A survey of the historical scope and current trends of wearable technology applications

Mary Ellen Berglund, Julia Duvall, Lucy E. Dunne

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Abstract

The field of wearable technology has undergone significant growth in the last few years. Along with this growth come trends in consumer application development, which may be indicative of structural influences on the design and development of products as well as social influences among consumers. Here, we present a two-phase survey of the application space of wearable technology, by assessing applications observed in research or industrial activities from two time periods: initially with a historical focus (mapping the space up to 2014) and subsequently through a 1-year snapshot by mapping developments between 2014 and 2015. We evaluate distribution in application instances over the body surface, over a range of product types, and within a set of application categories, as well as differences in product price and gender target. The implications of changes in product focus areas over these two time frames are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages40-43
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344609
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2016
Event20th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2016 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Wearable Computers, Digest of Papers
Volume12-16-September-2016

Other

Other20th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2016
CountryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period9/12/169/16/16

Keywords

  • Smart clothing
  • Wearable technology

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    Berglund, M. E., Duvall, J., & Dunne, L. E. (2016). A survey of the historical scope and current trends of wearable technology applications. In ISWC 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 40-43). [2971796] (International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Digest of Papers; Vol. 12-16-September-2016). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1145/2971763.2971796