The Apple Watch 6 is an incredibly powerful piece of technology that is an everyday device and addresses tons of use cases, but the battery only lasts 18 hours, a fact that has remained unchanged since 2017.
A consumer having to remember to charge the battery every night is perhaps the single greatest obstacle to its success.
Some devices have much longer battery lives, which can be a huge advantage.
For instance, Abbott Labs has a new glucose sport biosensor to help athletes realize their full potential. The battery life of the sensor is 2 weeks, after which it’s swapped out for a new one. Consumers don’t have to worry about power - it’s removed from the equation.
Many wearables have taken the next step in wellness to be FDA-approved devices.
Devices span the range of cardiovascular care (EKG, ECG, heart rate) to respiratory data, glucose levels, and temperature. In fact, medical patches are utilized for continuously monitoring chronically ill patients, soldiers in combat, firemen, pilots, premature babies; there are structural health monitors, soft robotics, prosthetics, etc.
With the rise of telehealth, these devices will play an important role in helping doctors monitor patients.