Establishing a Global Standard for Wearable Devices in Sports and Exercise Medicine
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Millions of datapoints are generated daily from consumer sport and fitness wearables. The need for a global standard is rapidly growing.
Let's have a look at how guiding standards could be organized.
Wearable devices generate millions of datapoints, containing a heterogeneity of devices, data types, and contexts for data collection. Guiding standards on device quality and data formats would be beneficial for both companies and customers.
These insights are based on the research of Yale University and several other institutes. Garrett Ash and many others published the paper "Establishing a Global Standard for Wearable Devices in Sport and Exercise Medicine: Perspectives from Academic and Industry Stakeholders" (Full text). Here are the key insights. 👇
For those who like a short text version of the authors' findings, here it is:
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Guiding standards on device quality and data formats could help overcome the complexity of the heterogeneity of devices and data types of wearable devices?
This has been studied by researchers at Yale University and several other institutes. They convened a virtual panel of industry and academic stakeholders to identify facilitators of and barriers to participation in guiding standards and stakeholder priorities.
As a result they found a general agreement about the following key points:
- A networking hub that connects companies to consumers and researchers instead of adding prescriptive or regulatory steps would be very useful.
- Keadle et al.’s standard pathway for testing devices could be a useful framework to guide standards.
- Researchers would like the standards to be set at the benchtop testing phase in the framework, whereas companies want to focus on the analytics on big data.
They proposed the following strategies to develop the networking hub to create these guiding standards:
- The hub should organize networking events, and create peer-reviewed journals for the resulting studies to be published.
- Webinars and consultations can provide companies with needs assessment and initial networking introductions.
- The aim should not be to introduce mandatory regulatory costs, but rather provide standards that companies, researchers, and consumers find valuable.
The Sports Tech Research Network actually corresponds to this definition of a networking hub.
Our hub enables innovative companies to connect with research and sports practice experts to create more valuable products and services.
Reach out to STRN (as a practitioner, researcher, or R&D professional) and we will connect you with relevant partners.
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