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Market opportunities emerging in wearable market for IR LEDs

Market opportunities emerging in wearable market for IR LEDs

By BizLED Bureau

Apr 12, 2017: According to representatives from LiteOn and Osram at IR+UV Summit in Taipei Taiwan, the up-and-coming IR LED market applications virtual reality tool markets and wearables have gained attention of  a number of manufacturers to enter this segment. The IR components form Osram Opto Semiconductor’s (Osram) third chief business division and the firm has developed widespread products such as IR laser technology, IR LED etc.

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IR LED market has gained market grip since customer electronic manufacturers increase IR sensor applications like IR LED’s use of sensors in Windows 10 facial and iris recognition, or the usage of Apple Watch for photoplethysmogram (PPG) (810 nm) applications. IR LED nearness sensors built into smartphones, like Fujitsu iris recognition smartphones is introducing new openings for the IR LED (810 nm) market.

Since 2010, Osram has been providing IR LEDs to all the chief Asian smartphone OEM and majority of the firm’s proximity sensor designs are 3-in-1 sensors these days.

Maurice Lee, Manager, Lite-On said that with the bid to expand its product range as LED usage volume lessens in smartphone backlight market, LiteOn has been developing IR LED products. Lee also added that in order to distinguish from market competition, the corporation has been providing personalized IR LED designs to customers.

Wearable market

Nowadays, wearable devices are being seen as a budding market by majority of the LED manufacturers along with both Osram and LiteOn. This is because consumers are now becoming more health conscious and more and more wearable devices are including biosensors. It is expected that wearable devices of the future will be able to measure blood sugar levels.

Wearables is a particular market that provides high market prospective. The integration of IR LEDs in Apple Watch persuaded other manufacturers like Samsung to add heart rate checking features in their products. Rising biosensor applications indicate that the devices will require improved data computing software to sustain the sensor technologies, particularly in wearable devices.

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Lee also said that identifying the IR LED movement is inadequate and hence alterations are needed to be made in market strategies of the company rather than just using standardised products. Also, at the moment, the company is developing UV LED receptors and sensors.

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