Can Wearable Technology Make People Healthier?

The market is predicted to explode

7 July 2014

Wearable technology includes smart wristbands and pedometers to measure things such as a person’s daily steps, calories burned, and how many times they wake during the night. There’s even a wearable for maintaining good posture.

Many early adopters claim such products have helped improve their health. And according to the technology research firm Canalys, this is the year wearables become a “key consumer technology.” It predicts that more than 23 million smart wristbands alone will be sold, including Fitbit products [see photo] and the Nike Fuelband. By comparison, last year saw the sale of 13 million wearables of all types.

Soon, wearables are expected to include contact lenses with sensors that measure glucose levels in people with diabetes and electronic “tattoos” that monitor how well a wound is healing.

Are wearable technologies a fad, or will they have a lasting effect on people’s health? Have you used them? Why or why not?

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