How Cloud Can Make Wearable Technology Better and Future-Ready

Written by | Lifestyle, Smart City

From fitness trackers to implantables, wearable technology has permeated every society in the world. One of the key driving forces behind the development of wearable tech is the cloud.

Here’s how cloud has positively impacted wearable technology:

  • It makes IoT integration with wearable tech a reality

Wearable technology delivers results only when it is supported by multiple devices. It fails to yield results when there isn’t an outlet where the data collected can be deposited for later use.

Cloud computing enables users to log their personal data into the cloud, from multiple devices. Now you can sync your smartwatch, smart t-shirt, or smart jewelry to your phone with relative ease.

Essentially, cloud computing has helped wearable tech leverage the power of IoT.

  • It has empowered companies to manufacture more precise and powerful wearable tech

Cloud has also given smart tech and wearable tech manufacturers an easy way to store, access, and process customer data. For example, companies like Garmin and Fitbit use the data you upload onto the device (which is automatically uploaded onto the cloud) to improve the features of their smartawatches.

The same goes for companies that manufacture cutting-edge sportswear for professional athletes. By collating data from multiple athletes through cloud-integrated wearable devices, these companies are able to design and develop more-precise and high-quality products.

This isn’t possible if companies don’t have massive data at their disposal.

  • It can help companies manage the health and productivity of their employees in real-time

According to a study entitled “The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology for Novelty and Productivity”, about 6% of companies in the US and UK had provided their staff with wearable tech. Through the rich data generated by these cloud-integrated devices, companies were able to track how employees responded to work stress, changes in work policies/practices, BCP situations, and so on.

This can be of great use in industries that require great physical labor or where staff members are exposed to immense mental stress. Companies can use the data to not only create a more conducive work atmosphere, but they can also create better wearable technology that is capable of monitoring and tracking health concerns in real-time. This way, issues are flagged before they cause great harm to the employee and the company.

  • It can pave the way for an all-in-one smart, wearable technology

Today, if someone wants to use wearable technology, they need to purchase multiple devices – a fitness tracker to track your movement, a smart monitor to track heart health, a smartphone to log the details, and so much more. This can get really expensive and unnecessarily cumbersome.

But with cloud integration, companies can produce an all-in-one wearable technology product that fulfills the functions of a number of smart wearable devices.

In fact, Dr. Ragib Hasan and Dr. Rasib Khan of UAB University have proposed the concept for a wearable cloud device – a miniature cloud computing system that can collate your health metrics when you wear/attach it to your clothes.

It takes the concept of wearable tech a step further and gives it more advanced capabilities.

Last modified: June 30, 2020

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