Toshiba Corp plans to release a wristband-like biological sensor in September.
The sensor, Silmee W20/W21, can measure the amounts of activity, sleep, conversation and ultraviolet light as well as pulse rate. It works in conjunction with smartphones to record and manage data.
The sensor has various functions for monitoring the elderly. For example, if a button on the sensor is pressed down in case of emergency, a notification will be sent to a registered organization via the users smartphone.
The device is equipped with a three-axis acceleration sensor, pulse sensor, microphone and ultraviolet sensor. It can also detect its location using GPS.
Toshiba has previously released the "Actiband," which can measure the amounts of a wearer's activity and sleep. With its new device, the company has increased the number of measurement items.
Toshiba has also released the Silmee Bar-type Lite, another wearable biological sensor that the company released in May as a lower-priced model of the Silmee Bar. It can be attached to the chest of a user. The price is about ¥85,000, which is lower than the price of the Silmee Bar type (about ¥100,000). It comes with a replaceable gel pad.
Unlike the Silmee Bar type, the Silmee Bar type Lite can measure a breathing interval based on cardiac potential. Its weight is slightly less than that of the previous model.
Toshiba will integrate the brands of all if its wearable biological sensors into the Silmee line.© By Jyunichi Oshita