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Wearable medical sensors to cross 10 crore units by 2016

Posted: 02 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wearable medical sensor  wireless protocol  fitness market 

ABI Research forecasts that the market for wearable medical sensors will cross 10 crore units by 2016 riding on ultra-low wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth 4.0 and the planned 802.15.6 specification fused with social networks and mobile handsets.

According to the report titled, Wireless Health and Fitness, the devices will be able to register a person's activities and provide advice and feedback.

A number of short range wireless protocols are jostling for position in this emerging market and they line up against traditional tethered connectivity such as a USB cable to a computer as well as emerging M2M offerings, stated Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research.

While the sports and fitness market has been embedding proprietary short-range wireless connectivity in devices for many years, it has remained a niche market. The market is now reaching a key growth period with support and commitment to standardised specifications. The professional healthcare market is also starting to look at the potential of embedded wireless communication in wearable devices for in-hospital and remote patient care.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times

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