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While fitness and tech enthusiasts around the world are all familiar with wrist wearables like Fitbit, when it comes to monitoring our vitals and its relation to work and productivity, what is the future of these kinds of wearable technology?
We all use apps to track time the time we spend on tasks, and could even be taking advantage of voice-activated assistance to manage our schedule, but with recent developments in wearable technology, we could soon be using devices that quite literally get under our skin. Here are some of the personal monitoring devices set to take over from the popular wrist wearable in 2016:
- Biometric Tattoos
Getting a tattoo might not be for everyone, but with biometric tracking ability, Tech Tats could appeal to anyone looking for an edgier tracking device. Although not permanent, Tech Tats are placed directly onto the skin using electric paint and are a more reliable way of tracking data as they are constantly monitoring your physical activity, as opposed to removable wrist wearables, which also need to be charged. Although still in the early stages, developer Chaotic Moon forsees a variety of applications, including health care and location tracking.
2. Wearable Body Metrics
Using a smart watch might be convenient and easy to use, but there are still times when you’ll need to take it off, for example in the shower or while sleeping. To make personal monitoring equipment even easy to wear and use, and make sure that it stays as close to your body for as long as possible though, several products have been developed by various technology companies.
These include clothing by Live Athos, which is designed to be lightweight and comfortable, but also monitor all of your personal data. This includes even advance body measurements that can track and monitor how you are using your muscles during a work out, which can help to correct your form. Other similar products include Hexoskin, which is set to be used to monitor the biometrics of astronauts.
When thinking about how this could be applied in a working environment, it’s exciting to think that something you wear could prevent you from experiencing neck pain, or help to monitor any elevated stress levels or other kinds of health issues. Weather it’s a full vest or even underwear, being able to keep track of your body can assist in staying on top of your busy work schedule, and help to alleviate any unnecessary muscle pain from sitting behind a desk.
3. Designer Wearables
While personal monitoring devices may be largely geared towards the very fit and active, what about people who choose to monitor their biometric data more discreetly? With ambassadors such as fashion icon Iris Apfel, Wisewear is a more stylish alternative to more rugged personal monitoring devices, and comes in a range of styles and designs. Wisewear personal monitoring devices also include features such as a touch activated distress signal, which adds an additional element to the functionality of the device, taking it from just a monitoring device to a discreet method of communication.
With the above just a few examples of whats to come in 2016, it’s impressive to think about the potential influence that these kinds of devices will have on our lifestyles and working habits. With devices ranging from very actively functional to ones designed to be more of a a general accessory, the scope for variability is vast, with undoubtedly even more advanced designs to look forward to in the years to come.