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Wearable technology devices are fast becoming part of our daily lives, especially in the health, wellbeing, and medical sectors. Our passion is in creating wearables that can help empower users and give them a better insight into their health. 

our hardware specialisms

Creating wearables that are impactful and can not only monitor data but also deliver some kind of relief, therapy, or treatment to a user is essential to us at Thrive. For nearly a decade we've been using our in-depth knowledge to successfully deliver life changing technologies. Not only can they monitor physiological signs using sensors, they can also provide treatment and feedback through multiple actuators (LRAs and ERMs).


Aside from the functionality of our wearables, we also specialise in their aesthetics and usability; focusing on materials used and miniaturisation of devices. We can apply our actuators and sensors into smart fabrics (both active and passive) by embedding electronics directly into the fabric structure through printing or weaving;

or, integrating wires and components into the garment. We know that building a device can be a big job without an inhouse team, and that’s why we are here to guide and support you through the process. Whether that be in deciding what form factor best suits your user’s needs, choosing the appropriate components and technologies and sourcing them, or, designing the firmware that sits inside your device; we cover all bases in our projects.























band based (watch, strap)

headband and helmet

jewellery (rings)

smart clothing and textiles (shorts, vests, bras, shoes)





wound dressings

hand held devices

in-ear devices

we work across multiple form factors...

prototyping your hardware

Before your device is ready for mass production, it will go through a series of design iterations and prototypes. Prototyping solves problems incrementally and brings the design steadily closer to the product that your customers will receive. Prototypes use a combination of different sensors, actuators, and materials that are selected in collaboration with your team - your input at this stage ensures the project stays integral to your vision.


Before your device takes shape, we may create feasibility, form factor and concept prototypes. These stages help Thrive discover the most suited technologies for your device, provide you with estimated costing, highlight risks in the project, and develop IP surrounding it.


The first complete physical iteration of your device will likely be in the form of your concept prototype. This will begin as sketches and CADs and amalgamate in an initial device ready for user testing and feedback. 

This process may differ and adapt depending on your project's needs and outcomes, not every wearable requires the same journey - our team will work with you to define yours.

View your possible prototyping journey in more depth here

Industrial Engineer

designing hardware for medical devices

Medical devices must be robust and reliable, as they will give clinicians and patients information and guide decision making, which will in some cases be life changing. We develop many products, some of which are less life critical, and these would be completed under our foundational QMS, which is covered by the ISO 9001 standard.

Where you seek to use the wearable product in a medical setting or to provide medical advice, we would increase the scope of the QMS and develop your product under the ISO 13845 standard. In this instance, we would be applying both best practice and additionally many checks and balances in terms of documentation and control commensurate with medical devices. 

our capabilities at a glance

  • PPG sensors for heart rate monitoring

  • EMG sensors for muscle activity

  • ECG sensors for cardio activity

  • EEG sensors for neurological activity

  • display / interfaces

  • wireless comms

  • battery and power

  • miniaturisation 

  • smart fabrics (active and passive)

  • moisture / sweat sensing

  • blood pressure / oxygen saturation monitoring

  • location tracking

  • contact tracing

  • ergonomic design


  • design for manufacture

CASE STUDY: bioself technology

Using wearable technology to regulate the nervous system’s stress response.

case study: moonly

Transforming Moonly’s pain management concept into a functional device


Our innovation services can progress your vision into a pragmatic project plan.

get in touch and start your journey with thrive
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