Wearable Technology: The Revolution You Wear

Removing the barriers to enable smaller, more responsive wearable technology devices requires low-power IP that can provide performance within a size- and power-constrained setting. Arm IP, combined with our software development tools, provide secure, flexible processing for wearable electronics, with the smallest silicon footprint.

Perspective
Innovation

As developers continue to innovate, we can expect to see compelling new wearable devices that integrate seamlessly in our lives. Bringing “invisibles” to the wearables space is all about miniaturization of the technology and embedding it in everyday items such as clothing and shoes.

 

While the smart watch and fitness trackers are the most familiar devices today, Arm is enabling a new raft of form factors beyond the wrist that promise to transform the lives of millions of people.

Power Efficiency

The fast-paced wearables market has been quick to leverage the possibilities of low-power IP from Arm and our ecosystem of over 300 software partners to enable a wide range of devices. From high-end wearables to simpler applications like fitness trackers, Arm processor IP and software development tools enable a spectrum of devices. Arm helps our partners address the scope and pace of innovation demanded by the market today and for tomorrow.

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Always On, Always Aware

The ability to sense, fuse, interpret, and securely share data is fundamental to the wearable experience. These devices must continuously process multiple sensor feeds to provide contextual awareness, but they require low power consumption and a long battery life for functionality. Arm Cortex-M-based processors and the extensive ecosystem that supports them are at the heart of the sensor hub in wearables, delivering advanced signal-processing capabilities.

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Security

Security and trust are vitally important for wearables. In addition to storing sensitive personal data, they often control physical access to homes, offices, and cars. Granting access seamlessly is an essential part of the appeal of wearables, so security can no longer be an afterthought.

 

Achieving the required level of security calls for a symbiotic relationship between hardware and software, an expanding portfolio of secure IP and software, and a collaborative ecosystem that fortifies devices across a common platform.

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Use Cases
Where Innovation and Ideas Come to Life
Wearable Health Tracker Ring

The MegaRing can be used to continuously monitor heart rate and oxygen saturation, detecting potentially dangerous changes in blood oxygen levels to enable clinicians to constantly monitor and adjust patient treatments. Powered by Cortex-M4, which offers a low-power, high-performance solution in a size-constrained setting.

Smart Glasses for Hands-free Computing

Vuzix Blade smart glasses enable wearers to communicate with smartphone companion apps and view messages and alerts hands-free, with features primed for the future of augmented reality (AR). A long battery life and advanced functionality in a small, wearable form factor is made possible using Cortex-A53.

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Learn how low-power, high-performance IP can help you create innovative wearable technology and get it to market fast. 

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Related Products and Services
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Cortex-A Processor Series

Cortex-A applications processors provide a range of solutions for devices undertaking complex compute tasks. The Cortex-A series powers intelligent solutions, from edge to cloud, for next-generation experiences. 

Cortex-M Processor Series 

The Cortex-M processor series is Arm’s smallest and lowest power suite of CPUs, providing area and energy efficiency for a broad range of demanding applications.

Mali Graphics & Multimedia Processors 

Mali GPUs include both graphics and GPU compute technology to offer a diverse selection of scalable solutions for low-power to high-performance smartphones, tablets, and digital TVs.

Development Tools and Software

From SoC design to software application development, our development tools support multiple workloads, devices and experience levels, making it easier for companies to innovate.