While interactive devices refer to any physical and tangible entity with which a human user can interact with, this new TC focuses on a subcategory of those devices, which human users can wear, such as smart watches, health monitoring electronics, head mounted stereo display, and exoskeletons. An interactive and wearable device (IWD) provides multimodal interfacing, sensory, and/or even motoring capabilities in addition to wearability, smartness, data input, communication and data recording. There are many application potentials, particularly in healthcare, wellness, consumer electronics, entertainment, Smart-* (home, buildings, factory, port, city) and military. With the recent availability of products on the market, such as Google Glasses, Apple iWatch, Shimmer wearable sensors, and many other more, IWD continues to attract the interest of both research communities and industry sectors and is expected to grow rapidly on the horizon. IWD is very multi-disciplinary and the research frontiers include user interface, multimodal interaction, smart sensors and actuators, body area networks, mobile computing, ambient intelligence, communications, user safety, security, minimization, and others. These research fields and applications fall well within the scope of the SMC Society and there is a large population of researchers in these areas. However, the SMC society currently does not have a technical committee focusing on this emerging, but important area. The establishment of this new TC will provide a platform for the researchers and industry sectors in interactive and wearable computing and devices to get together, collaborate and exchange their research ideas, results and applications, advancing the research and prompting the application, and in the meantime, attracting more researchers in the relevant fields to join the TC and SMC society.
Our vision is to foster the international collaboration, advancing the state-of-the-art and prompting the research, development, and innovative application of interactive and wearable computing and devices.
Our TC’s mission is to bring together and provide a venue for its members and the communities-at-large in the areas of interactive and wearable computing and devices to exchange ideas and results, to identify new research fields and technology trends, and to explore opportunities for research collaboration and/or partnerships.
These tutorial materials provide more information on topics of interest to our technical committee.
Our TC plans to:
- Organize annual international symposium or conferences in interactive and wearable computing and devices
- Organize special sessions/workshops on related topics at IEEE SMC conferences
- Organize joint forums with industrial sectors
- Edit special issues or focused special sections for SMC IEEE Transactions or other related journals