Could wearables save lives on cruise ships?

Wearables have a lot of uses, many of which are just being discovered and pioneered. Of course we all know about their ability to track information like location, fitness metrics and they can even help keep an eye on our ailments. But it’s the different uses which are really starting to peak our interest, like their use to help guide people around airports and in another instance, help give people information about activities nearby when on a cruise ship.

What this writer is wondering however, is whether wearables could become a common piece of equipment on cruise ships. Imagine hooking them up to a local network and giving them the ability to track certain specific bits of information. Imagine a wearable that tracks moisture and distance from a central hub. Of course most passengers aren’t going to go beyond the bounds of the ship, so if there’s a sudden increase in moisture and that person breaks the cordon around the ship, there’s a good chance they just went overboard.

While there aren’t that many cruise ship deaths at all, let alone those relating to those falling overboard, there have been more than a couple of hundred in the past decade or so, so it’s something that might be worth considering, especially because of the fact that if no one knows you’ve gone overboard, you can quickly be left in the wake.


It’s a chilling idea, but one that could be very easily avoided with wearables. While not explicitly stated, this is a future for the technology which could very well be realised, as About believes that the wrist strapped technology is likely to feature on many commercial liners in the next decade or so. For one, they’ll give passengers more information about their stay, giving little notifications when events are happening, or helping them adjust to new timezones with revised reminders for sleep.

There’s also a lot of potential for augmented reality, which could allow you to view what a settlement or part of the world might have looked like X number of years ago. As has been seen in many hotels around the world that have begun utilising wearable technology too, it could be used to unlock rooms, pay for gifts, drinks, food and activities and even help to get an accurate head count when returning from excursions.

Wearables would be perfect for cruise ships. It’s about someone started implementing them.

Image source: Roger Wollstadt, Muha