is one of the largest suppliers of ‘smart fabrics’ and are behind many globally famous brands. Here you can see some 'smart' cycle shorts.
Thanks to our friends at STMicroelectronics for showing this reference design for a fitness band. Based on their STM32 Cortex-M0+ controller this band is a complete reference including motion sensing as well as NFC pairing to Android phones. Designed as a reference design to jumpstart developers the band has an incredible 5 months battery life (and still counting!!) on a single charge.
Also at the ST booth we found a great demo from Koru Lab, a company we have been following for a while here at ARM. Koru Lab bring an XML based UI framework to wearables giving highly configurable user interfaces that can easily be incorporated into wearable devices. What is of particular interest here is their demo showing their software running on an ARM Cortex-M based STM32 platform, delivering a user interface and user experience that we normally associate with a rich operating system. Increasing the user experience on Cortex-M based platforms is a great initiative and we are excited at the end products this kind of technology will yield.
Over at Silicon Labs we found this exciting reference design for a smartwatch, including ARM Cortex-M based MCU, Bluetooth connectivity and also includes optical heart rate monitoring. As we saw with the ST fitness band, this reference design from Silicon Labs will jumpstart some exciting wearable designs worth looking out for.
So to finish with something different we take a look at Duceretech haptic feedback shoes!! Imagine how difficult it is riding a bicycle or motorbike and following directions from a navigation app. The Ducer shoes provide haptic feedback in the guise of vibrations in your left and right shoe to deliver navigation prompts via a bluetooth link to your smartphone. Think of a buzzing left foot to tell you to take the next left. Simple, but very cool. I love this kind of imaginative thinking in the wearable space.
Hope you enjoyed this quick round-up of the show and encourage your feedback if you attended and saw something worth sharing with the ARM community.