Wearable Technology: Oh! That watch on your wrist and bluetooth band around your neck is a wearable device. Wearable devices are tech gadgets that can be worn on the body. These devices like smartwatches, fitness trackers, and smart glasses, and the recently launched Ai Pin can perform different tasks and serve numerous purposes in your daily lives. The first wearable technology device was a four button wrist watch invented by Edward Thorp and Claude Shannon in 1961.
The market for wearable technology is believed to grow in the coming years. This device is expected to bring major changes to the lifestyle of the masses. Read about its benefits, purpose, and mechanism to understand more and more about wearable technology.
What is wearable technology?
Wearable technology is an umbrella term for electronic devices designed to be worn on the body. There is an assorted range of wearable gadgets, including simple fitness trackers, medical devices, etc. With every passing day, wearables are gaining popularity among different age groups because of their convenience to wear all day, their ability to collect a wide range of data (health, identity, fitness, lifestyle choices), and the special feature to personalize the technology.
How does Wearable Technology Work?
Wearable technology is powered by a combination of microprocessors, sensors, and communication technologies. These components collect, transmit, receive, analyze, record, and communicate data through contact with the body. For example,
- Sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and monitors are used to track movement, heart rate, orientation, and physiological changes happening in the body.
- Microprocessors are great for recording data and generating insights like footsteps in a day, quality of sleep, or the burnt calorie count.
- The communication technologies used in these devices are used to connect smartphones or other devices to share data and receive updates via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
What are the benefits of wearable technology?
Technology has changed the world that people see towards devices and the bar for wearables is high. It has benefitted almost everyone. Wearable technology is used for different reasons, especially for wellness, and corporate wellness, to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Some other benefits of the wearable technology are:
- Track your daily activity levels, sleep cycles, and health metrics to achieve positive lifestyle changes.
- Wearables can help one to plan a day and manage a schedule effectively resulting in quick access to information and better productivity.
- It allows you to stay connected without increasing screen time. You can get notified about your incoming calls, messages, and social media activities on wearables.
- Get noticed for health disturbance, fall detection, and other emergency alerts simply on your wearable device.
- One can also manage their social media platforms, or use their wearable devices as an easy and convenient source of entertainment.
Do you know a study by Frontiers states that patches, photoplethysmography sensors, and different forms of wearable technologies were able to treat a group of patients’ depression symptoms?
In conclusion, the future of wearable technology is bright and promising. It may sound strange but these modern gadgets can help to get things done at a faster pace and save you precious time. Your simple watch on your wrist can do all that can only be done by phone and computer. As technology seems to develop, we can expect some great and quirky innovations to bring impact in our lives.