Science fiction wasn’t as fictional as it might have seemed watching Star Trek and many of the seemingly impossible gadgets are now available to everyone. “Wearable technology” is literally wearable technology, something that can be anything from a simple old-fashioned clock to virtual reality glasses. There are T-shirts that control body heat, glasses that let you see the screen of your mobile phone as if humanity had been transformed into little Terminator trainees, or headbands that measure brain waves to help concentration and lower stress levels. But right now, when we talk about wearables, what everyone has in mind are smart watches and sports wristbands.

At a time when, because of smartphones, wearing a wristwatch was already a mere nostalgic adornment, the watch is reinvented and statistics say everyone wants to own one. And what has changed? Well, everything, except that they also tell the time. The new wearable watches have so many applications that the fact that they measure time is no longer a concern. Because they can be synchronized with a smartphone, any diet or exercise application can give the watch indications about the user’s workout or the number of calories ingested and burned. Now, smart wristbands and watches measure sleep phases, heart rate, count steps, report on women’s menstrual cycles and even help pregnant women prevent pre-eclampsia. A watch can locate missing people or alert an ambulance if it detects a heart attack. It is normal for everyone to want one.

Some interesting facts about wereables:

– purchases are concentrated in November (16%) due largely to Black Friday and in December (15.7%) for Christmas gifts, sales are concentrated again in July (12.4%) when many people are exercising and doing outdoor activities.

– wristbands represent 61% of the wearables sold, compared to 39% for sports watches. They are mainly bought by men (59%) and the average age for buying one is 25.

– the average price spent per customer is 38 dollars.

– 89 % of the users who bought it practice some kind of sport activity.

The perfect complement to do sport

For cycling or running enthusiasts, having a smart wristband or smartwatch (if they have compatibility or smartphone connection options) is a must. Features include: 3G connectivity, GPS location that provides topography and turn-by-turn navigation on specific routes, heart rate monitor that continuously monitors how your heart rate varies over different terrains, pedometer, call and message display, music control, and synchronization with a smartphone to view performance statistics.

For those who practice water sports, the wearables can range from the classic underwater watch to those specialized in swimming in pools or in the open sea that analyze the number and type of strokes and the distance covered, in addition to monitoring the basic physiological parameters of heart rate, blood pressure, and sleep and food control, etc.

Diving enthusiasts also have wearables that, in addition to measuring the physiological parameters already mentioned and withstanding five atmospheres of pressure, will also indicate the depth and time of the dive, will make a second-by-second analysis of the accumulated nitrogen level according to the real depth and time so that it can be used, not only avoid any risk of decompression sickness when surfacing, but also extend your dive time compared to classic decompression tables by understanding that diving is always multilevel and by advising you of stops that may be necessary to release accumulated nitrogen.

Take better care of your health thanks to technology

Without being a fan of extreme sports, these intelligent supplements can measure steps and distance traveled, rest time, calories burned during physical activity, heart rate and blood pressure, sleep time and each of its phases to know if an effective rest is made, feeding, and can even be synchronized with certain scales to keep track of weight.

It goes without saying that it is useful for older people with memory problems or dementia or for people with some kind of physical or psychological vulnerability to carry a device like these, which have integrated GPS technology.

Although smart wristbands and watches have a majority of sports fans, the medical community sees them as an important ally for prevention, treatment and monitoring of patients, as they have the ability to store and share biomedical data on a constant basis that is tremendously valuable for making better diagnoses or preventing problems. In addition, wearables could mean an increase in the average life expectancy by being able to monitor the health and habits of each person in real time.

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