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The road ahead for body-centric wireless communication and networks

The road ahead for body-centric wireless communication and networks

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Wireless interaction of the human user with the computing devices has seen a profound growth in the past decade. Wearable technology has successfully moved past the adoption stage and now stands at the brink of massive diversification with an explosion in popularity and applicability. The estimated market value of the wearable technology is expected to hit $32 billion mark by 2020 [1, 2]. It would cause the global wearable devices market it to grow from 20 million device shipments in 2015 to 187.2 million units annually by 2020 [3].

Chapter Contents:

  • 13.1 Market prospects for body-centric wireless networks
  • 13.2 Challenges and future perspective of BCWNs
  • 13.2.1 Complex environment
  • 13.2.2 Spectrum shortage
  • 13.2.3 Body-to-body communications
  • 13.2.4 5G
  • 13.2.5 Antenna design and channel modelling
  • 13.2.6 Power consumption and battery life
  • 13.2.7 Security and privacy
  • References

Inspec keywords: body area networks

Other keywords: body-centric wireless communication; wearable technology; computing devices; body-centric wireless networks; global wearable devices

Subjects: Radio links and equipment; Biomedical communication

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