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10 Ways That Wearable Technology Can Positively Change The World

10 Ways That Wearable Technology Can Positively Change The World

Wearable technology is rapidly increasing in popularity, and developers continue to find new and innovative ways to put it to good use. For example, the Apple Watch gives people hands-free access to many of their iPhone’s most notable features. Having a phone on your wrist is certainly helpful, but read on to discover some of the other notable ways that this tech can and will change the world for the better.

1. Remote Health Monitoring

Fitness-obsessed individuals have already turned to items such as Fitbit to track their workouts, but what about others who have serious health issues that need to be continuously monitored? Some wearable tech companies are currently developing remote health monitoring solutions that will enable those in need to avoid spending an exorbitant amount of time and money on in-person monitoring.

For example, Biotricity offers advanced Mobile Cardiac Telemetry units that are available for individuals and hospitals. This technology can be used to monitor heart rhythms and respiration, and it also makes it easier for physicians to diagnose medical conditions such as coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. In other words, patients will be able to receive a quicker diagnosis and keep a closer eye on their health condition by using wearable technology.

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2. Enhancing In-Person Credit Card Payment Security

Credit and debit card payment security is always a priority, and this is the primary reason that chip card technology has been implemented in many countries. However, there is a newly developed wearable tech that could soon make chip card readers obsolete.

Consumers in Italy and Brazil have already become acquainted with the Biyo readers that scan their palms in order to pay for purchases. This greatly enhances security because each person has their own unique hand vein patterns, and the patterns must match for someone’s card to be charged. Palms are synced via iOS or Android devices, including the wearable Apple Watch.

3. Saving People Money on Health Insurance

Your insurance rate most likely increase every year, but what if you could personally impact the rate that you pay and be rewarded for exercising? Fitbit and other wearable health technology is being heavily eyed by the insurance industry and large employers for its potential to reduce healthcare-related expenses.

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Although this evolution of wearable tech is still in its infancy, you can expect to have future insurance premiums be positively or negatively affected by the way that you take care of yourself on a daily basis. For fitness buffs, this would be a great way to save a lot of money. Everyone else would receive a financial incentive to get in shape.

4. Enabling Mind-Controlled Electronics

The science fiction genre has introduced us to many concepts that have gone from seemingly fanciful and far-fetched to eventually coming to fruition in the real world. One of the most intriguing Sci-Fi ideas has long been the possibility of being able to control electronics with nothing more than our minds. Thanks to wearable tech, it is now possible for people with certain disabilities or those who are recovering from an injury to control everything from simple smartphone functions to an electric wheelchair through the power of thought.

5. Improving Workplace Morale

Surveys have indicated that 25 percent of workers worldwide are unhappy with their jobs. This number balloons to 70 percent in the U.S., so it is no wonder that companies are looking for innovative ways to boost workplace morale. Wearable tech can record hundreds of personal data points, and analyzing this makes it possible to better tailor the workday toward improving satisfaction and productivity. For example, if this data shows that most employees experience a reduction in stress while listening to classical music, a company could decide to play it building-wide on a daily basis. Additionally, businesses will have the opportunity to gauge whether or not their workforce benefits from exercise-related concepts such as walking meetings.

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6. Boosting the Performance and Efficiency of NGOs and Charities

Charities and non-government organizations (NGOs) are often spread thin financially and have a difficult time remaining in touch with people who are out in the field. This is especially true of charities that send volunteers and employees into remote areas to provide assistance to people in need.

Giving each worker wearable technology would make it possible to monitor everyone from one centralized location. When a worker begins to exhibit high levels of stress, someone from the charity or NGO can intercede to improve their morale and help avoid burnout issues. Ultimately, this will make everyone involved more efficient, which in turn will increase the overall performance of the entire company.

7. Making People More Aware of Their Fitness Needs

It is easy for people to overrate their daily level of physical activity. In fact, scientists have proven that most of our perceptions do not match up with reality. This problem could be easily conquered by wearable tech because we would all be able to learn the truth about our physical expenditures. As an added bonus, this type of technology can clue people in to potential health issues before they become very serious.

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8. Syncing to Charity Apps

There are several charity apps that enable users to make free contributions to the cause of their choice with actions like walking, running, or cycling. Wearable technology will continue to increase its ability to sync to smartphones and other devices, which makes it the perfect way to do something good for ourselves and others without needing to have our phone on hand at all times.

9. Reducing Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving causes an average of 1,153 injuries and 9 fatalities daily, and many of these avoidable accidents can be linked to cellphone usage. The Apple Watch has already made it easier to answer phone calls on the go, and it enables hands-free conversation. In the future, wearable tech will almost certainly expand upon this idea to make it possible to start and end calls without having to take your eyes off the road, even if your physical phone is not close by. As a result, distracted driving accidents should begin to decline over time.

10. Increasing Workplace Safety

Workplace accidents claimed the lives of almost 4,700 American workers in 2014, and the majority of these deaths would have been prevented with an increased emphasis on safety. Wearable tech has many potential applications in this regard, ranging from giving workers the ability to test equipment more easily to monitoring people for high levels of stress or anxiety. This tech could also be used to give employees on-the-spot training and access to life-saving information.

New and highly impressive wearable tech is being developed at a rapid rate, and it is likely that these devices will eventually become as commonplace as smartphones and TVs. With a seemingly endless list of practical uses, wearable tech has already had a positive impact on the world, and its full potential is still being discovered.

Featured photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via flickr.com

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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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