Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wearable Technology

What's next and where is this headed?

It has been exciting to follow and see new products hit the market after the Nike+ FuelBand was first to break out and give consumers something that worked and connected them to a larger community. FitBit and the Jawbone UP were next and the scramble was on to figure out what this meant to the future of fitness, sleep, nutrition and communication platforms that consumers wear.

This is how fast consumer products, technology and marketing are moving theses days, this all happened in a matter of months, maybe extending a year if you take into account the Nike+ FuelBand.

I wrote about my personal usage of these devices and platforms back in June: Social Fitness

Endurance athletes and those in the active lifestyle community have been using this type of technology for a number of years with Polar heart rate monitors and then with the adoption of GPS; Garmin, Timex and Polar all have 'wearable' products that overindulged us with information.

Application companies then got into the fray and we saw MapMyFitness, Strava, RideWithGPS, RunKeeper and others develop communities around the tracking and mapping of activities.

There will always be demand from the athletic side for more and greater technology and applications around training, racing and sharing.
Recon Instruments has developed the Recon Jet product for cyclists and triathletes

Sport Techie put together a great look into wearable technologies impact on mainstream sports:

How the Wearable Tech Industry Will Impact the Future of Sports 
October 25, 2013 By
In many ways, this emerging sector has already begun influencing the sports world. Its impact on the industry can be anticipated at all levels, from amateur to professional and youth to collegiate, and is beginning to profoundly change the landscape of sports. From the evaluation of an athletes’ performance, to the ways in which coaches train their teams, emerging technology’s role has become more defined.

How much is too much?


But, where are we with the greater consumer adoption and usage by the medical community to make this information useful and helpful in prevention, diagnosis and treatment?

It seems as though the novelty is wearing off.

Wearable-Tech Fatigue and the New Fitbit Force

I had almost given up on all activity-tracking wristbands until I tried the new Fitbit Force.
You see, over the past year and a half I’ve tried a bunch of these wearable tech products, like the Jawbone Up, the Nike+ Fuelband, multiple Fitbits and others. A few months ago I even wore four at the same time, and compared how they interpreted my daily steps, sleep patterns, heart rate, food intake and more.

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