Over the last few years, importance to overall wellness has grown multi-folds, the COVID pandemic not only affected the people with a deadly virus, but also impacted the emotional health with the changes it brought to the surroundings.
Like waking up in the morning, it became a habit to check if oxygen levels, temperature and heart beat were under the “normal” ranges all the time. The general populous are now habituated, if not obsessed, with data and vitals monitoring.
So how to monitor?
At this point in time, the smart watches were already positioned as THE go to tech for fitness and vitals monitoring, prior to the pandemic there was hesitation from many to make the purchase decision, however, a combination of aggressive marketing and the need created by the pandemic saw the smart watch sales growing multi-folds over the last 2 years in India.
Is it right?
What the smart watch is not telling you is whether you are a human or a banana, you will get a heart rate. Yes, you read it right, try wrapping your smartwatch to a banana and start recording HR, it will show you values.
Now why is this happening? Most of you might have seen a light emitting out of the bottom part of your smart watch, it is with this light that the smart watches record blood flow through optical sensing and give you an “assumed” heart rate.
Just a stop-gap:
The smart watch as a technology adds a lot of value to the lifestyle of its users, with many features like reading messages, smart alarms, steps calculations, calories burnt etc. however, is it giving out what it was intended to in the first place? And if so, is it accurate? The answer is a well thought NO.
The smart watch as a fitness & vitals monitoring device is only a stop gap solution with questionable accuracy in data capture, this could continue to be a fun engagement tool, but does not help in profiling personas in their long-term fitness journey.
Alternative? – But then which technology can do that? Watch out for this space for more info on fitness and vitals monitoring. Discover technologies that have higher accuracy than smart watches.