Wearable technology: 6 effects you never thought of
We know that wearables will transform our lives, but how?
Giving tech access to workers who can’t use PCs or SmartPhones
Until now, technology has always played a small role in certain jobs— namely, jobs that are ‘hands-on.’ An electrician or a plumber works with their hands, leaving them unable to look things up on internet or company databases. A forklift or construction vehicle operator needs to focus on what’s ahead of them, so they can’t look away at a screen. But wearables like Google Glass can swiftly change this, giving workers full access to technology they haven’t had access to previously.
Leading healthier lives
Medical science has already released a pill and organ sensors that can be swallowed or implanted to monitor the effects of medication. The same technology could be used in hospital bracelets to frequently collect and report patients’ vital signs. Outside the hospital, wearables could be used to track physical activity and troublesome organ functions. Wearable technology could also be used to manage chronic pain, through patches designed to stimulate and quiet nerves.
Boost shopping in retail stores
Many customers prefer online shopping because they can easily compare products and immediately learn of sales and offers. However, many also complain that they can’t try clothing on or see items before purchasing. Wearable technology could allow shoppers the best of both worlds, pointing them to specific objects but letting them see and touch those objects in-person. Wearables could also give users personal sale alerts. Further, wearables could guide a shopper to certain objects based on their taste, taking the hassle out of shopping in physical stores rather than online.
Cases of harassment in the workplace are very hard to prove, but with wearables, employees can record their bosses’ inappropriate behaviors in both video and audio formats. Employees could also use footage they’ve recorded inconspicuously to dispute retaliatory actions. But rather than protecting themselves from harsh bosses, employees could also use wearable technology to circumvent fair bosses. For example, they could use wearables to access forbidden websites.
Cheating on tests
Teachers and professors are known to forbid use of the internet on exams. It’s easy to ban laptops and even SmartPhones, but not so easy to ban wearable technology. And a student could just as easily use their glasses or their watch to access the internet and look up any queries. They could also access notes and diagrams stored on these devices. Beyond cheating, wearables like SmartWatches make it very easy and discreet for students to text their peers, cheating amongst themselves. Any of these processes could easily hold true, from individual classes to big test environments like SATs and even GREs.
Fighting and/or committing crimes
Wearable cameras can help you instantly snap pictures of anything — your food, your friends, the crime you see on the way to work. This way, you don’t have to remember the details of what a perpetrator looks like. The wearable does it for you. Using a wearable camera to track your location can also help you prove an alibi, should you need to, because it always has proof of your location on hand. You’ll want to be careful, however, because it could end up “proving” the wrong information. Clocking a location you quickly passed through en route to another destination could falsely prove your committing a crime there. Not too far down the road, wearables could be subpoenaed as evidence.