Wearable Tech….The Future of Health?
Wearable technology is all over the news these days. Whether it is the announcement of Apple’s watch or Google Glass possibly making a comeback, it’s clear that wearable technology is here to stay. Keep reading as uBreakiFix looks into where this technology may be headed.
Remember when cell phones seemed like a bit of a nuisance? When they were just for calls and maybe texting, but not the data behemoths they are nowadays. It was easy enough to forget your phone, and maybe it was not even frustrating when a “phone at home” day happened. But after a few years, cell phones became smartphones, and now it is hard to imagine life without them. Right now, wearable technology is the older cell phone generation- we have it, we generally like it, but are not yet totally compelled to own a piece of wearable tech. So how will this notion change? If the past is any indicator, a bit more exposition to these devices, as well as said devices finding their true niche for users.
One field that will greatly benefit from wearable tech (and in turn, benefit its users) is the field of health and fitness. The potential for preventative care could end up being astounding in its volume and lives could be saved…all with the help of a “little” machine on your wrist. There yet is a time to come when you could relieve neuropathic pain in 3-4 months with the help of a device no larger than your palm.
A person who suffers from seizures and lives alone could wear a device that is able to pick up on the tiniest changes in body temperature or brain function could warn someone of an approaching seizure, allowing the person to make sure they are in a safe place, or to call for assistance before circumstances become dire.
A young child still learning to actively manage their diabetes would be reminded by their device that they need to eat something to balance their blood sugar, or that it is time to take a does of insulin.
In the event of a disaster or catastrophe of any kind, emergency workers could better respond to people wearing these types of devices, as they could alert medical or emergency workers to ailments or special needs if a person is unable to speak for themselves. As applications and software for these devices are developed, these could be used to track down people in need of rescue- people in fires, natural disasters, lost while traveling or camping- the possibilities truly are endless.
A person plagued by an ailment doctors are unable to easily diagnose, may be able to wear special piece of technology that will aid medical professionals in their search for what may be wrong with a patient.
The benefits of wearable tech as tool of health do not end in places where we are used to the spurts of regular growth in the tech field- rather, these devices could transform third-world countries that have limited access to medical care. Preventative care such as dehydration notifications, or heart rate monitors could transform the lives of those living in developing countries, where education and health resources are limited.
Sure right now, these concepts may seem far fetched, or even unnecessary- it is no secret that software and apps need to be developed for this new era of technology. As a potential wearable tech consumer, what are your hopes for these types of advances? What would you want to see in your smart-watch?
In the next few years, wearable technology will be everywhere and on everyone.. stay tuned as we speculate how this will affect different areas of popular culture..and the world as we know it.