IEEE Wearable Technology Seminar & Exposition08/20/2014 - 08/20/2014

IEEE Wearable Technology -- Seminar and Tabletop Exposition


This seminar is for an audience that is contemplating entry into the Wearables Market. It introduces the basic building blocks required for developing a device for this market. Experts will provide an overview of sensors, processors, radio (BLE), energy sources and OS.

The seminar will also cover developments in the exciting field of flexible electronics, and an enlightening Wearbles market survey based on Twitter traffic.

Expo:  Representatives from a cross section of the wearable’s ecosystem, as well as the platform developer community, will be at tabletop expo that will be open during breaks and lunch. 

8:30-9:00  Registration /Continental Breakfast

Introduction:  Shomir Dighe/ Luu Nguyen 

Selecting Sensors for Wearables Mike Smith:  Rohm/Kionix (Tentative) 

Sensors, Sensor fusion

A Balancing Act: CPU Selection in Wearable Device Design:  John Min-Director Solutions Engineering Imagination

How Wearables Intersect with the Cloud and IoT: Joseph Wei- Chair IEEE CES SV Chapter 

10:30 Break

Survey of Energy Sources: Jay Ha – CEO Materials and System Inc 

Picking an OS and Interoperability challenges TBA- Intel (Tentative) 

12:00-13:00 Lunch and Expo 

Developments in Flexible Electronics: Malcolm Thompson - CEO FlexTech Alliance 

Market Survey on Wearables: John Feland – CEO Argus Insights 

13:45 - 14:00   Wrap up and Raffle



[Please register early; please contact organizer to check space availability for on-site registration]

Please NO refunds after: Aug 13, 2014 

IEEE Members: Early Bird through Aug 8 2014: $35, Regular: $45, At the door cash only: $55

General: Early Bird through Aug 8 2014: $45, Regular: $55, At the door, cash only: $65 

Students/ Unemployed: See 'more info' for discount codes

Expo + 1 attendee: Early Bird through Aug 8 2014: $95, Regular: $105, At the door cash only: $115

Parking:  Park in lot adjacent to Auditorium off Central Express Way 

Selecting Sensors for Wearables


Abstract: The talk will cover the range of sensors in the wearbles market for temp and activity monitors and touch on sensor fusion considerations.

A Balancing Act: CPU Selection in Wearable Device Design 

Abstract: The number of use cases that fit within the ‘wearables’ category are diverse. At the low-end are M2M devices and sensors which do not require user interaction. At the high end, devices like smart glasses feature not only deep user interaction, but also a broad range of features and applications. A common design challenge across these devices is meeting a constrained power envelope within a tiny form factor. It’s critical to the creation of a useful wearable device that designers make optimum design choices that balance power, form factor and performance. This session will cover tradeoffs between performance, CPU feature sets and emerging software standards that impact SoC architecture for wearable devices.


John Min is Director of Solution Engineering at Imagination Technologies. He joined the company with the acquisition of MIPS Technologies, Inc. in 2013. At MIPS, Min was Solution Architect Director. Previously, Min held senior technical roles at HP, LG Electronics and other CPU focused companies. He has spent his career in the processing field for both DSPs and general purpose CPUs. Min holds degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

How Wearable Electronics intersect with the Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Abstract: Wearable, Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the hottest technology markets in the recent years. According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Wearable Technology Market - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2012- 2018" the global wearable technology market is expected to grow from USD 750.0 million in 2012 to USD 5.8 billion in 2018. This talk will highlight the greater impact of wearable devices when use in conjunction with the Cloud and IoT devices. 


Joseph Wei is the US Partner for Wearable Technologies Inc., he is also the Founder of SJW Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm that advises Fortune 500 companies and startups on technologies and business strategies. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as the chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara Valley. He is also the co-organizer of the Silicon Valley Wearable, IoT, and Connected Car Meetup.

Survey of Energy Sources. 

Abstract: The recent materials innovation across different field of technology almost make major break through possible to many technical barriers we are facing to make really thin and small form factor wearable or IoT devices. Major obstacle is always battery. How big the battery pack size usually determines the form factor. Three major fields of developing more efficient battery will be presented including super capacity, energy harvesting and thin film battery. 


Jay S.Ha, CEO of Materials and System has been in Electronics and IT industry for over 20 years. For recent 6 years he has been developing various new and renewable energy and manufacturing technology and business development including energy harvesting, cutting edge rechargeable battery separator and wind power. 

Materials and System Inc. has developed revolutionary flexible electronic materials which can make flexible display possible. Based on nanofiber materials mass produced from the patented e-Hybrid technology will serve as the novel materials indispensable to many cutting edge devices and most non-solid electronic equipment getting ground thanks to wearable technology. 

Picking an OS and Interoperability challenges

Abstract: Drivers for picking an OS for low power wearables are discussed along with developments in coming up with a universal standard. The Intel/Samsung sponsored Tizen OS is discussed.


Developments in Flexible Electronics

Abstract: The presentation will describe the role of Flexible Hybrid Electronics in next generation wearable devices.  This will include the NBMC Biomarker initiative to continuously monitor biomarkers in sweat.  The challenges and technical approaches to create this next generation technology will be described. The role of printed electronics integrated with thin flexible Si chips on a flexible substrate will be discussed.  Wearable electronic patches will be capable of monitoring cognitive ability, stress, fatigue and toxic substances.


Malcolm Thompson is CEO of the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium and President of MJT Associates, which provides High-Tech Business and Technology Consulting. He has over 25 years experience in the display industry and is a recognized worldwide authority. Dr. Thompson was Chief Technologist at the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), responsible for the advanced development and commercialization of revolutionary new imaging systems. His group produced the first desktop high resolution TFT LCD.  He lived 2 years in Japan creating one of the first TFT manufacturing facilities. He eventually left PARC to lead one of these spin offs dpiX, Inc. as the President and CEO.  dpiX Inc was involved in the development and manufacturing of high performance flat panel displays and medical X-ray imagers.  He was the founder and Chairman of the Board of USDC, now FlexTech Alliance.  He was the CEO of 3 companies and raised over $300m in private equity and government financing.  He has been on the Board of directors of 3 public companies and several private companies.

Wearables Market Survey

Abstract: John Feland CEO of Argus Insights provides a unique market survey based on their analysis of twitter traffic preceding and after the launch of some of the industry's leading wearable products.

John Feland is the award-winning founder and CEO of Argus Insights. Feland’s expertise comes from his work as Chief Technologist for SK Telecom America’s R&D Group. Prior to SKTA, Feland led Synaptics’ marketing division to help handset manufacturers integrate next-generation capabilities. Feland was the principle architect for the Onyx Concept Phone, the world’s first capacitive multi-touch mobile experience. Feland was the Executive Director for Stanford University’s ME310 Design Innovation Course and holds an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.