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Wearable Devices & IoT

Wearable Technology Is Bringing Benefits To Our Everyday Lives


Wearable DEvices

Wearable devices are the significant ubiquitous technology of the Internet of Things in day-to-day life. The efficient data processing in various wearable devices along with consumer-oriented service of the IoT technology becomes inevitable in smart healthcare systems.

The wearable market is currently dominated by health, safety, interaction, tracker, identity, fitness etc. Wearables such as clothes, wristwear, and medical devices increase the convergence of the physical and digital world which automatically attracts people into the IoT. 

The below article will discuss the way in which wearable technology is changing the environment and the benefits this can bring to our everyday lives. Wearable devices are now at the heart of just about every discussion related to the Internet of Things (IoT), and the full range of new capabilities pervasive connectivity can bring.

Environmental Changes

As we move toward a more pervasive deployment of intelligence into just about everything in our environment, it is important to include wearable devices. This can be done by looking further at some of the key functions we can expect wearable devices to provide and some use cases to see how massively interconnected devices could provide additional capabilities.

Consumer Interaction 

Wearable devices change the way how consumers interact with the environment. Studies show that large numbers of people believe that wearables in the next five years will be used not only to track health-related information, although it can be used to control objects, unlock doors, authenticate identity and transactions.

Wearables must be evolved to cope with the future to meet the expectations of consumers, where the users will wear many devices that are connected with the internet to interact with the physical surroundings and receive data in a seamless secure way.

According to the latest figure of Gartner report, the global shipment of wearable devices is anticipated to rise by 25.8% every year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019. Researchers also forecasted that the usage of wearable devices by the end-users will increase to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019.

Healthcare

In recent years, the IoT-based Smart Healthcare system has greatly impacted the growing demand for wearable devices. In fact, Wearable IoT (WIoT) devices are generating a huge volume of personal health data. 

The enabling services over the voluminous health data enhance clinical process at health care system at remote or local servers. The traditional remote healthcare information system involves data transfer, signal processing mechanism, and naive machine learning models deployed on the remote server to process the medical data of patients

Furthermore, the health data generated through WIoT devices are personal and sensitive. Hence, the security and privacy of such delicate data at all levels of WIoT ecosystem are essential. 

Fitness & General Health

Fitness-oriented wearable devices that offer biometric measurements such as heart rate, perspiration levels, and even complex measurements like oxygen levels in the bloodstream become very sought after. 

Technology advancements may even allow alcohol levels or other similar measurements to be made via a wearable device. The ability to sense, store, and track biometric measurements over time and then analyze the results, is just one interesting possibility. Tracking body temperature, for example, might provide an early indication of whether a cold or the flu is on the way.

Security

One of the most important functions that wearable devices are already delivering is related to identification and security. If you look closely, you will notice how widespread this technology is, such as the badge you wear at your workplace. This badge provides identification and security features useful within the work environment.

Some advanced badges even include some biometric capabilities (such as fingerprint activation, so only the badge’s owner can use it to open a locked door) to improve security. Badges can also include capabilities for location sensing, useful in emergencies to make sure everyone has successfully evacuated the building. A wearable bracelet provides a more reliable indication of location since it is less likely to be left in a jacket on the back of a chair.

If you want to learn more about Wearable Devices and the Internet of Things, you can speak to one of the team members at Davra to explain how IoT technology can benefit your workplace or even your personal well-being. Click here to contact Davra today!

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Brian McGlynn, Davra, COO

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