If you had a slightest doubt about smartwatches becoming the next Bluetooth hands-free speakers to make and receive calls? Then think again. The Photch vibrating bracelet watch here is a true example of the future. This state-of-the-art watch that weighs about 43g and fits all wrist sizes uses Bluetooth to connect with an iPhone or any other Android phone to make and receive call hands-free.
Taking a beautiful turn from the way we perceive jewelry to be, the Sublime Experiment: Outward Expression of Inner Beauty by Yong Joo Kim shows how ordinary or mundane materials can be used as wearable jewelry. This particular line of jewelry up on Kickstarter projects consists of earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches made from hand-made and hand-sewn Velcro hook-and-loop fasteners. The collection surely looks promising and gives a whole new meaning to wearable jewelry, so without further a due have a look at the Sublime Experiment: Outward Expression of Inner Beauty.
There are many out there who wouldn’t shy a bit in calling the human body an inefficient and energy-wasting mechanism but if the kinetic energy of the human body is harnessed it could be a more viable and better alternative to sources of energy like solar and wind energy. Though solar chargers and hand crank manual chargers have made a foray into the market, there is still scope of a fine kinetic charger. To fit into this void designers have come up with the Go Power – a mobile power pack and battery charger that you can wear.
Microsoft is hard at work since 2008 in developing an advanced wearable computer system that functions as a wearable electromyography-based computer controller which can be worn as an armpad, wristwatch, shirt, gloves or eyeglasses. This is just the infancy stage of wearable computing technology which can have many other applications other than just controlling games like controlling music player, television, game consoles and more. The Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller is directly attached to the user for sensing and decoding electrical signals created by human muscular activity by the Electromyography (sEMG) sensors which provide the necessary electrical signal for controlling computing devices.
There are many diseases where medication is the only care; Parkinson’s is one of them. Doctors need to regularly monitor a Parkinson’s patient to find the correct medication to suit the patient’s need, thus under an EU funded REMPARK (Personal Health Device for the Remote and Autonomous Management of Parkinson’s Disease) project researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech in Spain are developing a wearable monitoring system that will automatically regulate and deliver medication to patients suffering from Parkinson’s.
Because we gadget lovers require something more than a watch on our wrist, developers Bill Geiser and David Rosales have listed out a project for an open source development kits for their Bluetooth connected watch – the MetaWatch Strata smartwatch on Kickstarter. The Strata like the Pebble, we saw come real post Kickstarter fundraising, is a waterproof, Bluetooth connected watch which connects to the iPhone or any Android phone. The Starta on connecting wirelessly allows you to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and mails and use Facebook and Twitter etc.
Currently in prototype stage the tshirtOS is a wearable platform for expressing yourself in a digital format as it packs a LED display, camera, microphone, speaker, oscilloscope Bluetooth, battery, breakout board and accelerometer. All this technology is used for showing tweets, playing music videos, capture pictures and send them via Instagram in a jiffy. This intuitive idea is put forth by Work Club, Cutecirctuit and Ballantine to create world’s first programmable Tshirt prototype and hopefully push it into production if they get enough funds to mass produce it.
For people who get nervous very easily in social situations, Automated Anchoring Armour (AAA) comes as a real bane in any such condition. It employs the method of evoking positive memory with straight stimulus-response conditioning by linking the memory to a certain haptic sensation. AAA works by connecting biofeedback loop (that senses wearer’s state of insecurity) via a galvanic skin response (GSR) sensor and other components like linear actuator, Arduino board, battery pack and electronics are embedded into a mounting which is hooked onto a leather wristband for holding everything in place.
Summer Olympics 2012 are going faster, further and higher in London and everyone is enjoying the athletic extravaganza. Medals are reigning in the British Empire but the difference between a gold and silver is somewhere hiding in technology. There are many wearable technologies being adorned by athletes from various countries that are giving them that edge they need to take home the medals. While you wonder what these could be, we have lined in for you 5 coolest wearable technologies that athletes are using to enhance their performance (legally) in the London Olympics.
Nike has come up with a very innovative wearable technology called SPARQ Sensory Performance (SSP) which could be a defining tool in enhancing the sensory skills of athletes and increase their sports performance. The system has concrete proof that it drastically increases an athlete’s ability backed by research from Duke University. Using a unique method called Sensory Station for assessing around ten sport-relevant visual and sensory performance skills the athletes are given recommended training programs using Nike SPARQ Vapor Strobe Eyewear.