The blog post is based on the keynote presented by Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs, at 2014 IIC CEO Summit in Shanghai under the title of “How the IoT Will Change Our World.” At the summit, Tyson introduced Silicon Labs’ broad portfolio of low power solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and how IoT will impact embedded designers and consumer markets.
Wearable computing is a very hot topic today.
Prime examples of wearables include devices like smart watches, health and activity trackers, wearable GPS devices, heart rate monitors and smart glasses like Google Glass.
Wearables seamlessly extend our senses and capabilities at home, at work and on the go, helping us stay healthier, safer and better informed.
According to the Futuresource Consulting, wearable products generated an estimated $8 billion in global sales in 2013, and this number is expected to rise in 2014 with no end in sight to the growth potential.
Successful wearable products require extremely long battery life, wireless connectivity, compact form factors and intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.
Although several leading smartphone manufacturers began experimenting with bulky wrist-top versions of their existing handset products several years ago, the “wrist-top revolution” kicked into high gear in early 2012 when innovative upstarts like the Pebble Smartwatch leapfrogged the smartphone makers with a new class of lightweight wrist-top devices that made it easier for end users to leverage the smartphones they already own.
Watch what’s inside the top wearables using Silicon Labs’ IoT solutions:
Garmin, Samsung, Sony, Magellan and other leading personal and consumer electronics makers joined the wrist-top revolution with their own smartwatches and other wearable products. This disruptive market environment has also encouraged the emergence of small, agile startups whose innovative products such as the Misfit Shine fitness tracker, shown here on this slide, are successfully competing with established players.
The elegantly designed Misfit Shine fitness tracker enables end users to track their daily activity and calories burned to help them meet their fitness goals. At the heart of the Shine tracker is Silicon Labs’ energy-friendly EFM32 Gecko microcontroller, which provides the industry’s most energy-efficient solution for power-sensitive IoT applications like wearables.
Continue to read the keynote: Internet of Things Keynote #8: The IoT Is Here Today: Smart Buildings
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