Technology as an extension of ourselves
Wearable technology is exploding in popularity, so much so that Cisco Systems is predicting a 700% increase in the number of wearable devices by 2018. The arrival of health-focused wearable technology is changing the way patients view their physical activity and doctors track overall health. Where there was once a vague notion that more activity is good, people can now view exact metrics (such as steps taken, calories burned and heart rate) and understand the role these measurements plays in everyday life. Combine this data with platforms that can interpret the information, and you have a full ecosystem that caters to both the stat-obsessed and the casually curious. Of course, the devices available today are just the tip of the iceberg. Going forward, data sharing with health providers will likely become the norm for many individuals.