«The medtech industry has been paying close attention to the evolution of wearable devices. My first wearable device was a wristwatch. All it did was tell the time, but it was as much a part of my attire as my socks and shoes. After I bought a smartphone, however, there was no longer a reason to wear a clunky piece of metal around my wrist. My smartphone displayed the time, plus it allowed me to check emails, send texts, and surf the internet. I carried it everywhere. A couple of years ago, I decided to try a smartwatch. Now I no longer have a reason to keep a clunky piece of technology in my pocket. I can receive texts and emails on my watch, and the alarm feature noiselessly buzzes me awake in the morning. Outside of these utility features, this wearable device provides high- and low heart-rate notifications, displays my speed and elevation when I go mountain biking, and can call for help if I crash and need emergency assistance. Although I like to monitor my activity level, the data generated by my watch has little impact on my health or lifestyle choices. But wearable devices are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and could become essential tools for people who have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure or diabetes.»

Article written by Glenn Snyder