Wearable Technology

Over exposure to Hand-Arm Vibrations (HAVs) can lead to highly debilitating and painful conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and White Finger. Construction industries where personnel use power tools and are exposed to hand vibration are of particular risk.  European legislation “The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005” requires employers to monitor and limit their employees’ exposure to vibration.  The engineering team at Xi were responsible for developing the industry leading HAVmeter which automatically monitors and advises users on their vibration exposure.

Xi Engineering’s depth of knowledge on the effects of vibration on humans placed their experts at the forefront of this movement, helping to has influence the design of wearable technologies, which is fast becoming the norm.

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV)

The cumulative effect of vibration on hands and arms can have a detrimental impact on human health. Xi has helped to develop technologies which can monitor HAV and provide working strategies to reduce the risk of white finger.  The development of wearable HAV monitoring technologies has placed Xi uniquely as an expert in the interface of technology and humans.  This work can be applied to other smart technologies.


Designing and identifying the correct sensors to use in wearable technologies can be tricky. Xi’s use of specialist measurement equipment, alongside the team’s extensive knowledge of the impact of vibration on humans, is key to helping our clients overcome barriers to the development of wearable technologies.