If wearables have one shot at making it big, then the health sector is where it will be. And 2014 will only be the beginning, based on a new report from the Consumer Electronics Association. One of the roadblocks for this sector overall is that casual consumers and tech amateurs probably still only think of flashy concept products, such as Google Glass, when mulling over the future (and viability) of wearable tech.
But for the time being, health and fitness proves to be one area where wearable technology not only makes sense but we can all already see it being put in practice with valuable results. Anyone who flipped through a holiday gift guide during the last few weeks, whether online or in a magazine, must have come across at least one smart watch or connected fitness band.
The existing data tracking abilities (and possibilities) for even just basic vital metrics are helping propel devices such as the Nike+ FuelBand, FitBit, and even Whistle, an activity monitoring device for pets.
Looking forward, researchers behind the CEA report found that 29 percent of mobile phone users with health problems are already willing to try such devices to track conditions and work toward health and fitness goals. … (Read more)