Future metrics for wearable trackers

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a big growth in the number of wearables and the things they can keep track of. Initially it was steps and location, but since then we’ve seen heart rate monitors become common place, along with hydration, calories burned, distance from certain areas, type of exercise performed and all sorts of other information. But what can we look forward to in the future?

One of the big ones that’s expected to make an impact in the next few years, is bloodbless glucose monitoring. If someone can figure out a way to accurately track someone’s blood sugar levels without breaking the skin, it will be a watershed moment for millions of people around the world. Diabetics will no longer need to prick themselves several times a day and it could make it much easier to manage the food intake of the elderly. It would potentially give the company that developed it (and patented it) a huge market that nobody else has tapped into yet.

Other interesting potential metrics that we may soon see on our wearable radar include pollution tracking, which could give you an indicator that you’ve spent too long on the streets of a major city, or perhaps need to consider some sort of air filtration for your home. That data could also be shared socially so that people with conditions that are susceptible to drops in air quality could avoid those areas, or at least minimise their exposure to it.

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Then there’s weather trackers, which could keep an eye on things like barometric pressure to let you know if your sunny day is about to be ruined by a shower or two. An ultraviolet checker is also being touted as a potential big seller, since it could allow those with fair skin to cover up or put cream on when the sun gets to a particular intensity. That reminder could save a lot of sunburn and potentially far worse conditions.

Other suggestions over at Digital Trends include things like air temperature, water quality checks and what about detectors for dangerous chemicals and particles like asbestos and carbon monoxide? These sorts of things could save lives and wouldnt’ be difficult to add to a wearable’s already packed suite of features.

What would you like to see added to health concious wearables in the future?

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