Fitness wearables only scratch the surface of what’s possible in the world of medical technology. From deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s Disease to insulin pump therapy for patients with Type-1 diabetes, we built our “A Healthier Body” interactive infographic to illustrate just how tech-centric our bodies have become.

On the Surface Wearables
Medical technology continues to grow more sophisticated, and with it, devices have grown smaller and more fashionable. Patches and sensors that can be easily concealed under or within fabric have made it easier for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or epilepsy to track irregular movements like tremors or seizures.

Embedded Enhancements
Not all devices live at the skin’s surface — embedded technologies have made their mark in the treatment of ailments like Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes and ventricular tachycardia. These particular wearables are embedded at the source – like the brain for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s patients, or the heart for pacemakers in patients with ventricular tachycardia.

Written by IEEE on December 3, 2015