Product unveiled in Germany

Sensor offers boost for wearable technology

Andrew Wallace PyreosAn Edinburgh company has developed a sensor that will enhance the next generation of smart watches, fitness trackers and other wearable technology.

It can produce digital signals that can be analysed by wearable gadgets, providing users with more detailed information.

As well as its applications in the wearable consumer electronics market the ezPyro sensor, developed by Pyreos, also has a number of industrial uses.

The sensor can be used to detect flames, which can be critical in large industrial facilities, such as oil and gas rigs or petrochemical plants.

A further major use for ezPyro is in detecting the presence of gases and analysing their concentration.

It can detect poisonous substances such as carbon monoxide (CO) from inefficient central heating boilers or the methane (CH4) produced in industrial processes.

The sensor can also pick-up carbon dioxide (CO2), which can be important for monitoring the environment in climate management and ventilation systems, and the nitrogen oxides (NOx) produced by vehicle engines.

Andrew Wallace, chief executive, said: “Our new ezPyro sensor has the potential to be a real game-changer for the company by opening up a whole new set of markets for us.’

The wearable technology sector is expected to be worth $25 billion (£18bn) by 2019, according to figures from industry analysis firm CCS Insight, with more than 245 million devices expected to be in use before the end of the decade.

“This is a massive opportunity for Pyreos and our sensors, and it complements the use of our existing range of sensors in mobile phones and other consumer electronic devices,” said Mr Wallace.

The sensor is being launched at a technology fair at Nuremburg, Germany, today.

Pyreos was spun out from Siemens in 2007 and has filed more than 120 patents to protect the intellectual property it has created.

Its major shareholders include Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise), Seraphim Partners, Siemens Technology Accelerator and Braveheart.  All shareholders contributed to a further £2.5m funding package for the company last year.

The firm is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre on the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus.

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