Wearable technology is a rather new phenomenon which has been gaining traction, in recent years, especially in the fitness community. A recent report conducted by the Pew Research Center found that most experts are in agreement.
The general consensus is that web-connected devices that share information will dominate the way most people will live their lives by the year 2025.
The report’s author, Janna Anderson, director of Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center is quoted as saying, "Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety and vastly more useful information for people and organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations and tech complexity that boggles us."
It started with fitness trackers like Fitbit, which help a person track their fitness level, steps walked, and even their sleep. Fitbit One($99.99) is small enough to be hidden and can be worn at any time.
Another tracker that has come into this space, the Misfit Shine ($99.99), does not want to be hidden. It is wearable technological jewelry and is meant to be both attractive and useful at the same time. The Misfit Shine can be worn as a bracelet, broach, or even a necklace and also tracks activity levels, steps and sleep.
Now wearable technology has extended past just tracking fitness.
Endevr, a Utah-based company which produces innovative health and wellness products, has released a line of medical identification bracelets with scannable QR codes.
The MyID Sport ($19.99), MyID Sleek ($39.99), and MyID Luxe ($79.99), are all medical ID bracelets meant to provide first responders with the best, most accurate and up-to-date personal and/or medical information if the need arises. The first responder can scan the QR code with any mobile device and all the information will be transmitted to them.