by Mehran Mehregany, Ph.D.
Professor, Case Western Reserve University
According to a recent study by IDTechEx, there will be three billion wearable sensors by 2025, with about one third of these being new sensor types. It appears now that healthcare delivery could be the "killer application" for wearables. Along the same time, wearables systems and devices are well positioned to be the key enabling technology for wireless health. In turn, sensors enable wearables to gather data from the wearer and their environment. Given their significant potential benefits to healthcare delivery and increasing patient demand for mobility, continued emergence of wireless health and wearables is a certainty. Consequently, MEMS based sensors are well positioned better for future growth.