MSEC 18_Abstract_Sensors in Food and Agriculture



Craig Easson
Managing Director, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated

Sudir Mulpuru
Executive Business Manager, Maxim Integrated 

It’s Time for Wearables to Revolutionize Healthcare

The wearables market is expected to be $200M by 2020. With so much hype regarding wearables potential to disrupt healthcare, the industry is far from realizing its full potential. Current wearables are mired with technical and cost challenges, while customers can’t rely on them for monitoring health. To untap the full potential, we need new technologies and techniques to design reliable wearables, which can only come from true collaboration and partnership.

While wearables have the potential to change how we monitor our health, they are falling short on several fronts. Current wearables still struggle on the basics. For instance, most wearables today cannot distinguish between walking and driving. Similarly, accurate heart rate monitoring via the wrist isn’t perfect.

Companies are shifting focus from fitness to wellness users and plan to add new vital signs including SpO2, hydration and blood pressure to unleash the full potential of wearables. However, they are yet to address: 1. loose fit, whereby where the optical sensor doesn’t make snug contact with the tissue. 2. continuous monitoring.

One of the most significant reasons for these issues is the lack of proper signal processing technology. This is forcing designers to make trade-offs between power, performance and user experience.

Addressing these fundamentals requires new ideas and architectures. Low power architectures, simultaneous sampling, properly synchronized signals and new optical architectures can help. This session will explore these issues in detail and their impact. The session will also discuss a few ideas, solutions, and data analysis.