In this article, we will look at some of the wearable techs which are projected to take over the technology industry as the need for smaller and easy to carry computers are in demand and whether they are safe to use or not.
Wearable Smart Glasses
These are glasses embedded with some microchips that are worn on the face to help the wearer perform some tasks without being noticed. It can help take pictures, take video coverage, magnify objects, improve sight, and can be used as an industrial glass for detection.
There are a number of wearable smart glasses that are recently trending, which include Google Glass, Vuzix M100, Recon jet, GlassUp, Meta Pro, Epson & Moverio Smart Watches. A smartwatch is a device worn on the wrist, which has a touch screen display that can be connected to your smartphone through Bluetooth, which keeps you updated on the digital networks of your phone such as notifications of incoming calls, emails, and various notifications from the applications you work with, track daily activities and more.
Some of the most talked-about smartwatches in the market today are the Apple Watch, TAG Heuer Smartwatch, Pebble Time, etc.
These are sophisticated wristbands or watches, which are produced to help you track and count your fitness activities. They tell you how much distance you have covered in your walk or run, the number of calories burned, when you are not correctly seated, the number of calories you have consumed, monitor your heart rate, etc. They usually come in different styles, shapes, colors, and sizes.
These are clothes embedded with small sensors which are designed to help check and provide feedback on your health, fitness, and sporting activities. They were also worn by the military on war fronts to provide a kind of health and emergency relief to soldiers when hurt or in danger. This clothing was usually hard and heavy and cannot be worn in normal circumstances. In recent years, there have been innovations in more fashionable and comfortable smart clothes.
Recent smart clothes include Project Jacquard by Google, and Athos; a medical tech clothing, designed for Gyms. MBody Bike & Run for runners and cyclists. Sensoria running socks; are used to track the time, distance, and pace of runs. Synapse smart dress; which sets a blue light alert when someone gets close, B Maternity; a health-tracking maternity gown for pregnant women, Climachill by Adidas; used to make the wearer feel cold while running.
Smart jewelry is exceptionally designed jewelry like necklaces, rings, bracelets, and some wristwatches that are fashionable and trendy like the others are embedded with a small device that can notify and track events.
Trendy smart jewelry include; Altruis, Bellabeat LEAF for tracking stress levels, Shine by Misfit Swarovski; which tracks activities and monitors sleep, Ear-O-Smart; an earring that tracks activities, calories, and heartbeat levels, Arc Pendant for men; used by cyclists to navigate through streets, Opening ceremony MICA, Tory Burch & Fitbit, Ringly, and so many others.
These are devices implanted under the skin mostly for medical reasons, such as insulin pumps, retinal implants, magnetic sensors, smart drugs, etc. Many proponents believe these implantation devices might become part of the human body in near future.
How Safe Are this Wearable technology
There has been a great deal of contention as to the potential health hazards of these wearable gadgets. It is a well-known fact that some low-level radiating mobile phones can cause some health problems, how much more than would an electronic device that is worn very close to the body for a long time not cause even more serious harm to their users.
Most researchers have confirmed this fact, while some have refuted it with heavy research to prove their stance. Nevertheless, a panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed in recent research carried out in 2011, that there is a possibility that mobile devices which have radio waves, can cause health problems and that it is best that cellphones are kept far away from the body to avoid this possibility.
On this note, why then do we have these inventions of wearable gadgets that are placed on the body? If cell phones are likely to be harmful to human health, it is also possible that wearable tech can cause even more harm since they carry the same electronic radiation as cell phones.
Nevertheless, there are so many advantages that can be derived from these wearable techs, as earlier sighted and since most wearable techs make use of Bluetooth, and Bluetooth uses a lower level of radio waves, then wearable techs might very well be safer than cellphones.