Smartwatches (Samsung Gear, Pebble, etc.)

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The current trend in the technology world is pushing “wearable” tech. Right now, that push is focusing on smartwatches.

Essentially, these are watches that have, in most cases, a full LCD display. They show the time, yes, but they also connect to our smartphones and offer some functionality through them. In general, this connection to the smartphone is done over Bluetooth wireless.

I’m currently using the Samsung Gear Fit, connected to my Galaxy S4 smartphone. Without going into a full review, I can tell you that it offers full notification features (so it can vibrate and alert me when I get a text message, or a BBM message, or a phone call, or a calendar reminder, or an e-mail message). It also has several ‘health’ apps, like a pedometer, heart rate monitor and exercise tracker.

The world of wearable technology is growing at an immense rate. Having your own heart rate monitor 3 years ago meant buying some expensive, bulky equipment that really, you were only going to use in your own home. Today, you can have a fairly reliable (I’ve actually tested my Gear Fit in the doctor’s office on numerous occasions and it’s been correct within a few beats every time) heart rate monitor right on your wrist, built into your watch. The pedometer is great too, as I find myself constantly wondering if I’m getting up and about often enough during the day. After all, a lot of us IT professionals sit behind a desk a good amount of the workday. Now I can tell with a decent degree of accuracy how many kilometers I walked in a day.

Besides these basic and somewhat obvious features, there are possibilities we haven’t even thought of. For example, a heart rate monitor could be set to constantly observe your pulse, and in the event of that pulse going too far outside predetermined parameters, it could alert you. If you don’t respond to the alert, then your smartwatch could automatically contact emergency medical services for you and give them very specific details on what’s going on, even if you were hypothetically incapacitated.

The advances in the “wearable” tech world are happening very quickly. I believe that we’re going to see a lot of changes as we evolve and learn about how this type of technology can benefit our everyday lives.

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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  1. Anastasios Barianos July 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Smartwatches, as I see them, is the first “real” step into eHealth. They migh not be too reliable yet, and they have tons of other, more fun, features, but they are the start to making eHealth something for everybody, instead of complex systems for people that already have health issues. And that is just amazing!

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