What it is: Real-time health monitoring data is now being used as evidence in criminal cases.
Many people still can’t figure out a use for wearable computers like the Apple Watch. Then again, many people still can’t figure out a use for a personal computer either. In the wearable computer market, wearable devices can track your health symptoms in real-time and alert you or others of potential problems. If you want to stay alive, chances are good you’ll find a use for a wearable computer.
Now wearable devices are finding a new use: as evidence in criminal cases. When victims are killed, wearables can track the time of death. Now if someone tells the police an odd story that doesn’t collaborate with the real-time health data stored on the wearable device, that wearable device data can be used as evidence to point to a time of death.
Such data has already contradicted the testimony of several murder suspects and allowed the courts to decide that this evidence is worthy enough for consideration. So now wearable devices can keep you healthy but if someone kills you, at least the wearable can also pinpoint your time of death as well. That can help catch the murderer, which is an unintended but useful application of real-time health monitoring by wearable computers.
If you value your health and value the ability to track your murderer if you’re ever murdered, then you’ll want a wearable computer. If you don’t care about your health or catching your murderer, then you can continue ignoring wearable computers for the rest of your life (however long or short that may be).