Engineering Wearable Technology for the Internet of Things

image of wearable technology internet of thingsThere are already 1.9 billion devices connected to the internet — from home thermostats to fitness bands and refrigerators — with that number slated to reach over 9 billion by 2018. In terms of dollars, according to the latest forecast from IDC, the Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to more than $7 trillion, up from $2 trillion today with wearable technology leading the way.

We see companies testing out various wearable technology concepts that include electronic rings, like Ringly or Smarty Ring, to smart shoes from Ducere Technologies, a startup based in India. And, let’s not forget the recent IPO of GoPro, the very popular wearable camera for sports enthusiasts. In 2013, the company generated almost $1B revenue by selling WiFi connected cameras.

Now as summer in the U.S. begins to fade and we anticipate the Fall of 2014, the guessing game of Apple’s next move with the iPhone 6 and the “iTime” or “iWatch” has begun. What will they announce in a yet-to-be-announced Apple Event in September? Yes, Santa Claus also visits in September, at least for Apple fans.

For ANSYS fans, it turns out, September offers you the opportunity to learn about the engineering behind wearable technologies. What are the key considerations when designing miniature electronics for the IoT era? How can you be sure that your design will actually work in the real world? What tools and methods can ensure engineering success?

We’ve teamed up with wearable technology gurus at Synapse Product Development to answer these very questions. Synapse engineers are the brains behind many successful wearable devices, including the Nike FuelBand and the Disney Magic Band.

On September 9th, the day that Apple is expected to announce its iPhone 6, we invite you to attend our popular wearable technology webinar that will be followed by a live Q/A session with Synapse engineers. To register for this free event, visit our website.

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Sudhir Sharma

About Sudhir Sharma

Sudhir Sharma is the director of high tech industry strategy and marketing at ANSYS. Prior to joining ANSYS, he served in key managerial and technical roles at MathWorks, Texas Instruments, Cirrus Logic, and Compaq Computer Corp. He has designed more than a dozen ASICs and authored 19 U.S. patents for innovative wireless communication, computer networking, video and image processing, and semiconductor memory designs.

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