Wearables

Biometrics enables comms and contactless payment

2nd July 2021
Joe Bush

Today, practically any everyday object can be enriched with smart functions to make life easier. Using system solutions from Infineon, Deed, a deep tech startup from Turin, Italy, has been able to create a screenless yet feature-rich wearable. The get bracelet interprets human gestures and uses biometric data to pick up a call or to make payments.

“Semiconductor solutions from Infineon are at the heart of digital transformation and IoT innovation. They are the link between the real and the digital world”, said Thomas Rosteck, Division President Connected Secure Systems. “Infineon’s wide-angled commitment and easy-to-integrate IoT solutions give start-ups and developers the hardware and software they need to succeed. We let them concentrate solely on their products and accelerate the time-to-market of innovative offerings.”

At the core of get is a system consisting of components from Infineon that enable the wearable with connectivity, computing, sensing and security capabilities. SECORA Connect empowers the bracelet with the payment functionality based on low power consumption to achieve the longest possible battery life for the consumer.

The XENSIVMEMS technology is the basis for the calling experience by providing high-fidelity voice recording during phone calls. The PSoC 6 microcontroller family utilises a high performance dual-core M4/M0 architecture. Paired with Infineon’s AIROC WiFi and Bluetooth Combos, it is well suited for secured, low-power, feature-rich IoT products.

“We wanted to build get as the next leap into wearable evolution,” said Edoardo Parini, CEO and founder of DEED. “The bracelet offers pioneering features, with new and higher security standards, unique ID acquisition method for contactless payment and a revolutionary, screenless user experience. It is the perfect bridge between ‘you‘ and ‘your’ digital-self.”

Patented techniques allow the creation of a seamless, ultralight and water resistant wearable made up of several layers of high-tech fabrics. Inside there is a rigid-flex printed circuit board (PCB). The intuitive human machine interface (HMI) allows for the most natural way to operate the wearable without having to swipe on screens or touch any display.

Motion sensors with artificial intelligence (AI), for gesture recognition allow to interpret human gestures, for example, to pick up a call, to check the time or to make payments. Consumers can use it to listen to audio or answer calls by holding their finger to their ear by ‘wrist bone conduction’, sending the sound through the body to the inner ear. Contactless payments can be released after individual electrocardiogram-based biometric identification. Besides that the bracelet also allows fitness and health monitoring.

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