Note: See the accompanying teardown article "FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface".
With its combination of wireless, low-power processing and MEMS, few personal fitness monitors are as hot as the FitBit, which is why it’s going under the knife at this week’s ESC in Boston on Tuesday. However, this isn’t just another teardown: not by a long shot.
Why not? Well, along with the usual discussion of the device’s innards, the challenges the designers faced and the techniques and components they employed to overcome those challenges, I’ve managed to pull together a panel of experts from the three technology areas at the heart of the FitBit’s success:
- Representing MEMS is Mark DiPerri, field applications engineer at Freescale Semiconductor.
- On behalf of wireless comes N. Venkatesh, VP of advanced wireless technologies at embedded Wi-Fi startup Redpine Signals.
- And finally, straddling the worlds of low-power processing (MCUs), wireless and MEMS hails Olin Lathrop, principal at Embed Inc., who has led designs encompassing all three areas.
You've probably noticed, wireless + MEMS + low-power MCUs is a good starting point for success, given the pull for all sorts of spatially and motion-aware devices. You've also probably got a million ideas bouncing around in your head as to how to take advantage of any combination of those technologies, so with these three lined up to discuss the issues you may face in implementing any embedded design you may be contemplating, it’s safe to say I’ll be eager to get to the Q&A session. And I’m hoping you will be too.
So, drop by ESC Theater 2 at 2 pm on Tuesday and bring your design concerns with you: Mark, Narasimhan and Olin have been where you are, so after my FitBit ‘case study’ they’ll be only too happy to dig into the issues. And so will I: See you there!