What is it about?
Wearable sensors that communicate around the body using radio are becoming increasingly prevalent, with applications in military, security, space, health care, sports and entertainment already identified. The fundamental design issues are examined in this chapter from the perspective of three main areas: antennas, wireless communication protocols and sensing technologies. Examples are provided, and current and future trends discussed.
Why is it important?
4G and future mobile communications will incorporate body-centric communications. A great deal of research has been invested in this field, and new communication standards have been developed. This looks at the typical issues encountered in such systems, which are mostly independent of the application. An overview of the recently released (at the time) IEEE standard for wireless communications on and around the body made it particularly timely, and still of interest today.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Robert N Foster