In a report released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), it was revealed that wearable technology will be one of the top trends to watch out for in 2016 with a range of new gadgets and features to be launched by different brands.
Every year, we see something better than the previous version. The Apple Watch replaced the regular fitness tracker and set high standards on how one could use smartwatches to track their fitness. The gadget continues to lead the pack of smartwatches however later this year, we could see other brands bring more to the table with a range of wearable technology catering to different areas of health and fitness. Here is a list of five most important wearable tech trends we could expect later this year:
2016 promises a range of innovative wearable gadgets like eye-tracking LED dresses that move when you’re being watched, biometric sports bras that adapts to your body and workout and more. Tracker chips are being manufactured by Phone Halo and the designers of ‘Asher Levine’. They are integrated using couture designs which make it possible for owners to track their lost devices using dedicated trackers mobile apps.
Sensoria Smart Socks was awarded the “Best New Wearable Technology Device” by IDTechEX in November, 2015. These are sensor-embedded socks with soft pressure points designed to pass information on the intensity of foot activity by the user. When there is a sudden, harmful movement that could cause injury to the ankle, the user is instantly alerted via an app.
This is highly beneficial for marathon runners, football players, baseball players, Olympic trainers and every professional sportsperson out there. It’s helpful even for common people who jog and run every day to maintain a higher level of fitness.
The healthcare industry is immensely benefitted by the launch of fitness gadgets. Here’s an Infographic that explains how wearable technology is influencing the insurance industry.
GPS Pet Collars
Wearable technology isn’t just for people. There is something for your cats and dogs too. GPS Pet collars like Kyon Pet Tracker, Inupathy, Pod 2, and DogTelligent can track the location and activity of your loveable pets and send the information to your phone. What better way to track your pet than use wearable technology, especially when you are heading to a remote area?
We’ve seen countless newspaper ads from cat and dog owners to help find their lost pet. That would never be a problem when you start using GPS Pet collars.
It’s not just the runners but also the swimmers to be benefitted by wearable technology. Thanks to brands like FlyFit and Garmin, swimmers now gain access to a range of waterproof devices like bands, watches, caps, and trackers to track critical metrics like heart rate, amount of calories burnt, kick speed, time spent in the water, breaths taken under water, and SWOLF.
SWOLF (derived from the words ‘swimming’ and ‘golf’) is a calculation of the number of strokes made per length, and it’s one of the most important factors to be kept track of by competitive swimmers.
There is no doubt that people who are looking to take their swimming skills to the next level will invest in swimming gadgets this 2016.
Imagine you are driving back home after a tiring day at the office and your eyes start blinking and you start losing focus. Just when you are about to meet a danger, you hear a sudden alarm that alerts you to stop driving. Wash your face, have a cuppa and take it easy! That’s one example of how wearable technology can save your life.
Check out Netatmo June to protect your skin from the sun’s killer rays, Arc Pendant to stay safe on your bike, Vigo to track your eye focus while driving, Immersion Headset to monitor your ticker, and after Google Glass, now Google Contact Lens to beat diabetes.
In addition to these, there are lots of other wearables expected to be launched during the second half of the year. Invest in the new age of wearable technology to hone your athletic skills, protect yourself and your dear ones from dangers and make your lives better.