Wearable technology has made an impact this year as more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon. Take Fitbit. It has became one of the market leaders and has sold well ever since it was launched. But soon after, potential problems arose with the product. There have been news saying that using the Fitbit produces alarming rashes on arms and wrists. There are even people who claim that they had to seek medical treatment to deal with the burns, blisters and irritations.
Regarding the effects of the product, the company stated that the material used in creating it are the same used in some types of jewelry. This suggests that nickel sensitivity may be a problem. This is the reason why there have been complaints related to irritation. There are even commenters on different websites suggesting that it might be a fungus. This might be derived from water accumulation or even bacteria that has built-up on the waterproof area of the brand. There is also a possibility that it is a leakage issue with the battery.
The issue is a perfect example of the classic 1.0 syndrome. Fitbit needs to investigate the whole matter of course. Next year, safer and even much better products will surely be introduced. This is just one of the risks that customers may want to consider. However, every aspect of the brand should be weighed.
The health and safety effects of wearable technology may always be an issue. Many saw this coming already because these technologies were manufactured with the use of flexible materials. There is always a need to combine comfort and functionality. This is why wearable technology has an aesthetic appeal. There are still a great deal of research going on related to this and other technologies worn close to the body. Concerns regarding electromagnetic energy from phones have been around for years. The same also goes for WiFi, base stations and many others. They are all being absorbed by the body. This in return harms human health.
These on-going issues are still being investigated. There are just suspicions and risks, nothing else. Many suspicions are simply urban myths which trigger fear. This would have to be one of the reasons why there are still people out there who resent wearable technologies.