Cost-Friendly Sensors for New Smartphone Fitness Devices

There will be new earbuds that are specifically designed for monitoring biometric information such as the rate of heart beat and maximal oxygen consumption. These new earbuds are capable of transmitting data off to the smartphones of users.

The earbuds have sensor chips from Raliegh, North Carolina-based Valencell. According to Valencell founder and chief executive Steven LeBoeuf, the sensor chips are being licensed by the company to earbud providers. However, the spokeswoman of the company made it clear that they do not decide for the launch dates of the products from business partners. She added that the release of earbuds that use the technology is expected in the 3rd quarter of 2012.

Along with other technology companies showing health and lifetime fitness gadgets, Valencell is benefiting from both smartphone connectivity and sensor technology. Nowadays, sensors are becoming smaller and cost-friendly. The capability of sensors to connect to iPhone and Android devices enable gadget companies not to make screens into such devices. In this way, complexity and expenses are dramatically reduced.

In late 2011, a lifetime fitness wristband called UP was launched by Jawborne. This has sensors that can link to an iPhone application. Recently, the company was forced to cease the production of the device due to flaws in the battery.

Also a maker of a wireless speaker and Bluetooth headsets, Jawborne entered into the lifetime fitness market as the device successfully transmitted data on movements and sleep patterns to a mobile device.

Dexcom, a provider of glucose monitoring devices, is making efforts to put a sports data transfer technology called Ant+, into its Seven Plus Glucose monitor. The technology is capable of providing cyclists with data from a power meter on a cyclometer.

A sensor on a patch attaching to the abdomen, Seven Plus monitor is set to go into product testing later in 2012. IT helps people with diabetes to monitor the levels of their blood sugar throughout the day.

On the other hand, a foot pod called miCoach Speed_Cell was recently introduced by Adidas. Even without cables, the Addidas device can transfer data to computers, tablets and smartphones.

Different from Nike+ gadgets, the Adidas device is capable of tracking motion in every direction, making it useful for people playing basketball and soccer.

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