Irish developer boosts wearable technology development with third generation platform
The company, based in Dublin and with R&D in Boston, sees the new devices as Aware, Wearable and Able, hence the new name.
Shimmer3 upgrades the processor speed by a factor of four combined with improved data quality for motion sensing and a Bluetooth link. The platform acts as a primary board into which various sensor cards can be incorporated, facilitating comprehensive wireless sensing applications that efficiently address biophysical, motion, and environmental-sensing needs.
"The Shimmer platform offers a forward looking and flexible approach to innovators in ‘aWearables’ or wearable sensing devices," said Benjamin Kuris, Chief Technology Officer at Shimmer. "Our solution measures life by capturing, transmitting and processing sensed data to establish scientifically proven methods to derive meaning, insight and deliver real societal benefit. Our platform is leading body worn sensing in terms of capability and flexibility, designed not just to meet today’s technology needs, but tomorrow’s,” he added. “It is rewarding to work with the world’s brightest investigators who have recognised that technology alone doesn’t improve health outcomes. Wireless and wearable health technology must pass time-tested scientific methods including longitudinal study and peer review to fulfill their clinical promise.”
“The Shimmer platform is already being referred to as the ‘de facto standard’ hardware for mobile health applications in the research and academic space, which denotes potential for high uptake," said Aravind Seshagir, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "In the enterprise and OEM market, Shimmer is in a strong position to partner with companies for the development of application-specific solutions, and it has already delivered solutions to the European market in healthcare, sports, market research, and rehabilitation,” he said. "Shimmer’s flexible and customizable platform allows for the rapid development of a solution that can be tailored at every step of the process without lengthy and costly hardware and application development. This, coupled with the company’s in-depth industry experience of delivering wearable sensing solutions, is a significant value addition.”
As an open source platform, it ensures that its products are highly configurable and flexible, allowing them to be easily incorporated in existing technologies and rapidly tailored to the requirements of each individual-use case and application. From the manner in which data is captured, transmitted, and stored to the way in which it is interpreted and displayed, Shimmer’s customisability caters to the development needs of research-oriented applications as well as the wireless-sensing needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The wearable devices market is being driven by two key areas, says Frost & Sullivan: the Consumer Fitness and Wellness Market which will see significant growth in the next 3-5 years according to recent industry studies; and Healthcare and Clinical Mobility. These are at a high price point and value added, as opposed to consumer electronics devices and it is this area in the longer term that will represent higher overall revenues says Frost & Sullivan.