Wearable technology is growing, with momentum coming from the sporting goods market (activity trackers). But also from companies that design fashion and luxury accessories.
Wristbands that have embedded connectivity technologies such as WiFI and Bluetooth are now integrating Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wireless Charging technology.
NFC is used to perform contactless payments using EMVCo compatible technology. The ability to pay for goods without taking out your wallet, or leaving your house for a run without taking your phone or wallet offers patent convenience.
Wearables are also integrating the use of wireless charging. These devices operate with a battery, which needs to be charged often. The ability to wirelessly charge your device without having to bring a charger with you, or without returning home is revolutionary for the wearable industry.
NI test solutions perform debug and conformance testing following the EMVCo specifications of wearable devices
Your wearable device will behave as an EMV card. This in order to perform a contactless payment with the payment terminals (POS) deployed on the field.
NI has a full range of EMVCo validated test solutions for EMVCo L1 testing. To test the contactless payment feature of a wearable device, we recommend the Contactless Test Station (CTS), accompanied by the EMVCo L1 Contactless PICC analog and digital test suites.
This fully automated EMVCo test bench will allow you to perform the following tests and operations on your device:
- Load modulation amplitude (LMA) measurement
- Loading effect measurement
- Frame delay time (FDT) measurement
- Timeout management
- Handling of protocol errors
- Handling of chaining
The Contactless Test Station solution comes with all necessary accessories and a robot arm for a fully automated experience.
NI test solutions for wireless power and wearable devices
NI is a member of both the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and Airfuel Alliance. While we offer test solutions currently on the market, we also have ongoing projects to address remaining standards defined by these standard bodies.
Typically, the wearable device will operate as a power receiver. The solutions that we can provide today are based on the Qi standard, as defined by the Wireless Power Consortium.
We cover both the baseline power profile (low power, 5W) and the extended power profile (medium power, 15W). Our innovative and automated test solutions allows you to cover tests such as all normative timing measurements and frequency demodulation.
NI manufacturing test solutions for wearable devices
Testing wearable devices in a manufacturing environment does not have any specific rules defined by EMVCo. Even though these devices are used to perform mobile payment. NI offers test equipment allowing you to perform thorough testing in manufacturing without compromising price per test head, and throughput.
For manufacturing test, we recommend the MP500 PT1-NFC, which allows you to perform tests such as the load modulation amplitude (LMA), loading effect, and frame delay time (FDT) measurements in a fast, automated manner. Proven within industrial test runs, the MP500 PT1-NFC has demonstrated 3x faster test times when compared to the competition for identical test plans.