Maria H. Blake
The Future of IoT: How the Technology Can Boost Human Wellbeing
In this Article:
1. 4 Ways of IoT Usage That Can Improve Human Health
1.1 #1 Smart gadgets for health control
1.2 #2 Smart homes for healthy environment
1.3 #3 Reducing of environmental pollution
1.4 #4 The healthcare domain transformation
2. Wrapping up
The Internet of Things became one of those buzzwords changing the approach to life and opening a blue ocean of opportunities for the whole of humanity. Owing to the Internet of Things, companies can transform their business models, offer new services and optimize their activity. Meanwhile, the public sector uses IoT to build smart cities, like Neom and old good Las Vegas.
If the impact of technology on private and the public sectors is noticeable, how can the Internet of Things affect human health? Whether IoT affects it at all? We're used to this technology and can't measure its impact on our lives. But only a deep analysis of current usage can help us get the most out of the Internet of Things in the future.
This article is created to highlight the top 4 ways how IoT can affect human health and standard of living.
4 Ways of IoT Usage That Can Improve Human Health
#1 Smart gadgets for health control
Smart devices for keeping an eye on health are significantly spread among users. Millions of people apply innovative clocks and trackers to get aware of their wellness. Following Grand View Research, the global smart clock market size was $469.2 million in 2018. It’s predicted to grow at a CAGR of 25.4% from 2019 to 2025. It means that demand for such gadgets is increasing day by day. But why?
It’s not a secret that the IoT-based clock is far more than just an accurate time. It allows you to measure pulse, stress or physical activity, the number of burnt calories, etc. Moreover, intelligent clocks are a high-motivative accessory. They help people keep an active lifestyle and set & perform goals, like “8000 steps per day”, “-2kg per month”.
One more helpful device enabling busy people to control their health is a smart scale. It aims to show the weight, notifying a user about the percentage of water, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates contained in a body. By analyzing the input data, smart scales can calculate the biological age of the user. Moreover, they advise on improving the health in each particular situation via relevant apps. For example, Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale 2 uses the app Mi Fit as a management tool.
Smart clocks and scales are just the tip of the iceberg since the market here is mushrooming because of the healthy lifestyle popularity. Users prefer gadgets that help them remain healthy in a stressful and dynamic environment, starting from an intelligent juicer and ending with a smart fitness mirror.
#2 Smart homes for healthy environment
Our physical and mental health largely depends on what surrounds us. Thanks to the IoT, people can design their homes in such a way that it maintains a healthy and pleasant atmosphere around.
Smart-house is often perceived as a place where the light is turned automatically, shelves are pulled out, or curtains are closed after a handclap, but that's not all. The critical functions of a smart home are the regulation of air temperature, humidity levels, and atmospheric pressure tracker. It can even report the level of air pollution and advise how to make it cleaner.
Moreover, IoT-based gadgets help people ensure complete safety inside. Intelligent sensors can report the slightest signs of natural disasters (most often hurricanes and earthquakes), and smoke detectors define any fire and indicate in real-time the most optimal way to evacuate from the facility while engaged in primary fire extinguishing.
Recently, the XME.digital team created a device management platform for collecting data from smoke detectors, providing an instant employee response on each event, and ensuring safe evacuation in a tight schedule.
If a person lives in a smart apartment house, the developer company will probably use IoT technologies to monitor the performance of utilities. The Internet of Things here can prevent any malfunction that could lead to a house explosion, a burst sewer, etc.
Thus, smart homes can maintain human health and save lives.
#3 Reducing of environmental pollution
IoT managed to fix the issue, which even reduced tax rates could not cope with. Smart devices allow enterprises to remain sustainable, consume less water and electricity, and save the environment from extra pollution.
Companies apply this technology to ensure intelligent filtration or closed-loop production. It means lower operating costs, a broader range of “green” international partners, and brand credibility for businesses.
For people, it means a healthy environment, water, and food - things creating the base of human wellness.
#4 The healthcare domain transformation
Today, we have access to dozens of smart devices apps allowing us to easily make an appointment with a doctor, track a medical history and even have full-fledged online appointments. Due to cloud and IoT technologies, users receive necessary notifications and always keep in touch with doctors.
Moreover, now surgeons perform remote surgeries with IoT. This approach allows doctors to instantly respond to a critical illness and attract leading specialists from all over the world without waiting for their arrival (or the arrival of a patient) in a specific country.
IoT is not only a guarantee of business success. As experience shows, technology can and does work to guard human health and well-being. If people have any hesitation about the 5G implementation (concerning the impact of 5G radio frequencies), then the benefits and positive impact of IoT technology do not cause any discussion.