Wearable devices have been increasingly getting popular and extensively used over the past few years. This obviously reflects the outstanding role these devices have played so far but how far have these devices been able to improve health for the users?
In this post, we will try to analyze and find out the stunning health benefits these devices offer.
- 1 The Origin of Wearable Devices Dates Back to Centuries
- 2 Understanding the Practical Benefits of Wearable Tech
The Origin of Wearable Devices Dates Back to Centuries
There’s no denying the fact that Digital Wearables have been in the hype over the past few years but health and wellness wearables such as Birthstones or copper bracelets have already been in use for centuries.
Birthstones are believed to bring a perfect mix of fortune, health, and prosperity to its users while copper bracelets reduce joint inflammation and ease the pain.
In fact, in the period between 2007 and 2011, there have been companies such as Power Balance, who emphasized on the value of their Silicon bracelets as to how these bracelets could bring about a perfect balance in athletes.
The product turned out to be a massive success in terms of sales back then.
Understanding the Practical Benefits of Wearable Tech
Despite the fact that a lot of people have been using Wearable Tech over the years and claim to have been greatly benefitted from the use of these Wearables, some people still differ in terms of opinion and see it as an excessive obsession with tech.
So, it would not be wrong to say that there’s actually a mixed opinion about Wearable Tech and the picture’s still quite fuzzy.
Hence, we decided to take into consideration some of the areas in which Wearables have proved to be quite advantageous for the users.
1. Data Collection for clinical purpose
Wearables have largely proved to be effective and convenient for researchers in the collection of clinical data for real-time analyses. The ResearchKit released by Apple which works with iPhones and Apple Watches has been able to catch the attention of numerous users from all over the world so far.
Also, the Parkinson’s disease app called the mPower which was launched in the recent past turned out to be a major hit with over 7,406 enrolled for the Parkinson’s study using this application within 6 hours of its release.
Hence, it will not be wrong to say that the future of clinical data collection and analyses are absolutely bright with wearable tech.
2. Fitness tracking & Management
Wearables have certainly played a massive role over the years in making people more concerned about fitness. In fact, there are various fitness bands and smartwatches available in the market these days that can effectively help users measure distance, speed, calories burned and guess what…even heart rate. Also, users can conveniently sync the data with their mobile app mostly developed by the mobile app development companies.
Such Wearables have not just encouraged more and more people to get increasingly fitness concerned but also, revolutionized the perception of fitness in many ways by consistently having made things pretty organized than ever before and by having provided the users with the actual picture.
Also, there are various diet tracking apps to give you an absolutely clear picture of the intake best suited for you and what you are actually consuming by scanning food product barcodes, analyzing eating and exercise patterns, and suggesting changes. These apps can certainly be the best weight management tools to a lot of users.
3. Monitoring and Addressing Chronic Diseases
Technology has found ways to deal with chronic diseases such as Diabetes over the years and in fact, there are wearable trackers that users can use to monitor their glucose levels round the clock and share the data to Bluetooth devices.
These apps have certainly helped many users maintain a much normal life than ever before and is expected to continue its way towards more advancement.
Interestingly, the technology is increasingly getting more advanced with the leading companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Fastrack finding many new ways to record and store data. Also, there has been a stunning improvement in the quality of the sensors over the past few years and is expected to improve even further.
4. Medication Management
A lot of patients actually forget their dosage and timely pills which is why they actually need something in addition to the best advice and prescriptions from the highly reputed doctors.
In fact, there are a lot of to-do apps such as the Google keep, Todoist, Wunderlist, Microsoft To-Do and more that can be well incorporated in the wearables wherein users can set an alarm, dosage instructions and schedule the next appointment to keep every single thing pertaining to medications well organized.
A lot of users have found the conjunction of reminder apps and wearable pretty effective in accentuating their medication management.
5. Helps in Cultivating Good Habits
Some people might find it hard to believe but yes, it’s true that wearables in conjunction with certain powerful apps can largely help users get rid of their odd habits or cultivate healthy habits such as quit smoking.
As a matter of fact, there are certain apps that can detect as to when the physiological craving for nicotine is about to begin in a user by considering one’s heartbeat and breathing patterns.
Most importantly, at times when a user is most likely to crave for nicotine, the app will intervene using supportive texts or phone calls or some other ways to help the users break out of such nicotine-cravings.
There might be mixed opinions about the effectiveness of wearables but wearables have certainly already proved their effectiveness in many ways.
Also, a large number of people have benefitted to a massive extent from the use of wearables in terms of health and wellness.
Wearables are anticipated to get more advanced and innovative in times to come and also, the popularity of wearables is expected to increasingly get better with times.