Review of Wearable Device Technology and Its Applications to the Mining Industry

2018 Energies  
This paper reviews current trends in wearable device technology, and provides an overview of its prevalent and potential deployments in the mining industry. This review includes the classification of wearable devices with some examples of their utilization in various industrial fields as well as the features of sensors used in wearable devices. Existing applications of wearable device technology to the mining industry are reviewed. In addition, a wearable safety management system for miners and
more » ... other possible applications are proposed. The findings of this review show that by introducing wearable device technology to mining sites, the safety of mining operations can be enhanced. Therefore, wearable devices should be further used in the mining industry. Energies 2018, 11, 547 2 of 14 The purpose of this study is to review trends in wearable device technology and its applications to the mining industry. This paper presents a classification of wearable devices and features of sensors that can be attached to them. Current cases of the use of wearable devices in mining sites are reported, and possible applications including a wearable safety management system for miners are proposed. Classification of Wearable Devices Wearable devices can be classified based on their function, appearance, proximity to the human body, and other parameters [14, 15] . This study classifies them according to their functional properties and capabilities to further explain their applications to industrial sectors, as shown in Table 1 .
doi:10.3390/en11030547 fatcat:wsiggqxdqzhhdmgjybap7e7l2q