How did you imagine the technology of the future when you were a small child? Inspired by films and TV, many of us may have dreamt of robots walking around resembling humans — and while we’re not quite there yet, wearable technology is already improving our day-to-day lives.
It’s become common to see people wearing smartwatches and fitness trackers, while virtual reality goggles are no longer the novelty they once were. In 2017, there were 526 million connected wearable devices worldwide.
But what are their benefits, and why are so many people using them every day?
Among the most popular wearable technology devices are fitness trackers used to monitor heartrate, distance travelled, and calories burned. Fitness fans no longer have to go to the gym to track their performance and are able to set targets — and beat them — on the move.
Nowadays, the price point of wearable fitness devices is much more affordable. Good news if you’re keeping an eye on your budget, as you can get your hands on one without breaking the bank.
As most of us spend the majority of our days at work, it’s no surprise that technology companies are looking for ways that wearables can improve our wellbeing while we’re there.
Devices are now being programmed to promote health and wellness, for example, sending alerts to encourage employees to take breaks in order to reduce stress — a key factor affecting our work output.
Many healthcare professionals are turning to telecare devices to better look after the health of their patients. Wearable technologies allow the elderly and others in need of care to send alerts when they’re alone and in trouble, allowing staff to reach and treat them much quicker than they otherwise would.
This technology is proving particularly beneficial at night and in environments such as prisons where round-the-clock monitoring simply isn’t feasible.
Hate the feeling of missing an email or only reading a text when it’s too late? Wearable technology devices such as smartwatches send notifications directly to your body, making you less likely to miss something important.
These wearables can be connected to your other devices such as your smartphone, TV and speakers too, allowing you to send commands and even locate missing items.
Though it’s actually been around a little while now, virtual reality gaming software is finally catching up with the technology itself to provide truly immersive 360-degree experiences.
Whether you’re exploring an underwater metropolis or fighting off an alien invasion, doing so from the comfort of your own home while donning a pair of virtual reality glasses is something that has to be experienced to be believed.
Are you one of the millions of people who have already invested in wearable technology? If you’re not, it’s only likely to keep advancing — and you could be missing out.