The applications of wearable technology are far-reaching, and it has been used in sectors like health, education, transportation, gaming, finance, aging, fitness, and many more. Below are common applications of IoT wearable technology.
Wearable beacon: Wearable beacon technology can be seen in a badgets, helmet or wristband for location monitoring,smart check-in and so on.
Watch-like wearable gadgets: These are best used with wireless transmitters, displays, and sensors. Users need to wear them on the wrist. They can be used to record location, step counts, running speed, breathing rate, heart rate, muscle tension, among many other roles. However, they are not entirely reliable since they can be inaccurate.
Smart Clothing Wearables: Since they are naturally adjacent to the user’s skin, they can monitor and measure the heart rate, muscle tension, breathing rate and send the data to a smart device like a mobile phone to determine the user’s health and wellness status.
Smart Tattoos: This is a form of an invasive wearable where the tattoo is somehow ‘alive.’ For example, there’s a new smart tattoo ink that changes color when the user is dehydrated or when the blood sugar level lowers or rises. Another example is the sticker- MC10’s BioStamp Research Connect, which is inserted in the user’s skin to provide data for medical research.
Virtual Reality gadgets: They are mostly used in gaming to capture users’ attention and give them a new immersive experience. Users exit the realities of everyday life and indulge in exciting brand-new worlds where they can do anything and be anyone they want. In other cases, the tourism sector employs wearable virtual reality gadgets like the teleporter. It’s meant to take tourists on virtual visits, which they feel like they are on the real sites. The capabilities are unlimited since users can feel even the wind, rain, or even the sun on their skins.
Smart Jewelry: Smart jewelry blends fashion and technology. For those who want to look fashionable and still enjoy the benefits tech can offer, you can choose from various smart jewelry out there. Their role is similar to those of other wearables since they are close to the skin and body trunk. They can monitor and record users’ medical data and send it to a database. They include a gemstone pendant, Fitbit Flex 2, Misfit Shine (with Bloom Necklace), etc.