It’s no secret that wireless technology has been on a rapid roll in recent years.
According to new research from the University of New South Wales, that trend is set to continue, with the invention of wireless electronic devices like smartwatches, smart cameras, smartwires, and wearable devices expected to continue to increase in popularity and impact on society.
“While the world is on the cusp of a new era of technological innovation, we need to be cautious in our assumptions about what is possible and what is not,” said Dr Sarah Lippert, who led the study.
“There is an inherent risk of not predicting the future, but we can be certain that the innovations of the future will be powered by innovations in the physical world.”
The study used a model of the human body, and found that the more we spend time in the virtual world, the more likely it is that we will experience an increase in physical activity and physical ageing.
“The future is not only about using technology to make us more physically active, it’s also about improving our health,” Dr Lippart said.
“When we travel, we’re using technology for many purposes, like checking on a patient, monitoring our environment, and using devices for health and wellness.”
The research found that people with an average age of 50 were more likely to spend time with their smartphones, and spend more time in physical environments where they had a chance to see other people.
It also found that smartphones were more common in environments where physical activity was high, and that they were more popular in places where people were physically active.
“This trend will be driven by advances in technology,” Dr Mabel Cawley, a co-author from the Institute of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said.
“[Technology] will become more accessible to people as the number of people with smartphones increases, and the number who are physically active will increase, so we need not only to be more active, but to also be more physically connected.”
The findings were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
The University of Newcastle is the first university to conduct this research.
“We think we can do more to improve the physical health of our population by providing them with more physical activity options that allow them to spend more quality time with friends and family,” Dr Caw, from the Faculty of Engineering, said in a statement.
“For example, we believe there is a compelling case for the use of wearable technology to improve physical activity for those with high health needs.”
“The advent of wearable technologies such as smartwears, smart watches and smart phones, is a promising opportunity for the Australian community to improve their physical health and fitness and improve the quality of life for others,” Dr James Anderson from the School of Health Sciences and Health Policy said.
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