You don’t have to be the “most connected man in the world” to use wearable technology these days. In our society, there are hundreds of devices that fall into the category of wearable technology. Even watches and headphones are technically wearable tech, but in recent years, we’ve seen a huge surge in both the use and usefulness of different types of wearable technology. I’m not even going to attempt to make a full list of wearable technology, just discuss a few of the types that have increased in common usage (and a few that are just plain interesting).
In the early days of bluetooth headsets, you were likely to get a few funny looks from passersby who thought you were talking to yourself. However, aided by legislation limiting the use of cellphones while driving, bluetooth headsets and other hands-free devices have become so common that they don’t even merit a second glance.
Sport Watches and Activity Trackers
Sport watches and activity trackers are both handy little gizmos that can help you with weight loss and health goals. Sport watches, sometimes called fitness watches, generally measure heart rate and how many calories have been burned. More advanced versions can also track time, distance, and pace. While limited in scope, these devices can be very useful in monitoring and even tracking your physical activity.
On the other hand, activity trackers go a step further. Some of these devices can even track your sleep patterns and help you get the right amount of sleep. For example, the Jawbone UP24 incorporates a “Smart Alarm” that will not only monitor your sleep, but it will also wake you up at the ideal point in your sleep cycle. It also has a “Power Nap” feature to wake you up after the optimal time for a midday snooze.
It seems to me like smart watches are becoming more common all the time. You can now connect to and use certain aspects of your smartphone without taking it out of your pocket. With the more advanced smart watches, you can make and answer calls, receive notifications, compose messages, and even activate the alarm and camera. Many of them can even double as a sport watch.
Back in June, cnet reported that leading companies are looking to integrate health sensors into their smart watch devices, including non-invasive sensors that could measure glucose levels for diabetics. As smart watch technology progresses, I think they will probably become even more ubiquitous.
Probably one of the most talked about pieces of wearable technology in recent years, Google Glass almost seems like something out of science fiction. Many people seem hesitant to embrace this wearable interface, while forward thinkers are looking to see how it can be used to improve their life.
Okay, action camcorders like GoPro are less utilitarian, but they’re a fun, wearable technology. Being able to mount a camcorder on your helmet or a chest harness allows you to record any aspect of your life, but they are predominantly used in action sports. From snowboarding to surfing, sports enthusiasts have embraced action camcorders as a way to document and share their experiences with each other.
Wearable technology is here to stay. How much you want to include it in your life and how you use it is up to you.