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Health Stickers: The Future of Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are getting more popular and it is a big help for the healthcare industry / Photo by: Kaspars Grinvalds via Shutterstock

 

The growing popularity of wearable technology brings hope for the future of healthcare. Wearable technologies have become more popular as smartphones, mobile applications, computing, and broadband connectivity have gained market traction, but it has been a part of how people have envisioned the future of medical sciences.

The wearable market leveraging wearable app development technology is growing as the number of gadgets worldwide is expected to jump from 325 million in 2015 to 830 million in 2020. As the wearable market expands, new and exciting technologies take the stage and no business wants to be seen as obsolete, especially when it comes to healthcare and fitness industries.

One of the big pluses to wearable technology is the convenience factor. People want their devices to be worn easily and won’t disrupt their daily routines. A device that can easily be used is a good market today. Additionally, technology with a little bit of fashion also attracts the consumer. Having a seamless and minimalist design is now in-demand rather than having something that is too extravagant to wear.

Wearable technology has a variety of application which includes different types of computerized wristwatches such as the Apple iWatch, fitness tracking devices, and the revolutionary Google Glass.  

Smart healthcare

In a recent webpost by Science Daily, they mentioned that the researchers from Purdue University made a revolutionary leap in wearable device by creating a smart sticker that helps in monitoring the health status of the patients and athletes through the smart chips that are extremely small chip that function as a computing device that processes information and data storage.

The emergence of smart stickers could help in real-time patient monitoring. According to Machine Design, wearable devices like smart sticker wearables could help the doctors and other medical professionals in giving an immediate response for their patient since these stickers could be connected with the cloud and then it could notify them instantly.

The smart stickers are made of cellulose, which is both biocompatible and breathable, according to the study published in the Journal of Advanced Materials and Interfaces. Health professionals could use the stickers as implantable sensors to monitor the sleep of patients because they conform to internal organs without causing any adverse reactions. These stickers are patterned in serpentine shapes to make the devices as thin and stretchable as skin, making the wearer become comfortable with the wearable device.

Scientists are now keen in making a sticker that can monitor the health of the person by itself / Photo by: ra2studio via Shutterstock

 

Benefits to elder healthcare

Wearable devices are always a popular topic at the annual trade show, Consumer Electronics Show. another field of application of wearable technology is monitoring systems for assisted living and eldercare. In assisted living settings or nursing homes, the wearable sensors could help keep track of how efficiently elderly people are going about everyday tasks such as cooking or grooming.

Wearable devices also empower patients to take active roles in managing their own health. For seniors, that can include new ways to manage such chronic illnesses as diabetes and heart disease. The technology that helps seniors to avoid complications from their conditions which can yield tremendous savings by eliminating unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital stays.

Technology is coming to the rescue for the elderly people who have trouble in hearing. The first generation of wearable technology relied on tiny speakers that users could insert into their ears to receive warnings. Meanwhile, wearable tech designers have learned to make devices to aid partially sighted and blind elderly by creating sensors which can be attached to vests or clothing.

Wearable devices on fitness

Fitness has been a major focus for wearable technology, with manufacturers producing everything from ubiquitous fitness bands to more targeted sports assist products. Fitness applications are defined as providing sports-related and non-medical health-related benefits to the user.

Proper gym trackers are slowly on the rise and help in serving the muscle-building needs whether for bodyweight workouts or a session in the weights room. The latest gym-focused wearables can guide the form, exertion, and reps which could help the user to have the results faster.

Fitbit has a number of activity trackers that consumers could choose from, depending on their personal style, level of commitment, and their allotted budget. The cheaper models come with basic step counting, distance calculation, and calorie burn calculation. Evolving from the pedometers, activity trackers not only count the steps that the user take, but they also use accelerometers and altimeters which can be used in calculating the distance traveled by the user.

Fitness trackers allow people to monitor their activity, what they are eating on a daily basis and more. This can lead to improved overall health and, ultimately increased productivity due to a decreased rate of workplace absences related to illnesses and other ailments. Working with the step counter, this feature can tell the user how many calories they’re burning while they are walking.

There’s already more than enough wearable technology out there to choose from, but the best technology is that which serves its purpose to improve or enhance their lives rather than making their life more sedentary.

Most of the newest wearable devices are focused on a person's fitness trainings / Photo by: Daxiao Productions via Shutterstock

 

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