We are interested in all sorts of devices: their variety and functionality are huge, and they can greatly facilitate and even improve life – especially if you know how to use them. We begin by talking about the basic (yes, a pedometer or heart rate monitor is like a white T-shirt in the world of clothing) wearable gadgets that help you stay – or become more – healthy.
WT refers to any small computer or other useful electronics adapted to be carried with you at all times. The first such device is considered to be a calculator wristwatch from the 80s, the most common are all sorts of Bluetooth devices. To be honest, we are not very interested in both of these things, but their related activity monitors, self-heating socks, and “smart” T-shirts are quite.
Devices operating on the Quantified Self-concept “count” a person and his environment: heart rate, number of steps, sleep time, calories burned and consumed, mood, humidity, and ambient temperature – all these and other indicators are displayed on the displays of the corresponding devices, which help express yourself through numbers. The supply of sport gadgets is growing from year to year, and this is great: if you don’t like something about one thing, this does not necessarily mean that the sports story is not for you: perhaps the device that helped your friend lose 12 kg or establish a daily routine, does not suit you, and you need to try others.
The quantified self is a well-developed, but not the only direction of development of wearable gadgets – electronics have been successfully embedded almost everywhere for a long time. A month ago, the well-known crowdfunding site Kickstarter raised money for another venture with a smart shirt – “smart” clothes for training Radiate Athletics, which, firstly, allows you to stay dry during training, and secondly, changes the color of the fabric depending on on the temperature (that is, warming up) of a part of the body: this way you can see which muscles are already warmed up, and which ones are worth working with. From the similar: sweatshirts, which, together with the corresponding application, simulate hugs (their goal, by the way, is serious – to help calm children with autism and OCD) and more prosaic warming knee-highs. And also: a bodyguard bracelet, by pressing one button of which you can send an SOS signal to friends, and Lapka environmental sensors. The latter are cute (this is important) sensors for iOS devices that show the levels of radiation, electromagnetic radiation, humidity, and temperature around and the number of nitrates in vegetables and fruits.
We live in a mobile and rapidly changing world, where girls face problems that cannot be found in glossy magazines. We analyze the topic of applications, gadgets, and other technologies because we believe that this is a new world and the answer to many questions is a kind of hello not from the future, but quite to ourselves the present, which for some reason is still ignored by many.
All these devices, as well as “big data”, are very closely related to such a concept as self-awareness, and for each of us, they become a tool for realizing ourselves and our needs. In the near future, a person will not be able to exist outside the world of data – and wearable or wireless devices, in part, give us back control over what is happening – even if we are talking only about the level of humidity around us.