Wearable Internet of Things

Wearable Internet of Things

Ranganathan Hariharan (Gojan School of Business and Technology, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3290-3.ch002
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With the type of ailments increasing and with the methods of diagnosis improving day by day, wearable devices are increasing in number. Many times, it is found to be beneficial to have continuous diagnosis for certain type of ailments and for certain type of individuals. One will feel uncomfortable if a number of needles are protruding out of one's body for having continuous diagnosis. From this point of view, wearable diagnosis systems are preferable. With Internet of Things (IoT), it is possible to have a number of diagnostic sensors as wearable devices. In addition, for a continuous monitoring, the information from these wearable devices must be transferring information to some central location. IoT makes this possible. IoT brings full range of pervasive connectivity to wearable devices. IoT of wearable devices can include additional intelligence of location of the person wearing the device and also some biometric information identifying the wearer.
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2. Wearable Internet Of Things

There are some factors that propel the use of wearable devices in healthcare. The factors are increasing cost of providing healthcare at a central location, increasing number of senior citizens, new and chronic diseases. These necessitate the healthcare to be provided at personally convenient location along with the disease monitoring and management, if possible continuously. The doctor is to interfere only when it is absolutely necessary. While these are the requirements of healthcare system, the simultaneous developments in the field of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets have only accelerated the growth of wearable IoT. As per a report by Dolan (2015) of IMS, the market for wearable devices is likely to be US$ 6 Billion in 2016.

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