Module 1: Introduction to Wearable and Implantable Technologies

It’s predicted that 350 million wearable devices will be in use by 2018! This introductory module familiarizes students with the key concepts, definitions, and topics that will be explored in depth in later modules. Students will learn about the history of wearable technology and how it remains one of the fast-growing technologies.

Module 2: Components and Software of Wearables

This module introduces students to the physical components and software that make up nearly all wearables. Students will examine Moore’s law and how smaller chips and sensors have enabled significant growth in wearable technology in recent years. Getting an “under the hood” look at the sensors, chips, and software that make wearables work will help students understand and evaluate applications in later modules.

Module 3: Batteries in Wearables

For most of us, it’s a minor annoyance when the battery on our device runs out in the middle of the day. However, for a soldier or police officer using wearable technology, long-lasting and reliable battery power could mean life or death! In this module, students will explore the critical role that batteries play in wearable technologies. They will examine the historical progression of battery technology, charging, and its limitations.

Module 4: Product Design of Wearables

This module will introduce students to the design process of wearable technology. Throughout the module, students will learn the many aspects that are unique to wearable products, such as durability, safety, and comfort. Students will evaluate their favorite wearable product on the dimensions outlined in this module.

Module 5: Wearable Tech in Healthcare

This module is separated into two sub-topics. The first is wearable technologies used by patients. This includes monitors to track vital signs, ingestible pills, and robotic prosthetics. The second sub-topic is the use of wearables by medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to improve care and reduce healthcare costs. The module concludes with a discussion of the benefits and risks of utilizing wearables in healthcare.

Module 6: Wearable Tech in Fitness and Sports

While many people are familiar with fitness trackers worn on the wrist, this application is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable technology in fitness and sports! While the module will certainly cover the history and rise of fitness trackers to count steps, monitor heart rate and sleep, it will also explore some of the new and emerging products, such as smart socks, smart fabrics, and smart ski goggles. The use of these products will continue to grow for both amateur and professional athletes.

Module 7: Wearable Tech in Public Safety and the Military

What happens when wearable technology evolves beyond a simple watch? Military leaders have always sought ways to keep soldiers safe and find advantages over adversaries. In this regard, wearable technologies hold many promising applications from communication devices through strength-enhancing exoskeletons. This module will also explore the use of wearable technology with public safety officers, such as the use of police body cameras. Students will examine the implications of these uses on society.

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Course Description:
From hearing aids to pedometers to smart watches, humans have made and worn devices to overcome physical deficiencies, count their steps, and communicate. With the continue miniaturization of chips and sensors, combined with increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence, wearable technology has proliferated into countless end-markets. This course will introduce students to wearable technologies and the components and software that make these technologies possible. The course will also evaluate several applications of wearable technologies in various industries. Finally, the course will examine and discuss the implications of wearable technology, including its pros and cons, and potential implications to our health, privacy, and society.

Module 8: Wearable Tech in Fashion

Given today’s technology, would you ever imagine buying a phone that isn’t “smart”? If it can’t text, use apps, or access the internet, what’s the point? In the future, we may have the same view on smart clothing; why purchase a shirt or jacket, if it isn’t smart? Companies on the cutting edge of wearable technologies are introducing smart clothing items, with sensors woven right into the fabric. These sensors can do many things that other devices, such as smartphones and watches, can do but more accurately and with the user’s hands-free. This module will explore the latest applications of wearable technology in clothing and in fashion and examine potential career paths in this growing sector.

Module 9: Wearable Tech in Education

This module presents the various ways in which wearable technology is making its way into the classroom. It will discuss how smartwatches are being used by both teachers and students to enhance learning outcomes. Students will also learn about some of the applications of virtual reality in education, and how this is enabling more immersive learning. Finally, the module will discuss some of the risks and drawbacks of this technology, including digital distraction and potential for cheating.

Module 10: Wearable Tech in Business

Increasingly, companies are providing their workers with a variety of wearable technology, such as wristbands, badges, and smart glasses, to improve productivity. Wearables like headsets can provide workers with real-time information to help them work safer and more efficiently. Students will evaluate a variety of applications in many different business settings. Students will also discuss privacy issues and potential drawbacks of constant monitoring of employees.

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