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