Smart Wearables

At a glance

Smart Wearables are small technical devices to be worn on the body. They are equipped with smart sensors and can communicate wirelessly (e.g. with a smart phone) to share their measurement results and recordings or to receive data on their part.

Application Areas

The areas of application range from lifestyle products that enrich everyday life and leisure to products where the medical benefit is paramount.

The concept of e-health finds various smart sensors and devices that make use of the Internet of Things to monitor health. In addition, the term also covers networking with digital services in a broader sense (e.g. electronic health records, electronically supported diagnosis systems, telemedicine, etc.). Networked devices can help patients to monitor their symptoms or state of health continuously and from home. The measured data can then be read out by smartphone, for example, and transmitted to the attending physician.

Probably the largest share of smart wearables are gadgets like smart watches. These devices are worn on the wrist like a wristwatch. There they present, besides the time, all kinds of interesting and useful information like the weather, incoming notifications or the latest headlines. Depending on the model, they also play music and offer many functions that are already known from the smartphone to a limited extent. Usually a wireless connection to the smartphone is required to use services such as Internet or GPS.

For many sports it is helpful if the parameters of a training can be followed as closely as possible. Smart sports watches and fitness trackers help athletes to monitor their performance and document it automatically, e.g. via an app on the smartphone. Smart Wearables for athletes track many interesting values related to the performance and physical condition of the athlete while running, cycling or swimming. There is some overlap between smart watches and fitness trackers, as certain functions such as a time display or documentation of the steps taken per day are now virtually standard in both variants. Among the devices for athletes, there are also models that offer extended functions such as independent GPS tracking so that sports can be done without a smartphone in the pocket.