Where and when did the term "wearables" originate? The oldest search result in PubMed for the search term "wearables" yields the following:
Market research on garment-based "wearables" and biophysical monitoring and a new monitoring method.
Schultze C, Burr S.
Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;108:111-7. Review.
Then, we started seeing a spike in publication activity about 3-4 years ago:
Patient-centered activity monitoring in the self-management of chronic health conditions.
Chiauzzi E, Rodarte C, DasMahapatra P.
BMC Med. 2015 Apr 9;13:77. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0319-2.
A transdisciplinary approach to wearables, big data and quality of life.
Sungmee Park, Jayaraman S.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014;2014:4155-8. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944539.
Clinical researchers and health services researchers are eager to see how wearables will truly impact population health, disease prevention, diagnosis, and disease management. While short-term studies show several key areas of progress, the biggest opportunities are at the population level. As more people embrace wearables into their daily routines, will we see an overall improvement in public health?