Recorded: March 29, 2022 – In this session, wearable assistive technology (AT) for use in agricultural lifestyles will be discussed. Individuals working in farming, gardening, fishing, logging, and similar occupations can benefit from the use of AT to track their health and wellbeing and effectively manage their workload while increasing safety. We will be discussing AT wearables in the form of smart watches and discover what options are available. Comparisons and contrasts of the top brands of wearables will be examined and the features and advantages of each showcased. Participants will receive a handout illustrating this comparison to assist in choosing which wearable AT is best to meet their individual needs. Information about funding and Maine CITE’s demonstration loan program will also be provided.
- Participants will understand how individuals can use wearable technology to manage their workload.
- Participants will understand how individuals can use wearables to support their health and increase their overall wellbeing.
- Participants will understand how wearable technology can increase safety in the workplace.
- Participants will be able to identify differences of top brands of wearable smart watches.
Corey Young, an Occupational Therapy graduate student at the University of New England, is currently engaging in her second clinical experience with Maine AgrAbility. Born and raised in Maine on her family’s 4th generation dairy farm, Corey enjoys hiking, photography, walking, snowboarding, and traveling. As dairy farmers, Corey and fellow family members use wearable technology to increase their health and efficiency on the farm.
Resources discussed in webinar:
- Wearable AT for Agricultural Workers Handout – MS Word
- Wearable AT for Agricultural Workers PowerPoint – PDF