Wearable technology is here to stay and is getting high momentum on a day by day basis, year after year. Technology itself is evolving quite fast and newer technological solutions are available to consumers so fast, that keeping up seems at times impossible.
True, we as individuals might not be that good mastering every possible tech device out there, but as a civilization we are getting accustomed to new technology remarkably fast. Every piece of equipment, irrespective of its age feels like having been there for centuries. Wearable technology is merely a direction we want and need technology going.
Saying “wearables”, is sort of ambiguous, we don’t want to and won’t succeed in covering all wearables in a single blog post. Instead we are going to stick to our own concerns, of smart electronic wristbands. Smartbands represent the most popular niche of fitness wearables, they range in quality, precision and comfort, offering an incredible addition to quality of our everyday life, in active and inactive meanings of it.
Depending on your own definition of time scale, smartbands are a relatively old concept, they have been increasingly better since the very first iterations but are still far from having touched some technological perfection. Manufacturers constantly compete for best models and better markets.
It so happens that everyone has at least one misconception about a smartband, about what it does, what is it good for, what it is worth, or if it is needed at all, because of, maybe: 1. accelerated pace of technological progress, 2. the constant innovation we’re eager to keep up with, 3. our evolving health-aware consciousness.
Here are 7 misconceptions we are frequently stumbling upon on the Internet.
What are your thoughts about these?
1. A smartband is just a weaker smartwatch.
Both type of gadgets are worn on your wrist, right, but compared to smartwatches, smartbands are designed to:
- enhance your perspective on health matters
- be worn with comfort for long periods of time both, during intensive workouts and resting
- never intend to fully replace a smartphone
Smart wristbands generally have much better battery life and are slimmer because of lacking large displays and many sophisticated phone functions that smartwatches are proudly showing off. Quoting NPD group Smartwatch U.S. market ownership is at about 13 million, whereas mainstream fitness wearables category is more than doubling that amount, this clearly defines 2 completely separate categories for each type of devices, smartbands or smartwatches.
2. Fashion is completely disregarded when designing smartbands, the most important aspect is pure functionality.
It may have been true, kind of, for first wristbands, they have been once bulky and awkward, but manufacturers learn very quick and seem to be quite receptive to users’ feedback. Not only last year’s smartbands are sleek, classy, and comfortable, but some manufacturers take it even one step further, look at “Misfit Swarovski Shine” for example.
Modern smartbands can definitely be worn with beautiful outfits and on special occasions.
3. Wearable technology is just a niche of gimmicks and will never gain enough popularity on the technology market.
Wearable spendings double year over year, says NPD group. Annual sales of mainstream wearable smart activity trackers has grown 110% in 2015 compared to 2014. The devices become better and prove to have increasingly better quality. Fitbit is leading the wearable market with its excellent smart wristbands. It is clear that wearable technology market is only at its very beginnings and is expected to last long innovating. It may have provided a gimmick feel in the beginning, only for passionates, but obvious masses adoption shows that this statement cannot be farther from truth now.
4. Smartbands are not accurate in their measurements
This is completely wrong, there are tons of honest reviews out-there proving that smartbands are equipped with stunning precise sensors, doing an outstanding job. Data from sensors is being processed with smart and very efficient algorithms, designed for getting things right. Many modern smartbands can even compete with professional trackers and health monitors for measuring hearth rate, sleep patterns, activity patterns, etc. The quality of sensors and the efficiency of tracking is not the same throughout all of the available smartbands, obviously. Some manufacturers have access to better equipment, or more experience, others may as well excel in both. Before deciding to by a smartband, spend some time researching, a place to start is our reviews section, but don’t stop there. You will be amazed by these smart and awesome devices and what you can really achieve by wearing them to monitor your health and fitness.
5. It only suffices to wear a smartband to get fit
Smartbands do not do miracles, just wearing one will not in itself bring you more health or get you in shape for the next beach season. You still have to work hard as with anything else you do: watch out for your nutrition, work out, monitor your hearth, monitor your sleep. Being aware of your well being does not just equal to wearing a smartband. These amazing pieces of smart technology are simply there to elaborate your effort, diversify it and make it easier for you to assess yourself and reach your own goals. Smartbands are great at coaching you, if that is what you need, but not at all made for parenting you.
6. Wearing smartbands irritates your skin and brings great discomfort
This is another completely unfounded myth circling over smart bands. All manufacturers are forced to respect specific regulations regarding materials used when manufacturing their products. Most of the manufacturers are very proud to point out their smartbands being made of medical-grade hypoallergenic rubbers and very little concentration of nickel in alloys with aluminum. Smartband manufacturers even compete in developing the least probable device to irritate your wrist. You can definitely trust certified manufacturers when buying the smartband of your choice and unless some medical condition, all popular smartbands out there are harmless. There are complete specs available that you can quickly check, or you can research thoroughly on your own if still unsure. You could start your quest for information here.
7. Sleep tracking is neither accurate nor useful
Modern smartbands are amazingly accurate in their measurements of sleep. In addition to high quality sensors, there are complex and efficient algorithms for processing all collected information. Processing heart rate data captured from your wrist during sleep is what drives these powerful gadgets, revealing sleep patterns, similar to what professional sleep monitoring tools do. As for how important sleeping is, what makes sleeping so efficient and how sleeping follows predictive patterns, you can read here. The importance of a healthy sleep is being valued for years, sleeping patterns have always been monitored in detail by professionals when people complained of sleeping disorders or other health issues. Modern smartbands make advanced sleep tracking techniques available for just about anyone, not only in some fancy and expensive clinic. Unless you have severe problems with your sleep, smartbands are the perfect tools you can already use to monitor and start improving your sleep, and ultimately your health.