wearable tech blog
June 26, 2015

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wearable Technology

Written By Jessica Lail

The wearable technology market has seen a surge in both interest and activity recently. As various different brands (Unicef, Tag Heuer and Nuzzle etc.) are trying to incorporate the new technology into their digital and mobile strategies, we ask ourselves, what are the advantages and disadvantages of wearables?

Wearable technology has a diverse range of uses, fro personal to professional. For business a wearable can be used for anything from CRM, to tracking project progress or employee timesheets, and on a personal level your wearable device can be used to make a whole host of tasks easier and quicker.

As with everything, there are many advantages and disadvantages linked to wearable technology, here we explore the most prominent examples.

A great use that wearable technology has is for healthcare and this technology can actually change peoples lives. Quell Relied have created a knee brace that can provide up to 40 hours of pain relief before needing to be recharged. As well as providing this pain relief, it can store information and be synced with your smartphones.

Google are using the idea of wearable technology and healthcare as a platform that they’re designing heavily for. Their smart contact lenses have been designed for either diabetes sufferers or people with vision impairments. These contact lenses can measure glucose levels in diabetes patients as well as restoring natural focus which will be useful for patients who wear glasses. As well as the contact lenses, Google are also going down the route of researching into cancer and wearable technology. If Google find a way that they can help cancer patients with wearable technology it will be a great invention that many people will really appreciate and follow.

Even though wearable technology is providing many advantages to healthcare, it is also being researched into whether wearable technology is safe due to the radiation it emits. At the moment, it has been noted that wearable technologies are smaller than a lot of other devices and therefore they do emit less radiation then devices such as smartphones.

Wearable technology can also been seen as a fashion statement. Being new and current it will be an accessory that eventually will be seen on everyone. As great as this sound, these devices do emit heat which can be uncomfortable to many people so will this sway people from purchasing such devices?

Earlier I noted how wearable technology devices are much smaller then other devices which makes them more discreet. Could this make these devices consequently more safer? If less people can see the devices, there will be less attempts at stealing such products which puts people in danger.

Being smaller, it does mean that users are not grounded to one location which can also be seen as an advantage. However, as they’re smaller, the mechanism within the devices is smaller and therefore it means that the devices can’t do everything that devices like smartphones can do. This is a reason that some people may prefer not to purchase such devices.

The final point I have to make on wearable technologies is that they’re immediate. They allow users to have constant interaction on the go and they can also sync their devices to other devices such as their smartphones.

I see wearable technology making it big within our generation. It has many advantages and this list will just keep growing. The limitations within technology are reducing and their is many advantages that actually help individuals that are suffering.