Fitness wearable electronics in forms of watches, bands, and clothing enhance training performance and prevent long-term injuries by allowing users to track and view accurate data such as heart rate, acceleration, and breathing rate. The Bluetooth capability built into wearable devices also allows home and professional athletes alike to share their progress in real time with friends and coaches. It has been proven that people even become more motivated when they receive positive feedback through progress data they share via social media.
Some examples of wearables for fitness include:
- Fitness trackers for calorie, speed, distance, and heart rate
- Body vests for muscle performance monitoring
- Ankle bands for calibrating daily steps
- Keychains for sleep and activity enhancement
- Chest clips for tracking breathing patterns to reduce anxiety and stress
Healthcare & Medical
With wearable devices that send real-time physiological data of patients, doctors are able to closely monitor the fluctuation of a patient’s vital signs to better manage and research chronic diseases. Wearable devices can reliably deliver automatic actions, such as a glucose injection, that greatly minimize a disease’s disruption to patients’ daily lives. A wearable device that is small and durable enough to be worn by the patient at all times can send automated real-time distress alerts in the case of a seizure or heart attack; the result can very literally save someone's life.
Some examples of wearables for healthcare / medical include:
- AED (automated external defibrillator) to automatically diagnose and treat life-threatening situations
- Wearable heart rate monitor and wearable blood pressure monitor
- Pain relief manager with nerve stimulation to reduce chronic pain
- Blood glucose monitors with automated insulin injection for diabetics
- Clothing apparel that constantly scans for cancer signs on the body
Wearable technologies have the ability to take entertainment experiences to a whole new level. With wearable headsets, users are immersed into a 3D augmented reality as if they were physically inside a virtual reality game or movie. Wearable cameras allow users to capture streaming video at concerts and sports games and share them with other fans who are not physically present. This helps to create new shared interest communities around the world.
Some examples of wearables for infotainment include:
- Augmented reality headsets
- Wearable digital video cameras for hands-free recording
- Smart toys for kids
- Smart fabrics for fashion apparel
- Wearable speakers
- Smart watches and glasses
The efficiency and safety of industrial workers rely on the minimization of distractions at work. Tools like smart eyewear with real-time field status updates ensure that the workers are able to receive needed information to perform without taking their eyes from the danger zone for even a split second. Some wearable technology even provides 360-degree peripheral vision so workers can view their entire surroundings; which is impossible without a wearable aid. Industrial wearable technology also provides location tracking and environmental conditions for all workers to enhance their protection and safety under extreme environments.
Some wearables in industrial include:
- Helmets that monitor head injury or helmet damage
- Binoculars delivering real-time information feed to pilot’s line of sight
- Barcode scanners with a binary heads up display
- Safety goggles with data display