Wrist. Eye. Ear. Foot.
There isn’t a spot on the body that isn’t being sized up for wearable sensors, a turbulent and soaring market that’s seen as a fresh vein of money by UC San Diego, which already reaps nearly $1 billion a year for research.
The university’s Jacobs School of Engineering is creating a Center for Wearable Sensors in hopes of getting companies such as cellular chip maker Qualcomm and defense contractor Raytheon to spend more of their research dollars in La Jolla. The engineering school is responding to consumer interest in products such as the Fitbit activity tracker, Google Glass and smartwatches that handle email and text messaging.