What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearable computers?


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One advantage of wearable computers is that a user is in constant interaction with his computer, but a disadvantage is that these computers are heavy. As a user goes from place to place with his computer, it offers him flexibility to work from virtually anywhere. In addition to convenience, the device is not misplaced because it is always on the owner's body.

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Wearable computers are small electronic devices fitted beneath or over the clothes of the user.

Also referred to as body-borne computers, they may look like special watches, smartphones, glasses, headphones or vests.

Wearable computers enable a person to work without being grounded at a desk. In addition, the movements and actions of the wearer can be tracked remotely. One example of an advanced wearable computer is a special vest developed by VivoMetrics. Marketed as being able to accelerate treatment, the vest is worn by patients and allows doctors to monitor their progress. The vest records and sends signals, such as blood pressure and heart rate.

Wearable computers can be damaged through impact or contact with water. They are quite new as of 2014 and are still expensive. Another disadvantage is that the heat emitted can cause discomfort and health problems for the wearer.

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