Using IoT to Improve Your Wellbeing

Date : 3-8-2018

Using IoT to Improve Your Wellbeing

The fitness industry recognized the advantages of wearables for hitting targets. Devices help users lose weight and track progress. The healthcare industry introduced wearables to diagnose illness or reduce lower back pain.

But is technology all it’s cracked up to be? We spend around five hours a day using mobile devices. Studies show that too much smartphone use can be damaging to your health.

If tech can make anxiety or stress worse, can the Internet of Things (IoT) provide ways to improve wellbeing? Read on to find out.

Mobile Platforms

The most obvious contender for helpful IoT applications is mobile apps. There are lots of options for mindfulness apps, such as Calm or Headspace. But what about apps that tap into the spirit of the IoT?

Happier is an iPhone app that works on the Apple Watch. It allows users to build a daily gratitude habit. Such a habit is scientifically proven to increase happiness and improve self-esteem. The app provides inspiring quotes and lets you capture positive events on your device. It also prompts meditation breaks.

SuperBetter uses gamification to turn wellbeing into a series of tasks to “play.” Activate power-ups and battle bad guys to improve self-esteem or overcome anxiety. The Android and iPhone apps sync with the desktop version for easy access.

Sleep Cycle monitors your sleep cycle. It wakes you when you’re in the lightest sleep phase before your alarm goes off. That means better sleep for you and no more feelings of being groggy when you wake up.

Other apps enable you to track your stress levels. These products allow you to compare potential stress triggers with real-world events. You build a picture of what causes your stress. Then you can avoid those factors in the future.

Wellbeing in the Workplace

Happier’s integration with the Apple Watch is a step in the right direction. But employers are keen to explore the power of IoT devices.

In 2015, Hitachi introduced a wearable sensor in the workplace. It aimed to measure happiness and productivity. It detects physical movements and combines the data to determine how happy a group is. Management analyzes the data to improve policies or workplace practices.

Humanyze creates employee ID badges containing a range of sensors. These detect how near employees are to one another. They can even check your voice to see how you communicate with other staff.

The company stresses that they don’t record conversations. They send anonymized data to managers who can use it to adjust the workplace.

Managers can test office layouts for efficiency before implementing a final choice. They can also compare data with other companies to see where they’re falling behind. The idea is that companies can use wearables to improve staff wellbeing in the office.

Using wearables to improve staff wellbeing isn’t a fad. Studies show that introducing fitness devices at work lowers healthcare costs.

Wellbeing at Home

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Exercise is a great way to improve your wellbeing. The fitness niche enjoys a huge range of wearables. But commentators worry about the over-saturated market. Few people know what to do with the wealth of data provided by their fitness tracker.

GymWatch is a different type of fitness wearable. Designed for gym-goers who favor the weights, it acts as a fitness coach. It gives feedback to make sure you complete exercise moves with good form. You won’t just build muscle – you’d build it the right way.

Taking self-care breaks also contribute to a sense of wellbeing. That could include watching your favorite movie on Netflix. Or listening to your favorite song on Spotify. Even controlling your smart lighting can affect your mood. Use your SURE Universal Remote app to control these devices and create your own wellbeing bubble at home.

Over to you – which apps or devices do you use to increase your wellbeing?

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