In the #8217; #8217 &; & Internet of things (Internet of Things), one of the trends that has been spreading exponentially is definitely that of “wearable devices” . It's all those electronic devices, often equipped with radio technologies, they can be worn and that contribute to the quality of life in General.

The emerging market for wearable devices includes smartwatch, wristbands for fitness, virtual reality glasses, for health and well-being, but also products that are less commonly associated with these technologies, such as clothing and accessories.

The producers, importers and distributors of these devices can be found in the face of some difficulties when it comes to ensuring the safety of the products they place on the market. Companies that come into this area are not always familiar with the regulations regarding electronic devices and in some cases tend to be neglected or apply them incorrectly. This unfortunately can have health consequences for end users, but also on legal issues regarding the privacy.

The penalties for non-conformity of a product are actually quite high, because for some years may affect not only the manufacturer, but also all the players in the supply chain and sales. It is therefore not unusual for only one template does not conform the fines get headaches.

It is therefore necessary to consider as a whole the device you intend to commercialize, identifying potential risk factors and applying all necessary measures to ensure product safety.

New market challenges

Weareable device

The recent spread of wearable devices introduces more complexity in the design phase in order to ensure the quality and safety of products. The introduction of new technology in products is a complex process that requires careful planning since its preliminary stages, and because electronic components and systems that are used often are not designed for use in wearable devices, and because it is often difficult to determine a priori all potential conditions to which it may be subjected.

In addition, Wearable products that have as their purpose the health and well being of the user can fall under doctor and then request that the specific medical device certification path.

The evaluation of the safety and reliability of wearable devices requires that these undergo a series of tests being tested, including:

  • electrical safety tests, to ensure that you are protected from the risk of electric shock or burns related to overheating of electronic parts;
  • radio testing, to verify the functionality of wireless communication devices that integrate WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.;
  • electromagnetic compatibility testing, to ensure that the product does not cause any disturbances to nearby equipment and is not sensitive to disturbance;
  • evidence of human exposure to electromagnetic fields, to assess the impact of the electromagnetic energy generated by wireless devices on the human body. In the specific case of wearable products, This is evidence of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) that measure the percentage of electromagnetic energy absorbed by the human body when it is in close contact with radio frequency devices (head and body).

The producers, as primarily responsible for the conformity of the product, I am therefore bound to implement all necessary measures to ensure the safety of marketed, identifying strategies and identifying the technical aspects of the product that might pose a risk factor.

The laboratory Sicom gives manufacturers, importers and distributors the support necessary to enter safely wearable devices on the market that integrate the latest technologies, offering pre-compliance services, testing and certification, and post production and batch control.

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