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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2018, Article ID 5853917, 20 pages
Review Article

A Review of Wrist-Worn Wearable: Sensors, Models, and Challenges

College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Rasha M. Al-Eidan; moc.liamg@3ahsard

Received 1 June 2018; Revised 13 October 2018; Accepted 13 November 2018; Published 19 December 2018

Academic Editor: Evangelos Hristoforou

Copyright © 2018 Rasha M. Al-Eidan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wearable technology impacts the daily life of its users. Wearable devices are defined as devices embedded within clothes, watches, or accessories. Wrist-worn devices, as a type of wearable devices, have gained popularity among other wearable devices. They allow quick access to vital information, and they are suitable for many applications. This paper presents a comprehensive survey of wearable computing as a research field and provides a systematic review of recent work specifically on wrist-worn wearables. The focus of this research is on wrist-worn wearable studies because there is a lack of systematic literature reviews related to this area. This study reviewed journal and conference articles from 2015 and 2017 with some studies from 2014 and 2018, resulting in a selection of 54 studies that met the selection criteria. The literature showed that research in wrist-worn wearables spans three domains, namely, user interface and interaction studies, user studies, and activity/affect recognition studies. Our study then concludes with challenges and open research directions.