by Pei-Syuan Lai
In 2016, Swiss telecommunications company Ericsson released its ConsumerLab report on Wearable Technology and IoT. They gathered information from 5000 smartphone users in 5 major cities across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. According to the report, consumers believed that by 2020, wearable tech will eventually replace smartphones and become the mainstream. But will this prove to be true?
What Is Wearable Technology?
It can be any device that can be worn on the body. Glasses, clothing, bracelets, watches, and socks can all become wearable tech. Networks and sensor technology are combined to meet the needs of consumers.
The Technology Behind Wearables
As semi conductor chip technology grows more advanced, wearable technology can functional perfectly using smaller chips while accommodating more powerful transistors. In addition, low-energy data transmission technology reduces energy consumption. This means the power storage space can be downsized, allowing devices to be built even smaller.
The emergence of soft electronics has allowed devices to come in more diverse forms and manufacturers can push the boundaries when it comes to design and development. Its high-plasticity results in a more human-friendly and comfortable device. Also, the flexibility reduces the possibility of the device getting damaged and prevents the discomfort for human body when the device is functioning.
Wearable Technology & Individual Health Management
There is a wide variety of wearable devices. Most commercial products are either smartwatches or smart bands. Both have similar capabilities and are mainly used to collect health-related data including calories burned, heart rate, steps walked, sleep status, etc. They can also perform other tasks as alarm clocks, time, weather notifications, phone locating, etc.
Regardless if it is a smartwatch or a smart band, the two main purposes for these devices are health monitoring and medical care. This is why they are mostly used by athletes who need to monitor their physical fitness or any individual that wants to be instantly aware of their physical condition while exercising.
New types of wearable technology can be connected to smartphones, providing more close-fitting and diverse services. Their best features are that they are compact and easy to wear. These devices serve as your personal data collector, capable of instantly collecting your physiological data.
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