The article I read titled “Wearable Sweat Sensors Could Track Your Health” talks about how in the past doctors used blood tests to analyze people’s health, but with this new wearable technology we will be able to obtain valuable information about a person’s health. The sensors use human sweat to look for signs of disease. This will change the way we look at health care and the way health professionals administer tests.
This new technology is opening up a new branch of health. We have products on the market like the Fitbit and the Apple watch that track our steps and distance of activity that we do throughout the day but the new wearable “smart” wristbands and headbands with sweat sensors do so much more. We will now not only know about our physical activity but our health in general. With this technology doctors can now monitor their patients health continuously. No need to get a check up once a week or month, the doctor can alert you if they need to see you based on your results from your sweat! This could help cut how much you spend on doctor visits because you will know when you need to go in. Not only can this help patients, but athletes as well. This piece of technology can help athletes track their performance. They will also know when to hydrate more and if or when they are going through heat shock. This new technology is offering many more attributes than the standard health and fitness trackers already on the market.
While they’re many benefits to this new technology, there is a downside in efficiency. How sure can we be that our sweat will detect when we are not well? I feel like people will be hesitant to trust this device especially people who need to be monitored by doctors. The old fashion way of going into the doctor’s office has worked in the past so why change? Another downside is the question of if people will actually wear it. Right now they are making these in wristbands and headbands, and the headbands seem to be more efficient because of the amount of sweat we accumulate on our heads. But will people actually wear a sweatband on their head throughout the day?
Although they’re some negatives about this new technology this does seem to be the future of health. I believe people will ultimately want this device not only to make sure they are healthy all the time, but also to make sure they are staying hydrated and healthy while doing physical activity. I believe this "smart" wristband/headband can really help people’s wellbeing.