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Hearts on our sleeves 

The answer, according to Ericsson’s Consumerlab report, is yes.

When it comes to defining what exactly constitutes wearable technology, the limits are broad. Ranging from fitness monitoring wristwatches to pillows and sheets that track sleep patterns, wearables are redefining the world as we know it.

Ericsson’s report breaks various technologies down to assess exactly how much potential they can offer in terms of longevity. Most urban consumers believe that wearables could tack on an extra two years due to stress reduction, but as far as life-prolonging capabilities go, the power lays not so much in wearables themselves but in how we interpret and use the data they provide.

Take, for instance, cutlery and serving tools that monitor food intake. Should this technology be made available, users will be able to see calorie, salt, and additive breakdowns of the food they consume (1.8 years). Taking the technology a step further, utensils that detect food allergens could prove to not only be life-prolonging by 1.3 years, but lifesaving.

Hand in hand with food intake comes physical activity. Ericsson puts fitness monitors’ life extending capabilities at 1.9 years on average.

Food and activity aren’t the only ingredients to a long and happy life. Sheets and pillows that monitor sleep patterns could maximize user health, while medicine bottles that regulate consumption could prevent accidental overdoses. These technologies could potentially add 1.1 years each.

While these technologies have yet to be invented or distributed, there’s a reason Ericsson has wearables listed as one of the 10 Hot Consumer Trends of 2015. With so many inventions and innovations being made daily, we certainly want to be alive to see them. 

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