Wearables – from passive to active? By Geoff Varrall, RTT Online



Life changing technology transition with a positive or negative impact? Just one of the topics being discussed at this year’s CW TEC Conference in London on the 24th March 2015


Those of us that struggled through the January sales are painfully aware of the bewildering diversity of things we can wear, all of which we apparently need and want.

One upon a time clothes and watches were items that were essentially simple and passive. A watch told the time, a jumper kept us warm. Now we have ties that sing songs, hats that talk and watches that measure every heart beat- a wildly alarming experience. Add Wi Fi and hey presto active wearables become an income stream (or rather an ongoing expense to the wearer).

As with the internet of things, RF technology innovation has a direct impact on connected wearable device price and performance but an equally profound impact on network connectivity energy and cost economics.

Is it better to enhance existing connectivity systems or develop new solutions?

Is a one size fits all approach adequate for wearable products that range across industrial, professional and consumer markets with widely different price points, data and energy requirements?

Or will we (again) end up with multiple incompatible sub scale radio standards and sub scale spectral allocation?


Come and listen to technical subject experts from Avanti, EE, BSkyB, Radio Design, IRT Germany, BBC Research, u-blox AG, CSR and Samsung presenting their informed views on these changes, challenges and opportunities.

Come and join us to debate how new technologies are changing the delivery economics of our industry, the impact on coexistence management and associated implications for the regulatory and spectral allocation community and standards making community. http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/cwtec/


About The Author

Geoff Varrall is Director at RTT Online
Follow on twitter at: @geoffvarrall


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