ANT+ Partners Launch Industry Firsts in Mobile Sport, Fitness and Health

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Over 20 ANT+ companies demonstrate new and practical physiological monitoring products that can positively influence consumer fitness and wellness.

"These leaders in the digital sport and health sectors have gone beyond just collecting data. Their real success is that they have taken the data and created very simple and easy-to-understand feedback for consumers." Rod Morris, Director, ANT Wireless

ANT Wireless ("ANT" http://www.thisisant.com), a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc,. announced that top brands using the ANT+ interoperable standard launched many industry ‘firsts’ this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Among the many leading solutions highlighted this week are:

  •     Sony Ericsson’s Xperia™ family of products – the first to integrate ultra low power technology - connecting to the ANT+ ecosystem of available partner products;
  •     Texas Instruments’ ANT+ Bluetooth Aggregator combining ANT+ ultra low power with Bluetooth on a single chip;
  •     and a bike computer with 3G connectivity created by Nordic Semiconductor, Yellow Digital Health, Pioneer and Qualcomm.

These companies along with 20 more in the ANT+ Pavilion Booths 3023 and 2824, North Hall) demonstrate new and practical physiological monitoring products that can positively influence consumer fitness and wellness. With ANT+, these top brands enable the collection, transfer and tracking of personal activity and have the ability to connect with other partner devices.

“ANT+ partners are truly leading the shift in how consumers access and use physiological data,” stated Rod Morris, Director, ANT Wireless. “These leaders in the digital sport and health sectors have gone beyond just collecting data. Their real success is that they have taken the data and created very simple and easy-to-understand feedback for consumers.    Ultimately, the devices provide an instant correlation between cause and effect which empowers the user and influences behavioral change.”

Below is a listing of ANT+ CES partners and their latest product summaries:

Sony Ericsson is the first mobile handset manufacturer to integrate support for ultra low power technology. This will be introduced in the Xperia™ Arc, Xperia™ X8, Xperia™ X10 mini, and Xperia™ X10 mini pro through software upgrades by the end of Q1 2011. Several future Sony Ericsson Android™ devices will also support ANT+ technology, making it possible to connect to a large number of commercial health and fitness products. This will extend your Sony Ericsson handset to become the main hub for fitness and health activities, as well as communication and entertainment.

Pioneer and Yellow Digital Health showcase the first-ever bike computer with 3G connectivity. A Qualcomm chipset inside the Pioneer computer provides the 3G connectivity. Verizon enables the 3G network access and Yellow has designed the software backend that collects and transfers data (heart rate, and bike speed, cadence and power) to the internet. All of this interconnectivity is possible with the ultra low power nRF24AP2 ANT chip by Nordic Semiconductor.

Texas Instruments has just announced their ANT + Bluetooth® aggregator for health and fitness applications. This is the first single chip solution to allow customers to get ANT data to standard devices such as cell phones and PCs over a Bluetooth connection. At CES, TI will show sensor data (eg. weight scale, blood pressure, pulse oximeter) transferring to this aggregator over ANT+, then transferring to a Laptop via Bluetooth.

A&D Medical of Japan has recently launched their telehealth suite of sensors enabled by ANT+. They have long been the pre-eminent worldwide supplier of wireless blood pressure cuffs and weight scales to the telehealth system integrators and are now very proud to add an ANT based pedometer to their offering of ANT+ devices. Many of the telehealth applications you will see at the ANT+ pavilion will be powered by A&D sensors. They also will showcase their new iPhone application enabled by fellow ANT+ member, Wahoo Fitness.

Garmin presents their new Chirp product which is built for Geocaching enthusiasts and interoperates with the GPSMAP and Dakota line of handheld GPS devices. Garmin is also be showcasing their line of fitness watches with the Forerunner 210. This latest addition to the Garmin family of GPS watches interoperates with heart rate sensors, foot pod devices, fitness equipment, and weight scales. Also on display will be the newest GPS cycling computer from Garmin, the Edge 800, which features touch screen technology. This device will interoperate with ANT+ bike speed and cadence sensors, heart rate monitors, bike power sensors, and weight scales.

