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wearable computing

Electronic devices that are worn on the body or clothes. The first wearable computing devices were body-worn computers in the military, followed by consumer products such as MP3 players strapped to the arm and fitness devices that compute distance and heart rate. As of 2016, smartwatches, heads-up augmented reality displays, healthcare monitors and smart clothing are wearable technology products. Wearable electronics is expected to be a growth industry. See augmented reality, POV camera, fitness tracker, smart clothes, body-worn computer, smartwatch and Google Glass.
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Steve Mann invented wearable computing during his childhood in the 1960s and 70s, founded the MIT wearable computing project in the 1990s [see above link] and has continued to lead this multi-billion industry as a founder or co-founder of a number of successful wearable computing companies including Meta, InteraXon (makers of the the Muse brainsensing headband and the Muse Safilo eyeglass), and VisionerTech.
In 2013, Xcel successfully established a consortium of China's leading mobile technology players, including MapWorld and China Unicom and launched its first wearable computing device, called the CCWatch to the China marketplace.
Some people I talk with think that within five years (or even less), Google Glass and other wearable computing products will be prevalent everywhere.
The market is being driven by leading players, such as Google with Google Glass and Apple, and enterprise computing majors such as SAP are taking wearable computing seriously.
The nonintrusive nature of smart watches and bands helps ameliorate the effect of the prime restraint on the wearable computing devices market: Their perception as a fashion item and lack of understanding about their true functionality.
The hi-end wearable computing gadget is expected to make its public debut in 2014.
A new report by Venture Development Corp predicts that the popularity of wearable computing will increase dramatically over the next few years as prices fall.
This agreement takes advantage of Xybernaut's many years of pioneering efforts in developing wearable computing and integrates the innovations that IBM offers in design and miniaturization of mobile computers," says Edward G.
This Technical Insights research service entitled Wearable Computing provides an overview of advances made in wearable computing technology along with key drivers, challenges, and restraints.