IoT (Internet of Things) wearables are wearable devices equipped with sensors, connectivity capabilities, and often a user interface that allows them to collect data and interact with the internet or other gadgets. These wearables are designed to extend the capabilities of traditional accessories.
7 common examples of IoT wearables
1. Smartwatches: These are wrist-worn devices that not only tell time but also have sensors to track various health metrics (heart rate, breathing, steps taken), receive notifications from smartphones, and even run third-party apps. According to a Pew Research study, roughly 21% of Americans regularly wear a smartwatch.
2. Wearable recorders include button-sized recording devices that can be operated with a single button (see Senstone Scripter). Wearable recorders are usually powered by AI which allows them to instantly convert speech to text. They are popular with healthcare professionals, managers, consultants, and writers.
3. Fitness Trackers are designed primarily for monitoring physical activity and health. They can track steps, distance, calories burned, sleep quality, and more. They often sync with smartphones to provide users with a comprehensive view of their fitness and health data.
4. Smart Clothing. Some clothing items, like shirts, sports bras, or socks, are embedded with sensors and connectivity features. These sensors can monitor body metrics, such as posture or muscle activity, and transmit the data to a paired device for analysis. As of now, smart clothing is mostly used by athletes.
5. Wearable Cameras. Devices like body-worn cameras or life-logging cameras capture images and videos from a first-person perspective and may have connectivity features to transfer or store media. They are especially popular among content creators.
6. Wearable Health Monitors. These devices are often worn as wristbands or patches and monitor various health parameters, such as ECG, glucose levels, or skin temperature. They can transmit data to doctors or caregivers for remote monitoring.
7. Smart Jewellery. Certain jewellery items, like rings or necklaces, are manufactured with embedded sensors to monitor activity or stress. Some of them even come with safety features like a panic button.
IoT wearables are typically designed to enhance productivity, boost quality of life, or improve health monitoring. They often connect to smartphones or other devices to display data or provide control interfaces.
The data collected from these wearables can be used for almost anything: workplace productivity, personal insights, medical monitoring, fitness tracking, creative pursuits.
The IoT aspect allows for data to be transferred, analysed, and acted upon, opening up a wide range of possibilities for integrating wearables into daily life and various industries.
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