About Us

Movesense originated from an internal concept project of the Finnish sports watch manufacturer Suunto (www.suunto.com), which proved to be so versatile that the company decided to offer it to third parties for the implementation of new product concepts.

Movesense development started in 2015 and the platform was published in the end of 2016. Developers received the first beta versions of the sensor in the spring of 2017 and the 1.0 firmware for the sensor was published in the end of 2017.

On Oct 1st 2021, Movesense became an independent company and continues to build the development platform for both medical and sports use cases in close collaboration with Suunto.


Mission to boost wearables development

Movesense is an open wearables development platform built by Suunto and made available to all interested companies and developers. Movesense operates as an internal startup inside Suunto with the mission to empower anyone with a great idea to create and commercialize their own wearable technology product.




Movesense story & philosophy

“We started it first as an internal project at Suunto to build a new heart rate sensor”, tells Terho Lahtinen, one of the team members behind Movesense. “Our engineers experimented adding a full motion sensing capability to one of the sensor prototypes. We soon realized that this opens a whole new world for sports monitoring and grows far beyond sports and beyond our own competence areas.

At the same time we knew that many companies were searching for suitable hardware to commercialize their own sensor concepts. We thought it would be shame to keep such a versatile sensor just for ourselves and, after some internal discussion, decided to make it open and invite everyone interested to innovate and turn their own ideas into practice with Movesense. So, here it is, a highly flexible and efficient platform for wearables development. Use it as best as you can. We’ll do our best to support you!”

What’s in it for me?

Bring your own sensor concept to market quickly and cost effectively with Movesense

Save time and money vs. developing your own hardware
No need to invest your resources on hardware development, testing and manufacturing. Movesense allows you to shorten time to market and cut costs dramatically vs. building everything from scratch.

Turn your expertise into user value
With Movesense you can concentrate on your actual big idea and focus on delivering high end user value through mobile and sensor apps.

Network of companies
The growing Movesense ecosystem offers partnering opportunities and supports its members in development, awareness building and credibility. Together we are stronger than alone.

What’s unique with it?

Movesense platform includes innovations that enable a similar revolution in the world of wearable sensors that happened with mobile phones with open app development and in the Internet with the arrival of well-defined APIs.

The sensor can run applications that you develop. It is the first commercially available, consumer-level product that offers a managed API for 3rd party apps in microcontroller environment. This is the first time that an app ecosystem comes to small sensor devices similarly to mobile phones. You can process the measured data inside the sensor. Instead of streaming raw data to phone the sensor sends calculated results, reducing tremendously the amount of radio communication and allowing standalone use cases. This makes Movesense much more versatile, power efficient and lightweight than other IoT sensors.

– Movesense sensor details

REST API. Movesense is the first commercially available microcontroller based device that provides a REST API, conceptually familiar to developers from web apps. This simplifies app development dramatically. You can build your own services on top of the API and use these services as part of your app equally to the ones offered by the firmware. The REST API is symmetric, meaning that the sensor can use the services that your phone offers and vice versa.

Ready to use in tough conditions. Movesense sensor is not just a circuit board like many other IoT sensors. It is a complete product, ready to ship & use with your functionality and your logo. It’s shock and water resistant, tiny and lightweight, extremely power efficient, tested according to tough Suunto procedures, and certified with relevant radio approvals. The sensor is in mass production, manufactured by Suunto in Finland and is available to any interested company or developer in any quantity.

Movesense connector. If you want to make a piece of apparel or equipment ready for smart features and digital connection, you have two options: Either you start a project from scratch, embedding electronics into apparel or gear. OR, you take the Movesense connector, attach it to the piece that you want to make smart, plug a Movesense sensor to it and, off you go! What’s even better, when the network of companies and developers working on Movesense based projects publish new sensor concepts, you can just offer your product as a base to attach the sensor. All you need is to equip your kit with the connector.

– Movesense connector details

How does it work?

Anyone can develop

We invite companies and individuals to build their own solutions for their favorite sports within the Movesense environment. Developing is fast and straightforward for any programmer. Common developer tools and methods apply, and the platform is available for all interested parties.

Use in any activity

Movesense offers motion sensing and other smart features for any sport or activity. The Movesense sensor can be easily attached to a person as well as apparel and gear. The same sensor can perform different applications in different situations or contexts.

Find the tool you need

As the range of Movesense solutions grows, you’ll be able to find a perfect sensing solution for your specific need. When your activities change, your can use different applications with the same Movesense device.

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