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Internet of Bodies

Internet of Bodies

(also IoB)

Internet of Bodies definition

The Internet of Bodies is the result of integrating Internet of Things (IoT) technologies with the human body. The Internet of Bodies represents the convergence of sensor-based technologies (such as wearable devices and medical implants) that interact with and gather information from a person’s body.

The Internet of Bodies is closely related to the concept of the Internet of Medical Things, which represents the interplay between internet-connected medical devices, software, IT systems, and healthcare services.

See also: Internet of Medical Things, Internet of Everything, biometric device, biometric data

How Internet of Bodies technologies work

Internet of Bodies technologies continuously collect and monitor real-time data about an individual’s health, behavior, and overall well-being from their body. This data is then uploaded to cloud-based platforms or healthcare systems, where it can be analyzed to tailor treatment plans, optimize medication dosages, and recommend lifestyle modifications.

Real Internet of Bodies examples

  • Wearable devices (devices worn on the body either as accessories or clothing) such as fitness trackers and smartwatches can collect the wearer’s biometric data while equipped. The detailed observations of a person’s heart rate, body temperature, activity levels, and sleep patterns help physicians understand their patients’ lifestyle and needs.
  • Medical implants such as pacemakers, automatic insulin pumps, and neurostimulators can be placed inside the human body for monitoring, therapy, and assistance.

Further reading

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