Pros and Cons of Wearable Devices
In the coming years, wearable technology will change the way we live our lives more than the smartphone. Wearable technology allows a user to combine the tracking, collection, and communicating power of current mobile devices with an intimate level of personal information processed in real time. With all the advantages that wearable devices have, there are certain risks that need to be mitigated by innovators in this space.
The following is a list of common wearable devices along with certain benefits and risks.
Fitness Tracking Bands and Activity Tracking Bands
- Pros: Allows for convenient tracking of exercise habits, heart rate, sleep, calorie consumption and health and well being. Analyze your personal habits and tendencies to make yourself a healthier and better you. This is bound to result in a healthier population.
- Cons: Potential sale of your private health data for commercial purposes could leave you vulnerable. On the flip side, this data can also be used for the benefit of making future products better address your needs.
- Mitigation: Tighter data privacy laws should be in place to protect consumers and stress anonymity.
- Pros: By connecting a mini screen, camera and microphone with a worker in the field, their personal safety, productivity, and training will improve. Use previous recordings to train new workers to foster an accountable and safe work environment.
- Cons: It is important the workers' focus remains on the task at hand, and not with interacting with their new device. This could lead to dangerous situations in the workplace.
- Mitigation: Train workers beforehand so they are acclimated with the wearable device before their first shift.
- Products include: pacemakers, fall detectors, and other medical monitors
- Pros: Pacemakers, fall detectors, and other medical monitors can be connected to the Internet and give real time information to patients and doctors over wireless connection. This could alert the proper response team as soon as accidents or dangerous readings occur, increasing overall safety.
- Cons: The price of medical devices will be hotly debated as private firms attempt to monopolize the market. Similar to the state of the health care market now.
- Mitigation: Have bylaws that allow access to these devices as the need arises at a reasonable price to promote health and wellness.
- Pros: These are tiny, GPS-enabled computers that can do most things your smartphone or computer can do (texts, emails, calls, reminders etc.) without the disruption of removing the device from your pocket.
- Cons: Theft and data security are the two biggest threats for these devices. A small and valuable device is easy to steal in the physical space. In the virtual space, data security will look to be exploited by malware and viruses.
- Mitigation: Keep an eye on your watch! Always make sure that your smartwatch is safe from theft by keeping it on your body. Ensure data security by remaining safe and being cognizant of best practices for cybersecurity.
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