Security is not a bolt-on feature, it needs to be built into your IoT and wearable devices

Security can not be an afterthought for IoT and wearable devices, it must be designed in from the very beginning. It must be addressed in all phases of the project, including system design, test and validation. Security tradeoffs and implementation will impact Hardware requirements and power consumption End-to-end connectivity Testing and validation Why is IoT [...]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Embedded Systems, IoT, V2018, Video, Wearable Devices|

6 Innovative Technologies in AR/VR

AR/VR technologies have become big industries with mainstream availability. Total spending on AR/VR products and services was $11 billion in 2017 and excited to grow to be $215 billion in 2021. Augmented reality (AR) is an "augmented" view of the physical, real-world environment which displays computer-generated sound, video, graphics or GPS data while still viewing [...]

February 1st, 2018|Categories: V2018, Wearable Devices|

Voice Activated Wake Up and Ultra Low Power Design

Many mobile applications use sensors to monitor various activities- movement, sound, temperature, and the like. The sensors, if "always on" in full power would shorten battery life. Recent chip developments enable applications and devices to operate in a low power mode until they detect the signal that wakes them up and activates them for the [...]

January 31st, 2018|Categories: Ultra Low Power, V2018, Wearable Devices|

Voler is an outstanding design team

We were delighted with Voler’s professionalism and capabilities, characterized by a consultative understanding of our needs, frequent communication of progress and challenges, and delivering our project within cost and time expectations.  Voler fixed and delivered a prototype that two prior firms failed to complete. They also referred a partner that provided industrial design and mechanical [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Customer References, Recent Projects, Wearable Devices|

AR glasses developed by Voler

Voler designed the electronics in the Rokid glasses which include an integrated wearable computer.  The glasses include facial recognition, voice recognition, and hand gesture recognition.  Their open platform runs Android and therefore can be easily tailored to many enterprise applications. Our first prototype made it possible for Rokid to test several key technologies, such as time [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Recent Projects, Wearable Devices|

Inexpensive Low Data Rate Links for the Internet of Things

by Larry Burgess In the last few years, the smaller size and lower cost of radios has created opportunities for passing more and more information from place to place faster and cheaper.  Low data rate scenarios like soil monitoring and crop quality on farms, detection and instant notification of leaks on pipelines, availability of parking [...]

November 2nd, 2017|Categories: IoT, Ultra Low Power, V2017, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Overview of Wearable Device Sensors Slides 2017

Wearable fitness devices are influencing today’s medical devices that target clinical and everyday applications. Some of the innovation involves new modalities of measurement: for example an iPhone that analyzes your eyeball to determine blood pressure. But fundamentally the challenge has shifted from determining how to make accurate and precise measurements to how to enable a compact [...]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Sensors, V2017, Wearable Devices|

Self-Care Medical Devices and Health Wearables Require Increased Focus on Design for Human Factors

image source: Human Factors and Medical Devices on FDA website by Walt Maclay Recently, I attended a fascinating panel discussion that explored the increasing importance of understanding human factors and user experience in the design and successful use of a medical device for home care or self-care. Medical devices like insulin pumps and home dialysis [...]

July 27th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, V2017, Wearable Devices|

Getting Data into the Cloud

The challenge of IoT and connected devices is getting data from the device sensor to the cloud, that is, getting access through the internet to where that data is used, processed, and stored. The ubiquitous use of WiFi and Bluetooth through smartphones, along with the widespread availability of cell towers and public WiFi access points, [...]

July 19th, 2017|Categories: IoT, V2017, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Wearable Device Design Mistakes

Frequently, we are called in to perform design reviews of wearable devices. Here are a couple of common design mistakes we see for wearable devices: Design draws too much power To save power, you will want to turn off portions of your design when you're not using them.  Design and testing of shut-down and sleep [...]

July 5th, 2017|Categories: V2017, Wearable Devices|