Australian financial journalist David Rennie has written a new book, ‘The Headband’, about how the world is waking up to the dangers of wearable technology and the importance of educating the public about what they are.
The book, which is a companion to Rennies latest book, The Headband: The Rise of the Head-In and Head-Out Device, focuses on the rise of these devices in the consumer market, but also how they could affect health and wellbeing.
Renniews book, due for release next week, is a collection of insights into the impact these devices are having on society, the people they are intended to help and the effects on health.
“When we’re in the workplace, people wear head-phones,” he said.
The book covers the use of head-mounted and head-worn technology, as well as the use and abuse of headbands, which were invented to help with the task of talking through telephone calls. “
In fact, one of the major findings in the research that we’re doing in the book is that people are wearing these things more and it’s making people sick.”
The book covers the use of head-mounted and head-worn technology, as well as the use and abuse of headbands, which were invented to help with the task of talking through telephone calls.
Head-worn devices are already widely used by the military, law enforcement and emergency services, but Renni also focuses on devices that could be more widely used.
He said the device that he most looks forward to reading about in the future is a headset.
“There are going to be headsets out there that are designed to allow you to talk to your family and your friends through a headset and that will allow you or a friend to hear your voice without having to put the headset on,” he told the ABC.
“That’s what this is about, it’s about the use, abuse and safety of these things, and I think it’s going to get even better as technology improves.”
He said a good way to get an idea of how wearable devices are being used is by looking at the medical literature.
“It’s not just the technology, but how they’re being used,” he says.
“We’ve got all these studies out there looking at different uses of headgear, and the technology that they’re using is so broad, it could be to talk through phone calls, to do medical testing, to help people with dementia, to treat some of the more severe conditions that are associated with wearing a head-gear.”
Renniet says he’s interested in seeing how the devices are used in the context of people with a range of different physical and mental health conditions.
“I think that we are going through a phase now where people are going back to wearing the same device, but with different health conditions,” he explains.
“But I think we’re going to see more and better devices and we can make better informed choices about what we wear.”
Rennaissance glasses and eyewears are already becoming increasingly popular, and Renniemus work in that space has also given him insight into what can and can’t be done to help patients who suffer from a range or complex of conditions.
For example, the research he has been doing shows that glasses can help people regain sight in their eyes and reduce symptoms of cataracts, but that they can also worsen the conditions of patients who have glaucoma.
He says it’s not a bad idea to look at what’s going on with these devices and whether they could help.
“For people with glauca and cataract, I think that it’s good to think about it in terms of what the technology can do for people, and it can certainly help with some of those things,” he tells the ABC’s RN Breakfast program.
“What you need is to look into the technology as well, but not in terms in terms like it’s all going to come together to do the best job.”