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Wearable health care: technology evolution, algorithms and needs

Wearable health care: technology evolution, algorithms and needs

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Wearable technology (wearable gadgets) means electronics that can be worn on the body using an invasive (implants) or non-invasive (external accessories) method. Both invasive and non-invasive wearable devices share the mobility, power autonomy and wireless connectivity required for the continuous exchange, recording and analysis of data over the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, the wearable technology is linked to ubiquitous/pervasive computing on wearable computers. In this context, the digital revolution and the continued growth of mobile networks have played a crucial role in the development of the wearable technology. Some wearable technologies, such as Bluetooth headsets, smart watches and web-enabled glasses, allow people to access data over Wi-Fi networks. Beyond home automation and monitoring, software companies are already developing applications for a wide range of end users, covering areas such as health and sports. Wearable technologies mean new opportunities in businesses development for new markets and data analytics. Personal data management, privacy by design in the IoT era and cloud computing virtualization will guide how companies will use the data collected from wearable devices.

Chapter Contents:

  • Abstract
  • 13.1 Introduction
  • 13.2 Wearable technology evolution
  • 13.3 Healthcare perspectives for wearable devices
  • 13.4 Algorithms dedicated to wearable technologies
  • 13.4.1 Case 1: wearable sensors for body temperature monitoring
  • 13.4.2 Case 2: wearable sensors for human skin conductance response
  • 13.4.3 Case 3: wearable sensors for human activity monitoring
  • 13.5 Wearable: user needs and expectations
  • 13.6 Future wearable challenges
  • 13.7 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Biographies

Inspec keywords: wearable computers; biomedical communication; mobile computing; wireless LAN; cloud computing; health care; medical computing; data analysis; home automation; data privacy

Other keywords: businesses development; noninvasive wearable devices; wearable gadgets; personal data management; power autonomy; wearable computers; noninvasive method; IoT; mobile networks; cloud computing virtualization; Internet of Things; continuous exchange; external accessories; home automation; mobility; ubiquitous/pervasive computing; data analytics; wearable technologies; wearable health care; wireless connectivity; implants; technology evolution; data privacy; wearable electronics; Wi-Fi networks; data analysis

Subjects: Microcomputers; Mobile radio systems; Biology and medical computing; Biomedical communication; Computer communications; Computer networks and techniques; Data security; Internet software

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