Ah, the start of a new year. Typically, when the champagne toasts are done it’s time to take advantage of a blank slate and make some new year’s resolutions.
Millions of people make them, but approximately 80 percent of people fail to follow through with their new goals, according to the Mental Health Foundation. With one look at the app store, it’ll fairly easy to figure out your finances and get organized if that’s what you’re hoping for, but the group of people with the most to gain (or lose) in 2015 revolves around on health — and tech’s here to help.
It’s undoubtedly the time of year for “top health tips for 2015” and “fitness trends to try in the new year” articles, but instead of focusing on standard diet cookbooks and fitness classes, many wannabe health nuts are heading to electronics stores and websites for a workout buddy they can wear on their wrists.
It’s forecasted that more than 51 million wearable units globally were shipped in 2015 — a number that’s expected to skyrocket in 2015, according to Futuresource. In a study the group commissioned, 50 percent of the 8,000 people surveyed are interested in using fitness trackers and smartwatches, but admittedly, “interest in in smartglasses and heart rate monitors has stalled.”
With FitBits, Jawbones and other gadgets to accompany your next gym session, there are a lot of options — and a lot of data funnelling into your smartphone. But where does it go? Well, at the moment, you can overanalyse your calories and obsess over that extra 15 minutes you spent spinning, but in the future, this could revolutionize how medical professionals work, help and heal.
By gathering information about diet, exercise and sleep, doctors could potentially make a suggestion to tweak a habit and change the scope of your healthy life. And the impact could be incredible. But, with most things, there might be a big, blinding downside.
In Hotwire’s recently released Digital Trends Report for 2015, we discuss the idea of “Dr Data,” the new health tech trends on the horizon and the risks we take by putting our private information in the technical abyss. But we won’t go into all that here — take a trip over to DigitalTrendsReport.com to check out the chapter previews and download the full report to understand why health tech will be “in” in 2015.