31 December 2014 - By Maxine Bingham, Editor-in-Chief
Hexoskin is a smart device that
connects to an intelligent sports garment with integrated sensors to capture body
metrics, such as heart rate, breathing rate, acceleration, and more. In
addition to measuring these basic metrics, Hexoskin's biometric shirts also measure heart rate recovery,
heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, activity level,
acceleration, cadence, etc.
metrics give users the information they need to surpass their fitness and
athletic goals. By reviewing the data before, during and after workout
sessions, users can exert maximum training effort, while still avoiding
fatigue, overtraining and injuries.
Their 100% textile biometric shirts
are designed to offer an easy and more natural way of regularly capturing
precise data in real performance contexts. A
small Bluetooth device is connected to the fabric sensors and placed in the
shirt’s built-in side pocket during activity and sleep.
train year-round and we wanted to create the ultimate base layer that would
allow them to train smarter even in the cold weather months,” said
Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, co-founder and CEO of Hexoskin.
a wearable precision lab, Hexoskin provides its users with
lab-quality metrics. The Montreal-based company, with the support of NASA
and the Canadian Space Agency, created sensors made of textile, leaving almost
no hardware in its shirts.
says that there are numerous applications for their products—from remote health
monitoring to space exploration. Future applications include cardiology, sleep
medicine, aging at home, work medicine, defense applications and space
Hexoskin has announced the Arctic Smart Shirt,
an expansion of the company’s biometric clothing line. Used for scientific
testing and astronaut training, the
Arctic Smart Shirt measures 42,000 data points per minute, transmits metrics in
real-time and allows for advanced training.
It uses a new textile from Italy that offers comfort similar to Merino wool. The
fabric itself is based on research on polar bears' fur and how they trap heat
between their skin and their fur. The textile they use does the same,
while allowing natural evaporation of perspiration: absorbing very little
water, the fabric dries rapidly, while keeping the body temperature constant.
This reduces energy consumption to a minimum and improves athletic performance.
Hexoskin apps are
available for iOS and Android devices and smartwatches. Shirts are available from the web site.
Privately-held, Hexoskin has around 20 employees, with offices in Montreal and San Francisco.
Image of Hexoskin Shirt with Sensors and Photo of Piere-Alexandre Fournier Courtesy of Hexoskin
6 May 2015 - by Maxine Bingham, Editor-in-Chief
We spoke with
Yariv Glazer, founder of Intelligent Location-Aware Network (ILAN). ILAN is designed to improve the mobility, independency, and overall
experience of using public transportation for the disabled. It’s currently in development, but has touched us with its
focus on the disabled.
extensive experience in start-up companies and in mentoring the formative
stages of a start-up. He is the Chief Technology Officer at the Small Ventures Nursery, an
early-stage start-up incubator.
IoTP: What is ILAN
YG: Our project is
aimed at improving paratransit services for mentally impaired or disabled
individuals. Paratransit services are a specialized public transportation for
individuals with disabilities or mental impairment, and is often provided as a
supplement to fixed-route bus and rail systems. It is a point-to-point service
that is requested by a user and then scheduled by the paratransit service
provider. Once a rider has a scheduled time and route, it is their
responsibility to locate the designated paratransit vehicle. The physical
meeting between a paratransit rider and vehicle operator is known as the
handshake process. When individuals with disabilities or mental impairment are
positioned in busy environments, they often become confused or distracted, and
are unable to successfully board the bus. This is referred to as a no-show,
and occurs every 1 in 20 rides. The result is a loss of service for riders and
unnecessary challenges in the dispatch and scheduling processes of paratransit
operators. We are utilizing Internet-of-Things (IOT) technology to improve this
handshake process and reduce the number of no-show occurrences.
IoTP: How did you
come up with this idea?
YG: We spoke with
several individuals who have disabilities, and all of them voiced the
challenges of using public transportation. Next we went to the operators of public
transportation, who stated that the number one problem they experienced in
paratransit service was the occurrence of no-shows. They were very excited to
speak with us about the problem in hopes of finding a solution to reducing
these occurrences. We saw the potential to utilize Internet-of-Things
technology to address these challenges.
IoTP: What problem(s)
are you solving?
