Startup tackles wearable battery life problem

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An Indian based company claims to be able to help wearables enjoy longer battery life.

Battery life has long been one of the biggest problems for wearables, with most needing regular charging in order to operate effectively.

Ineda Systems says it has created the first chip created just for wearable devices. The low-power processor is designed to extend battery life whilst also enabling devices to listen to voice commands— one of the primary ways people interact with devices like Google Glass.

Ineda’s chip would work as a secondary processor, reports MIT Technology Review. A main processing unit would carry out most of the device’s functionality. But Ineda’s secondary chip would relieve the main processor of certain burdens, such as detecting spoken commands. This would allow the primary processor to conserve power, therefore offering more battery life.

The company is currently testing two different models of its chip, which it refers to as a wearable processing unit (WPU). MIT says that these chips are expected to enter production next year. The more advanced version, which is designed to work in high-end smart watches, will come with three cores, or separate parts for handling different tasks.

One core will be dedicated to monitoring motion sensors to pick up gestures and maintaining a Bluetooth connection with a paired device, such as a smartphone. The second core would handle slightly more complex tasks, such as running apps or playing music. The third would enable the device to handle tasks that require cross-referencing information over the internet.