Wearable technology can be said to have existed since eyeglasses were first developed in the 13th century. Timepieces small enough to be worn have been around since about 1500. But modern wearable technology is defined as incorporating a microprocessor and an internet connection.
With Growth of the mobile technology the wearable technology developed more and more. Fitness activity trackers were the first big wave of wearable technology to catch on with consumers. Then, the wristwatch became a screen and more robust mobile applications were added. Bluetooth headsets, smartwatches, and web-enabled glasses all allow people to receive data from Wi-Fi networks. The gaming industry adds more wearable, with virtual reality and augmented reality headsets.
There are various types of wearable technologies and here are six of them you should know about :
An individual can carry along with them where ever they go as it can be implanted under their skin through surgeries. There are several types by which the implant can be placed, like tattoos, pacemakers or defibrillators. Common implants are used for healthcare to treat heart conditions such as those that cause ventricles to beat fast. Latest is the birth control and the bio sensors which can measure the essential parameter time to time in an individual’s body.
Smartwatches are one of the commonly known forms of wearable devices. Smartwatches once connected to user’s mobile phone will notify them about social media messages, emails and calls. These watches, with the combination of smart applications are now being used to monitor UV Rays to pollution in the air. Top players like Apple and Samsung have already launched their smartwatches this year.
Companies are bringing the idea of a smartwatch to jewelry to attract women in the form of smart jewelry. Smart jewelry inform users of any emails, calls or text when they are unable to access their phone. Many well-known jewelry designers have collaborated with mobile accessory making companies to create smart jewelries.
Normally worn on the wrists, fitness trackers keep track of the number of steps users take when they put it on. Advanced versions of these trackers monitor heart rate and give an accurate data of the calories burned.
The category of smart clothing includes specially-made garments infused with conductive silver-coated fibres which act as sensors that stream data in real time to smartphone and regular clothes that comes with added functionality. Even big fashion brands are going smart with their clothes which monitors heart rate, breathing and stress levels.
Head-mounted displays are devices that deliver information straight to your eyes. Such displays are categorized further into two types. Device like Oculus Rift takes you to a virtual world altogether while Google Glass provides you with features like recording & sharing videos, taking pictures, finding information among other things.
Wearable technology is evolving into an important category of the Internet of things, with life-changing applications in medicine and other fields. The growth of mobile networks enabled the development of wearable technology. It may be worn, embedded, or tattooed on the skin. All these wearable devices suffer from a major weakness as they still cannot interpret a large amount of information they generate. Once the creators manage to make a device that can come up with an interpretation of the information generated, these wearables will become extremely effective