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Healthcare and Fitness

The healthcare and personal fitness industry has grown substantially. Leaps in the industry have been provided by much of the modern-day technology such as smartphones and other wireless technologies.

Healthcare and personal fitness have transitioned from a doctor's office or gym environment to a more mobile "lifestyle" approach. Manufacturers have developed numerous sensor products such as pedometers, heart rate monitors, body fat calipers and digital weigh scales that are designed to provide users and doctors with health data.

Other manufacturers have built an industry around creating applications operating on PCs or smartphones that make use of the sensor data and provide both doctors and users with fast and factual feedback.

Getting the data from the sensor across public and private networks securely has fueled enormous growth for both the Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® wireless standards. Wi-Fi has allowed home networks to act as gateways between weigh scales, body fat sensors and personal blood/glucose sensors to ensure timely delivery of data to medical facilities while Bluetooth has allowed smartphones to give users real-time feedback from heart rate monitors and pedometers.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth offers a number of advantages in the personal fitness and healthcare market space. Offering excellent robustness in high-data-traffic areas through the use of frequency hopping, its strong security algorithms and low power consumption also make it a very low-cost wireless solution that is available in almost 100% of today's mobile phones. We offer Bluetooth solutions for both Class 1 and Class 2 operation. Bluetooth Class 1 offers long-range operation with distances of over 100m typically attainable, while Bluetooth Class 2 offers typical ranges of 20–30m.

Wi-Fi

802.11 Wi-Fi infrastructures are now typical in most home environments, which means that medical sensors can be placed almost anywhere in a house. A key advantage of the Wi-Fi infrastructure is that the mobile phone paired with the sensor does not need to be present to allow communication between the caregiver and the device.

Understanding ADC Performance in Wi-Fi MCUs

PIC32MZ W1/WFI32 comes with a power packed 12 bit ADC that can reduce design complexities in your connected designs. This video showcases the performance characteristics of this ADC in comparison with similar devices in the market.