Technology has flourished greatly from the days of having large computers in your living room. Improvements over the years have provided us with many technological advances, leading to devices that we can wear every day. These wearable devices can not only help improve the quality of life but can also help keep us safe. Read on to find out how wearable technology can help make your life easier.
Wearable technology is, to put it simply, an electronic device that consumers can wear on their bodies or in their clothing. Typically, people use wearable devices to track health and wellness factors, such as calories burned or steps walked. Other examples of wearable technology include smartwatches that serve as a phone, wearable GPS trackers and even smart glasses that highlight objects in your environment.
As technology has improved, researchers have been able to implement new uses into common products and make them even more useful. Here are a few types of wearable technology that anyone can utilize.
At first, the humble watch’s only purpose was to tell the time. But now, smartwatches further extend the capabilities of the regular watch with more features. For example, the Apple Watch comes equipped with several abilities, some of which include:
Another popular smartwatch is the Fitbit. Specifically designed for activity, the Fitbit is equipped with features to help you live a healthy life. From heart rate monitoring and exercise tracking to even measuring the amount of sleep each night, watches like the Fitbit work to keep track of your physical health so you have an immediate way to track your progress
Some wearable devices go further in tracking physical health. For example, EKG monitoring can be done by simply having a device in your pocket. These function like regular monitors in hospitals by monitoring your heart rate and detecting abnormalities.
Research is ongoing in finding ways to actively detect medical conditions while people go about their everyday lives. For example, some smartphone applications are able to track the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and determine the severity of the disease. One way Alzheimer’s symptoms can be tracked is through a person’s walking, as the condition can affect the symmetry and posture of a person’s gait. Some apps also have voice assistants that can monitor and report any differences in a person’s vocal patterns.
Wearable technology goes beyond the smartwatch and medical devices. Here are a few more examples of their use:
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