Wearable Technology Transforming Health and Fitness

What once was available only to the likes of fictional characters such as James Bond or George Jetson is now one of the fastest growing consumer trends – wearable technology. Interest in wearable fitness devices, in particular, has quadrupled in the last two years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Fitness wristbands like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP sync to smartphone apps so users can track everything from activity level and calorie intake to sleep patterns. To pump up their workouts with music, users can turn to Bluetooth headsets such as the Jabra Sport Plus to blast tunes wirelessly.

Wearable fitness technology is even tailored to specific sports. Soon, runners may be able to get even more information about their stride and pace with “smart socks.” Heapsylon is developing an e-textile sensor technology called Sensoria that will provide foot-strike analysis and stride cadence.

ZEPP, on the other hand, offers a device that can attach to the end of a tennis racket or baseball bat and sync to a smartphone or tablet app to calculate strength and speed of the swing.

The wearable technology trend also has implications for overall health. Parents can put their baby to sleep in what is referred to as the “baby monitor of the future.” The Mimo Baby kimono allows parents to keep tabs on their baby’s respiratory rate, body temperature, heart rate, and activity level by sending information to a smartphone app.

Now that’s what you’d call dressing smart.