Prof. Park's vision on wearable technology got featured on IEC e-tech media
Professor Jae Y. Park is currently a secretary of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC 124). The scope of this TC 124 is about the standardization in the field of wearable electronic devices and technologies which include patchable materials and devices, implantable materials and devices, ingestible materials and devices, and electronic textile materials and devices.
Recent advances in technology have enabled wearables to be available in many different form factors. For example, the trend towards devices that are increasingly small, thin and flexible is possible because of advances in miniaturization and new interfaces that move away from touch and towards voice or motion activation. As a result, wearable devices are becoming unobtrusive and nearly invisible. Such a development has benefited the medical sector. For instance, electronic thin patches can be used to help manage diabetes. They can be applied to the skin in order to continually monitor glucose levels and, in some cases, can pump insulin into the bloodstream.
According to Prof. Park, “The business environment of wearable technologies is rapidly expanding on a global basis, and we see the emergence of new markets and applications. Already, more than four thousand companies, including all major electronics multinationals, are developing wearable electronic devices and technologies for the global market.”