Wireless wonders

Cambridge Consultants is flying the flag for the UK at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, demonstrating wireless platforms for healthcare and consumer applications.


Cambridge Consultants

is flying the flag for the UK at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, demonstrating wireless platforms for healthcare and consumer applications.

The platforms, CatchNet and Vena, both feature a novel Bluetooth stack that the company claims will accelerate the development of wireless devices in both the personal healthcare and internet enabled products markets.

CatchNet is a wireless platform that the company claims is the first single-chip modem running all of the protocols needed for internet connectivity in application-rich mobile internet devices.

Two applications using CatchNet are being shown at CES: WhichWay is a key-fob style device that links to the internet and warns drivers of traffic jams, while GuidingStar is a pocket-sized, GPS-enabled browser that allows users to find venues when out and about.

Vena (pictured below) is communications technology for Continua Health Alliance (a standard for interoperable healthcare devices) compliant wireless health devices, with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The demonstration at CES has Vena sharing data seamlessly with a range of Continua compliant services from companies such as Philips and Google Health.