Rowers and skiers can analyze and share their Concept2 CTS workout data in even more ways through enhanced connectivity with Garmin® and Wahoo fisica applications. New firmware for the Performance Monitor 4 (PM4) allows for second-by-second data to be stored in Garmin® watches and uploaded online for detailed analysis and reporting, or displayed in realtime on an iPhone or iPad with the fisica.

Wahoo Fitness adds to its product line with the ANT+ enabled fisica Sensor Case and built-in sensor key. It is a water and shock resistant case that is ideal for cycling, hiking or a host of other activities. Wahoo focuses on the mobile side of wellness with devices that work on both the iPhone and iPad.

The new suite of iMapMy apps from MapmyFITNESS uses the fisica Sensor Key to monitor and track heart rate, power, stride, cadence, and other sensor data via iPhone/iPod touch. MapMyFitness is also developing the same functionality with embedded ANT+ for Android OS devices. All three of the iMapMy applications will be working on an iPhone using the fisica.

Another leading and progressive ANT+ partner, 4iiii, shows a new and innovative training tool that allows runners and cyclists to keep their eyes on the road. The Sportiiii's is an LED and audio based adjustable "boom" unit that attaches to virtually any pair of glasses, sunglasses, or visor. The unit intuitively displays ANT+ data, on a series of seven multi-coloured LED's.

iMetrikus has launched an all-new version of its MediCompass® Mobile platform to work with smartphones, such as the iPhone and Android devices. This release now includes functionality to collect and transmit data from personal health monitoring devices—such as blood pressure cuffs, glucose meters, pedometers, and weight scales—directly to health management applications and systems from virtually anywhere.

Training Peaks develops software systems to help motivated individuals and professionals achieve health, fitness and peak performance. Their unrivalled software logs, analyzes and reviews data from over 80 devices including heart rate, GPS, power meters, weight scales and mobile applications. Exercise, nutrition and metrics such as blood pressure, stress and sleep are now tracked in one central place and a database of 90,000+ foods make it easy for users to track their diet. TrainingPeaks is also re-branded for publishers like Runner's World and Outside Magazine, and events like the New York City Marathon

The Fatigue Science ReadiBand by Archinoetics an easy to use, wrist-worn device that measures day-to-day sleep quality, quantity and timing. In trials with the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, the ReadiBand™ relies upon the measurement and analysis of wrist movements to detect and characterize sleep/wake periods and is highly accurate. A recent study showed that the ReadiBand™, coupled with patented classification algorithms, assessed sleep virtually as well as a sleep lab polysomnography (93% accurate).

Dayton Industrial Co. Ltd is a founding member of the ANT+ Alliance and a leading manufacturer specializing in micro-electronics products. This progressive company is showcasing products and technology from some of the most recognized names in the sport and fitness industries including Trek, Specialized, CycleOps, PowerTap, and O-Synce. Dayton is noted for utilizing innovative, yet proven technology and continuous total quality improvement to revolutionize business strategy and operations.

HMM out of Germany has launched ‘fitmefit’ which combines social media platforms with health and fitness goals to motivate and engage the ‘normal’ guy. The fitmefit concept features an online community/portal where users can log on and administer their own health data. They also offer a suite of ANT+ compatible health and wellness devices including weight scales, blood pressure monitors, heart rate sensors as well as ANT enabled pedometers.

Other ANT+ members represented at CES include Tanita with industry-leading weight scales; Digifit advanced sport, health and fitness applications with activity, food and sleep metrics; and Vignet – a dynamic company enabling the first end-to-end collaborative care solution for the Continua alliance. Vignet’s expertise delivers secure health data transfer seamlessly in and out of medical institutions.

About ANT / ANT+ (http://www.thisisant.com)
ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications.
ANT+ facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data. Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network key. The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of over 350 companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The Alliance ensures standardized communications through optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products.

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology. http://www.dynastream.com

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