Sony collaborates on a diabetes monitoring wristband with Ericsson and Altair Semiconductor


For a diabetes monitoring wristband, Sony Mobile has teamed up with its longtime buddy Ericsson and chip supplier Altair Semiconductor.

A Senseonics smart transmitter is connected to the as-yet-unnamed device via Bluetooth for continuous glucose monitoring, per a press release. The device serves as both a fitness tracker and a blood sugar monitor, showing data on activity, sleep, and heart rate. If the user’s glucose levels fall, it will also warn them. Thanks to Altair’s ALT1210 LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset, the band will be able to obtain cellular coverage without being linked to a smartphone.

Izumi Kawanishi, Director, EVP, Product Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., stated that the wristband prototype is one proof-of-concept for health services with the potential to dramatically improve quality of life.

We chose the Altair ALT1210 chipset because of its unmatched low power consumption, cost effectiveness, and reduced size, which are all necessary for integration with the wristband form factor.

Although no pictures of the device have been made public, a prototype will be displayed at the next Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs from February 26 to March 1. The band has been created to function with Sony’s cloud service and the Xperia series of smartphones.


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