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June 10, 2015

5 Things You Never Knew Wearable Technology Could Do

5 Things You Never Knew Wearable Technology Could Do

Wearable technology has reached the mainstream with wristband devices, eyeglasses, and smartwatches that measure your caloric intake, record your personal interactions, and count the number of steps you walked this morning. But that is just the beginning. Here are five things you never thought your wearable technology could do:

 

Lower Your Health Insurance Rates

With wearable technology being able to track our exercise routines, stress levels, and heart rates, health insurance providers seek to use that information to conduct risk assessments and create profiles for individuals. Though there are still privacy concerns that limit access to such information, health insurance providers want to measure the day-to-day wellbeing of individuals instead of using obsolete annual profiles based on gender and age. Modern wearable technologies that monitor your health are now poised to contribute to the health of your finances.

 

Give You Jedi Control of Digital Devices

Sensitive armbands, such as Myo, outfitted with sensors that read muscle movements, allow wearers to control technologies without touching them. With a simple point, squeeze, swipe, or wave of the hand, you can play video games, navigate a PowerPoint presentation, or turn on your coffee maker from the other side of the kitchen. The one-size-fits-all armband, which is worn around the thick part of a forearm, give users Jedi-like control of their digital devices.

 

Wear Technology Like a Patch, Band Aid… or a Tattoo

Wearable technology, from form-fitting bracelets to solar panels woven into fabrics, is something most people put on just like any other accessory or item of clothing. However, the latest wearable technology can be directly fastened to your skin as a patch, a band aid… or a tattoo. Yes, a tattoo. Tattoos are in development that can monitor your health or unlock doors. These wearable technologies are flexible, like skin, allowing for direct contact that is better able to track human vital systems and even assess our moods.

 

Pet Sit for Your Dog

Wearable technology isn’t just for human beings anymore. The same devices that monitor your health, exercise schedule, and commitments, have been adapted to help you keep track of your dog while you’re away. Wearable technology dog collars, fitted with GPS and other features, allow dog owners to track their dogs, monitor their exercise levels, and even play recorded audible commands that keep dogs safe and prevent them from getting lost. Some wearable technology collars also have digital cameras that record your pet’s adventures.

 

Hear the Color of Sounds

The future of wearable technology is now. Artist and officially recognized “cyborg” Neil Harbisson has taken wearable technology to the next level by having a digital antenna implanted into his skull. The WiFi device, connected to his brain, enables the color blind early adopter to identify colors through vibrations and even enjoy videos, conduct phone calls, and listen to music directly sent into his head. The antenna, which allows Harbisson to hear light, has been fastened to his brain since 2004, marking the future of wearable technology for the rest of us.