Wearable devices supporting Chinese & Finnish people to take care of health
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
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With the rapid development of ICT technology in the past few years, ICT has been starting to take care of health problems, and increasingly numerous companies are committed to expand the field of health, in order to make people healthier. In fact, there are several different ways that ICT helps people on health, some ICT technologies are used to diagnose morbidities, some ICT technologies concentrate on curative machines, while some others contribute to support people to take care of health. However, limited research has studied how ICT support people to take care of health, and wearable in particular. This paper analysis the influence of wearable devices, which are not medicines and can not cure the sickness. What a wearable device can probably do is telling users about some basic indexes, supervise people to take care of heath and help them to get away from sicknesses. As a kind of precautions, wearable device plays an important role in the life of its users, this paper examines how wearable devices support people to take care of health through the data source from the research that this qualitative study used interviews to gather data, analysing interviewees’ personal experiences and opinions about wearable devices. The results show that wearable devices support Chinese people and Finnish people in different ways.
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