Wearable technology has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years. In specific, smartwatches are now more popular than ever. What once was a futuristic concept that was only seen on sci-fi shows is now a readily available piece of technology. If you’re looking for a piece of wearable tech that’ll help with your fitness, communication and more, then smart watches could be for you.
There’s a number of different types available, all with different benefits and functions for you to use. Some are based around sports and fitness – a lot are perfect for runners – and some are aimed more towards improving your work life. Whatever you’re interested in, there will be a smartwatch to fit your particular needs.
In this article, we’ll be having a look at the benefits of having a smartwatch in 2019 and why you should consider getting yourself one if you’re interested in the technology industry.
Great for fitness
One of the best things about having a smartwatch is that it’s a great thing to use for fitness and health. Most modern smartwatches have a step counter, which is a great way to add fitness into your life if you’re not great at remembering to keep active. Some of these particular watches even remind you if you’ve been sat down for too long, which is perfect if you work at a job where you have to sit at a computer for long periods of time.
There’s other handy benefits that smartwatches can bring in terms of fitness, as there’s a number of apps you can get. These apps range from running apps to timed workouts, and are a perfect solution if you want to improve your fitness level.
Communication features are brilliant
Another great thing about smartwatches is the communication options that are available. One of the most simple yet effective features that a lot of smartwatches have nowadays is the ability to call through your smartwatch. I originally thought that it looked mildly amusing when people spoke to their wrist when wearing them, but thinking about it, it’s incredibly futuristic and a great way to make communication more accessible on the go.
Something else that’s helpful with smartwatches is that there are tons of apps that have been optimised for them. Of course, the screens on smartwatches aren’t the same size as a phone, so typical apps may seem a little hard to use. Luckily, there’s been a lot of apps that have been created with this in mind and therefore, it’s completely possible to have your social media with you on the go.
One of the main ways that I’ve personally seen people use these features is whilst they’re travelling. For example, it’s a lot quicker to glance at your social media on your wrist whilst you’re on the go, rather than pulling out your phone. It’s also a great way to stop people from checking their phone or being on a call whilst they’re driving.
Helpful health hacks
As we’ve said, smartwatches are generally brilliant for keeping healthy and staying fit. There’s other health-related benefits too, such as monitoring features. There are tools like electrocardiogram (ECG) which gives heart rate measurements and can also help detect particular heart issues. It’s immensely futuristic, and I can’t wait to see where this technology goes in the future.
There are other amazing features like blood pressure monitors, other heart rate monitors, calorie counters and other health applications. From a health perspective, smartwatches have been so well developed in the past few years.
Smart Home integration
If you are interested in the technology industry, I’m sure that you will have noticed the rise in smart home technology recently. Many modern smartwatches have the ability to be synced up to smart home products, which is amazing.
There’s a number of apps that can help you automate certain areas of your life. There’s apps to help you sync up your security cameras, your lights, your heating and more. The rate of development with this particular area of tech is staggering, so if there’s an area of smart home tech that you’re looking for but can’t find, I’m sure it’ll come along soon.
Sleep tracking abilities
In the same vein as health tracking abilities with smartwatches, there plenty of sleep tracking features that you can get as well. If you struggle with insomnia, nightmares or just general sleep issues, this could be a great investment for you.
If this is something that you are interested in, I’d recommend checking out meditation apps as well. Combining mindful sleeping with meditation is a perfect way to help you manage your stress, calm anxieties and sleep more peacefully at night. Many people don’t think about their sleeping habits enough; it can actually have a huge impact on your life.
Seamless paying when shopping
Another benefit to having a smartwatch is that they can make shopping much quicker. The ability to pay with a contactless card has completely revolutionized the retail world, as having alternative payment methods e.g. ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes. Paying with your watch follows this trend, and it can make shopping a lot more pleasant.
A final thing that smartwatches can offer is navigation and travel help. There are countless innovative travel-based apps and services that you can get with smartwatches- for example, a popular one used vibrations on your wrist to instruct you to turn left or right. It’s incredibly smart technology, in my opinion.
Many of them work with GPS and map services too, which is great if you’re going out and about in an unfamiliar place. If you’re someone like me who frequently gets lost, this could be perfect for you.
To sum up
Overall, the smartwatch sector has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already. They’re great for improving your communication and fitness levels, and can also be great for speeding up mundane tasks like shopping.