Motion sensors are cheap, ubiquitous, powerful, and coming to a device near you!
In this post we’ll look at 10 ways that motion sensors, combined with the right software of course, can improve your health and make your overall life better.
1 - Track Sports Movements to Improve Your Athletic Performance
There are smart devices that can help improve your game - from basketball free throws, to hockey slapshots, to tennis serves, and more. In fact, there are even apps on smartwatches that are designed specifically to improve athletic performance. If you track it, you will be tempted to improve it. This ‘dirty little secret’ of human nature is the pinnacle of motivation.
2 - Do It Passively: Walk!
Too old and decrepit to ball on the court? No worries grandpa, because with a simple smartphone in your pocket and the right walking/pedometer app, you can track how many laps you do around the mall on those Sunday mornings.
Apparently competitive mall walking is a thing
3 - Recover From Your Injuries Efficiently
Physiotherapy is being revolutionized with devices and apps that can measure your active range of motion. So after blowing out a knee from the sudden shift of a sedentary lifestyle to an active one, the same device (and software) that convinced you to be a star on the court can help track the progress on your ACL recovery.
4 - Stopping Injuries Before They Happen
Gesture recognition on wearable devices can do much more than counting reps and swings. These devices can also warn you when your form is looking dangerously suspect in real time. In fact, in the internet connected age, they can even post your lack of finesse to your Facebook wall. You'll blow out your ego before you can even get close to blowing out your shoulder. How’s that for incentive to follow through on your backswing?
5 - Monitor Your Sleep Quality
Motion sensors are being used successfully in devices, like the FitBit, and phones alike to track the quality of your sleep. With this data you can start correlating sleepless nights with other factors: Was it the binge drinking? Fight with the spouse? Late night TV? That new herb your ‘alternative medicine’ practitioner prescribed? You’ll find out.
6 - Watch Your Posture
Sitting down all day sucks. Sitting down with bad posture more than sucks: it jeopardizes your body. From sitting around at home to grinding a project out at the office, it turns out wearable back sensors like the Lumo Lift have a lot of useful applications to keep you healthy.
Find yourself like this at the office? Time to fix bad posture for good!
7 - Do You Even Lift?
Weightlifting 3 times per week is considered a cornerstone to having a strong, healthy, and attractive body. With motion wearables like PUSH, you can record your workouts, track progress over time, and stay pumped both physically and mentally during every workout.
8 - No Coach? No Problem
The concept of having a ‘digital coach’ is going to become mainstream in a few years, and it’s going to revolutionize personal fitness. Combining insights from gesture recognition and technique improvement algorithms into a consolidated software package will provide the average athlete with services that were until recently only available for the pros.
9 - Compete With Your Friends
The most important part of healthy exercise is staying motivated. And what better way to do so than showing Bob from accounting how much better your golf drive is? Wearables will track and record every practice, of you and your friends, and create leaderboards. Except unlike those annoying Candy Crush invites, you can rest assured that this form of competition is actually enriching you somehow.
Strava Leaderboards are just the start - compete against friends to see who's best
And that's it! These are the many ways motion sensing wearables can change your life. Disease will decrease, health and nutrition will increase, and monitoring your life won't be as complicated. It's just a matter of time until we truly live in a fully connected world for the better.