Study and Proposal of Wearable Computer Applications

Rajan Gupta


Any small portable computer which can be attached to the human body is categorized as a wearable computer. They are not bulky and are easy to wear by humans in different forms. Simplest examples of such type of device are wrist watches or hands-free mobile phones. These types of devices are always on and ready to be used, adaptive in nature, deny system status to anyone else without permissions and always ready to provide solutions in different situations. Steve Mann was the person behind creation of such concept of wearable computing in later half of 20th Century with the invention of “WearComp” and many others followed his work in different directions.

Though most vendors have different configurations for such computers but major components remains same like head-mount and eyewear display, headset microphone, wireless communication link, battery packs and the operating system. It may also include bar code readers, head mounted cameras, touch interface, arm-mounted keyboards, etc as per the application requirements. The major challenges remain the use of resource constrained elements like memory and other computing infrastructure efficiently with nominal speed for connectivity with servers. Xybernaut/IBM, ViA, Panasonic, and Charmed Technology are some of the vendors in this field. POMA, Ruputer, Dick Tracy are some of the wearable computers in the market.

The aim of this paper is to review the existing system of wearable computers and identify the key elements to be mapped for applications which can be used in Indian conditions. The paper have studied various areas where the applications have been proposed for such computers and discuss their implications for use in India. Moreover, new application areas are identified, specifically for use in Indian metro cities where these computers could be used for improving the quality of life. The applications suggested focuses on the surveillance, tracking and monitoring of continuous data flow e.g., security surveillance in crowded places, monitoring every moment of sports activity for error free event reporting  and managing traffic for better road safety and efficiency.


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