Wearables or wearable devices are the latest entrants in the field of electronic devices. These wearable devices take the form of accessories like eyewear or a wrist device while there are others which are integrated into any piece of clothing like T-shirts or caps. Wearables not only perform basic tasks of computing as laptops or mobile devices, but it has also surpassed hand-held device by providing users with sophisticated features like tracking their biological functions like heart-rate, calories burned among others.
The effect of these devices is extensive and they are quite powerful especially in the field of fitness, health, and education among others. The concept of wearable technology has been there for quite some time, however its implementation on a large scale has still not been very successful unlike smartphones.
There are various types of wearable technologies and here are six of them you should know about :
As the name suggests, these are devices that users carry with them wherever they go as they are implanted under the skin through surgeries. It can be inserted in various forms like tattoos, pacemakers or defibrillators. Currently, implantables are normally being used to treat fatal heart conditions such as those that cause the ventricles to beat too fast. And, there are numerous mentions in the technology world about the innovative use of implantable from implantable birth-control to biosensors.
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. Apple and Samsung have already launched their smartwatches this year.
Companies are bringing the idea of a smartwatch to jewellery to attract women in the form of smart jewellery. Smart jewellery inform users of any emails, calls or text when they are unable to access their phone. Many well-known jewellery designers have collaborated with mobile accessory making companies to create smart jewelleries.
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 fibers which act as sensors that stream data in real time to a smartphone and regular clothes that comes with added functionality. For example, Sensoria, the connected sports sock tracks user’s runs in detail. 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.
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.