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What is Wearable Computing

Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services
Wearable computing is an active research area involves study of user interface design, augmented reality, and pattern recognition. A wearable computing consists of unobtrusive, mobile, small, body wearable devices interacting with each other to perform a particular task on their own or controlled by user.
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A Survey on Health Care Services Using Wireless Sensor Networks
Sunilkumar S. Manvi (REVA Institute of Technology and Management, India) and Manjula R. B. (Manjula R. B.REVA Institute of Technology and Management, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3986-7.ch031
Although the present technology has aided in development of high-technology-based disease detection machines, potential medicines and devices, the well-being of the individual remains a challenge. Human beings are struggling to control diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, hypertension, insomnia, heart disease, and diabetes due to non-availability of patient’s real-time data for comprehensive study and analysis. Smart health centre environments represent the evolutionary developmental step towards intelligent health care. The Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) with pervasive and ubiquitous computing may be a solution for this predicament. WSNs are a key technology for ambient assisted living. The concept of WSN is used to measure the various health parameters like blood pressure, blood clot, allergy, ECG, cholesterol, RBCs, etc. In this chapter, the authors highlight the importance of WSNs with respect to health care services and discuss some of its challenging applications for diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, asthma, and heart disease. They delineate the challenges that researchers face in this area that may lead to future research.
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Reconfigurable Computing Technologies Overview
A small portable computer that is designed to be worn on the body during use.
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A Multi-Loop Development Process for a Wearable Computing System in Autonomous Logistics
The adjective “wearable” means suitable to be worn. A “Wearable Computing System” is a combination of IT-components carried directly on the body. The associated IT-components are integrated in clothes, shoes, gloves, bags and so on. Possible IT-components for a wearable use are Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPC), Head-Mounted-Displays (HMD), special input and output devices (keyboards, touch screens, etc.) or sensors (GPS, RFID, etc.).
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An Intelligent Virtual Medical Assistant for Healthcare Prediction
It is the study and application of sensory and computational devices as wearable in order to get the person’s current body condition attributes such as temperature, pressure, oxygen level etc. Typical examples are: Smart Watches, Smart Clothing, etc.
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Deploying Pervasive Technologies
Computing devices that have been scaled down for body-wear, being always available in a transparent manner.
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