In today’s world, many wearable devices involve solving complex design challenges, often under time-to-market pressures.
Faststream Technologies draws upon its experience designing ultra-low-power connected devices involving complex integration to meet the needs of this market.Design a wearable health monitoring device such as a fitness band, sports watch or pedometer by using ADI’s optical, impedance, bio-potential and motion sensor technologies and signal conditioning expertise. Choose the highly integrated ADuCM350 precision, low power meter-on-a-chip development platform that combines a 16-bit accurate analog front end, Cortex M3 processing subsystem, and industry-standard software development environment, plus operates off a coin cell battery. Leverage ADI’s broad portfolio of the standard converter, linear and mixed-signal components for a discrete design approach.Wearables in the healthcare and medical technology sector offer a wide range of services and ever-expanding opportunities.
They can perform medical services and gather and provide valuable information for diagnostics, regardless of whether the patient is at home or in a medical facility. Certain health parameters can now be measured in any setting, with medical wearables opening up entirely new possibilities in the treatment of patients. Wearables that can treat chronically ill patients, as well as wearables for the treatment of patients with sensory or physical disabilities, are already being developed. For example, both an implantable lens and a smart lens to treat eye diseases are currently in development. This will give patients an easy way of measuring certain parameters, such as intraocular pressure or blood sugar levels, themselves.
However, the demands placed on such innovations, especially on products used in the medical sector, are exceptionally high. Wearable devices requires following technology expertiseHardware/electronic design and development expertise for developing products with minimum form factor size. Moreover, power management expertise is a must-have to ensure that devices can last several days/weeks/months on a single battery charge.BSP/firmware development expertise ensuring memory optimized driver development with the minimum footprint, enhanced power management and highest performance in spite of low-end microcontroller.
Smartphone application development on Android and iPhone platforms to allow connectivity with the wearable device.Cloud/web application for enabling M2M (machine-to-machine)/IoT (Internet of things) for remote monitoring and control.Healthcare Wearable TechnologyThe healthcare industry is one of the industries that is undergoing a deep transformation thanks to the introduction of wearable technologies.
Wearables contain sensors that allow for healthcare providers to gather real-time data, set analysis and reporting parameters, and tailor treatments based on the individual patient needs. Healthcare wearable technologies are:DiabetesSleep DisordersObesityCardiovascular DiseasesIn-hospital monitoringPersonal emergency response system (PERS)AsthmaAlzheimer’sEpilepsyPredictive Alerts for PreventionKey body vitals reported by wearable devices can be combined with local and external parameters (time, weather) to design advanced analytical models. These models can predict and prevent events such as strokes and heart attacks with confidence and accuracy. Notifications By mapping the wearable device information to specific threshold levels, monitoring systems can send alerts regarding medication dosage to users or their caregivers. This can also help doctors and pharma companies make better decisions on adjusting dosages or changing the medication itself.Understanding the Efficacy and Risks of DrugsDuring clinical trials, wearable and embedded medical devices can help trial administrators understand the efficacy and risks of specific drugs better. They can also have a greater understanding of a subject’s response. It enables them to take proactive action when a potential negative outcome is identified or predicted.
ChallengesHaving end-to-end expertise for product development is tough to ask and there are very few organizations which can ensure quality end-to-end product development. In order to achieve seamless communication, all the components of wearable devices from hardware to cloud to smartphones need to be closely knit. Integration is key and experience of native operating system primitives is a must to extract maximum performance with minimum code! Here are some basic skills required:Complex hardware designing abilities smaller sized form factor development.Knowledge of choosing the right components for size and efficient power management.Certifications to ensure radiations do not affect the human body.Expertise in driver development for developing optimized drivers for new types of sensors.Ability to develop code that fits on lower capacity RAM/flash.Domain knowledge for efficient application development.Ability to develop iPhone/Android/Windows applications.Ability to develop Cloud/web/smartphone connectivity applications.