wearable electronics

Ohio State

Hidden underneath their jerseys during the Ohio State-Michigan football game, a microchip tracked the Buckeyes'  speed, distance and direction in real time. It's one of three devices the players are wearing to improve their performance.

The football players, and now Ohio State wrestlers and lacrosse players, are wearing the devices because they are the test subjects for Wright Patterson Air Force Base researchers looking to adapt human performance monitoring on the battlefield.

Babak Ziaie / Purdue University

The market for wearable electronics could top $3 billion by 2018, according to a new report. However, Beecham Research says with better collaboration between technology companies and the fashion industry, the market could be worth $9.3 billion by 2018.