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December 2016 – Benefits of Wearable Technology

Published on: 09/12/2016

Discover the 2016 trends and benefits of wearable technology

Benefits of wearable technology

2016 Trends and Benefits of Wearable Technology

Today billions of devices feature wearable technology and around 83% of experts believe that the internet of things will have beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025. Already, in 2016 82% of wearable technology users in America have said that wearable technology has had a positive impact on their lives.

Fashion Statement

Many wearable technologies today symbolise fashion and wealth. An example of this is the Apple Watch, at a very expensive price tag this watch incorporates fitness tracking and health orientated capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services. Following on from previous success of other Apple products, consumers were excited about the launch of a trendy new wearable accessory. When it was first released in April 2015 the Apple Watch quickly became the world’s best-selling wearable device, selling £4.2 million smartwatches in the second quarter of 2015 alone.

Health & Fitness Tracking

Fitness tracking devices are a very popular accessory and have been since 2014. These fitness tracking devices, such as Fitbit have lots of benefits including: monitoring your sleep, calorie intake, calories burnt, exercise, number of steps walked in a day and number of floors climbed in a day. The Fitbit Alta prompts you every working hour to walk 250 steps by releasing a vibration on your wrist. It also allows you to read text messages on your Fitbit and will vibrate when you receive an incoming call. The Fitbit devices are perfect for the young generation that live life on the go.

Improves Personal Safety & Security

There are numerous apps today that improve personal safety, one of which is Wearsafe; it enables you to connect at the press of a button, keeping you safe wherever you go. The app can be activated by either wearing a smartwatch or by being sent a Wearsafe tag (a tiny device that pairs with your smartphone). The app works from up to 165 feet away, it communicates your location, speed of travel and audio collected from your smartphone and shares the information with your network.

Interaction & Connectivity

Various tracking devices can alert you about incoming calls, SMS, emails and voicemails. The technology can also help you locate your phone.


With tools like Google maps supported by smartphones, users can now retrieve directions from their current location, this is extremely helpful when you’re not familiar with your surrounding areas. With most smartphones now you can also share your location with individual contacts. This is a ground-breaking innovation which can help to keep users safe. The share your location function is particularly popular amongst parents who are keen to know the whereabouts of their teenage children.

Personal Trainer

With fitness tracker devices it is now easier than ever for users to feel encouraged to participate in regular exercise and know what they’re doing. The fitness trackers are reliable in tracking real time exercise and for those activities that do not require hand movements to participate in a sport, the exercise can be manually inputted in to the Fitbit afterwards to ensure the activity is monitored. By entering your daily calorie consumption in to the fitness tracker apps on your phone, users can see exactly how much exercise they need to do to burn off any extra calories. With the apps prompting you to participate in more exercise the trackers act as your personal trainer.

More than 72 million wearable devices were shipped worldwide last year. The future possibilities on wearable technology are endless, wearable technology has had a massive impact of peoples lives and will continue to do so over the next 3 years, with the sales forecast for wearable devices £155 million by 2019.

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