Components play a key role in one of the fastest-growing fields of tech solutions: Wearable technology.
As the name implies, wearable technology is technology that is worn on the body, either as a device, as clothing, or even implanted under the skin. The use of wearable has expanded greatly in recent years and is only going to become more common as more and more people begin to understand its benefits.
For example, you probably already wear or carry your smartphone with you wherever you go. Or perhaps you wear a fitness device on your wrist that measures the number of steps you take per day. Both are examples of wearable technology.
Futuristic examples could include subcutaneous implants that measure things like heart rate and body temperature. Or eyeglasses that not only record what you see, but also project augmented reality – data and information – directly onto your field of vision.
Wearable devices already can perform many of the same computing tasks that mobile phones and laptops offer. As the technology improves, however, they soon will outperform these hand-held devices entirely.
Wearable technology essentially is a smart electronic device with microcontrollers. The device can be worn on the body, implanted under the skin, or carried as an accessory.
While wearable technology tends to refer to items which can be put on and taken off with ease, there are more invasive versions of the concept as in the case of implanted devices such as micro-chips or even smart tattoos. Ultimately, whether a device is worn on or incorporated into the body, the purpose of wearable technology is to create constant, convenient, seamless, portable, and mostly hands-free access to data, information, and solutions.
At VTEC Lasers and Sensors, we create unique, tailormade tech solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries. Increasingly, these solutions include wearable technology.
Wearable is based on three layers:
- First Layer – This layer is the sensor(s). The sensors are placed closest to the body. The sensors monitor elements such as temperature, movement and pulse.
- Second Layer – This layer is the connectivity and control layer. The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol is the most commonly used to connect wearable devices to a smartphone or home network.
- Third Layer – This layer is the cloud where the wearable supplies and reads data.
VTEC Lasers and Sensors can deliver many versions of wearable device also including flexible hybrid printed electronics.