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Huawei banks on expertise from Europe and opens a new Health Lab in Finland

Huawei opened a new research facility in the Finnish capital at the end of October where, among other things, it is conducting research in the areas of sports and health for its wearables. We paid a visit.

As part of a press trip, we were able to visit the new Huawei Health Lab in Helsinki, which had just been inaugurated the day before. It will act as a central research facility for the health and fitness sector, is equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment and will serve as a multidisciplinary center for the research and development of technologies that push the boundaries of health and fitness.

There is sports equipment for over 20 sports on 1000 square meters.
There is sports equipment for over 20 sports on 1000 square meters.

The lab is home to a highly skilled team of six PhD students and 20 experts from five main areas, including physiology, AI, machine learning, software testing and software engineering. This group of experts from seven EU countries work together to develop advanced standards in sports and health research.

The 1000 square meter laboratory is equipped with a wide range of sports equipment for over 20 sports, serving as an open platform where health monitoring technologies and fitness algorithms are researched and tested in real-world applications. The main goal is to drive innovation that supports research and development as well as industrial applications in the field of health and fitness.

The facility has five large testing areas that simulate realistic sports environments for various activities, ranging from a counter-current pool to a ski simulator to multifunctional treadmills. These testing areas record more than 200 physiological and biomechanical indicators to analyze athletes' performance and reactions to various sports.

The latest Huawei wearables, such as the Huawei Watch GT 4, are also integrated into this research in order to compare the measured values of these to professional equipment. Findings from this are then incorporated into the optimization of the sensor algorithms in order to further improve them.

Counter-current pool
Counter-current pool
Large treadmill for up to 50 km/h
Large treadmill for up to 50 km/h
Indoor ski slope
Indoor ski slope
Treadmill, including breath monitoring

In addition to internal research efforts, Huawei is working with European health institutions and research groups to advance innovative health monitoring technologies. These collaborations range from cardiovascular health initiatives to the creation of best practice recommendations for wearables.

Another goal is Huawei's planned research collaboration with European universities and health centers for people with disabilities. This partnership aims to explore the needs and requirements of this community and develop technologies to help them lead an active lifestyle.

Among other things, research is being carried out on site on the possibility of cuffless blood pressure measurement, which would be useful for outpatients and work automatically at night.

Overall, we were impressed by the opportunities afforded by the research facility at the heart of Helsinki. We should also mention, by the way, that the test subjects are not just any athletes, but real professionals from Finland who have already taken part in the Paralympics or the Olympic Games.


Press release: Notebookcheck

Photos: Daniel Schmidt

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Daniel Schmidt, 2023-11-17 (Update: 2023-11-17)