The Internet of Things (IoT) is known to be one of the fastest developing and most popular technologies out there. IoT has redefined our life in a plethora of ways. Our security, our shopping, the way our devices communicate, analytics, and so on. In a nutshell, IoT can make just about anything accessible over the internet.
As the world moves towards a technologically advanced future, we can see an ever-increasing use of wearable technology.
Wearable Technology: Pros & Cons
With any technology that hits the market, come a host of pros and cons. The same is true of wearable technology. Here are a few ways in which wearable technology affects our lives.
Here are the pros of wearable technology:
In a nutshell, wearables save us a lot of time and make our lives a lot more efficient. For instance, people working in warehouses and logistics can wear GPS tags that give them the shortest route available. Workers in other industries can whip on some wearables to help them stay connected to the rest of their teams, particularly in emergencies.
As mentioned earlier, wearables help you stay connected. You can receive instant messages, calls, emails, and much more without having to constantly check your phone. You can locate your phone if you lose it, and you can even control IoT-enabled home devices like lights, AC, fans, and so forth.
Here are the cons of wearable technology:
- Battery Life
As great as wearables are, you will need to set aside some time to charge them because their batteries will run out quickly. Most developers of wearable technologies find it frustrating since developments in battery life aren’t nearly as quick as most other technologies. For the time being, you will have to charge your wearables as frequently as you charge your phone.
- Charging Mechanism
As you may have noticed, there are different charges for different devices. In fact, there are different types of charges for smartphones. With changes in technology come changes in charging mechanisms. These changes do not necessarily make it easy for people to use wearables, especially those who are technologically inept.
The Various Applications Of Wearables
Irrespective of the cons of wearable technology, they have a variety of applications across many industries. Here are a few of them:
- Asthma Monitoring
Most people with asthma have a hard time combatting their asthma attacks until they become fairly serious. If you are an asthma patient, you can pick up an asthma monitoring device that can notify you of oncoming asthma attacks before the symptoms surface. In other words, this technology acts as predictive medicine.
- Hearing Aid
Hearing aids have come in full force, which is probably why you see a ton of ads for new hearing aids. Digital hearing aids are known to convert sound waves to digital signals and give you precise sound duplication. These aids have computer chips that can accurately analyze all the sounds in your environment. What’s great about hearing aids is their flexibility. They can produce sound to match your hearing loss pattern.
- Posture Correction
Chances are you are reading this with a hunched back. Posture correction devices like Upright Go, for example, help you train yourself to maintain a proper posture via biofeedback. You can expect to sense vibrations if you slouch or maintain a less than optimal posture.
The app shows you an avatar that mirrors your posture when you wear the device. If it becomes red, it means your posture is off. Unless you want people to remind you to stand straight every time you slouch, getting your hands on a nifty little wearable for posture correction is your best bet to avoid spinal problems and maintaining a healthy posture in the long run.
- Smart Contact Lenses
This area of IoT is still in its infancy. While this area is still being explored and doesn’t have much to show for itself, it does boast a few success stories. One of them is about a set of smart contact lenses that can record changes in eye dimensions automatically. It is approved for sale in places like Japan, but as mentioned, it is still being explored.
- Hospital Internal Monitoring
IoT devices have vital applications in hospitals. Hospitals tag their medical equipment with sensors. These sensors track certain hospital parameters in real-time. Examples of medical equipment with sensors are nebulizers, wheelchairs, oxygen pumps, and a host of other essential devices.
Wearables also make it easy to track doctors and medical staff in real-time. This is especially critical at a time like this when doctors are needed more than ever in just about every city and country that you can think of.
- Wearables For Heart Attacks
Wearables are incredibly useful for people who suffer from Tachycardia and Arrhythmia. Patients generally use wearable or implantable defibrillators. These devices monitor the heart rhythm continuously and produce shock treatments to restore regular heart rates if they detect a threat. If you have irregular heartbeats, you may use implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. They can help increase the heartbeat if the rate is low. Furthermore, these defibrillators have proven to help prevent sudden deaths of patients who have Tachycardia or Fibrillation.
Wearable Technology & Internet Of Things – A Perfect Combo
As discussed earlier, wearable technology has become a part and parcel of everyone’s lives. When the Internet of Things is incorporated into these wearables, the results are just extraordinary. So, where can IoT be useful in wearables? Well, it is where the sensors are placed. And the device then built is often termed a smart wearable. This combination is most popular in the health and fitness sector these days. However, it will find its place in almost every industry gradually.
Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent wearable applications with the Internet of Things.
- Fitness Wearables
Athletes and fitness freaks always want to keep a check on their daily workouts. This desire is fulfilled by fitness wearables. Some of them include fitness wristbands, fitness smartwatches, and more. These devices enable athletes to track their run, ride, or swim, analyze their routine activities, calculate exercise time, and do a lot more.
- Wearable Clothing
Though not much in demand, wearable clothes have taken the technology to a new level. The smart clothes designed go hand-in-hand with other smart products like smartphones, smart shoes, smartwatches, smart lenses, smart trackers, and much more. This IoT clothing works with Bluetooth technology and enables you to connect with other smart devices effortlessly.
The Future of IoT
While there are tons of ongoing developments for wearable technology, it is still the beginning of the wearable technology era. That said, the future for IoT and wearables looks good. While these technologies do have their drawbacks like usability and cost, they have a ton of applications in various industries. Smartwatches have already become immensely popular, with people all over the world flaunting them. So you can expect IoT and wearables to secure a firm grasp on the finance, banking, healthcare, security, and transportation sectors, among many others.
So, what do you think? What is your opinion on the future of IoT and wearable technology?
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