If you were to ask me what current devices are the most influential in our daily lives, my answer would be wearable technology. The variety of smart designs getting manufactured today are worn with ease and comfort, but they deliver more than just looks.
Let’s explore how the potent features and revealing insights captured by wearable technology can shape us to lead a better tomorrow.
Wearable technology: the versatile power tool for your everyday and extraordinary tasks
From checking on your vitals in real time to making contactless payments, wearables sure pack purposeful functionalities that even the most tech-resistant people enjoy. Because of that, the technology has found a way to set itself apart from competing alternatives.
As the name suggests, wearables are a technological trend involving pretty much any electronic device people can put on or “wear” to collect and receive analyzed personal data.
To operate, wearables rely on industry 4.0-derived technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence). They enable the tracking of biometric data in real time and other functions, such as linking your data to contactless payment services like Apple Pay.
One of the most popular wearables is a fitness tracker. By now, most of us have already experienced their awesomeness.
From a distance, they look like fashionable bracelets. But instead, they are built with cutting-edge and reliable sensors that perform physical activity monitoring. Heart rate, distance covered, walked steps, calorie intake, ECG plot, and stress level are among the metrics collected, processed, and shared by fitness trackers.
A mere glimpse at your physical data is encouraging enough to get you into action. Whether it means challenging yourself to go the extra mile or calling for professional help if an abnormality appears.
Wearable products are the new frontier for customer satisfaction
Healthcare, fashion, gaming, and sports are four intensely human-driven titanic industries. Through that lens, it is only natural for wearables to make the biggest splash in those four lanes. After all, what can be more personal to people than their health, clothing preferences, entertainment interests, and fitness habits?
Let’s address the main breakthroughs in each field.
Healthcare wearables are some of the most advanced in the field.
There are versatile products ranging from specialized baby care applications to skin-sensing patches for the monitoring of chronic illnesses (such as diabetes or Parkinson’s) to smart gloves for to-the-minute tracking of physiotherapy and rehabilitation practices. We celebrate these advancements for what they represent: helpful technology designed to save lives and make us feel better.
Gaming is a whole other deal.
Wearables offer players the incredible opportunity to go deep into alternate worlds. The devices integrate transcending elements of immersive technology, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Sony’s PlayStation VR stands out as a favorite in this category.
Fashion is not to be left behind in terms of impressiveness.
Smart clothing and accessories have taken the world by storm. Customers can find anything from intelligent garments designed to track muscle activity to Levi’s trucker jackets for unlimited connection to pants that teach yoga postures crafted by Nadi X.
Other exciting choices within the fashion wearables category are smartwatches and even glasses like the Ray-Ban Stories. Ray-Ban developed a one-of-a-kind pair of glasses that allow people to record or photograph their surroundings, play music, live stream, and make calls. How impressive!
Last is the world of sports and fitness.
Intelligent helmets that make you visible at night, smart socks that track foot movement, and advanced GPS for enhanced performance analysis are some of the products enabling data-forward training sessions. The insights gathered and processed inform coaches about their athletes’ strengths and limitations. Next, they can make smarter decisions for increased performance.
The skyrocketing popularity of wearable technology.
Wearables have been a hot search topic in Google Trends since 2004, hitting a peak at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for at-home options for health and physical monitoring.
What’s in the future for wearable technology?
I can only see wearable technology moving ahead at the same pace that science allows it. More mainstream products will come out in the near future. Pieces such as the smart ring worn by NBA players to identify early signs of COVID-19 during previous seasons will inspire further applications or new biosensors that will better us and change how we engage with the realms of healthcare, gaming, fashion, and sports.
Until next time.