Wearable technology is more than a fancy arm piece with the ability to count your steps. It is technology that is revolutionising the health and fitness industry.
As technology progresses, the market for wearables continues to expand. When looking to purchase a wearable device, one is often bogged down by the sheer quantity of products available – and before you have unboxed your device, a new model has been released.
Vernon Foxcroft, Business Development Manager at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape, says that when purchasing a wearable device integration should be the primary focus. “Wearables need to ‘talk’ to an individual’s existing hardware.”
Foxcroft says that this is where Apple has the advantage. “Aesthetically, Apple’s sleek design ensures that a wearable device is effortlessly incorporated into one’s day-to-day. Furthermore, the tech giant develops hardware and software, which means all user touchpoints are considered, making it easy to sync information across various hardware devices.”
So, what are some of the benefits of wearable technology?
It’s more than a just fitness watch
Foxcroft says that the biggest benefit of wearable technology goes far beyond fitness. “Monitoring calories, steps, or tracking distances can be extremely useful to anyone looking to improve their overall fitness, but there are also massive (and arguably more important) health benefits attributed to a wearable device.”
Foxcroft refers to Seizalarm – an app which links to the Apple Watch and monitors seizures for those who suffer from epilepsy. “In the event of an epileptic attack, this app notifies caregivers allowing first responders to react in a timely manner. The location tracker also ensures an individual is located and assisted faster.
“This not only provides him and his family with peace of mind, but also is an example of the power of technology when it comes to saving lives,” says Foxcroft.
In addition to this, the App Store also offers applications that track heart rates, glucose levels, and more.
It is secure
Apple has gone to extreme measures to create an infrastructure that ensures user privacy and data protection. Foxcroft notes the Apple ‘Health Kit’, a programming framework which is built into the operating system and is available to all app developers.
Foxcroft says that, in layman’s terms, ‘Health Kit’ provides individuals with one central hub where, once they have synced to a wearable device, they are able to access personal information, like their daily activity and health records, in a user-friendly format, ensuring data safety.”
It can save your life
An individual is able to track information that is important to them, and they also have the ability to share this information with a healthcare practitioner – “providing professionals with a comprehensive medical history and lifestyle overview.”
Users are able to pre-load all pertinent health information like pre-existing conditions, blood type, emergency contact numbers etc. using Apple’s ‘Medical ID’ which can be accessed on a locked phone. “In an emergency situation, this could be the difference between life and death,” adds Foxcroft.
Wearables of the future
Foxcroft predicts that as technology progresses, the need for wearable devices will continue to grow.
“I believe that cellphones will inevitably be replaced by wearable devices as our primary communication hub. I foresee everyday tasks like making phone calls and payments, to the more complex tasks like controlling home security systems – to all be possible from one wearable device.”