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Amazing Wearables

2021-07-30 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


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Today “Amazing Wearables”

The digital revolution, which is attributed to have started back in the early 80s, had two fundamental pillars in computers and the internet. These two ubiquitous tools make our jobs seamless, they allow us to connect with others, to store information, to engage in digital gaming, to share special moments with loved ones, and so much more. They were and continue to be a platform for innovation where further technology flourishes. Technology which continues to simplify our personal and professional lives.

One such type of technology are wearables. And if you don’t know what these are, Wikipedia defines them as “[…] smart electronic devices that are worn close to and/or on the surface of the skin, where they detect, analyze, and transmit information concerning e. g. body signals such as vital signs, and/or ambient data and which allow in some cases immediate biofeedback to the wearer.1

More simply put, it’s technology you wear. Some of these advancements are in the works and some are already in production, and here are some examples for your entertainment:

Fitness trackers. Probably the most popular wearable these days. Several brands offer these fitness trackers in the form of watches or wristbands to keep track of our physical activity and health.

Smart jewelry or wristbands. These wearables are not only fashionable, but when paired with other devices they will control all options available on those equipment or apps. For instance, a ring paired with a reading app could turn the page, zoom in or out of the page, add a bookmark, or highlight a section of the text based on the movements transmitted by the ring to the app, without ever having to touch each other. Smart wristbands could also learn to read your fingers’ movements as you tap on flat surfaces, and allow you to type into your computer without having to involve a physical keyboard.

Smart clothing. Yes, clothing is becoming smarter too. On one hand, some designers are creating clothes with solar panels that allow the clothes to store energy; so, if you notice your phone is running low on battery you could connect your phone to your clothes to recharge it. Or how about wearing sport clothes made with special fabrics that can sense your movements while doing exercise and provide instant feedback on your performance?

Hearables. This category of wearables includes wireless earbuds which are very common, but also hearing aid devices which can sense the environment and can automatically recalibrate to reduce noise and enhance a person’s hearing. It also includes powerful devices that capture speech and translate conversations in real time, breaking down all language barriers.

Body-sensors. These ones can be life savers… literally! Body sensors attached to people’s bodies track their biological data and can either improve their health or even save their lives. Some of these sensors are programmed to automatically dial emergency numbers or send alerts to healthcare companies if they detect a person has fallen, or if the person is showing abnormal or dangerous vital signs.

Smart contact lenses. That’s already in the works too! These lenses are meant to detect glucose levels in a non-invasive manner. Most methods these days require puncturing the skin or obtaining blood samples in ways which can be painful, so these wearables could be a welcome device.

The mix of the amazing technology available today paired with our endless curiosity as human beings will continue to be a great recipe to find further ways in which to protect our health and enhance our lives. Some of those improvements will surely come from wearable solutions. According to Business Wire and Cisco Systems, “the number of connected wearable devices is expected to increase from 593 million in 2018 to 1,105 in 2022.”2

We are almost there!

1 Wikipedia, “Wearable technology”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wearable_technology

2 Business Wire, “Global Smart Wearable Market – Market to Grow by 19.48% from 2021 – 2026 – ResearchAndMarkets.com”, February 8, 2021, https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005342/en/Global-Smart-Wearable-Market—Market-to-Grow-by-19.48-from-2021—2026—ResearchAndMarkets.com


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