Wearable medicare: The next big thing in fashion?

What you wear won’t just make you look good, anymore. It now has the power to make you feel better too. Welcome to the age of wearable medicare technology.

As technology takes leaps and bounds forward, wearable sensors and apps are fast becoming a part of our wardrobe. The job of these ‘accessories’ is simple: Collect, crunch and display a treasure of personal medical information – such as pulse rate, heart ECG data, sugar levels and other vital signs – in real time to make better medical decisions : A feat unthinkable even a few years, or maybe months, back.

From counting the number of stairs you have climbed today to the number of calories you have slyly tucked away to the number of hours you have slept, nothing gets past these ‘fashionable’ machines. And they come in a variety of shapes and sizes – from wristbands to clip-ons to motion-trackers to smart-watches to bio-patches (that can be attached to your body) to head-bands to, well, everything in between.

Availability on Open Source platforms that let developers sitting anywhere in the world chip in with upgrades, huge advances in semi-conductor technology, the growing popularity of IoT (Internet of Things) applications, encouragement by hospitals & medical establishments and growing investments by corporate houses and brands (such Nike, Qualcomm and Wipro) – have all made ‘wearable health’ amongst today’s hottest growing sectors.

It’s all for a good cause, of course: Your wellness.

Not only do they let you track the status of your health, but they help you manage your time better and live a more balanced lifestyle. The big idea is to let you take smarter decisions at every step, increase your efficiency and productivity at work, free up more time for relaxation and leisure pursuits, take pre-emptive care of your health, and generally be in greater charge of your mind and body.

So. What will you be wearing today?

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