Huawei’s Consumer Business Group opened their largest HUAWEI Health Lab to date to the media. The new 4,680㎡ facility in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China will support more than 80 types of testing requests for R&D personnel in fields such as professional research, ecosystem co-development, and health and fitness scenario incubation, ultimately supporting the research, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.
Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including Xi’an lab which focuses on innovative use cases for health and fitness technologies. The Songshan Lake Health Lab is intended become a world class health and fitness technology R&D institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.
Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.
The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system, which includes 28 high-speed infrared cameras supporting a peak sampling rate of 10,000 Hz, allowing it to record a wide range of subjects, including moving bullets, with millimetre-level accuracy. By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features for its smart wearable products.
In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring. In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision, and other third party equipment. In the digital sports area, users can compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes. The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.
Huawei has invested heavily into research in digital health and fitness technologies and active partnerships with related industry authorities and ecosystem partners. At present, more than 5 million users have joined the HUAWEI Research Program, and over 320 million users have benefited from Huawei’s health and fitness services. There are currently over 83 million global average monthly active users of the HUAWEI Health App.
Huawei’s privacy protection policies have stated that privacy is a basic consumer right. As such, the company blocks third parties from accessing user data without the user’s explicit consent and requires all of its ecosystem partners adhere to a strict privacy and security regime.
What Could This Mean For Consumers In The Future?
This simply just means that the potential of better and more accurate sensors can be developed into HUAWEI’s wearables, from bands to watches. They’ve practically erected a huge sports complex complete with granular monitors and tracking sensors and would presumably be using human athletes as subjects to improve activity tracking. We’ll see how the results pan out in future wearables and the variety of activities they can monitor.