– Technology has come a long way in our lifetimes,
but the trend that’s really turning heads is wearable technology.
These advancements look cool,
and are of course fun to use,
but they’re actually making our lives much better
in many ways you probably didn’t know.
So, with the help of my friends at Ford who are sponsoring this video,
I’m going to explain just what those improvements are.
Here are five ways wearable technology has improved lives.
Number one is fitness watches and sensors.
One of the biggest surges in the advancement
in wearable tech that we’ve seen lately
is in the area of fitness and health.
With watches and sensors to detect and track
various stats about our bodies and accomplishments,
it’s become easier than ever
to see not only how our limits are expanding,
but how your body is adjusting to the new feats as well.
These things record how far you’ve traveled,
how fast you’ve moved,
your heart rate during, before, and after the activity,
the total number of steps that you took,
and even show how many calories you’ve burned.
Many of them even use built-in GPS
to map out where you went while walking, jogging, or biking,
to make your achievement even easier to perceive.
These devices and apps not only monitor you
while you’re working out, but while you’re resting too,
with many of them monitoring your body while you’re asleep.
A good night’s sleep is essential to becoming a healthier you
and these things will show you if you’re really getting the rest you require.
Number two is driving assistance watches and vehicles.
In addition to basically being communicators straight out of sci-fi,
smart watches have the ability to link up
你的手机 你的电脑 甚至是你的汽车
with your phone, your computer, and yes, even your car.
They’ve come a long way
from just being able to tell time
Today, companies such as Ford are further improving
the impressive number of features that smart watches offer.
If you drive a Ford battery electric
or plug-in hybrid vehicle,
you can check batter charge level,
determine driving range before your trip,
and locate where your vehicle is parked,
among many other offerings,
all from your wrist.
But that’s not all.
Some of these smart watch features
could even save your life.
Safety features are being developed
that could help bridge the gap between wearable tech
and driver assist technology in vehicles.
For instance, let’s think about Ford’s lane keep assist feature.
Imagine if your watch could detect
you didn’t get enough sleep last night,
and your vehicle got the message.
It’s then extra tuned in
to keep you from drifting across lines in the road.
Or, if a driver’s heart rate increases as traffic intensifies,
Ford’s technology, such as adaptive cruise control,
or blind spot information system,
would kick in and increase the distance between vehicles.
Additional research is being done into apps
that can lock the doors of your car,
start the engine, and even locate your vehicle via GPS.
And all by only speaking into your wrist,
like you’re some sort of secret agent.
Number three is communication headwear.
It’s fairly common knowledge by now
that you can operate a smartphone
using a Bluetooth headset, or even a smart watch.
But what you may not know is
that wearable technology is breaking down communication obstacles.
Let’s start with the language barrier.
If you need to communicate with someone
who doesn’t speak the same language as you,
it can be extremely difficult.
Luckily, the future of communication looks bright,
with the introduction of real-time audible translators,
tiny devices which look like hearing aids,
but actually translate whatever’s being spoken
into a language of your choice.
Even optical displays can help bridge this gap
with a number of translating apps converting
almost any text that the wearer looks at
into completely readable words in their chosen language.
This will make not only talking to someone
while in a foreign country easier,
but enjoying meals as well,
with a confusing menu suddenly becoming
much simpler to read.
Number four is comfort-smart clothing.
What could be more deserving of being in the wearable technology category
than clothing you can wear that is literally technology?
Smart clothing is becoming more and more common today,
helping to protect the wearer from the elements themselves,
and even from buying the wrong sized clothing.
That’s right, there are actually smart pants and smart tops
that you can put on in order to
accurately measure your dimensions.
That will definitely reduce the number of items we return.
Alternatively, if buying clothes is easy,
then why not improve your posture
by getting some clothing with built-in sensors
that will link up with your computer or smartphone
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and tell you how to stand, sit, sleep, or walk?
What better way to reduce back pain
than by assessing why the pain is there in the first place,
and then correcting that issue by changing
how you go about your days and nights?
There are even smart clothes
that can quickly heat themselves
when your body temperature drops.
Number five is saving lives, various devices.
If preventing car accidents wasn’t enough
of a life-saving feature of wearable technology,
a number of devices and applications
are saving even more lives.
Imagine a medical ID bracelet that not only reveals
that a person has seizures on occasion,
but actually notifies the members of their family
when they do, going as far as to show
where the loved one is through GPS.
If you have a family member who is older or prone to accidents,
there are devices that can detect a fall or other accident
and notify family members through an app immediately.
Plus, while heart monitors have been around for a while now,
medical advancements with wearable devices
means more efficient monitoring of a number of conditions
including diagnostics of patients while they’re sleeping
or just going about their day.
Detecting conditions such as breast cancer
is already a feature on the market as well,
with more ailments being noticeable
by technology all the time.
What better way can wearable tech
improve lives than by saving them?
Thanks again to Ford for helping me with this video
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