Wearables are one of the early applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) to be identified and have a number of unique qualities making them worthy of their own market category. As well as common mobile requirements like low power, always-on, small form factor and wireless communications, by definition, wearables often have a much more personal connection and interaction with the user.
Wearables include watches, glasses or hats and more integrated devices, such as smart shoes or clothing. Perhaps the most common wearables currently are fitness bands which are evolving from simple activity trackers into fully-fledged smart watches. These watches vary from being linked to a smartphone to share applications and resources or operating as separate stand-alone devices.
From consumer to fashion to industrial applications, wearable technologies are being used to enhance traditional capabilities and enable brand new ones. For example, smart glasses can be used to give the wearers access to in-context information and advice, using built-in image processing technology and communication with remote resources. We’re also seeing fitness trackers and notification devices being integrated into fashion accessories.
Wearables are driving exploration into new display technologies, novel form factors and materials and whole new ways of providing information and feedback using the whole range of human senses. Our unique range of scalable and flexible processor IP provides proven solutions to the complex compute, communication and power consumption challenges presented by wearables.
PowerVR: PowerVR graphics, video and display processors provide the features and capabilities to support the next generation of wearable cameras and displays, including provision of local compute and analytics enabling image recognition and face detection technologies without the typical high data bandwidth requirements when working over wireless systems.
MIPS: Used in a growing range of watches and other wearable devices, the performance and power efficiency of MIPS and support for new and established OS and RTOS such as Android Wear, FreeRTOS and others gives developers a great range of ecosystem parts to jump start a project.
Ensigma: Support for Bluetooth LE and various configurations of Wi-Fi give system designers flexibility on the communication standards to use.
FlowCloud: Similar to other IoT categories, wearables often require the ability to connect with cloud based data and services. FlowCloud provides the infrastructure and framework to support device management and data services from the early phase of product prototyping through production to mass deployment with a scalable and robust hosting.