The exhibited prototypes of the "Silmee W20/W21"
The exhibited prototypes of the "Silmee W20/W21"
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"Silmee Bar type Lite"
"Silmee Bar type Lite"
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Toshiba Corp showed a prototype of its wristband-like biological sensor to be released in September 2015.

The sensor, "Silmee W20/W21," was exhibited at International Modern Hospital Show 2015, which took place from July 15 to 17, 2015, in Tokyo. It can measure the amounts of activity, sleep, conversation and ultraviolet light as well as pulse rate. It works in conjunction with a smartphone, etc to record and manage data.

The sensor has many functions for elderly monitoring. For example, if a button on the sensor keeps being pressed down in case of emergency, a notification will be sent to a registered organization via a smartphone.

The Silmee W20/W21 is equipped with a three-axis acceleration sensor, pulse sensor, microphone and ultraviolet sensor. Also, the W21 can detect its location using a GPS.

As a wristband-like biological sensor, Toshiba has already released the "Actiband," which can measure the amounts of activity and sleep. This time, the company has increased the number of measurement items for the Silmee W20/W21.

Toshiba also exhibited the "Silmee Bar type Lite," a wearable biological sensor that the company released in May 2015 as a low-priced model of the "Silmee Bar type." It can be attached to the chest of a user. The price of the Silmee Bar type Lite is about ¥85,000 (approx US$687), which is lower than the price of the Silmee Bar type (about ¥100,000). It comes with a replaceable gel pad.

Unlike the Silmee Bar type, the Silmee Bar type Lite can measure a breathing interval based on cardiac potential. And its weight is slightly less than that of the previous model.

Toshiba will integrates the brands of its wearable biological sensors into "Silmee."