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Wireless sensors to drive body-worn medical apps

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wearable medical sensor? wireless protocol? fitness market?

ABI Research has released a report that forecasted ultra-low wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth 4.0 and the planned 802.15.6 specification, will meld with social networks and mobile handsets to boost the market for wearable medical sensors. According to the report titled, Wireless Health and Fitness, the devices will be able to register a persons activities and provide advice and feedback.

A number of short range wireless protocols are jostling for position in this emerging market and they line up against traditional tethered connectivity such as a USB cable to a computer as well as emerging M2M offerings, stated Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research.

While the sports and fitness market has been embedding proprietary short-range wireless connectivity in devices for many years, it has remained a niche market. The market is now reaching a key growth period with support and commitment to standardized specifications. The professional healthcare market is also starting to look at the potential of embedded wireless communication in wearable devices for in-hospital and remote patient care.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times

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