«Despite vast amounts of technological advancements in the field of electronics, wearable electronics are still in their infancy. Most wearable devices are often large, bulky, and ridged, meaning that while they can be attached to a body, they are uncomfortable or at the very least noticeable. The reason for this comes down to the nature of electronic components being constructed from rigid materials, whether it is carbon found in resistors, semiconductor crystals used in ICs, or plastic domes in LEDs.»

«But the ridged nature of modern wearable electronics does not stop them from being useable. For example, the Apple Watch can be worn on the wrist and provide complex features, such as health monitoring, location tracking, or making calls. Another example of a functional device is the Fitbit, which can track steps, sense vibrations, read blood oxygen, and measure heart rate. In fact, some medical researchers are looking into the accuracy of such devices and whether they can be used in predictive medicine to catch diseases in their early stages (and hence more likely to be treatable).»

Article written by Robin Mitchell.



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