YG: The problem we
are trying to solve is how to reduce the number of no-shows by
providing technology to allow the paratransit operator to be involved in the
location and successful boarding of a paratransit rider. This technology could
potentially be expanded to aid individuals with disabilities in general public
IoTP: How does ILAN
work from the end user's perspective?
YG: The paratransit
rider would carry a smart ID card embedded with an IOT sensor that would help
the paratransit driver locate the user through a mobile app. This would allow
riders to safely and reliably utilize public transportation.
IoTP: Is there unique
YG: We are
leveraging the benefits of Internet of Things technology to create an
affordable sensor that is easy to deploy and has very little maintenance. A
mobile app would communicate with the sensors positioned on the user and
triangulate their location. Similar to a crowd-sourcing model, the higher the
number of sensors visible, the higher the accuracy of each sensor’s position.
IoTP: When will ILAN
YG: We are now
working on the development of the technology with the support of the University
of Michigan TechArb accelerator along with the Small Venture Nursery incubator.
We are scheduled to begin a trial with the Suburban Mobility Authority for
Regional Transportation (SMART), a paratransit service provider in Metro
Detroit. We are planning to expand ILAN availability to additional paratransit
operators in 2016.
IoTP: If I am
interested in being a partner, how can I get more information?
YG: For more
information, please feel free to inquire at www.smallventuresnursery.com/ILAN
Photo of Yariv Glazer from the Internet
© 2015 IoT Perspectives
5 January 2015 - By Maxine Bingham, Editor-in-Chief
the 2014 Innovation Enterprise IoT Summit (2015 link) in San Francisco in December 2014,
Technology Editor Ron Bingham and I met with Dan Cregg, CTO of INSTEON, which has built its own home networking technology, based
on a new paradigm that offers radio frequency (RF), powerline, or both,
connectivity. Currently, INSTEON network works with its sister company’s Smarthome devices (over 15k in 130 countries), but INSTEON may make
their network available to all (we hope that they do). They refer to their home
connectivity as a new kind of Device Area Network (DAN). It is the only dual
mesh network (radio and powerline) available on the market today.
INSTEON devices are peers, meaning that any device can transmit, receive, or
repeat other messages, without requiring a master controller or complex routing
software. Adding more devices makes an INSTEON network more robust, by virtue
of a simple protocol for communication retransmissions and retries, versus
degrading the network by adding more devices to it. On the powerline side, many
INSTEON devices are compatible with legacy X10 devices.
thousands of customer interactions through its sister company, Smarthome,
INSTEON realized there was a need in the market that current home networking
filling, and that a new paradigm was needed that would seamlessly connect all
home automation products. INSTEON publicizes a protocol comparison (click on
the image for a link to a larger one).
According to INSTEON CTO Dan Cregg, “INSTEON wanted a technology that would meet the simplicity,
reliability, and cost expectations of the masses—mainstream
consumers who want immediate benefits, not toys. The aging X10 protocol was
simply too limiting with its tiny command set and unacknowledged, ‘press and pray’ signaling
over the powerline. Radio-only
communication protocols, such as Z-Wave and ZigBee, not only required complex
routing strategies and a confusing array of different types of network masters,
slaves, and other modules, but radio alone is not be reliable enough when
installed in metal switch junction boxes, for example. Bluetooth radio has too
short a range, WiFi radio is too
expensive, and high-speed powerline protocols are far too complex to be built
into commodity products such as light switches, door locks, or thermostats.”
in 2000, INSTEON decided to specify an “ideal” home control network, one that would be simple, robust,
fast (no perceptible response time to a human) and inexpensive enough to link
everything to everything else.
in existing homes does not require any new wiring, because INSTEON products
communicate over powerline wires or they use the airwaves. All INSTEON devices
have an ID number pre-loaded at the factory so that INSTEON devices join the
network as soon as they’re
powered up. Getting one INSTEON device to control another is very simple—just press and hold a button on each device for three
seconds, and they’re
linked. The user does not perceive any delay from, for example, getting a light
to turn on while the heat goes up as you unlock the front door.
company is privately-held and based in Irvine, CA. They are a member
of the Thread
Dan Cregg Photo and Image of Smartphone Courtesy of INSTEON