Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that without technology, the world would be a very different place. Not only do we now rely on technology to carry out our day-to-day activities, it can also quite literally keep us alive.
Here are 6 incredible ways that technology can help to save and prolong lives:
Health Monitoring Apps
Mobile apps are getting cleverer by the day, and some apps now act as a monitoring device, informing of what’s happening in our bodies at any given time. These go beyond the role of a fitness tracker and can make sure everything’s looking healthy while alerting you to a possible health concern.
Other apps can help you to live longer by giving you tailored and specific advice around diet, exercise and sleeping habits.
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Augmented and Virtual Reality
Many medical procedures are incredibly complex to carry out, even for a trained surgeon. At the moment, training is limited – it’s not as if you can practice heart surgery on a patient before attempting the real thing. However, with the introduction of augmented reality, surgeons may one day be able to live-stream surgeries and use VR to practice procedures in advance.
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Technology comes in all shapes and sizes, and nanorobots are on the smaller scale – but that’s not to say they can’t still have a huge impact. Scientists have been trialling nanorobots that can enter a person’s bloodstream and fight off a disease before it even has a chance to present, protecting us from everything from viral colds and flus to cancers and heart disease.
Sensors for Monitoring
Sensors are used in a hospital setting to monitor a patient’s vitals and make sure everything is functioning as it should, but recent technological innovations have led to the invention of portable sensors that patients may one day be able to wear outside of hospitals.
This would mean that people suffering from chronic diseases like heart disease could be monitored remotely by their doctors while continuing life as normal. Learn more about hospital sensors at Sensoronics.
Smart Food Scanners
Trying to follow a healthier diet, or been asked by your doctor to cut down on a certain food ingredient? Smart food scanners now exist that allow you to scan the barcode of supermarket foods with your phone before you buy them to find out their exact nutritional content.
In the future, we might even be able to scan non-packaged products like a banana or a chicken thigh, and our phones will be able to detect the product and deliver the nutritional information, no Google search necessary.
Going one step further from wearable sensors, smart wearables could come in any form, and will be able to detect a person’s mood, communications and skin activity to provide useful – maybe even life-saving – information to the wearer. Microsoft has already designed a smart bra, favored because of its close proximity to the heart.
Wearables like these could be used in everything from preventing overeating and detect illness like cancer and heart disease.
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