Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

Megan Ray Nichols
September 25th 2017

Long ago, technologically savvy people were the ones who used technology the most. In the 1970s, you only used a computer if you had exclusive access to one. In short, technology was a rarity in everyday life. Fast-forward to the world we inhabit today. It's getting difficult to discern what's technology and what's not. Nature and society are becoming one. Wearable technology consists of pieces of metal and plastic. However, these circuits and the knowledge they give blurs the line between nature and man.

Specifically, wearable technology has improved by leaps and bounds in just a few years. What began as walkmans and portable CD players morphed into iPods smaller than your finger. Society is becoming fused with technology. But, how did this happen?

Wearable technology is important because of the information it gives us. For example, some pieces of wearable technology track our sleep patterns and provide us with data about them. This process, in turn, improves our knowledge of our sleep and how we can improve it. What you once learned from a classroom can now come from a piece of technology.

With wearable technology becoming more and more integrated into society, our lives become infused with more technology. Knowledge also becomes linked with this type of technology. Eventually, wearable technology, rather than humans, perpetuates our knowledge base. It's an entirely different world.

Here are a few examples of wearable technology that blurs the line between human and machine. You may have heard of smartwatches, but have you heard of smart jewelry? It's real, and it's a growing market. One of the best examples of smart jewelry called Motiv. It is a ring that acts as a tracking mechanism and records health data, such as your heart rate. It's a fashionable piece of wearable technology that blends beauty and health.

Smart clothing has just begun to make its way into the market, but you might be surprised by the kinds of smart clothing items that are already available. For example, did you know that you can buy a smart sports bra? The Supa Powered Sports Bra has a variety of features, including "invisible biometric sensors". In a nutshell, the bra can track your heart rate. It also monitors UV levels. While not as sophisticated as something like a smartwatch, this smart sports bra packs a punch.

The next step up from smartphones, smartwatches is wearable tech that can take measurements of what's going on in the wearer as well as in the outside world. Like many other wearable health-related pieces of technology, the LG G Watch R can monitor heart rate. However, it can also act as a barometer.

Wearable technology is becoming more and more prevalent, and you've likely seen quite a few people sporting it already. With this in mind, can you imagine what the landscape of wearable technology will look like in ten years?

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