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Wearable Technology and the Future of Electronic Developments

Jade Bridges
Jade Bridges, Technical Manager – Electrolube

Wearable technology started with the watch enabling individuals to tell the time, initially in the 1500’s via a necklace worn device, and later in the 1900’s as the wristwatch. Pulsar’s calculator wristwatch was the first consumable wearable device to achieve global success. Fast forward to the 21st Century and we now see computer technology integrated into so many parts of daily life. In the year 2000, the first Bluetooth headset was sold and 2004 saw the launch of the Go Pro. 2013 heralded the development of Google Glass, the first voice operated optical head mounted display with hands free internet access with Augmented Reality and the ability to capture images. Amazon’s first Echo-Loop was launched in 2019, a sleek design enabling users to make payments, manage stress and inspire innovation. Connected wearable devices are expected to have reached over 1.1 billion worldwide by 2022 with the change from 4 to 5G. Pioneers have successfully extended and enriched the functionality of clothing, harnessing the electronic functions used in everyday life and incorporating them into devices and accessories that can comfortably be worn on the body.

Athletics has been one of the areas to really benefit from wearable technology with numerous devices able to monitor an athlete’s output; movement, heart-rate and performance alongside environmental conditions and potential health risks. The wearable technology market has been steadily increasing over the past few years with the huge popularity of fitness trackers, monitoring diet, exercise, sleep and movements. Some devices will even prompt the wearer to move after a sedentary position for 20 minutes as prolonged sedentary behaviour has long been associated with health concerns. Prompts to improve posture have been effective in studies illustrating positive changes of behaviour. The future may hold many further collaborations between clothing manufacturers and technology companies inputting smart sensors with 5G technology and enabling closer connections between humans and the IoT. In a recent study by Statista from 2019, the most popular areas of the world for wearable technology are China, USA, India, UK and Germany with the largest market share of 36.4% falling into the age group 25-36 years’ of age. Regular users of wearable technology tend to be on the lookout for the latest and greatest versions of their favourite gadgets. The use of Smart Watch by Apple has become a way of life for many. As well as telling the time, it is a ‘phone, capable of receiving emails, recording noise levels, track heart rates and so much more. Similar technology is used to alert family members of potential falls and accidents of vulnerable loved ones, allowing them to live alone but retain a degree of independence. This is becoming particularly significant with an ageing population.

The Moodmetric Smart Ring is destined for exponential growth in 2020 as it is capable of stress measurement and management, payments, vehicle access and control of other smart devices. A monumental amount of features for such a small device. Mental health issues are currently very topical and a ring that can help to measure stress as a key earlier indicator of depression could prove invaluable to the medical profession.

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