Making Tech Wearable: Part 1 – Digitising Your Fitness

As technology becomes much faster, smaller, cheaper, and power efficient; the possibilities for it’s integration into our lives increases exponentially. This principle has certainly applied in regards to making innovative technology wearable on a consumer level, developing from science fiction-like ideas, pipe dreams and prototypes, to a reality. This article is the first part in a series on Wearable Technology; first up – keeping updated and maintaining your fitness at the same time.

One of the current trends this year is the Smartwatch, available from various big-name manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony, for your compatible device. The goal of the Smartwatch is extending some of the capabilities of your smartphone to your arm, such as push notifications for text messages, social media, calendar events, as well as having limited app functionality – essentially functioning as a second screen for your compatible smartphone.

Many of the smartwatches available also offer a variety hardware based features that could rival one of James Bond’s; often including GPS location and elevation, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, gyroscopes and accelerometers (detecting movement & orientation in the same way as smart phones), heart rate monitors, light sensors, even waterproofing ratings. One of the major benefits of the features these watches include is the health and fitness aspect – streamlining the monitoring of your health including receiving bio-feedback regarding heart-rate and oxygenation, speed, calories burned, as well as distance traveled. All of which can be tracked over time via linked mobile or desktop apps, which can allow you to see how your health is progressing and where possible improvements can be made.

The health benefits of wearable technology is not exclusively limited to the smartwatch, as there is also a variety of dedicated health & fitness devices – commonly known as Fitness or Activity Trackers – which are now commonly available at retail outlets that have also become very popular in recent times. Whilst these devices may not have the more smartphone-orientated features such as SMS messaging, they do have the advantage of having typically longer lasting battery life via efficient processors and O-LED displays, their generally high-durability construction, dedicated bio-feedback functionality, and are often available in a variety of price ranges.  One the most marketed and popular Fitness Tracker brands available since its founding in 2007 and commerical launch in 2009 is Fitbit; which have a variety of fitbit trackers vailable in various sizes, colours, and functions.

If you’re interested investing in a Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker,  there is a wide variety available from stores such as the new JB Hi-Fi store in the recently developed Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood, as well as online retail options. If you have any questions about your smart device, feel free to drop us a call or email at PC Medic, and stay tuned for Part 2 of our series in Wearable Technology.