Increasingly, manufacturers are focussing on health and not just fitness, and coming up with devices that let you keep tabs on your overall wellbeing. They can also help you avoid scrapes in the short-term, by negating the need to check your phone every few steps, and by telling you when you’re tired and need a break from driving.
So check out these potentially lifesaving wearable tech devices. We promise you won’t regret it.
Save your skin from the sun's killer rays
It’s only too easy to stay out in the sun too long. The Netatmo June monitors how much sunlight you’ve been exposed to during the day, and warns you when you’ve had enough, reducing your risk of skin cancer. It syncs to an app on your smartphone and gives you a ton of useful advice, like what SPF suncream you should use in the current conditions, when it’s time to don your hat and sunnies, and when you should pack up the picnic and head to the shade.
It also looks more like a classy bracelet than a lifesaver.
Stay safe on your bike
You wear this pendant around your neck, so it’s perfectly placed to monitor your heart rate. Overdoing it? It will buzz to let you know, so you can slow down and start taking it easy. Which will be good for the old ticker. Not only that, it also doubles as a navigation aid. It reads the map on your smartphone and translates the directions into buzzes (left for left, right for right) so you can find your way without constantly glancing at your handset.
Much safer, especially if you’re cycling or crossing busy roads.
Avoid an RTA
When you’re driving, tiredness can kill. This wearable monitors patterns in your blinking and movement and lets you know when you’re starting to lose focus. It can then give you a nudge to help you reenergise. You can choose how it does this, either with a soft vibration, a discrete pulsing LED, or your favourite get up and go song.
Because how can you not focus with Eye of the Tiger blasting out? Or you could always take the hint and pull over for a cup of coffee. It also analyses your routine and suggests changes that won’t leave you feeling so frazzled.
Keep your ticker in check
According to the British Heart Foundation, in the UK 32% of men and 29% of women have high blood pressure. Stress is one of the contributing factors. This headset is designed to monitor your stress levels while gaming, using a built-in heart rate monitor. A bespoke game adjusts its difficulty based on how stressed the wearer becomes – when your heart rate is calm, the game is easy, but start getting frustrated and more and more enemies appear.
After a while, the wearer will (hopefully) learn that getting stressed is self-defeating, and be more aware of their stress levels.
Google Contact Lens
Google’s contact lens is just a prototype at the moment, but it could save your life one day. It uses miniature sensors and radio antenna thinner than a human hair to track glucose levels in your tears, and hence your blood. This could be especially useful for diabetics, as, using an app on their smartphones, they could monitor their blood glucose levels in real time, and make sure they don’t drop below a certain level.
Google has struck a deal with drug maker Novartis to make the lens, so while it may be a few years off, it is coming.