Products from the likes of Apple, Fitbit and other consumer electronic companies have helped to revolutionize the market on wearable tech and consumer biometrics. Many are wondering, with such a revolutionary industry in the works, where will it go in the next few years?
Several companies are working to develop new biometric devices that will be able to track different measurements in the body for several purposes. These technological advancements will help to change various industries for the better.
According to several biometric experts, here’s what we can expect in the next few years. Tushar Parlikar, product manager for Alphabet’s wearables program recently stated that in regard to blood pressure tracking without piercing the skin, “If such a senior existed, it would be a user-friendly and continuous way to monitor people with high blood pressure, who are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes, as well as to monitor overall heart health.
The praise of such technologies is to catch potential problems long before they’re life threatening.” He also stated that there are currently “many academic and industry groups,” working on the technology.
In regard to the same type of technology, but for tracking blood sugar, Dr. Chris Thomas, a research fellow and director of biosensor technology for the Abbott diabetes’ care business recently stated that “Some 29 million people in the U.S. alone have diabetes, and could benefit from this technology to track their blood glucose levels.
Today, the state-of-the-art devices like Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre still rely on tiny needles to pierce the skin — it’s minimally invasive and not non-invasive.” These are just a few new technologies that will likely change the market, and there are more to come everyday.