Wearable Tech and The Internet Of Things
The thought of everything being connected via the Internet of Things, from your glasses, to watch, to fridge, is a scary one to some people. For me, it brings excitement! The Internet of Things means that objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers allowing them to transfer data via a network.
Picture this; it’s winter, which means dark, cold mornings, everyone’s favourite, right? Your usual morning routine consists of waking up at 7:00am, having a shower and breakfast and leaving the house at 8:00 for your hour long commute into work. One particular day you need to be in the office at 8am because you have an important client flying in for a meeting. You’ve gone to sleep at 10pm to ensure you have the full recommended 8 hours. Whilst you sleep your client’s flight has been delayed a few hours, meaning your meeting has been pushed back. It’s also become very icy over night, so your car will need the dreaded task of de-icing in the morning! You’ve also not realised that you need petrol. Sounds like a wonderful thing to wake up to! Don’t fear the Internet of things is here! Your smartphone has received notification that your meeting has been pushed back, so has kindly sent a message to push back your alarm. Your car then interferes ‘but wait, I need petrol and I’m iced up’ so your alarm is changed to fit in enough time to get petrol on your way in. The de-icing? Well that’s taken care of also: 10 minutes before you need to leave the house your car turns itself on and de-ices and warms the car up for you. The Internet of things is slowly starting to sound less scary now isn’t it?
Smart watches have changed a vast amount from the calculator watch of the 80s. Now we have devices such as the Pebble, Android Wear and Galaxy Gear. They’re basically smartphones for your wrist. Emerging wearable tech is not only being made to help us connect easily to our emails and text messages, it’s also being used for other applications such as in health care. Bones is an orthopaedic cast with sensors, which records the muscle activity around a fractured area and stimulates the full recovery time of the patient. The information gathered from the cast is then synced to the user’s online profile where they can track their recovery progress.
Google Glass is also being used for health. Stanford University physician Dr. Homero Rivas uses Glass to assist with surgery, by directing his Glass on a target, which then reveals an augmented reality display on his Glass screen. Looking through the Glass enables him to see the procedure illustrated step by step with images superimposed over the skin of the model.
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