Thin, flexible, environmentally sealed component enhances performance of Movesense motion measurement.
Suunto has announced on 2nd November 2017 that TactoTek – a VTT spin-off company - has been awarded the mass production contract for the Suunto Movesense Smart connector, an Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) solution that is part of the Suunto Movesense platform.
TactoTek will manufacture the Smart connector in its Oulu, Finland factory. Movesense can track anything that moves: it is a physical toolkit and open development environment for motion sensing solutions that enables professionals and hobbyists to create movement measuring apps that unlock a whole new level of motion tracking.
"The Smart connector is a key part of the Movesense platform that integrates into garments, shoes, sports equipment, even dog collars, and other items; it provides context information about specific activities being tracked to improve data richness and quality," stated Terho Lahtinen, Head of Marketing, Movesense. "TactoTek's technology enables Smart connector to be thin and flexible, making it easy to integrate, and withstand harsh environments, including full submersion and many washing machine cycles, for a lifetime of reliable performance."
The Smart connector includes printed electronics and a silicon chip that provides context specific profile based on where it is integrated and the motion being tracked.
"With Movesense, Suunto has reimagined motion tracking in a way that will transform the market" noted Jussi Harvela, CEO of TactoTek" by delivering a platform easily optimized for different activities, and making it simple for other companies and hobbyists to build their own applications, they have created a platform that accelerates innovation. We at TactoTek are very excited to supply this part of the Movesense solution."