Tag: Wearable Electronics
In today’s news clips we learn about a pill that monitors your health, a solar powered dress, and a new report forecasting the wearable market through 2018.
Disruptions: Medicine That Monitors You
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — They look like normal pills, oblong and a little smaller than a daily vitamin. But if your doctor writes a prescription for these pills in the not-too-distant future, you might hear a new twist on an old cliché: “Take two of these ingestible computers, and they will e-mail me in the morning.” As society struggles with the privacy implications of wearable computers like Google Glass, scientists, researchers and some start-ups are already preparing the next, even more intrusive wave of computing: ingestible computers and minuscule sensors stuffed inside pills.
Wearable Solar Dress Turns You Into A Walking Power Plant
When it comes to wearable technology these days, you cannot deny the fact that Google Glass looks set to be the next big thing among the tech savvy (with plenty of spare change to drop, of course), while the other potentially explosive wearable technology that might appeal to the masses has something associated with fashion – case in point, this wearable solar dress by a designer from the Netherlands. Known as the Wearable Solar project, it is helmed by Christiaan Holland and Pauline van Dongen, who worked in tandem with a team of researchers in order to come up with solar cells that are flexible enough, they can be easily embedded within clothing, turning you into a breathing, walking power plant along the way.
Research And Markets: Wearable Technology Market Report – Forecast to 2018
Wall Street Journal
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5jfbs7/wearable) has announced the addition of the “Wearable Technology Market – Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share And Forecast, 2012 – 2018″ report to their offering. This report covers the global wearable technology market size and forecast to 2018 along with their application in different end-use segments such as wellness and fitness, healthcare and medical, infotainment, industrial and military. The performance of wearable technology applications across different geographical regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia and RoW (Rest of the World) has also been covered in this report.
In today’s clips we learn about a new process for making conductive fabrics, a list of time saving wearables, energy storage in textiles, wearable tactile displays, and Sketchers light up shoes.
New Process For Rendering Paper And Textile Fibers Conductive with Aluminum
Korean researchers have now developed a new process for rendering paper and textile fibers conductive with aluminum … Current techniques like printing or vapor deposition are not applicable to fibrous materials because it is not possible to produce a continuous pattern. In addition, these methods are very expensive … Researchers have now developed a simple, affordable approach for making conductive textile and paper fibers with aluminum. The paper or textile fibers are first pre-treated with a titanium-based catalyst and then dipped into a solution of an aluminum hydride composite solution. The catalyst is needed to allow the subsequent conversion of the aluminum compound to metallic aluminum to occur at room temperature. The materials are not simply coated; in fact their fibers absorb the solution. This means that they do not have just a surface layer of aluminum, but are fully saturated. This produces papers and textile fibers with excellent electrical conductivity that can be bent and folded as desired. They can also be cut to any desired shape and size and simply glued or sewn onto an equally flexible support.
Time Saving Must Haves: Wearable Electronics For Busy People
… As we have all become more and more dependent on smartphones, developers have caught on to the idea that time saving electronics for busy people really might be the wave of the future, with a a whole heap of new devices hitting the market. Check out these wearable electronics and let me know which ones make your must-have list!
Textile Energy Storage
This research focuses on electrical energy storage solutions for textiles and wearable electronics, a fundamental challenge for designers of smart textiles and wearable technology. As a solution to this problem, we are focusing on supercapacitors, made with activated carbon material. When combined with low power energy harvesting devices as power supply, they can eliminate the need for batteries in application such as wireless sensor networks.
That Buzz You Feel May Soon Be Your Clothes Talking To You
Next Power Up
A senior research scientist at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and a designer of wearable tactile displays, Lynette Jones, has created an array that accurately tracks vibrations through skin in three dimensions. The array contains miniature accelerometers and pancake motors – a type of vibrating motor which is currently used in cellphones … Jones stated there are many potential applications for these types of tactile displays, such as aiding drivers or joggers, directing firefighters through building or helping emergency workers navigate through a disaster site.
Light-Up Shoes Booming, Brightens Sketchers’ Bottom Line
Footwear Distributors And Retailers of America
If you were in elementary school during the ’90s, chances are you owned a pair of L.A. Lights, or coveted those magical sneakers with lights in the heels, flashing red with every step and telling your peers that you were hip. As it turns out, a more advanced form of the classic light-up shoes are hot again with kids today and racking up millions in sales for Skechers.
John Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign improved their first attempt at stick-on electronics tattoos and have created a more durable product to withstand up to 2 weeks of use. With electrodes, sensors, wireless communication the device attaches to the skin with a rubber stamp. Once connected the temporary tattoo reads the users vitals and reports them wirelessly. This means patients who have had surgery can still be under the watchful eye of a health provider without having to physically take a bed in a hospital or sit in a doctor’s office. While research continues to improve the tattoo’s wireless capabilities, Roger estimates that the product should be available for commercial use through MC10 in less than 2 years.
John Kestner and his team at MIT Media lab developed a series of wallets to help consumers control impulsive and often financially harmful spending habits. Most of us use debit and credit cards for our day-to-day transactions, but many of us may not be checking available funds, or balancing our checkbooks on a regular basis to make responsible spending decisions. Enter the Proverbial Wallet Series. The objective of the series is to communicate the user’s financial status in tangible forms to (hopefully) affect the users spending habits in a positive way. So how will a piece of leather and some hardware keep you from falling victim to big-shiny-buy-10-get-1-free purchases? With actuators, control circuits, and Bluetooth communication, each wallet connects to your bank account and uses that information to update the wallet and notify the user through an action.
