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24 The PCB Magazine • June 2015 Research Center Internet Project canvassed tech- nology experts and Internet users about the evo- lution of embedded devices and the Internet/ Cloud of Things by 2025. Eighty-three percent of the respondents agreed that Internet of Things will have widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025 [2] . According to the Global Wearable Technology Market Research Report 2018, "The global wear- able technology market stood at USD 750.0 million in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 5.8 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 40.8% from 2012–2018. North America is expected to main- tain its lead position at 43% of the global wear- able technology revenue share in 2018 followed by Europe" [3] . And from the Wearable Electron- ics and Technology Market by Applications, "The overall wearable electronics and technology market is estimated to grow $11.61 billion by the end of 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.56%, from 2014 to 2020" [4] . Based on current market analysis and technol- ogy spends, wearable technology is anchored in the future of the IoT. With the evolution of the IoT, advancements in personal computing technologies have driv- en printed circuit and printed electronics tech- nology enhancements, power management im- provements, wireless module development and overall miniaturization, creating mobile com- munication devices that fit in the palm of one's hand. The smart phone has enabled personal- ization of information, social connections and entertainment. Today, wearable technology has enabled smart, connected devices for personal health and wellness, enhancement of one's safety and the ability to form an individualized entertain- ment experience. This personal ecosystem is often hubbed by one's smart phone, with infor- mation stored on the Cloud and conveniently shared with social networks. The Internet of Things is morphing into the age of the "Intelli- gence of Things™." As more and more wearable electronics connect to the Internet and provide electronic feedback to support our health, well- ness, safety and entertainment decisions, this phenomenon is driving the next age—one of smart, connected living. Figure 1 highlights the estimated shipments and revenue by wearable technology application. Advancements in Interconnect Design and Materials Over the past few decades, the computer in- dustry sifted into various subcategories—PCs, ENABLING SMART WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY continues Figure 1: The global wearable market [5] . FeAtuRe

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