Making sense of sensing
Current wearable systems are focused on vertical integration of one or a few related parameters to be sensed and made available via a cloud application. Our focus is to integrate several disparate sensing principles and cross-correlate this knowledge so we can “make sense of sensing”. This requires a flexible data acquisition and integration platform in addition to good data analytics and cognitive functionality.
Shortfalls of today’s sensors that are currently inhibiting a widespread adoption of wearables are their limited functionality, low level of comfort and body conformability, short battery life, limited connectivity, lacking interoperability, concern about data security and high production costs.
Research and development efforts should bring next-generation wearables to consumers and professional users. In particular, multidisciplinary research and development in enabling technologies (sensors, materials, energy storage and management, smart system integration) is needed.
A related effort is the tight integration of sensing, computing, communication power supply/harvesting, and actuation in wearables.