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Wearable electronics has emerged as a new form of electronics that combines sensors and wireless communication to allow monitoring of vital information autonomously. Unlike typical sensor networks, wearable electronics need to form conformal and intimate contact with objects to be monitored. Furthermore, they have to be comfortable to wear while providing accurate information. Myriad applications for wearable electronics range from:

  • health monitoring
  • disease detection
  • robotics
  • robotics surgery
  • implantable electronics
  • driverless cars
  • structural monitoring
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality

Along with the explosion of interest in wearable electronics in recent years, numerous challenges nonetheless remain before wearable electronics become a truly commercializable technology. One major challenge is the highly interdisciplinary nature of the field, which mandates the convergence of many disciplines, notably from materials, devices, system integration, software and application verification. The impact is far beyond health care. It will improve everything from the environment to defense, the economy, and energy production.

The Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (e-WEAR) is a university-wide multi-disciplinary program with the following goals:

  • Bring together Stanford expertise in materials, electronics, systems, data and clinical science
  • Provide a forum for discussing and setting future directions of wearable electronics
  • Foster collaborations between Stanford researchers and industry
  • Provide a forum for the early communication of new results
  • Foster communication between industrial sectors
  • Push the forefront of wearable technologies
  • Help to set standards for wearable electronics devices, data analysis and testing protocols
  • Provide multi-dimensional training for students and postdocs