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Suunto movin’ on up with Movesense all-in-one motion sensor

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Suunto has released Movesense firmware version 1.0, and has ramped up production capabilities to ‘meet growing demand from companies integrating Movesense in their products’.

According to Suunto, the sensor accelerates the time to market for everything from fitness wearables to health monitoring devices to livestock trackers to university research. At just 1.44 inches in diameter and 0.35 ounces, Movesense combines an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, temperature sensor, heart rate and ECG sensor in a pre-built package that can be white-labelled and quickly integrated in virtually any device or garment.

Since introducing Movesense beta at CES 2017, close to 400 developers around the world have had access to Suunto’s all-in-one motion sensor, including four companies that will present their products at CES 2018 in January. The companies will unveil the products at booth 44337 in the Fitness and Technology Marketplace. CES 2018 takes place on 9-12 January in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The world has already seen many motion sensors, but none as easy to customize for your own project as the Movesense sensor,” said Terho Lahtinen, Senior Manager, Future Concepts at Movesense. “Most IoT motion sensors are either cost-prohibitive industrial-grade options or they’re incomplete circuit boards that aren’t ready to use.

“With Movesense, we’re sharing our hardware development experience with companies to help them shave years off the R&D process. Hundreds of businesses – both startups and established companies – already have access to Movesense. With its well-managed API, these companies can build new sensor functionality to quickly commercialize their own sensor concepts.

“In a sense, we’re democratizing the development of sensor functions. Companies will be able to generate comprehensive data that can improve athletic performance, spot equipment failures, aid rehabilitation programs, and support virtually any motion-sensing application you can dream up.”

The companies unveiling new products based on Suunto’s new platform include:

Ain1.ai: a human performance and measurement application
Until recently, professionals relied on bulky, expensive equipment to monitor the progress of training or rehabilitation. Ain1, a Finnish startup focused on human performance, is developing a novel, lightweight, mobile platform with the Movesense sensor for coaching and rehabilitation use.

Runteq: intelligent running exercise and technique coach
Runteq helps recreational runners monitor their running load/power and running economy, improve their running technique, and prevent overload injury. Runteq, a Finnish fitness tech company, will introduce its new Movesense-based wearable product and its cloud-based coaching app that ‘treats every runner as an individual and combines cool running technique findings with personal feelings and sensations’.

SUPA: body-sensing analytics kits featuring apparel
SUPA is a B2B modular, scalable, distributed, and secure biometric data platform for using sensors from distributed IoT devices including SUPA Powered apparel and Movesense sensors. SUPA offers SUPA kits for customers to develop new products and services. The kits are modularly designed on top of a core functionality, empowering distributed functionalities in sports, wellness and health.

TriMix: Tri-Fitness at home
New York based fitness-tech company TriMix has developed a connected ‘home gym’ that streams live workout classes to users in their homes. The package includes cardio and strength training equipment, a tablet computer, and multiple Movesense sensors. The workout classes are personalized through an interactive app, driven by each user’s real-time heart rate and movement data. As such, the live workouts revolve around each individual, and are positioned as being appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

Movesense is an open development environment for motion-sensing solutions. Developed in Finland by Suunto, its ‘easy and innovative tools accelerate measuring and sensing applications across sports, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, and more’.




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