Wearable Technology: Demand vs Supply

In today’s world, the world is far more connected than even the phrase “just a click away” previously used before during the early years of the 21st century. Now, one can access the internet and the world on their wrist, because technology advancement has leapt so far that smartwatches of today are far more powerful than old computers.

Let’s Jam at GEM February edition featured Wearable Technology as the theme of the month in ME.REKA in Publika Shopping Gallery on the 28th of February 2018. Moderated by eFM’s host, Dana Blouin, the session began with Joseph Dolcetti of SportBoleh Sdn Bhd sharing how his background in Majlis Sukan Negara shaped his company’s current trajectory.

SportBoleh produces an exoskeleton that adds several features to a body part or the whole body should a full set be combined together. On the other end of the wearable technology spectrum, Tag La Sdn Bhd changes the way we deal with lost and found through Bluetooth connected trackers on our keys, wallets and valuables.

Exploring further into the endless possibilities of wearable technologies, Dr Mazlan of Favoriot has branched into geriatric monitoring systems through a smartwatch which helps caretakers and children keep an eye on their ageing parents without taking away their independence from them. As for the last panellist, Xin Yun of Walnut Wellness adds her expertise as a pharmacist representing a one-stop health app on Android and iOS platforms.

Among the topics discussed during the evening is how far can data collection help with the health angle of most existing wearable technology in the market. To this, Joseph stresses, “Data doesn’t do anything. Data gives you information. You have to then figure out what to do with it”. However, Dr Mazlan provided another angle to look at data in that it can help predict and thus set off alerting notifications built on a bank of existing data.

A question from the floor was on how far wearable technology has come as of now to help measure some health metrics. Xin Yun, Joseph and Dr Mazlan came to a consensus that it takes an immensely long time before a gold standard that is reliable would be utilised in a dependable form for wearables.

Looking at the trajectory of wearable technology in the last decade, one can remain optimistic that while some medical breakthroughs in wearable technology may take a while before becoming reliable, growth and advancement have been going at an exponential rate. It will not be long before the Next Big Thing in wearable technology shocks the market and changes our lives.


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