Will Big Data & Wearables Allow Us To Experience Father’s Day 2114?

By Ami Gal

6.17.2014 twitter linkedin facebook

Did you enjoy spending time with Dad this Father’s Day? Are you looking forward to spending more holidays with him? If so, you’re in luck because advancements in wearable technologies and Big Data are ensuring longer lives.

Wearables, The Gift of a Lifetime

Wearables proved to be some of the most popular Father’s Day gifts this year. But what is it about wearables that people find so appealing for Dad? Aside from the fact that wearables are one of the hottest trends right now, these technological devices are actually doing some pretty incredible things.
For example, let’s say that your Dad enjoys cycling in his free time. This is wonderful, yet the safety of cyclists has become a growing concern lately. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 677 cyclists were killed in the U.S. in 2011 as a result of motor vehicle crashes. A UK Department of Transport report also showed that 118 cyclists were killed nationwide in 2012, a 10% increase from 2011.
Thanks to advancements in wearable technology though, cyclist accidents are now being prevented. Zackees is a startup which has created a product known as, “Turn Signal Gloves,” aimed at helping cyclist signal to other drivers. These wearable devices use bright LEDs to light the gloves when a cyclist turns at a junction. The gloves work by using metal plates located between the thumb and index finger which light up when a cyclists presses the thumb and index finger together.
The technology behind these gloves is the really incredible aspect. The founder of Turn Signal Gloves mentioned in an interview with CNBC that, “When the metal contact plates on the glove click together, a signal is sent to a microprocessor. [The] microprocessor has a sensor on it – the same one that’s on your iPhone – that detects the ambient light levels of the day and automatically adjusts the brightness of the light.”
What if your dad is diabetic? Than you might want to consider the contact lenses for diabetics being created by Google. This revolutionary contact lens would be able to deliver frequent updates of glucose levels to diabetes patients, helping diabetics regulate their blood sugar level more effectively.
How does the Google contact lens work? Each lens uses a wireless chip and a tiny glucose sensor which is embedded between the two layers of the contact lens material. With this technology, the lens is able to measure glucose levels in tears. These contact lenses would means diabetics wouldn’t have to prick their fingers to measure glucose levels, making the process much easier and pain free.

Big Data’s Role

While the wearable market continues to make advances, Big Data challenges are increasing daily. Many wearable technologies consist of sensors, GPS systems and smartphone applications which need to be connected to various devices.The wearable tech market now faces the dilemma of capturing the volumes of personal data being produced from wearable devices.
One thing which needs to be overcome by Google, for example, is coming up with an efficient way for their contact lenses to wirelessly communicate data back to a mobile application for the patient or a cloud-based monitoring system used by healthcare providers. This is where Big Data technology would come into play.

In addition to proper data management, privacy concerns are also being raised around data being generated from wearables. Wearables generally consist of an individual’s most personal data – from their heart rate information to their email history. All of this sensitive data makes wearables more prone to hacking incidents.
In order to combat this Big Data dilemma, SQream Technologies has created a revolutionary Big Data SQL database which runs on GPU technology. SQream’s database ensure more volumes of data being analyzed in less time and is cost-effective, especially for companies in the wearable market.
SQream’s database also ensures protection of an individual’s data more efficiently. Large volumes of data can be processed in near real-time with SQream’s technology, making it much easier to combat cyber attacks before they occur. The combination of more data being analyzed in less time in a protected manner can result in many advancements within the wearables market.

The Future Looks Bright

The equation is simple, wearables combined with Big Data analytics result in the possibility for longer life spans. Y
et the challenge of managing Big Data analytics and protecting sensitive data will continue to burden the wearables tech market. One thing is for sure though, wearables do make great gifts and the market will only continue to grow as Big Data advances!