New multisensor processor to accelerate innovative wearable devices

5 January 2016

new Bio-Processor aims to accelerate the development of innovative wearable devices.

Samsung has designed the first all-in-one health solution chip which gathers and processes data on body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate and rhythm, skin temperature and stress. The small processor is able to process these five different biometric signals without the need of external processing parts.

"Samsung's Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers," Ben Hur, a VP of marketing at Samsung, said in a statement.

Several examples of how the chip can fit into wristbands, patches and other wearable devices are being showcased by Samsung to demonstrate how the chip can enable multiple fitness variables to me measured on an extremely small device. The chip is currently in mass production and Samsung expects it will be available in devices within the f irst half of 2016. 

Meanwhile, a wearable device to make monitoring blood pressure at home easier has been unveiled by Omron Healthcare. One of two devices released under ‘Project Zero’, this wrist blood pressure monitor is about the size of a standard smartwatch.

Measuring blood pressure from the wrist can be tricky. However, Omron claims that their wrist blood pressure device, which uses sensors to help the wearer to position their arm at the right level to take blood pressure measurements, will make the task simpler. The device then analyses the measurement. Neither product has yet been approved by the FDA, although unlike many wearables, Omron’s other devices do have FDA clearance.

It is expected the new devices, dubbed ‘Project Zero’ monitors will be available in late 2016 and cost $200.

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