While wearable fitness trackers have become a popular trend in recent years, they still have a long way to go. This special report describes what is needed to make wearables more accurate, seamless, and better equipped to monitor vital signs—not to mention more enjoyable to use.
Several researchers are vying to make wearables work better by building a platform of self-charging sensors woven into garments that can accurately monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and even airborne pollutants that can cause breathing problems. Another problem with today’s wearable trackers is they not only do too little but also fall short in motivating their users to do more. One specialist with a background in experimental psychology shows how games and social media can help inspire users on a subconscious level to be more health conscious. And we profile IEEE Senior Member Joel Rodrigues, who is developing the networking technologies that will make e-health applications possible.
With all the effort to develop new and improved medical devices, the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community predicts that the number of jobs in the life sciences will expand dramatically over the coming years. We highlight the skills needed for engineers to enter this interdisciplinary field plus the various products and service to help them get there.
Self-powered sensors are being integrated into fabric
It takes more than data to get users motivated
Helping doctors see inside the body for more than a century
Career and Education
The field requires people who know automation, imaging, and product safety
Expert explains how this textile could be used for monitoring asthma and other medical conditions
The IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative issues guidelines to reduce attacks
IEEE President Michel discusses engineers’ roles in the health care technology revolution
The medical community is split on the issue
Leaders in the field are here to answer your questions
The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan sets forth recommendations for engineers to help implement
Upcoming IEEE events cover wearables, biosensors, and e-health
Applications include 3-D medical imaging and wearable health care devices
Videos, publications, and a website dedicated to get you up to speed
They cover medical records, imaging, and simulation
The IEEE senior member is working on electronic health records, telemonitoring devices, and mobile health apps
The inventor of the pulse oximeter and a developer of microchips for cochlear implants and other medical devices are being recognized