Q: What exciting technologies are you currently working on?
NN: As part of Philips’ commitment to healthy living and prevention, Philips’ health technology software licensing portfolio features three unique technologies, and I am particularly excited about the latest addition, which is EmoGraphy. This Philips technology uniquely uses skin conductance to measure a person’s daily stress, and predicts the impact of stress on the user’s cognitive capability.
EmoGraphy is the only technology that exploits the correlation between skin conductance measures by a consumer’s wearable, and the stress hormone cortisol to provide meaningful information about an individual’s short-term daily stress level. The technology applies a unique algorithm unlike anything else on the market to calculate the cortisol contribution of a stressor, thus tracking the body’s response to stressors. The technology also offers actionable insights to aid in stress recovery, adding greater value to the consumer’s wearable.
The other two exciting technologies in our licensing program are VitalSigns Camera, which measures heart rate and breathing rate from a distance using a camera through minute changes in the skin perfusion, and VitalSigns Optical, which measures vital signs, wellness, activity and sleep with a wrist-worn sensor, giving users an accurate reading of their overall health picture.
These technologies are licensed to third-party customers that implement the software within their own branded products. Through our support organization, our customers can customize these technologies in such a way that specifically suits their consumers and needs.
Q: How do you support Philips partners along the way?
NN: We not only license our solutions to partners, we also bring the tools and expertise they need to make the most of our intellectual property and integrate the technology into their designs. In this way, we help them introduce new products and applications, shorten time-to-market, reduce development costs and break into new markets. Cultivating a partnership with Philips will foster a long-term business relationship, which will ultimately lead to bringing the best innovations to market. The long-term relationship with our customers, many times, results in them using multiple of our technologies across their product portfolio.