Wearable devices; what are these? Find out all about them here
We are pretty sure that you’ve probably seen some of these on the street, or you might even wear one on your wrist. Wearable technology comprises all those electronic devices that are worn on our body as an accessory or are included in our clothing. Although their use is currently quite limited, in the near future they will be a revolution, included in the so-called “Internet of Things“.
But do you know some of the amazing devices that are already out there today? Have you ever thought about the incredible things that we will have in the future? In this article, we are going to look at the present and the future of this technology and how it will change our lives.
Current wearable devices
As we mentioned earlier, nowadays the use of wearable devices is quite limited, although, all sorts of gadgets are being created with loads of new applications.
Probably the most popular ones are smart watches and fitness trackers. Different sizes, smart watches are like simplified mobile phones, while fitness trackers are made for sports, with features such as controlling the heart rate or the distance travelled by the user.
Glasses are quite relevant too, both augmented reality and virtual reality.
Although some people don’t consider this type of devices (especially virtual reality glasses) as wearable devices, they put these into a different category, but due to their features we can say that they are wearable devices. While augmented reality glasses are still waiting to be popular and recognised in order to be massively adopted, virtual reality glasses are already finding a great audience, and perhaps they will become even more popular in the near future.
But the large broad world of wearable devices is not limited to the most popular devices. Currently, hundreds of devices with interesting uses are being created (some of them are already on sale, others are under development or financing), there are different options for all tastes and needs.
We can find different examples that are already out there, such as:
- Wearable devices for translations, such as devices for the wrists, which help to communicate with people who speak a different language.
- Smart bracelets that let us know when our exposure to sunlight is excessive.
- Insoles for shoes that provide heating to cold feet.
- Smart bras, which are capable of measuring the heart rate.
- Belts for different activities, such as charging a mobile phone’s battery, loosening or adjusting depending on whether the user is sitting or standing, or even letting you know about lapses in diet.
- Wearable devices for animals already exist and are relevant in the livestock industry, in order to locate them and monitor their health status.
As you can see, loads of unusual and interesting uses are being created to cover new needs. But, how far will wearable devices go? Will they be used by many people or will they be limited to specific uses?
Future wearable technology
We might be surprised by some of the devices that are currently a reality; wearable technology is barely starting, compared to what we will see in the coming decades.
In the future, an immense catalogue of wearable devices will be incorporated into our lives for those who want to convert their clothing into a whole display of technology. Let’s have a look at some of them…
-Virtual personal assistants.
These will be probably one of the first types of wearable devices that will be truly influential in our daily lives.
Artificial intelligence continues to grow and the possibilities of miniaturization are becoming easier, some features of mobile phones, that already help us through personal assistants like Siri or Cortana, will end up being some kind of element of our clothing (a bracelet, a pair of glasses or a headset, for example) in order to be with us throughout the day. Virtual personal assistants will be our main source of information, our advisors, and even our friends (just take a look at the film Her, by Spike Jonze, these could even become our romantic partners). Undoubtedly, it is a technology that could become even more disruptive than mobile phones.
-Medical wearable devices.
Apart from those features offered by the current fitness trackers, the medical wearable devices of the future could be essential to control our state of health. Thus, some devices, even placed directly on the skin (just like small tattoos) will control variables of all kinds, and they will become extraordinary allies for people who have, for example, chronic ailments, and could even predict diseases such as cancer.
-A world transformed by us.
Dresses that will be able to change our temperature and also will be able to change shape and colour, identification and payment tools that will be inserted in our skin… the wearable devices of the future have no limit. With the advance of technology, thousands of new uses will be incorporated into a world full of possibilities. If we look further ahead in time, it is very likely that wearable devices will become part of the field of nanotechnology and ultimately, could become invisible to our eyes.
When will this surprising future come? Quite soon actually, and we are sure that Pandora FMS will be there to monitor these devices.
Do you have any clue about the wearable devices of the future? What type of wearable devices would you like to see in the near future? Is there any of the current ones that you don’t like? Would you invent a new one? Share it with all our readers of this blog by leaving a message in the comment section that is right at the end of this post.
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