Key Characteristics of Motion Sensors

As much as manufacturers would like to build a device that’s cheap and accurate, and can process data quickly with unlimited battery life, the perfect sensor only exists in the imagination of engineers. There’s no such thing as the ultimate sensor, but there is the best sensor for you. That’s because manufacturers will always make trade-offs when deciding on which sensor to use for their motion product. They might focus on optimizing cost, or battery life, or accuracy of data capture, but not all at once. This is why there are so many different types of sensors, and why... read more »

Inside Fitness Trackers: What Makes the Magic Happen

What makes your wearable tick? How does your fitness tracker do anything at all? Want to know what's inside a FitBit? To understand, you’ll need to know what's inside the device and what those things do.    We’ll take you through the data flow inside the fitness tracker, and how it finally gets to you in a form you can process. Just a caveat, some wearables depending on their complexity, may include more stages than are described here. However, by and large, most fitness trackers perform all these steps. There are five main components of a fitness tracker, three of... read more »

Pokemon Go: The 'Killer App' for Augmented Reality

Last Wednesday, Pokemon Go was released, and the Internet broke down.   The game shot to the top of the Google Play store, resulting in more installs than Tinder, more Daily Active users than Twitter and Snapchat, and the quickest rise in Nintendo’s stock price since 1983.   If you've seen large groups of people outside sitting in one place with their heads in their phones, don't worry. It's not a mark of our smartphone-obsessed times (mostly), but a signal that there's a Pokemon close by.   So, why is the world going crazy? What is it? Pokemon Go, developed by Niantic Labs, is the... read more »

The Perfect Wearable

In a short period of time, the consumer motion and activity recognition industry has bloomed, with devices flowering in almost every industry with numerous applications. As a result, the market is highly fragmented, with fitness trackers, smartwatches, gaming technology, VR headsets, and specialty gesture recognition devices for sports. It can get overwhelming. Will you wear one device for sports, one for your health, one for payment, and one for communication? Or will there be a “super-wearable” that does it all?   And that’s what this post is about - What would a perfect wearable look like? Is it even feasible in the short-to-medium term?... read more »