Tapping into Wearables Demand for Business

There is much more to the wearables market than just activity trackers like Fitbit and smartwatches like Apple Watch or Pebble Watch for consumer use. A recent research report, “Putting Wearables to Work: Insights on Wearable Technology in Business,” from Salesforce indicates that wearables are a strategic platform for improving business performance and companies are…

Falling Prices Impact Sensor Market Growth

Market competition, coupled with high-volume applications including wearable systems, is driving down the average selling prices (ASPs) of sensors at an accelerated pace, and squeezing supplier profit margins, reported IC Insights. While shipments are rising thanks to the adoption of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications such as…

Microcontroller Market Continues to Strengthen

The microcontroller (MCU) market is expected to show positive sales in 2015 thanks to a sharp recovery in smartcards, improvements in the global economy, and the emergence of new embedded-systems applications, such as wearable electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT), according to IC Insights’ 2015 edition of The McClean Report. These market factors, in addition…

Wireless Charging for Wearables Readies for Huge Growth

The global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is forecast to grow 3,000 percent this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. The market research firm expects global revenue of wireless power receivers and transmitters for wearable applications to exceed more than $480 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.…

UL Launches Compliance Services for Wearables

Fremont, Calif. — UL Consumer Technology, a global leader of product safety testing and certification for over 100 years, announced today the launch of a comprehensive service that offers customized product validation, advisory, testing, risk mitigation, interoperability, and global market access services. The services will help to assist manufacturers in supplying consumers with safer and more reliable wearable products while…

PNI Sensor Debuts Wearable Dev Kit

CES – Las Vegas — PNI Sensor Corp. has claimed the industry’s first wearable development kit  that integrates sensors, a sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, a programmable processor and wireless capabilities in a bracelet-sized form factor. Incorporating PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, the SENtrode development kit is expected to help designers speed up the design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity…

MegaChips, Bosch SensorTec Partner on Fitness Tracking

CES, Las Vegas – MegaChips Corporation today announced a partnership with Bosch Sensortec to provide a complete reference design for use in smartphones, wearables and other personal devices allowing consumers to monitor their activities in real time. Available today, the reference design provides both context and location awareness for health, fitness and indoor navigation monitoring…