Why Wearable technology is the Future?

In this modern era of technology, the world has seen the evolution of electronic devices. We have come a long way from radio to touch-screen devices, the progress has been admirable. As time has passed, smart technology has come to its peaks. Wearable technology stands out in innovation among these technologies. Wearable technology is developing into an important category of the Internet of things (IoT) with its essential applications in varied fields. In this pandemic, a very popular wearable device pulse oximeter has played a major role. We have even launched the Swayam Care Pulse oximeter, with the highest accuracy that can be used for any age and it is made in India.

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What are wearable devices?

The wearable device, as the name suggests, is a modern gadget that is worn on the body. Wearable technology, also called “wearables” are electronic devices that can be worn as accessories as well as implanted in a user’s body or clothing. You don’t have to carry your computer or laptop around, these are small and light portable gadgets powered by microprocessors. The focus has shifted from accessories to more specialized and practical uses. Indeed, the use of this technology is widespread and life-altering. It has revolutionized the field of medical devices.

Example of wearable technology

Wearable technology exists with a bright present as well as future. They have numerous applications in almost every field that you can think of. The past few years have seen a tremendous rise in wearables in the medical and healthcare sector. They come in the form of varied accessories like watches, rings, glasses, etc. Let’s discuss these devices below in a detailed way-

Wearable ECG monitors:

Wearable ECG monitor

Generally, ECG or electrocardiogram monitors aids in recording electrical signals generated from your heart. It helps in keeping a check on the heart’s health and detect if there are any cardiovascular ailments. Wearable ECG or EKG monitors serve the same purpose but with additional benefits. There are man smartwatches that can record ECG like Apple watch series 3, Apple watch series 4, Withings Move ECG, Amazfit Smartwatch 2, and many more. Moreover, these devices play a major role in the lives of patients with heart conditions, especially, in cases of atrial fibrillation and even in pregnancy. It can also keep track of attacks, strokes, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Biopatch:

Biopatch is used for cleaning skin to prevent any kind of infection that might be caused by surgery, infection, or any kind of injury. It is a multifunctional real-time monitoring device that tracks the physiological activities of the body. This device also monitors biochemical levels in the body. Engineers from the University of California have recently developed a skin patch that you can wear around the neck for monitoring the user’s heart rate, blood pressure, glucose, alcohol, lactic acid levels as well as caffeine levels. 

Google Glass:

Google glass

This is a wearable device that exactly resembles a pair of glasses but with added features. Google Glass is a voice- as well as a motion-controlled android device. It displays the information directly in the user’s field of vision. It uses data from surrounding like audio, location, and visuals to provide an augmented reality experience to the user. The operating system (OS) of Google Glass is based on the Android version. However, it has a tiny semi-transparent screen that covers only about 5% of the user’s natural field of vision. Recently, Google launched a new version of google glass, Glass enterprise Edition 2, specifically designed for professionals, especially those working in factories, hospitals, and warehouses. These glasses not only save time and money but also increase safety. 

Wearable smartwatches and fitness trackers:

Wearable fitness tracker

There is no one who hasn’t heard of FitBit yet. Fitness trackers, wristbands, and smartwatches are the earliest form of wearables that came into the market. Sensors are embedded in these wearable devices that enable the evaluation of a user’s heart rate, the number of steps taken in a day, calories burnt, records sleep cycle, and many other physical activities. You can keep track of all these data on your smartphone and connect via Bluetooth. Furthermore, in 2018 the Apple watch series 4 was launched, it is equipped with ECG and this is approved by the FDA and supported by the American heart association. Moreover, it has the function of giving a heads up to emergency services in case of any fall or injury.

Current scenario & the future:

The global market of wearable technology is huge and the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the market size. The coronavirus outbreak has proliferated wearable technology in the field of healthcare. There are smart rings, patches, and stamps that helped in assessing COVID-19. The global will grow at USD 50 billion in 2022 at a 16% CAGR rate from 2016 to 2022 according to a report. Furthermore, this industry will grow at a CAGR of 18% from 2021 to 2026. 

There is a constant demand for continuous development in devices, consumers always want more features and technologically advanced devices. It is so exciting to observe the developments of a new and innovative device in the coming future. Wearable technology is a favored choice, especially in the healthcare sector keeping in mind the pandemic situation. It has the potential for growth in the foreseeable future. 

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