A smart wristband is perhaps one of the best technological inventions ever made in the health and fitness as well as the smart living segments. And it is almost impossible to estimate the functionality of these bands until you have bought and used one. They help you track some of the best activities in life, enabling you to keep at par with the modern fast-paced life. Let’s find out some of the basic activities a smart wristband can help you track, just to paint a picture of how resourceful these devices are.
The very first activity tracked by these devices is motion. Smart wristbands are built with a 3-axis accelerometer that facilitates multi-directional motion tracking and enabling you to determine what ground you have covered, especially in the fitness context. In order to make its motion tracking function more realistic, some of these devices are also designed with a gyroscope so the user can know exactly what their orientation and rotation is. This data is then transferred into relatable steps and activities.
Tracking Your Altitude
Mountain climbers and people who work in jobs that involve constant ascent and descent may be interested in finding out the exact altitude they are working in, and this is also another function performed by these smart wristbands. Fitted with an altimeter, the devices enable you to determine your present altitude, the flight of stairs you have gone up and down in a given period and any other activity involving heights. Once the information has been collected, it is crunched so as to create an overall estimate and depending on the number and strength of the sensors on your device, the reading can be near-accurate.
Measuring The Pulse Rate
Other wristbands can be used to measure the rate of your pulse and the information obtained can be resourceful in a typical diagnosis procedure or simply to enable the wearer keep within the recommended pulse rate. The device uses optical sensors that work by shining a light onto your skin in order to monitor the pulse rate. In order to arrive at the rate, the light shines through the skin and onto the capillaries where it takes raw data on the rate at which the blood flows in these blood vessels. This makes them a favorite for exercise fanatics who would want to constantly check their heart rates to ensure they do not overdo a routine.
The career demands of our times do not make it easy for most of us to get enough sleep most of the time and it is therefore necessary for us to know exactly how many hours we sleep so that we can find a way of compensating for a deficit. These smart devices, using a process known as actigraphy, are capable of translating your wrist movements into sleep patterns so you can estimate your sleep quality and duration. Though not as accurate as the traditional methods such as polysomnography as it bases its findings on physical movements as opposed to brain activity, these devices will still register results accurate and reliable enough.
Measurement of Calories Burnt
Last but not least, these smart wristbands are used to measure the number of calories burnt by an individual and it really doesn’t matter whether you are in a high-intensity workout or simply going about your daily activities. The app relies on your physical movements and in order to arrive at a more accurate result, other variables such as your age, gender, possibility of underlying medical condition, weight and height are put into consideration. The results are basically arrived at by examining data on your heart rate and the level of aspiration as well as the number of steps taken.