It’s no secret that the term ‘wearable tech’ has gained a lot more exposure in recent years, mainly from companies such as FitBit with their FitBit Flex wristband.
If you haven’t heard of FitBit, they’re a company that specializes in developing wearables that you can attach seamlessly to your clothing while you go about your daily routine.
As you move around, the built in sensors keep track of your movement, including how many steps you take, and lets you keep track of how much activity you get each day.
You can even use their online fitness software and app to record your daily nutritional intake, and measure the quality of your sleep.
But recent advancements from products such as touch screen watches and the wristband from Atlas Wearables have shown us that there’s a lot more to look forward to.
Taking workout tracking outside the gym
If you’re currently a member of a gym, or are fortunate enough to have created your own home gym, you’re probably used to the large display consoles that are built into many of the best running machines and ellipticals.
Even some of the ProForm models that offer iFit workout tracking and a more realistic virtual running experience rely on these consoles to measure all of your important workout statistics.
This is all very well for cardiovascular workouts, but what if you wanted to keep track of your resistance training?
If you want to track how many sets and reps you achieved with a particular weight on a given exercise, you are still usually relegated to using a pen and paper.
Of course apps are available, but it’s often impractical to be carrying expensive phones or tablets around with you when you lift heavy weights.
This is where the wristband solution from Atlas Wearables comes in, and is just one of many new startups that are entering the personal fitness space with their wearable tech.
How wearable tech can improve your overall health
Although we’ve so far only focussed on ways these new gadgets will track and improve your physical fitness, it’s also important to remember how beneficial these advancements can be to our general health.
For example, a healthcare company by the name of Augmedix is currently utilising Google Glass to push patient information to electronic health records.
This can not only increase the quality of personal care you receive, but also make for more efficient use of doctor’s time. This can lead to a number of knock-on benefits, such as reduced waiting lists, a quicker diagnosis, and being able to automatically detect any anomalies as the data is being recorded.
Right now, tech giants Apple, Google, Samsung, IBM, and many others are spending large amounts of time and money on wearable tech for the health sector, due to the life changing implications it can have for people around the world.
Although there’s still a lot to look forward to in terms of wearable tech for fitness tracking, it looks like the healthcare sector is where the big companies are currently spending most of their R & D budgets.