Perhaps the biggest merit for wearable technology is its ability to quantify personal data in a way that few technologies can. As more consumers incorporate wearable devices into their everyday activities, the ability to unveil a greater sense of personal understanding becomes increasingly attainable than ever before. Other benefits of fitness trackers and wearable electronics in general that make them readily acceptable by the market include:
The usage of some fitness apps often requires planning before they’re ready for use. For instance, if you need information about an alternative route when on the go, the app should already be active to get an instant response. With wearable technology, on the other hand, you have access to the information you need in an instant, responding to your location and providing useful information that you need on the fly. There’s no need to reach for your phone, leave alone unlocking it.
• Health Monitoring
Fitness trackers and smartwatches offered by Fitbit, Mio Fuse, Basis Peak, Xiaomi, and Apple, to name a few, are increasingly growing in popularity because they offer functions such as step, calorie, activity, and sleep monitoring that help you stay healthy during your daily hustle. They can also keep you motivated in the office environment and reduce work-related stress, injuries, and sick-days.
• Maximize Workout Sessions
Some wearable devices are capable of measuring your heart rate, which can help to determine the intensity of your workout. For aerobic exercises, it is recommended that you exercise at between 60 and 80 percent of your maximum heart rate for about 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week to improve endurance. The right fitness tracker that alerts you when you exceed or fall below this range can make your workout sessions much safer and effective, especially for those suffering from heart-related problems.
• More engagement with the surroundings
For the most part, fitness trackers do not impose a screen that separates the user from the outside world. While you may glance down at the device like when looking at a smartphone’s screen, you will be less involved.
• Greater discretion
These devices are capable of delivering alerts and notifications conveniently, without having to reach for your smartphone or opening a computer. In other words, retrieving meaningful information concerning your fitness or health or activity level is a quiet and far less obtrusive process.
The portable technology segment has made significant advances in the area of aesthetics. Reports indicate that many consumers care just as much about a device’s sleek look as they do for its capabilities or performance. In response, the manufacturers of wearables have gone to great lengths to make their devices smaller, lighter, sleeker, and more intuitive, and in some cases, offering a range of external features – colours, straps, designs, etc. Since some of these fitness trackers are replacing standard jewelry, they have to be adequately fashionable.
• Accountability and motivation
Compared to standard pedometers, logs, or journals, fitness trackers are capable of accurately measuring and reporting objective workout data, including the duration, distance, pace, and intensity of an activity. They send this information to your smartphone or PC in a graphical manner for easy comparison. This ability to view your activity levels and progression towards your goals increases compliance and motivation.
Many people continue to realize the benefits of wearable devices. The increased awareness of the risks of a sedentary lifestyle, coupled with the introduction of affordable fitness wearable has led to a rapidly growing sector, with projected sales of over 100 million wearable devices in 2016 – the IDC projects 44 percent growth from 78.1 million sales in 2015.
Fitbit, Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, and Garmin are the top companies in the sector with millions of sales per year. For a broader perspective of the wearable technology industry, find the full article titled The State of Fitness Trackers on appcessories.co.uk.
Max Wegner is the Senior Editor at Appcessories and a regular contributor with a keen eye on new inventions and is always one step ahead when it comes to technology.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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