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Wearable Device Testing - Best Approach to Follow

02-Apr-2021

Wearable Device Testing - Best Approach to Follow

First of all, we have to analyze what is Wearable testing. Wearable is known as "wearables", it is a category of electronic devices and can be accessories like Smart clothing, Fitness trackers, Smart watches, Location trackers, Body sensors, Body-worn cameras, Smart glasses and Sports equipment, etc. All these gadgets are powered by microprocessors and managed via specific software that requires a thorough quality inspection.  

During wearables testing, we create a real-life conditions or we can say that scenarios to learn how a gadget behaves. 

Best Approach to Follow for Testing of Wearable Devices 

We discuss the steps which specify the list of platforms and devices the gadget should work with. Usually, wearables require the following types of testing:  

  • Functional Testing: Any wearable device or gadgets have a lot of features in their tiny space. And it is necessary to make sure that each feature work as supposed. 

  • Connectivity Testing: In this testing connection between hardware and software is checked under different network conditions,  

  • UI Testing: In UI testing we have to make sure that Buttons, touch sensors, checkboxes, and other graphic elements function well. 

  • Compatibility Testing:  In this we have to verify that the gadget is compatible with various devices like cross-device, cross-browser, and cross-platform. 

  • Localization Testing: If we want a product to fit well in different markets, we’ll need to check its language settings, time and date formats, currency, etc. 

  • Regression Testing: Re-running functional and non-functional tests cases after the bug fixes and updates that increase the product quality. 

  • Acceptance Testing: It is the final testing stage before the release, which proves that our product meets business requirements and is error-free. 

Wearable devices in Healthcare | Wearable Technology in Healthcare – Examples 

Wearable technology in healthcare includes electronic devices that consumers can wear and are designed to collect the data of users' personal health and exercise. In Healthcare – health and fitness trackers powered by connected biosensors and algorithms. It includes various forms, like wearable fitness trackers, smart health watches, wearable ECG monitors, wearable blood pressure monitors, and biosensors. 

Examples of Wearable Devices in Healthcare: - 

  • Wearable Fitness Trackers: Wearable fitness trackers are wristbands. Those are equipped with sensors that keep track of the user's physical activity and heart beat. They provide the health and fitness recommendations by syncing to various Smartphone apps.  

  • Smart Health Watches: Now, smart watches have transformed into clinically viable healthcare tools. Smart watches allow users to perform tasks like read notifications, send simple messages, make phone calls - while also offering some of the exercise- and health-tracking benefits of fitness trackers. 

  • Wearable ECG Monitors: Wearable ECG monitors have ability to measure electrocardiograms, or ECGs. It is able to measure an electrocardiogram and send the reading to the user's doctor, as well as detect atrial fibrillation. It's also able to track pace, distance, and elevation, as well as automatic tracking for walking, running, swimming, and biking. 

  • Wearable Blood Pressure Monitors: Wearable Blood Pressure Monitors are look like a typical smart watch; Heart Guide is an oscillometric blood pressure monitor that can measure blood pressure and other activities – like how many steps has taken, Total distance traveled, and how many calories has burned. 

  • Biosensors: Biosensors are completely different from wrist trackers and smart watches. It allows patients to move around while collecting data on their movement, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. 

Wearable Tech - Top Challenges in Testing  

Wearable devices are the latest technology amongst tech lovers. From Apple Watch to Google Glass, is viewed by most people and these devices are also pushing up the concerns amongst developers and QA testers – ranging from functional testing scenarios to UI/UX challenges. 

  • Businesses must create a good user experience: User experience could be an easy interface or appealing software or device. Ensuring that the interface is usable because it requires stripping down user experience even further than mobile devices.  

  • Developers now have to deal with even smaller screens: The device screens on wearable devices range from 1.3 to 2-inch displays. So that the time of developing, developers need to do carefully what can logically fit on the screen and how consumers are going to interact with it. 

  • Functional testing must adapt to new devices: QA testers must create new or live scenarios for wearable device testing because consumers use them differently. 

  • Test only on real devices: Companies often use emulators for testing. However, testing on wearable technology is a necessity. After all, Wearable devices aren’t cheap, and many in-house testers can’t afford to buy them.  

Conclusion 

Wearable technologies are very real. They are available on the market and in the hospitals, available for use. Such technologies provide the new opportunities, new information and knowledge for healthcare providers, clinical practices and other care organizations, as well as to patients. This knowledge and these tools will change the clinical practice and people involvement in self care and decision making. It involved different parties; healthcare, Policy makers and the industry, is to work together and to find solutions for the benefit at low cost and high quality. 

author

Ashima Sharma

Ashima is an ISTQB Certified QA Engineer associated with BugRaptors. She has expertise in web and mobile applications with the complete understanding of software Quality Assurance techniques and good knowledge of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and Software Test Life Cycle (STLC). She has an excellent knowledge and working experience with test case creation, test case execution, test designs, and test result Analysis. She is Self-motivated, pro-active, task-oriented, and good team player.

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