Can you imagine a time when people went jogging with nothing more than a self-winding wristwatch and a street map? How many of the gizmos in your doctor’s office were there five years ago? What would your boss from 10 years ago say if you asked them to install a napping pod at the office?
Things have changed a lot. Our population is aging, living longer, and seeking to maintain a healthy quality of life in the process. In a job market that’s been at full employment for years, employers are feeling the squeeze from rapidly evolving expectations surrounding workplace wellness and rising healthcare costs. These drivers are converging to create rapid change that is impacting the PCB industry in many ways.
Our increased focus on health and wellness drives technology advancement for personal devices and those used in the delivery of healthcare. This trend also drives both PCB production innovation and a long-overdue update of the employer/employee relationship.
Wearable technology was barely a thing five years ago. When we go for a run now, we expect detailed information about where we went and how our body performed. This health and wellness information must be reliable and easy to use during our workout. It also needs to be available to review and analyze later to see if we are reaching our goals. From the safety lights on the bicycle you ride to GPS tracking, sophisticated fitness monitors, and small-rugged video cameras that record fitness adventures, electronic devices are capturing more and more information even as they become smaller and lighter, as well as more durable and affordable.
To read this entire column, which appeared in the April 2020 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.