Wearables are one of the latest trends to attract great technology marketplace attention. This area is creating a boom for app developers who are busy working to address a whole spectrum of practical applications. These most notably focus on health, fitness and wellbeing, but are also now encompassing other practical applications with elements of communication, entertainment and safety.

Sparked by ever more miniaturised processing and peripheral electronic functions, wearable products are built around essential requirements for lower power consumption, more compact size and lighter weight. Efficient power usage and battery management is critical to maximise operating life. The development of new MEMS-based sensor technologies is a key enabler for the rapid growth in wearables. Smart sensors are an integral part of these products – sensing all types of environmental and physical factors including temperature, pressure, light, sound, altitude, geographic location, motion and orientation.

TDI’s engineering team has worked on many designs and projects that encompass the key features adopted in wearable products: multi-sensor interfacing; power-efficient, high-performance 32-bit microcontrollers; power management and battery life optimisation.