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Sony links up with Ericsson and Altair Semiconductor on diabetes monitoring wristband

Sony Mobile has joined forces with its old friend Ericsson and chipmaker provider Altair Semiconductor on a diabetes monitoring wristband.

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According to a press release, the yet unnamed device connects via Bluetooth to a Senseonics smart transmitter for continuous glucose monitoring. The gizmo doubles up as a fitness tracker and will display info on blood sugar levels, activity, sleep and heart rate. It will also alert the user should their glucose levels drop. The band will not need to be connected to a smartphone to receive cellular coverage thanks to Altair’s ALT1210 LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset.

“The wristband prototype is one proof of concept for health services with the potential to significantly improve quality of life,” said Izumi Kawanishi, Director, EVP, Product Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.

“We selected Altair’s ALT1210 chipset as it offers unparalleled low power consumption and cost efficiency, while its reduced size is essential for integration in the wristband form factor.”

No images of the device have been released, but a prototype will be demoed at the upcoming Mobile World Congress from 26 February to 1 March in Barcelona. The band has been designed to work with the Sony cloud solution and its Xperia smartphone line.

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