How Wearable Technology is Gearing Up to Make Us Healthier

February 7, 2019 0 By

Market research projects that the wearable industry will be worth $22 billion by 2022, with sales of wearable tech forecast to double over the next couple of years. The positive potential impact of technology in healthcare has been explored increasingly in recent years. Fitness trackers and heart monitoring have become well established in the world of wearables, with the former set to achieve a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of nearly 20% by 2023. However, new wearable devices are emerging that are gearing up to play an even more integral part in the health and fitness sectors in 2019 and beyond. 

Fitness wearables are the top tech of 2019

Market research has revealed that wearable technology is the top choice for fitness enthusiasts. This trend will no doubt boost sales of wearables such as fitness trackers and heart rate monitors, but also the latest headphone technology. With studies showing that people are more likely to exercise when listening to music, we can expect to see people turning to modern portable audio devices, particularly for personalized workouts at home or in the gym. The sound quality and noise canceling features of modern headphones give you the benefit of minimizing external distractions and maximizing the enjoyment of your workout.

Wearable tech is changing the face of fitness regimes

Wearable fitness technology is emerging that can provide you with real-time individual data on things such as technique, time actually spent working out and how much effort you are actually putting in. As a result, exercise trends are set to transform in a major way over the next year. Research suggests that the more sophisticated tracking ability will result in the market continuing to grow, with a CAGR of over 16%. 

Wearable technology in diagnostics

An area in which wearable technology is predicted to boom in a big way is the field of medical diagnostics. The push behind it is the ability to monitor patients over long periods of time in between appointments, in order to provide a more thorough and realistic assessment of their condition. This could have a positive impact on the collation of patients’ health history, with market research showing that a third of patients’ health notes are incomplete. 

Wearable sensors for diagnosing health conditions

Some groundbreaking wearable technology has recently been developed in diagnostics. For example, tiny optical sensors may be incorporated into something as small as a watch to look out for and manage long-term conditions such as diabetes. The sensors work by monitoring the concentration levels of metabolites, which are gases that can be detected in our skin and breath. Easily transportable, unobtrusive and powered by a pulse of light, these sensors could potentially play a huge part in helping bringing about a diagnosis of a chronic disease more quickly. 

Technology can often divide opinions, especially when it comes to discussing how much it should be used in our everyday lives. However, wearable devices are set to be on-trend for the foreseeable future. They have the potential to not only encourage us to exercise more, but also track our health in ways that can help put our minds at ease. In this way, the development of wearable technology in the healthcare industry can be seen as something positive in 2019 and b

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