By: Simerjeet Mudhar
Our world today is so heavily integrated with technology that wherever we go and whatever we do, we almost always have technology heavily monitoring or assisting us in our task. With the introduction of wearable technologies, we have taken another step towards total dependency on electronics. The rise of wearable technology stems from our desire to make technology exponentially smaller and faster–to the point where humans no longer need to be separated from technology. Just a few years ago, a doctor’s visit was necessary to get information about your health and wellbeing. Now, you merely have to touch a screen on your wrist a couple times to get a detailed report on your blood pressure, heart rate, and the number of calories you have burned. However, as convenient as this may sound, wearable technologies have not been as successful as was predicted.
When wearable technologies were first introduced, they were seen as a way to make life easier for the wearer. However, if this was the case, why was there a documented 30% return rate of these wearables? Although these high tech products were supposed to make life easier, they often made it anything but. The reality of wearables was that they were often too bulky, incredibly inaccurate, and required charging after very short periods of time. Due to these three main issues, people ceased to use wearable technology, causing the tech to be labelled as unreliable.
Nevertheless, the future of wearable technologies is promising. Within the next couple of years, companies are expected to improve upon their products to increase efficiency, accuracy, comfortableness, personalization capacity, and aesthetic. Wearable technologies are expected to fit in seamlessly with today’s fashion as well as be compatible for daily use. One of the largest reasons why wearables have not been more popular in the past is because they stand out and are not optimal for everyday use, which is why many people buy them only never to use them.
Once wearable technologies have been adapted to match the needs of the market, they will have an important place in the world. It is estimated that moving forward, sales for wearables will increase exponentially. Additionally, wearable technology has a bright future as a part of the healthcare industry. A vast majority of wearable tech deals with the monitoring and wellness of a particular individual. In this way, monitoring one’s fitness is a big part of a wearable’s usefulness, and can contribute valuable information towards the documentation of particular diseases and conditions, which can lead to medical breakthroughs. In the future, we can expect to see wearable technology contributing towards making people’s lives easier and having a hand in new breakthroughs in research.