Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 10, 2015

What the Wearable Technology and IoT Landscape Will Look like in 5 Years

The Internet of Things and the trend towards wearable tech are some of the most exciting areas in consumer electronics. The next few years are going to bring some interesting developments in the convergence of these two areas. The biggest set of applications will be in healthcare, but there are many companies trying to bring the IoT and wearables together. In this post, we will explore how the fusion of these technologies will transform how we will interact with consumer electronics over the next 5 years.


Healthcare

The idea of wearable tech being useful for health and exercise is nothing new, but combining that with the IoT and the recent advances in medical record-keeping is. In healthcare, care providers are moving towards collecting more and more data of every kind and storing it electronically, rather than on paper. That opens up many new opportunities for data analysis and sharing data and medical records for improved collaboration.

Imagine a world where wearable tech functions as a personal aggregator of vital records and fitness information. The IoT means that items like scales and refrigerators can collect data about you, like your weight and diet, and then send that information to your wearable device. Your wearable, in turn, will combine all of this data and make it part of your medical records, so that your doctors can access it. That means you can save a lot of time, because your important vital stats will already be in the system before you even walk in the door of the doctor's office. Your doctor will also be able to craft personalized recommendations for you based on your health and fitness information. This unified network of technology and data will give you far better care at lower cost and with lower time investment than ever before.


The Smart Home

Another hot area for the Internet of Things is the smart home, where appliances, security elements, and other parts of the home all become connected to a central smart hub, which controls them. The smart hub can control the climate inside the home, open and close doors, lock and unlock doors and windows, and more based on the presence of people in the house. The most advanced ones learn over time and adjust to your habits, so you can have a house that serves you.

The IoT opens up some interesting new possibilities for the way smart homes work. They will be able to hook into the smart home network. For example, each member of the house could wear a ring that identifies them to the smart hub. Then, based on where the family members are located, how many people are home and awake, and so on. Then the hub will create exactly the right environment for the people who are present. This will save energy and time, enhance home security, and optimize the conditions in the house for the people in it. In time, this would eliminate clunky things like keys and thermostats- all of that would be taken care of automatically. With innovations like VSAT and satellite Internet, a smart hub could be enabled to track the family anywhere they go, and would allow the hub to prepare the house when family members are on their way home.

The more you learn about the Internet of Things and wearable tech, the more clear it is that the two are destined to be together. They just have so much synergy that it is easy to imagine ways of bridging the gap between the two for dramatic innovations. The entire process of living in a house and interacting with the health care system could change as a result of these two technologies. Keep an eye on the Internet of Things and wearable technology in the next five years, as they promise to bring innovations both new and anticipated.




Edited by Kyle Piscioniere




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