The increased use of wearables will naturally invite the monitoring of body chemistry. Just as we do for fitness now, there will be norms and goals. Along with that, in the tech industry's all too eager efforts to be of assistance, monitoring of blood chemistry won't be without helpful suggestions about what and what not to eat. It's coming soon.
One of the modern day technology mantras is that if something can be done, it will be done. A way to earn a profit will be dreamed up.
We know that wearables, and the Apple Watch in particular, are going to get better and better at monitoring our body chemistry. When it comes to monitoring blood chemistry, one of the most natural things to look at is blood sugar (glucose).
This Scientific American article provides a tantalizing view of what may be ahead for us. "Wearable Sweat Sensor Paves the Way for Real-Time Analysis of Body Chemistry." From the article:
Putting together existing advances in wearables technology, Javey’s team made the sensors from a flexible electronics board joined to a flexible printed plastic sensor array, which can detect glucose, lactate, sodium, potassium and body temperature. When the sensors come into contact with sweat they generate electrical signals that are amplified and filtered, and then calibrated using skin temperature.
As wearables measure more and more intimate details of our physical state, more and more of that data will be analyzed and distilled into recommended behavioral patterns. For example, I can foresee a time when a college student is urged by a wearable to go for short run before a big exam, and then consume certain kinds of nutrients so that mental acuity peaks right at the time of the exam. Contrast that to students who, in the past, put in all-nighters and then staggered into the exam room half asleep. Or hungover.
In time, just as we do now with all our technology decisions, wearables, including the Apple Watch, will help us fine-tune our physical state for any task at hand. Will we heed the advice? It's a sobering prospect.
Now. Where was that dark chocolate I was munching on?
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