Wireless health technology finds its way into schools

By Mike Miliard
10:10 AM

Interactive Health Technologies, which develops digital fitness systems, is putting Sony's NFC Dynamic Tag to work in school gym programs, enabling the tracking and evaluation of students' physical activity.

Sony's contactless RFID smart card technology, called "FeliCa," can be found in mobile phones and other electronic devices.  The Sony NFC Dynamic Tag (FeliCa Plug) is a FeliCa wireless module with a cable interface, which enables data transmission between NFC reader/writers and other gadgets such as mHealth and wellness devices.

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The IHT Spirit System works with the FeliCa Plug to simplify and streamline classroom management for teachers and enhance the overall PE experience for students, officials say. With a tap of the Spirit Heart Rate Monitor with an embedded NFC Dynamic Tag on the Sony NFC Reader, the student's exercise information is automatically transferred to and tracked on the Spirit System through NFC/FeliCa contactless communication.

The system effectively measures each student's cardio activity allowing educators to evaluate the student's physical activity and endurance. The IHT Spirit system is available with a comprehensive curriculum approved by the state of Texas.

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"The crisis of childhood obesity we collectively face in our nation demands innovative, new solutions," said Jen Ohlson, founder of Interactive Health Technologies. "The IHT Spirit System with Sony NFC Dynamic Tag uses technology to motivate children to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime, a PE and fitness model for the 21st Century."

"Sony NFC Dynamic Tag has been proven in the Japanese market with various healthcare, wellness and fitness devices and perfectly fits into the management of PE curriculum," adds Susumu Sone, senior manager for marketing and business development of NFC/FeliCa at Sony Electronics. "Working together with IHT, Sony is committed to providing an NFC-based solution to meet a variety of healthcare management requirements in the U.S. market."