The healthcare wearables specialist Valencell has launched a new software library that will make it easier for manufacturers to integrate the company’s software into the design of existing products. The Valencell Library will allow customers to embed Valencell’s biometric sensor software on any ARM Cortex M4F microcontroller unit (MCU), which will in turn allow them to deploy that software without making any drastic hardware modifications.
Valencell also unveiled updated versions of three of its Benchmark Sensor Systems for wearable devices. The BW1.5 is a more efficient 3-LED sensor system that boosts performance while simplifying the integration process, while the BW5.0 and BW6.0 offer the smallest form factors of any Valencell system. Of the two, the BW6.0 comes with more features, and supports “motion-tolerant multi-wavelength outputs for use in ambulatory health monitoring applications and medical wearables.” The BW5.0 does not offer that particular utility.
All three sensor systems come with all of the hardware and software needed to get a biometric wearable up and running, including firmware and algorithms in addition to emitters, detectors, and optical lensing tech in flexible configurations. Customers can also opt for lens-free versions of the three systems.
“Valencell has been a long-time proponent of designing our software and hardware to work together in a complete sensor system, but we also recognize that the massive growth in the wearables market has created a need to support the diversity of hardware configurations in the market today,” said Valencell Product Management VP Matt Smith. “The Valencell Library has been one of our most requested roadmap items from Valencell customers and we’re happy to give customers the flexibility to meet their design and performance requirements.”
The Valencell library and the BW1.5 are available as of today, while the BW5.0 and the BW6.0 will become available sometime in the first quarter of 2021. The company’s products are intended for use in wrist devices and other medical wearables, and include a blood pressure sensor system that debuted at CES 2020. Valencell has also worked with Sonion to streamline the design of its biometric earbuds.