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Toshiba to Launch Activity Meter With Long Battery Life

2014/08/13 18:38
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Digital Health
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Toshiba Corp will release a wristband-type activity meter that it claims can be used for two weeks without being charged.

Toshiba realized the activity meter, "WERAM1100," by using the signal processing technology that it developed for its semiconductor business and minimizing the power consumption of the meter in operation. The company started to accept orders for the product Aug 11, 2014, and will release it Aug 20, 2014.

The WERAM1100 analyzes data collected by its acceleration sensor and calculates "Activity" such as the number of steps, travel distance and calorie consumption as well as "Sleep" such as sleeping hours and sleep cycle. The calculated data can be transmitted to a smartphone via Bluetooth and can be shown in graphs, etc with special application software. The software can record meal data as pictures, enabling to collectively monitor "activity," "sleep" and "meal."

The activity meter can be used for two weeks without being charged. Therefore, it can be comfortably used even when the user is away from home (e.g. travel and business trip). Also, because of an algorithm developed by Toshiba, it automatically determines whether the user is in an active state or sleeping. As a result, it is possible to measure activities 24 hours a day without the need to manually switch modes at the time of falling asleep or getting out of bed.

With the WERAM1100, it is possible to record the types of events that have been preset in accordance with the user's lifestyle. For example, lifelogs such as breakfast time and the start time of an activity can be recorded. With its vibration function, it notifies the user when a goal set by the user (such as the number of steps) is achieved or a preset alarm time is reached.

Toshiba plans to launch a new service that links various wearable products including wristband types with cloud networks, analyzes big data with its own engine and feeds back the results to the user.