Wearable technology devices combine technology with purpose, and in the world of ‘health & fitness’ that can range from tracking information on activity levels to helping people with potentially fatal heart conditions.
But it’s not a one size fits all, and the range is wide…
- Fitness Trackers, classically worn on the wrists, track of the number of steps users take, with some models monitoring heart rate and calories burned.
- Smart Clothing garments have integrated sensors, using conductive silver-coated fibres, to stream data in real time to a smartphone.
- Optical Head-Mounted Displays/ Augmented Realty (AR) display information straight to your eyes, such as virtual reality and often applied in healthcare procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation – as well as educating healthcare professionals.
- Implantable devices are surgically inserted under the skin and can be used for birth control, pacemakers or defibrillators.
- Smartwatches, commonly used for notification of social media messages, emails and calls, are now being used to monitor things like UV Rays to pollution in the air.
- Smart Jewellery is a bit of an extension to the watches, with designers collaborating with mobile accessory making companies to create the next ‘must have’.
Investing in our health is something which just gets bigger and bigger. It’s forecasted that worldwide smart wearable device sales will double by 2022, becoming a $27 billion+ market with 233 million-unit sales*
As technology develops, and devices can store larger and diverse quantities of information, the world of wearable devices and the possibilities it can bring to our looking after our health is exciting.