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Clarkson University’s Edward Sazonov Accepts Bluetooth Innovator of the Year Award for 2009

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Edward Sazonov, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University and vice president of Physical Activity Innovations, accepted the Bluetooth Innovator of the Year Award for 2009 for his research on the Fit Companion, a physical activity monitoring device. The award was presented to Physical Activity Innovations by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).Edward Sazonov Accepts Bluetooth Innovator of the Year Award for 2009

The Fit Companion, is a small, unobtrusive sensor that when clipped-on to a user’s clothing or integrated into a shoe, provides feedback about their physical activity, including the time spent doing various physical activities (sitting, walking, doing daily chores, etc), as well as the amount of calories they have expended. The data, transmitted via Bluetooth low energy technology, can help individuals to lose weight and achieve optimal physical activity. Intended for use for the entire day, this simple, measuring device may offer a solution for reducing obesity.

The technology behind Fit Companion was originally designed at Clarkson University in collaboration with researchers at University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University.

"When it comes to burning calories, a moderately active person can burn as many calories as a person who sits all day but then has a very vigorous workout," says Sazonov. "Our goal is to keep people motivated to be at least moderately active every day."

Sazonov received the recognition at an award ceremony held at the Wearable Technologies Show at ISPO 2010, the world’s largest trade show for sporting goods, held earlier this month in Munich.

The award includes a cash prize of 5,000 euros and a Bluetooth Qualification Program voucher valued at up to $10,000.

The Innovation World Cup 2009 drew more than 250 entries illustrating the abundance of opportunities for product development with the new Bluetooth low energy wireless technology.

The Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2009 was sponsored by Nokia, Freescale Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Nordic Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and Brunel.

Physical Activity Innovations, LLC is developing unique, footwear-based systems that motivate users to increase their daily physical activity. The company is currently in Phase I research, and expects to commercialize products beginning in 2012. More information can be found at: .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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