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HeartBit looks to make workouts safer with a wearable built in the cloud

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Heartbit safety cloudEveryone’s path to fitness is different, and the more you know about how your body responds to activity, the sooner you can reach your targets safely.

With running and other cardio exercise rising in popularity, fitness enthusiasts are rushing to get more insight into their progress. As a result, the wearable technology market is booming.

HeartBit created a wearable device that monitors heart stress and uses this data to develop fitness plans customized to a user’s unique physiology and environment. The company stepped into the cloud to bring the solution to market quickly and cost effectively.

Gathering more data to enable better fitness training

HeartBit spotted something missing in the market. Most existing activity trackers only monitor users’ pulse rates, but electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, which measure the heart’s electrical activity, could take this to the next level. Through a wearable ECG device, we could alert users to warning signs in their heart activity and build profiles to drive tailored training recommendations.

HeartBit began looking for a vendor that could help build a technology platform capable of processing 10,000 data points per second, incorporating machine learning. We wanted to launch the device worldwide.

Making HeartBit a reality

HeartBit teamed up with IBM to build the infrastructure that processes, analyzes and visualizes the data gathered by the wearable ECG device, hosted in the IBM Cloud. Using a range of IBM Watson solutions, we created a solution that gathers data through the device then transmits it by Bluetooth to an app that runs on smartwatches and smartphones. It is then sent to the IBM Cloud for processing and analysis.

HeartBit wearable

Machine learning tools enable us to create, train and deploy self-learning risk analysis algorithms, which pick up on anomalies in heart activity. With data science tools in the cloud, we turn data into user-friendly reports that users can view in the members area.

Once a person has been using HeartBit for some time, enough data will be collected to create a personalized training regimen. We also combine ECG readings with weather data to suggest workouts that maximize users’ potential without stressing their hearts.

Leading the way for wearable tech

By enabling users to protect their heart health while getting fit faster, HeartBit represents a massive leap forward in the fitness wearable market. It can highlight risk factors that might otherwise go undetected, helping avoid dangerous heart events. It can likewise help speed up rehabilitation for those with existing health conditions.

Once launched, we expect significant sales, and IBM Cloud ensures easy scalability to grow. With data centers around the globe, IBM removes barriers to expansion, helping us take HeartBit worldwide.

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