We are increasingly dependent on personal technology, but we’re not sure how it will look in ten years. Martin Gee, Alexander Ho, and Josh Raab say that most people could not predict a few years ago that people would be able to buy a watch that not only indicates time but also checks the weather, reads texts, and tracks the users’ workouts.
While the line between reality and technology is still blurred, TFOT says there is a need for comprehensive guidelines and laws to address many issues surrounding security, moral, and ethical aspects of wearable computers. For most of us to be able to appreciate the need for this, consider how substantially different wearable products could change our world before long.
We will be able to use many normal-looking earrings to track our heart rate, blood-oxygen levels, and body temperature. We have seen how Bluetooth headsets have allowed business people to talk to themselves in public. But these earrings will make that a common practice among all people.
Many people are yet to appreciate the essence of mood rings. However, with the introduction of mood shirts, the trend could be back soon.
Your shirt will have sensors that are well equipped to monitor your physiology and let everyone know its status. The shirts could also help you get discounts for feeling positive and healthy when they beam data to your insurer.
People will put on shoes that convert their movement into useful energy. As such, you will be able to power your internal sensors and wearable devices without batteries and electricity. Moreover, you will be able to use the sensors to cool your shoes or heat your feet, as you deem fit. At the same time, technology will help you to track your exercise as well as weight changes.
With a virtual assistant built into your contact lenses, you will also keep your life organized. The lenses will be able to know you more than any living person could. How? They will analyze your tears and facial expressions to predict your feelings, thoughts, and intentions. Consequently, the lenses will be able to give you what you need before you ask for it.
There are plans to insert microchips in nail polish or embed them under people’s fingernails. These smart devices will be able to track your movements, provide real-time haptic feedback, activate keyboard functions for virtual screens, and enable you to draw virtually in three dimensions.
Buttons have remained the same for many decades. However, due to the emergence of advanced technology, they are about to change significantly. Before long, we will begin to have buttons with embedded GPS. This way, you will be able to track your movements and learn your habits with ease.
The advanced buttons will allow all your wearable devices to respond in real-time to your location. Before you decide where you want to go, they will give you accurate predictions and make suggestions on your next course of action.
Due to these capabilities, cases of people getting lost will be almost unheard of in the world. If you find yourself in an unknown or dangerous territory, you will be able to rely on your buttons to contact your family. Where applicable, you will also be able to call 911 for help irrespective of your location.
Technology Making the HealthCare Future Promising
The medical industry is one of the leading beneficiaries of wearable technology. It is leveraging on the products to enhance their service delivery. According to credible reports, wearable technology will change the sector in many different ways within the next four years.
The industry predicts that there will be significant growth in the use of implantable medical technology. Many people will rely on the wearable devices that are implanted on their bodies to monitor vital wellness levels within them.
The experts predict that by 2024, the market for the products for vital signs monitoring will hit USD 980M.
However, the industry thinks that the high growth rate means the relevant authority needs to address issues such as security and privacy. Criminals could make the lives of some people hard if this is not done on time. They should also consider opportunities for advanced analytics to make the best use of technology.
The healthcare sector also forecasts that if security issues are addressed, medical professionals will be able to collect essential data remotely. This way, technology will help them to improve the operational efficiency of their services.
Demand for wearable tech will continue to increase in all industries. However, the increase in health care for remote monitoring and diagnostics is one of the many that cannot be ignored. Human intervention will also reduce significantly in healthcare. Patients will rely on context-based automation to access quality medical care remotely.