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Valencell releases new biometric sensor modules; announces new integration

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Valencell has released two new versions of its Benchmark sensor systems, the biometric sensor modules that incorporates the company’s PerformTek biometric technology, experience and expertise.

The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a version designed for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of the original Benchmark sensor system for wearables worn at the wrist and arm.

The two new modules both have a smaller footprint and more power efficiency than past models, while improving on Valencell’s accuracy.

Benchmark sensor systems are validated, ready-to-integrate modules that allow hearable and wearable devices to continuously and accurately measure blood flow signals, even during extreme physical activity and throughout a range of daily activities.

These blood flow signals can be translated into biometric data, including continuous heart rate, VO2 and VO2 max, RR-interval (RRi), resting heart rate, heart rate response, heart rate recovery, continuous energy expenditure (calorie burn), cardiac efficiency and heart rate variability (HRV) assessments.

In response to the overwhelming demand from global OEM’s, Valencell launched Benchmark BE2.0, a highly-accurate, complete biometric sensor system that can be easily integrated into hearable devices.

The design includes all the required hardware and software for a complete biometric sensor system, including optical emitters, detector, patented optomechanical design, accelerometer and MCU, configured with Valencell’s patented active signal characterization for motion- and environmental-artifact removal.

BE2.0 is also significantly smaller than Valencell’s past ear sensor modules, enabling seamless integration and rapid time to market for in-ear designs.

Valencell’s Benchmark BW2.0 delivers the next generation of its Benchmark sensor system for wrist and arm wearables.

The 2-LED Benchmark BW2.0 module is 33 percent smaller and 25 percent more power efficient than the previous model, and incorporates all of Valencell’s PerformTek biometric technology in a pre-packaged module.

The new module has an optimized design that gives users the option to disconnect the MCU from the optical sensor, allowing customers to bring the MCU to another location and decrease the overall device size or space to make room for additional parts of the device.

The two new Benchmark modules support a wide range of use cases in numerous industries, including consumer hearables and wearables, healthcare/medical, military, first responder, and gaming.

“As the market for wearables and hearables continues to grow, we are seeing a tremendous demand for our Benchmark sensor systems, which deliver the most accurate optical biometric sensor technology for wearables in the world, into a ready-to-integrate module,” said Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, president and co-founder of Valencell. “We are continuing to innovate and expand our extensively validated Benchmark line to include an ear module and a smaller module for the wrist and arm, in order to meet this growing need for our technology. Companies large and small – across a variety of industries – choose Valencell because they know that we make biometrics work in wearables.”

In a separate release, Valencel announced that its PerformTek technology has been integrated into audio products designer FIIL’s new Carat Pro Wireless Earphones.

Launching later this week at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the new earphones deliver accurate monitoring of fitness biometrics, real-time audio coaching, voice search and music storage with a nine-hour battery life.

The Carat Pro features Valencell’s PerformTek biometric measurement technology, which enables users to monitor multiple personal biometrics such as heart rate, VO2 and VO2 max, calories burned, distance, duration, speed and cadence, among other biometrics.

The earphones also feature patented Speed Dependent Sound (SDS) technology, which monitors the user’s heart rate and speed and provides corresponding sound effect beats to move the user through a workout.

The Carat Pro supports five different fitness activities, including running, cycling, walking, yoga and indoor training, enabling users to monitor fitness levels and train with high accuracy.

“We designed the Carat Pro to deliver the best audio quality and the best heart rate monitoring in a stylish, innovative wireless design,” said Wang Feng, FIIL President. “Valencell’s PerformTek technology is the most accurate biometric technology in the world, enabling us to create a high-performance fitness earphone unlike any others currently on the market. We are confident that it will exceed user expectations in form and function.”

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