Just as we humans are evolving – so is technology. It’s becoming smaller, faster, smarter. It’s something we can WEAR. It’s part of our clothes, our bodies, our lives. It’s creating a new reality.
The rise of wearable tech
When we think of wearable technology, we often think of the Fitbit or Apple watch – and it’s easy to see why. According to our research, the number of UK adults using tech devices to monitor their health and fitness has risen by 75% in the last year1.
Dr Doug Wright, Medical Director at Aviva, notes that: ‘people are gradually beginning to work this relatively new technology into their everyday lives. With many people keen to reach health and exercise goals, it’s encouraging to see an increase in the number of people using technology to track their physical activity.’
But wearable tech is much more than this – and it hasn’t always been so health-focused. From the first pair of spectacles in ancient Venice, to the air-conditioned top hats of the Victorian era, right up to the Virtual Reality headsets of today – technology has come a long way. With each innovation paving the way for the next, could today’s technology be the precursor for something even greater?
A healthier future with wearables
Tech experts are painting the future of wearables with devices that enhance our physicality and prevent the onset of illness. This could be down to the rapidly advancing medical industry, which is making us more and more aware of how lifestyle impacts health.
As Dr Doug Wright recognises: ‘Greater acceptance of healthcare technology is a step in the right direction. In the long-term, digital technology can help relieve pressure on stretched healthcare services and give people more autonomy in preventing and treating health conditions.’
We can see this reflected in the wearable tech predictions, all of which aim to improve quality of life and alleviate the strain on national health services. But will this make us more in sync? More connected? Safer? Or will we have to sacrifice our independence and privacy as part of it?
Of course, the future is unpredictable. But with wearable tech being one of the key areas of innovation for business, and an increasing number of people planning to buy, the wearable tech future is looking pretty bright.
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