How Can Wearable Tech Improve Your Life?
by Evan Wade
Wearable devices may seem like high-tech gadgets designed for extremely tech-savvy people, but spend some time with a smartwatch and you'll start to understand why that's not the case. They're actually designed to be ergonomic, intuitive and very user-friendly. Here are four reasons why the best wearable tech devices will quickly become your best friends:
They Simplify Everything
You know how your smartphone takes all sorts of tools and features and puts them in a single, simplified device? The best wearable tech devices do the same thing by allowing you to access these functions from the convenience of your wrist. Because your smartwatch is connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone, it can access all sorts of information and even control applications. You have the ability to make phone calls, check your Facebook messages and respond to emails right from your smartwatch.
Thanks to the "Internet of things," many of the devices and appliances around your home can be controlled by mobile apps. For example, if you have a Wi-Fi connected thermostat, setting the temperature is as easy as tapping on your wrist to access the accompanying app. Though the technology is fairly new, more and more devices are being added to a growing list of connected devices.
They Make Paying Easy
Imagine being able to load your shopping list onto your watch, check items off as you shop and then pay without ever having to fumble through your wallet. That's exactly the type of seamless, user-friendly experience wearables offer. Mobile payments might seem like a thing of the future, but wearables are bringing that technology to the forefront. Sure, debit and credit cards are handier than dealing with cash, but it's even easier to tap your watch at the grocery store's checkout terminal and head home.
They Make Digital Media Even Better
Say you're watching a recording of last night's football game, and just before your team makes a major play, the doorbell rings. You look for the TV remote to pause the game, but you can't find it anywhere. Wearables allow you to say "so long" to remotes lost in couch cushions! With a smartwatch, you don't have to miss a second of your game. Simply use the remote app on your smartwatch to pause the TV. After you've answered the door, just tap your watch to resume the play and enjoy the victory!
Wearables can do the same thing with your music by allowing you to skip songs, and they can even control the shutter button on your smartphone's camera. That's right, no more blurry selfies!
They'll Keep You Healthy
Wearable devices can look out for your health 24/7. Many devices feature advanced accelerometers, a technology that senses movement, to measure your activity throughout the day. These devices can even monitor your heart rate and give you a snapshot of your overall health. Third-party fitness apps bring all sorts of health-related functions into the fold. There are several applications that can track your runs via GPS and plot your route on map. Other apps can track your blood pressure or blood glucose levels, which is especially helpful for those with diabetes. Whether your goal is to drop a couple pounds or monitor your vitals, wearable devices can provide tremendous insight.
Wearables make it easier and more convenient to accomplish your daily tasks. Combined with these devices' ease of use and general cool factor, wearables are the perfect complementary devices for anyone with a smartphone.