David Savastano, Editor03.31.16
Wearables have quickly become a huge market. Consumers are monitoring their exercise and health more carefully now, and items like Fitbits have become part of daily life. As consumers look for wearables to do more, it requires even more sophisticated sensors.
Form factor is also a key for wearables. People expect flexible, comfortable gear, and wearable manufacturers are helping to meet this demand. As a result, flexible and printed electronics are playing a role in these products.
BeBop Sensors utilizes smart fabrics for sensor solutions for OEMs, and has more than a million sensors in daily use. Keith McMillen, CEO and founder of BeBop Sensors, said that it seems that most of the growth and changes have occurred in the last five years, starting with the explosion in consumer health and wellness/quantified self movement.
“Asynchronous or untethered devices like Nike+ early on and wrist-worn fitness trackers later have certainly led the charge, but as the smartphone tita
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