Using a vibrating motor, the wallet alerts the user of a processed bank transaction with a quick buzz. If you hear too many buzzes, either you’re spending too much money, or someone else is.
If you need a more conspicuous alert, the Peacock may be the Proverbial Wallet for you. This wallet uses an embedded servo to create an “inflated” or “deflated” look depending on your available balance. Got racks on racks on racks? Then your puffed up wallet will show it.
When a vibrating back pocket, or public shaming aren’t enough, the Mother Bear takes wearable wallet protection to a new level. Based on the users budget, the resistance of the hinge and motor in the wallet increases as you approach your budget ceiling. Granted, Mother Bear, won’t stop you from ballin’ out, but she will “nag” you about saving and even stand in the door way of wasteful money spending right before you walk past her and do it anyway.
While all three are still prototypes, a new wallet combining all three functions should be released shortly. We’ll keep you updated.
Check out the demo video.
MACHINA, a group of independent developers and designers living in Mexico, has created the Midi Controller Jacket ($285-$2600), an advanced functional yet fashionable wearble, that transmits music notes to a speaker based on the user’s movements and interactions with the jacket sensors.
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This means beat makers with dancing skills, or dancers with a penchant for music making can create killer beats with the pop-and-lock of an arm. Potentiometers, four push buttons, a flex sensor, and a joy stick can be configured by the user through a mobile app.
Making music not really your gig? No worries, because their fully funded kickstarter video explains that MACHINA is also working on a HACKSTORE with open source code, where users can upload their own presets and programs to add more functionality to the jacket like mixing videos or interacting with a Kinect.
With a ton of other products under their belt, including thermochromic t-shirts (that remind us of this interesting Polar Ice Cap Shirt), MACHINA is definitely a group of wearables celebrities we’ll be looking out for.
Check out their demo video below for more information.
The technology is similar to that of an access card you use to enter a secure location (your apartment, dorm, or office building). The difference being, instead touching your card on the receiver pad by the door, as long as the BodyCom mobile device is in your possession, you only need to touch the receiver pad with a body part.
Lucio Di Jasio, business development manager at MicroChip Technology, explained that BodyCom is already being used in different applications. “One customer has a bike helmet – the bike won’t start if you’re not wearing the helmet”, says Di Jasio.
Today on Adafruit’s “Wearable Wednesdays” we learn how to make the LED Ampli-Tie with Flora. Using FLORA, the Electret Microphone Amplifier, Flora NeoPixels, and conductive thread, you can stand out in your next interview or stockholders meeting wearing a tie that lights up in reaction to sound.
You can check out the YouTube Video for step-by-step instructions.
While out at the infamous Duke Street skate park watching eight year olds kick and tres flip all over your faces, a light emerged and stole the attention.
Skatepark Kid A was rocking one of these boards and we had to take a closer look. Purchased for only $60 bucks from Photon Light Boards, it’s not exactly wearable or a means to improve your skating abilities, but it looks pretty damn cool. Even cooler, Skatepark Kid A explained, are the moving images you can get of the board in action.
Above spending $60 for a light up board? Check out this Instructables and make them yourself!
Hitachi celebrated its 100th birthday this week and held a mini exhibition in Tokyo to demonstrate a few of their up-and-coming accomplishments. Most notably is the next generation of pedometers: The Life Microscope. Yes! Another wearable tool to demonstrate how incredibly lazy you are.
This is not your office-mom’s pedometer; using accelerometers, this watch-like wearable monitors a myriad of activities and can distinguish amongst them. From sitting at a desk, to playing video games, the data collected through the Life Microscope is easily sent to a software system that can be used to analyze daily actions. Sounds like a cut-and-dry success, but because the device is worn around one’s wrist, one could trick the device into thinking the whole body is moving. This is not for tricky lazy people, but can help health nuts and doctor’s maintain accurate records on daily activities.
While there are a few working prototypes, there is no info on when it will be available for purchase and how big the price tag may be. Competing with Phillips’ DirectLife and Fitbit, The Life Microscope will probably run you about $100.
More pictures after the jump.
Even the model looks like he’s thinking “Wow, this is ridiculously lame”.
Ok. A shirt that can carry your I-Pad is just wack man. I guess its cool that the screen is transparent so you can show off images, easily connect your headphones all the while being hands free, buuuuuut it reminds us of this wackable innovation and we’re just getting over the lameness.
Granted, Stye Shirt did propose some venues where one could sport this douche-attire and not look so…douchey. FYI if your activity is not on this list and you’re wearing this shirt shame on you. SHAME!
• Play movies or interactive games to entertain your kids while keeping your hands free
• Show off your photos with a group of friends
• Broadcast a football game while enjoying a tailgate party
• Promote your artwork, music, and other multimedia anywhere
• Advertise your business by playing promotional content while speaking to customers
• Tech-savvy educators can grab students’ attention by creating interactive lessons
• Trade show vendors can run product demos while working in the booth
• Businesses can hire people to be mobile info booths to display interactive info and maps