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Wearable Technology? – I’m All About That Life

Wearable Technology? – I’m All About That Life

I flew back into the country last Friday from my “mini vacation” to Atlanta. Atlanta is one of my favourite places in the States, I call it a “hotbed of black excellence” and I always come back fresh ..

Not this time though, like I said, I landed on Friday and spent Saturday at Nairobi Hospital. What does this have to do with wearable technology?

After 3 flights and more than 24 hours travelling suffice it say that I was beat. My first flight to NY was jam packed, to the point where they off loaded some peoples luggage, as soon as I got on that flight, my throat started to tickle. Didn’t pay it much attention.

By the time I landed on Friday, that sore throat was a cough.

Now, some people call me a gadget boy and it’s true, I always have some kind of wearable monitoring device. Most mornings, before I come to work, I check my blood pressure, resting heart rate, blood oxidisation level – I also try to log the food that I eat Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, hypertension runs in my family and I don’t want to be the last to know when mine fluctuates, so I use my phone’s health apps, wrist devices and home monitoring kits to stay on top.

On Saturday morning, I woke up and I knew something was wrong, the first thing I did was look at my resting heart rate on my watch … it said 120 BPM … I chilled a bit, checked it again, 121 …  When I usually check wake up it’s like 56-60!

I went straight to the doctors and being the hypercondriac that I am, in my mind I was half dying. Luckily after a day of tests, it was nothing more than a bad chest infection, but wearable technology hastened my decision to seek medical help. There are many different types of wearable technology (and I confess to owning most of them at some point) and they all have different price points and uses. This week we are gonna take a look at the FitBit, Nike FuelBank, UP from Jawbone, Apple Watch and Samsung Gear. Stay Tuned.

 

 

Jedi Master T

February 29th, 2016

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