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Wearable health technology looks promising, but still a novelty

There have been countless wearable announcements this year, many involving health services, but the devices remain a novelty for most consumers
By: Michael Hatamoto | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Oct 23, 2014 12:30 am

Wearable device technology looks more promising than ever, especially for medical health tracking, but it still remains a novelty, according to a report from PwC. Samsung, Apple, and other companies heavily involved in wearable hardware development hope to use health technology as a springboard to reach new consumers.




More than 80 percent of those surveyed believe these devices, however, pose a significant risk to their privacy - and that is an issue that software and hardware developers will have to address. As security breaches continue to increase, while also capturing mainstream media attention, companies are trying to encrypt all wireless data.


It seems consumers would be interested in testing wearables if their primary care physician recommends a product and service for them. However, doctors are largely waiting to see how the industry evolves, though partnerships are being created between tech companies and hospitals.


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