How Wearable Technology Has Changed the Way We Move

  • Amy Gopaulsingh
  • March 12, 2019

Wearable Technology?

Wearable technology has been around for almost twenty years, but only in recent years wearable technology has changed the way that we actually live.  With devices like Fitbits and Apple watches taking off in popularly since their launch in the mid-2010s, consumers can actively track and measure multiple things, like their health and food intake throughout the day and internal levels of hormones like insulin, something that has never been achievable before.  With so much information available literally at our fingertips, wearable technology has changed the way that we allow ourselves to interact with the world.

Health and Fitness Wearable Technology

The key to success for smart technology like Fitbits and Apple Watches is their health tracking features.  These devices measure the amount and types of activity that a person participates in throughout the day, all before measuring and tracking their sleeping habits at night.  With this technology measuring our every move, taking care of oneself has become easier than imaginable. Wearable technology allows users to input goals, for example a certain amount of steps to take each day, and alerts the user if they haven’t participated in physical activity in a certain amount of time.  The tech can remind the user to engage in a certain amount of activity, which will be recorded, before going back to their original task.  By constantly measuring and tracking one’s movements, the wearable tech allows consumers to understand their health in a real-time way that has never been available before.

Tracking sleep cycles is also a new advancement in this technology, allowing users to see exactly when they have fallen asleep, what stage of sleep they were in and for how long throughout the night all by measuring the user’s pulse.  This information can help people understand why they may be tired in the day, and what changes they may need to make in their nightly routine in order to get a better

Military and Emergency Services Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has also proven to be beneficial to those in the military and emergency services, expanding the range of activities they can do more than ever before.  In terms of military, soldiers today can wear watches, bands or headgear with small sensors with specific purposes.  These products allow them in engage in certain activities without having to actively get involved.

As for Emergency Services like police, paramedics and firefighters, wearable tech like head-mounted or chest-mounted cameras record activities like rescues and interviews.  This allows the workers to go back and see footage taken, allowing them to reinvestigate a scene or revisit an interrogation giving them another source of evidence.

Fashionable Wearable Technology

In addition to the health and safety advantages of wearable technology, fashionable tech is still one of the most popular reasons that wearable technology sells.  Through smartwatches and Airpods, wearable technology helps consumers easily maneuver between their smart devices, allowing a command from their phone to control their Airpods, or a message from their watch to trigger a command on their phone.  Wearable technology is not only useful, it is a sign of social status in urban communities.  The more you have, and the more synced they are to one another, the more high tech and influential you can be among your friends and family.

 

What do you use wearable technology for most?  Has it changed the way you interact with things around you?  Let us know in the comments below.
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