Fitting like a Glove: The impact of 5G on wearable technologies

5G impacting wearable technology

According to a study by Gartner, it is expected that the total number of connected devices is going to see exponential growth and widespread acceptance, projected to cross 25 billion by 2021, from 14.2 billion in 2019. With the advancements of IoT and wearable devices on the rise,

tech experts are looking at the introduction of 5G technology on a macro-level, right from its applications in smartwatches and smartphones, to its applications in AR/VR and 3D devices and bot technology.


The 5G Advantage

5G Technology isn’t just an upgrade over the existing 4G LTE network. It comes with many rapid opportunities that can change the way people live their daily lives. A few of the advantages are as below:

  • Faster Speed

Though it is the first expected advantage, the exponential increase in the data transfer speed is going to have some major business applications. Where 4G had a typical download speed of 20 Mbps, the speed expected from 5G network is ranged between 500 to 1500 Mbps.

  • Increased Network

5G towers are designed significantly smaller than the existing 4G towers, somewhere around 5 feet in height. This will give the capability of easily installing the towers in any feasible place, where it wasn’t possible earlier.

  • Better Connectivity:

The capacity of multiple device connectivity will increase tremendously with the 5G network. It is expected that the 5G network will be able to handle up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer and, with the increasing devices and IoT applications, the network will be able to provide a seamless experience nonetheless.


5G and Wearable Technology

Wearable Technologies have dominated the tech space in 2019-20. Advancements in 5G technology will simply help leverage the optimum use of these technologies and help industries to explore to the maximum. Here are a few highlights of what we can expect in the days to come:

  • Healthcare

5G is all set to redefine the healthcare industry, be it heart-rate and pulse monitoring or calorie-counting. With the increased speeds, patient monitoring will be possible in near real-time conditions. A McKinsey report stated that 71% of Americans feel that wearable devices improved their health and reformed their daily lives. Increased data transfer speeds can help in the early prediction of strokes as well as inform doctors or caregivers of patient health and vital signs in almost real-time settings.

  • Daily lifestyle

The increased connectivity and cloud capability which 5G brings to the wearable devices are helping bring the end-user to use it as an impulse. Fitness bands, smartwatches, smart eyeglasses, smart headphones, smart clothing, and 3D VR/AR wearable devices are all rapidly being accepted as daily necessities. They are helping people with better communication and increased productivity. The fact that these wearables easily connect with IoT devices and mobile phones to provide better outputs helps in exploring their capabilities even further.

  • Safety and security

Even though the present capabilities of 5G and wearable technologies are largely being utilized for health and fitness purposes, another aspect being explored is the increased safety of the end-user. This can range from external sensors, like sensing the pollution level in the surrounding air or unusual activities or moments within the body. Alerting authorities or emergency contacts in case of a mishap in real-time can help avert crisis and make the user feel more secure.


The onset of 5G is expected to disrupt the wearable technology in 2021. As a forerunner in IoT technology and digital sector, Vatsa has been able to provide its clients with the needed capabilities to adapt to this scenario. In the near future, mobile phones will be 5G enabled and its effects will be seen in the emerging mobile apps and web platforms.


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