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TECHNOLOGY DIRECTIONS

Body Area Networks (BAN) is an emerging technology that has the potential to revolutionize next-generation healthcare, entertainment, and other personal applications. BAN, compared to other personal-area network solutions, targets a unique region of the power vs. data rate trade- off that makes novel personal applications possible (Figure 11).

Figure 11 Modern Communication Technologies

Body-Channel Communication (BCC), a type of BAN which uses the human body as the signal- transmission medium, can achieve high-speed communication with low energy consumption compared to other personal-area network (PAN) solutions such as ZigBee, Bluetooth, and UWB (Figure 12).

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