Sony and Ericsson join forces to develop wearable for diabetes monitoring

Tyrone Stewart

Sony SmartBand smartwatchSony and Ericsson have teamed up with LTE chipset provider Altair Semiconductor to develop a concept for a wearable that helps diabetics monitor their glucose levels.

The wristband monitors and displays blood sugar levels, activity, sleep, heart rate, and alerts the user when their glucose levels drop. It has been designed to work with the Sony cloud solution and Xperia smart app.

The prototype connects to a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) smart transmitter – provided by Senseonics – via Bluetooth, and is powered by 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 and executive vice president of the product business group at Sony Mobile Communications. “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 concept have been released, but Ericsson will demonstrate the wristband at its booth at Mobile World Congress (MWC) from 26 February to 1 March in Barcelona, Spain.