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WiseWear Corporation, manufacturer of advanced wearable health and fitness devices
The client required a service provider who could implement the client’s vision for an advanced luxury wearable solution by fusing fashion with technology. The potential service provider was to stand out through proven skills in hardware design, firmware development, and mobile software implementation. With almost two decades of focused low-level programming and software development expertise under its belt, Softeq qualified for the project, taking an expert position and providing guidance on hardware fine-tuning and on-demand workaround possibilities.
Softeq’s team was to implement a smart solution, consisting of firmware, Android and iOS apps, to underlie the luxury wearable accessory. The team also provided an added technical advantage for the initiative by creating production tools that ensured the solution workability during the smart jewelry mass production.
BLE enabled, the smart jewelry builds on two-way data exchange between smartphone and bracelet, operating with low power consumption. The luxury accessory is created for women and allows monitoring their health and safety conditions.
Given the fact the iOS platform does not support direct access to the contact list, the team had to come up with a workaround using VoIP service to allow distress messaging.
The team also provided expert advice on optimizing the device power consumption. To allow the device to be capable of processing data for 5 days without recharging, the team implemented the deep-sleep mode interrupted by external hardware calls sent by the BLE module.
Softeq provided another workaround for the hardware chip, which was expected to support unpairing from a smartphone using both secure and non-secure connection. If the phone has been lost leaving the wearable jewelry disconnected for 3 days, the accessory automatically gets unpaired from the missing phone to allow pairing with a new smartphone.
The solution leverages the security capabilities implemented within the BLE technology — BLE gatt. It allows establishing exclusive connections, meaning that a BLE peripheral can only be connected to one central device (a mobile phone, etc.) at a time.
Softeq’s team employed a Waterfall project management methodology due to well-defined requirements availability.
The resulting solution demonstrates unique capabilities, transmitting BLE through metal 5 times further than conventional Bluetooth. The fashionable ‘beauty and brain’ piece is scheduled for soon release and can be pre-ordered at www.wisewear.com. The collaboration continues, with Softeq being engaged in integration of the smart solution with Google Fit and Apple Health Kit that will enable users to track their health and fitness data aggregated from multiple apps.