How Wearable Technology Will Be Shaping The Wellness Industry
With the advancement of technology in the healthcare industry, tracking and monitoring one’s health is becoming more and more accessible to patients. Wearable fitness devices are disrupting the healthcare & fitness industry since past few years. The wearable technology market is set to reach $150 billion by 2027. Growth of wearables in the healthcare field and the necessity for more data about the current and future health of persons and patients are the key elements spurring the growth of this market. Future wearables focus on the embedding of wearables in clothing, skin patches, and electronic skins. There is a possibility that these wearables may one day be easily integrated with furniture and other items in ways that improve wellness.
However, earlier where wearables where only restricted to fitness & health industry, industry experts have discovered many ways to use them for holistic wellness. Here’s how wearable technology will be shaping the wellness industry in the near future.
Deep stream VR
Cutting edge health and wellness advocates are already using VR to heal wounds, reduce anxiety, and relieve pain. Deepstream VR offers a device and video game it says is being used in leading hospitals to help patients manage pain without drugs.
The games allow the users to get engaged in the virtual reality that effectively distracts them from the pain they’re feeling. The game is an alternative to pain medication and in recent tests, it was found that it worked better than morphine on patients who had been severely injured or wounded.
Virtual Wellness Tourism
Wellness tourism has been quite a thing since the past decades. But, many customers owing to different circumstances might not be able to travel physically. Thus, the idea of virtual wellness tourism has emerged. The virtual wellness tourism destinations of tomorrow may serve to create a multisensory experience that enables consumers to experience a wellness destination three-dimensionally, with greater functionality, and in ways that are truly immersive. In fact, VR paired with wearables that allow a user to “feel” something may help the industry create brand new streams of revenue or help it raise tourism booking conversion rates.
Skin patches are the future of wearables, not only they are light to wear but also feels like a second skin. These wearable patches can record ECG and also useful for cardiac monitoring. Recently, cosmetics giant, L’Oreal designed the first-ever skin sensor that detects UVA and UVB exposure. Wearable devices not only help people keep track of their health, but also make it a fun experience gaining insight into their daily health and exercise levels. These wearable skin patches are being designed in a way that can measure chemicals in sweat, communicate with smart devices, and inform users about their level of hydration and how much they should be drinking.