The many uses of wearable tech
Wearable technology usage can mainly be categorized into two broad categories, which are – business use and personal use. Wearable tech gadgets are used primarily functions like:
- fitness tracking
- remote treatment of voice and speech disorders like those that affect
- patients with Parkinson’s disease
- fashion statement
- treatment for hearing disorders and impairments
- gauging alertness and levels of energy of an individual
- to monitor specific health issues like stress management
- calorie count etc
- to use in the form of a sports performance tracker
- to use as a navigation tool
- to use as a means of communication or as a communication device
- to use as media devices
- to synchronize data from other gadgets and more
Whether they are used for business or personal use, wearable technology devices have been advancing rapidly regarding size, durability, technology, functionality, and real time services.
Both in the business and personal sphere, wearable technology is gaining popularity in the form of a modern lifestyle gadget. For consumers, smart wrist bands that help track and monitor activity like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP have seen a sharp rise since the year 2013.
According to statistics, One out of five American adults has a wearable device in step with the 2014 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Wearable Future Report. Smartwatches form part of the second excessive-profile quarter, and while wearable devices had been around for years, it has only started gaining mass market attention with the creation of recent fashions through technology giants like Samsung and Apple. The now defunct Google Glass also garnered a lot of media interest, but the challenge floored to a halt in early 2015, with Google reducing and finally stopping the sales of the device.
An exciting product is a Smart shoe for the visually challenged that is predicted to have a good scope shortly. Regarding health care, wearables have been used for a very long time, and have now expanded into the self-monitoring phase. Another example of the ubiquity of wearable technology is the use of Google Glass Surgeon used by medical specialists who have collaborated with the WATCH Society (Wearable Technology in Healthcare Society) with a purpose to explore the legitimate use of wearable technology in healthcare.