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TI, ANT pack health connection into mobile phone

Posted: 18 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensors  health  devices  physiological data  cloud 

ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc., and Texas Instruments Inc. present the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc smart phone that can natively communicate with the ultra-low-power (ULP) ANT+ network of health and fitness devices at the 2011 Mobile World Congress. Featured as part of TI's exhibition, the mobile phone solution is billed as the leader in the real-time collection and transfer of physiological data to the cloud.

The ANT+ connectivity is enabled by TI's WiLink 6.0 triple-radio single-chip solution, native in Sony Ericsson's Xperia arc as well as the newly-announced Xperia neo and Xperia pro. The high-end Xperia smart phones (including the Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini pro and Xperia X8) signify the market's first line of ANT+ enabled mobile handsets. The smart phones can leverage the WiLink solution to link directly with the established ANT+ ecosystem of more than 1.4 crore ULP health and fitness devices.

Demonstrations at the show will incorporate ANT+ bike speed and bike cadence data transmitting via the WiLink chip to the Xperia arc, and seamlessly to the cloud with apps by Endomondo, Sportypal and Wahoo Fitness. ANT+ Heart Rate and Blood Pressure data will also be displayed on the Xperia arc.

Proving the real-world application of the joint demonstration, attendees visiting TI's MWC booth will have the opportunity to test their own cycling strength and speed by participating in the TI, ANT+ Cycling Challenge. A racing bike mounted on LeMond's Revolution indoor trainer is equipped with ANT+ sensors, giving visitors the opportunity to compare 'best data' scores.

Optimised for mobile devices, TI's WiLink 6.0 single-chip solution supports WLAN, ANT, Bluetooth and FM radios. The WiLink 7.0 platform, the industry's first quad-radio single-chip solution, adds GPS to the list. These solutions also enable direct ANT+ sensors to mobile phone communication. ANT and TI recently released the CC2567, the first dual-mode single-chip solution delivering ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, and the complementary ANT + Bluetooth Health and Fitness Aggregator Kit.

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