The line between security and imprisonment in technology
There are a lot of weird things happening right now. Maybe unprecedented is a better term but, I will let the reader decide, as seems to me that we are entering a new Dark Age, where science and scientists are looked upon with skepticism and in some cases disdain.
Paranoia about 5G and vaccines are given the same media space as reports of 'Bigfoot sightings' and chemtrail conspiracies. This is occurring smack dab in the middle of perhaps the greatest global upheaval of the last 75 years.
I’m not concerned about the reasons behind this movement or the Luddites at its core; what interests me are those that would believe any of it. The conspiracy is, always, based on flimsy circumstantial evidence and purposely misrepresented science. It is easily debunked and yet, many people take it as gospel. None of them have logical motives or an end goal and yet here we are; 5G will kill us all. If we are all dead, who is going to pay the cell phone bill and how will the evil corporations make money? It seems like a logical question to ask but the 'tin foil hat crowd' doesn’t seem to have an answer.
You may ask, what does this have to do with wearable tech? I’ll tell you what. Most of us in this industry are striving to bring useful technology to the populace in order to make their lives better. Less friction and more service are the principles I’m guided by when pursuing innovation for my company.
In the coming weeks, we will be debuting a smartwatch that measures Temperature, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen and Respiratory Efficiency, along with the typical smart band functions. These new informatics can be useful in the post-COVID-19 lockdown.
These innovations won’t add significant cost to the product and the data will not be available to the public at large.
The question remains. Will the innovations be looked upon as evolutionary and helpful or will they be viewed as suspicious and intrusive.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.