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Wearable Trends

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Smartwatches
The use of smartwatch is increasingly becoming popular and the Apple series 4  comes with an inbuilt electrocardiogram to warn you in case you are developing a heart complication. Additionally, the watch automatically detects panic for instance in case of a fall which will trigger it to send help notifications to your physician and close family members.

Other popular models worth your consideration include; Fitbit, Huawei, Garmin, and Samsung. With these smartwatches, you can keep track of your day’s activities such as the distance covered and stay in track of your health goals more so when you want to reduce calorie intake and burn fats.

Smart rings
Popular among businessmen and individuals who spend most of their time in meetings and want to get notifications without attracting much attention by glancing at their smartwatch and other mobile devices. This wearable comes handy while shopping since you can use it to swipe for payment or gain access to your car and other smart home appliances.

The trending rings of 2019 that you can get include; the Lycos Life, Blinq, NFC Opn, Mc Lear, and Oura smart rings. You can keep track of your biometric activity data like the number of steps made and distance covered during the day, and the calories burnt. there’s also a panic button for emergencies.

Fitness Trackers
With increasing cases of health issues that are mainly attributed to the sedentary lifestyle, the use of fitness trackers is now becoming even more popular.

Such fitness wearables trackers of 2019 that you should get include; Suunto Spartan, and Polar OH1.

Medical wearables
There is an increasing demand in the use of medical wearables owing to its affordability and convenience as opposed to routine checkups that not only comes at a cost but also expensive. The latest advancement has seen these devices now capable of collecting highly accurate health data and connect remotely to the personal physician who will then be able to monitor your health progress and also check if you are correctly using your medications.

Typical examples of trending medical wearables of 2019 include; the Google smart lenses, health patch MD, Cloud DX vitality and iTBra. These come with patches and sensors that are capable of detecting body changes and analyzes the data and cautions individuals of developing diseases.

 

 

Is Your Fitness Tracker & Other Devices Safe?

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Identify theft, data leaks, discrimination from employers and increasing insurance costs are just some of the fallout predicted from the rise of wearable technology.
The use of trackers, smart watches, Internet-connected clothing, and other wearables becomes more widespread, and as their functionalities become even more sophisticated, the extent and nature of data collection will be unprecedented

These data can, in turn, be combined with personal information from other sources— including health-care providers and drug companies—raising such potential harms as discriminatory profiling, manipulative marketing, and data breaches.

According to the Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights in Washington DC records that there were 253 health-care breaches across the United States in 2015 that affected 500 individuals or more, resulting in a combined loss of over 112 million records.

‘The opportunities for data breaches will increase, with hackers accessing medical and health information at insurance companies, retail chains, and other businesses

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Identify theft, data leaks, discrimination from employers and increasing insurance costs are just some of the fallout predicted from the rise of wearable technology. A few different kinds of fitness tracker are shown

 

Spa Trends

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Healing and de-stressing techniques on display at this year’s International Spa Association expo, held Wednesday in New York. Products for home use were also a theme.

LOUNGE CHAIR: The comfy, curvy Soltec Lounge delivers soothing magnetic vibrations while you listen to a soundtrack of chants, drums and more. Lie back with headphones and an eye pillow and the world with all its troubles fades away.

—THE GRANDFATHERS: Native Americans called them the “grandfathers”: smooth dark stones gathered from Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. They’re used in hot stone massages at Aspira The Spa, including a reflexology foot massage where the stones are placed between the toes.

—SELF-HEATING MASK: A new product from Chaleur Beauty will soon be available for retail purchase for home use, but it’s also being marketed to the spa world. It’s a disposable self-heating facial mask, $8, designed for use with skin creams activated by the heat. You can use the mask for 10 to 40 minutes.

WARM SEASHELLS: Heated seashells are placed on your body as part of a skin moisture treatment from Kohler Waters Spa, which has locations in Kohler, Wisconsin; Burr Ridge, Illinois; and at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler specializes in water therapy, and the “All Things Scotland” experience, inspired by the North Sea, also includes a seaweed wrap, sea salt exfoliation and warm rinse under a custom shower.

Technogym equipment. The company’s elliptical-style Cross Personal trainer is sleek and stylish with a built-in screen console offering various digital and entertainment options. It’s designed by Antonio Citterio, an Italian designer whose resume includes work for Hermes. The company is sending 1,200 pieces of equipment to the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Technogym products are found in spas and gyms at places like the Four Seasons. Or if you have $11,000 to spare, you can buy a Cross Personal for home.

Wearables & Health

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Infographic: How Wearables Are Revolutionizing Healthcare

Digital Self Tracking Results Are In

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Digital self-tracking promised to be a dynamic self-improvement revolution. Now, the results are in, and provide a different story. The uptake of self-tracking has been impressive. For example, 21% of US adults already owned a wearable device, while an online global study of 24,000 consumers in 24 countries found that 8% owned a wearable fitness monitor, 7% a smartwatch, and 6% a wearable health device. 40%, 41% and 39% respectively plan to buy one in the next five years (Accenture, January 2015). However, despite this, evidence shows that self-tracking alone is not an effective long-term motivator for most users. A third of US consumers who have owned an activity tracker stopped using it within six months.

Suggested Solution
Combine new technologies with a deep understanding of human behavior and resolve this tension with compelling rewards that help customers become the people they want to be. Since it is known that in materially affluent societies, where basic needs are easily met, human motivation quickly shifts away from what I have to who I am. The result is a never-ending quest for personal enhancement that can play out across countless axes: health, formal education, informal skills and knowledge, creativity, ethics, values and many more.The problem? Other, self-sabotaging impulses and faults that are just as much a part of human nature: lack of motivation, poor time management, loss of focus, and yes, plain old laziness.

In a survey of US consumers, 89% said taking personal responsibility for health is the best way to stay healthy. Meanwhile, 91% admitted to ‘snacking all day on candy, ice-cream and chips’.

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