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BodyCom Uses the Human Body as a Secure Communication Channel

by on Mar.01, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables News

Introducing the new body electric: Microchip Technology business development manager Lucio Di Jasio.

Microchip Technology business development manager Lucio Di Jasio and the BodyCom

This week at Embedded World, Microchip Technology released the BodyCom Development Kit ($149), a network of sensors that communicate through the human body.

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.

You can read the full press release or check out the demo video on YouTube.

Via [Engineering and Technology Magazine]

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Flexible and Stretchable Lithium-ion Battery Charges Wirelessly

by on Feb.28, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables Celebrities, Wearables News

Flexible Lithium-ion Battery

Flexible Lithium-ion Battery

The wearables industry recently got an incredible push in the right direction when Nature Communications published the work of researchers Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University  and John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois.

Huang and Rogers led a research team to create a flexible lithium-ion battery that is stretchable up to 300 percent of it’s original size.  This innovation is music to the wearables-world’s ears as the chunky footprint of a power source has has been a frustrating design hurdle.  Using this battery, designers can consider a wider range of wearable designs since this battery can mold to the surface of a body (human/animal body part, the lining of a purse, etc.) and withstand the movement of that body (a running leg, a opened/closed purse, etc.).

Not only does this battery provides limitless design options, it charges wirelessly!

Interested in how it works? Check out Ben Coxworth of Gizmag for a great explanation. Visit Nature Communications for the full published study, and check out the video below for a demonstration of the batteries’ flexibility.

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LED Ampli-Tie with Flora

by on Feb.27, 2013, under DIY Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables, Wearables News

LED Ample tie

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.

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USPS Wearables Line (Spring 2014)

by on Feb.22, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables News

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The news has been everywhere; Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, and even Esquire are talking about it. Clearly the media is raising their eyebrow at the agency’s dubious attempt to come back from their 1.3 billion dollar loss in the first quarter of 2013, and are even poking fun at the idea of tech-ed out Newmans walking around.  Maybe this response explains why the USPS press release, many news sources are linking to,  is giving us the good ol’ 404 (page not found error).

But as members of the wearables community we are always excited to see how wearables crossover to everyday fashion. The Wahconah Group, Inc. , a minority-owned company based in Cleveland, Ohio, will work with USPS to launch this all-weather line of apparel and accessories, called Rain Heat & Snow. Some functionality will include sweat-wicking fabrics and jackets that can sync up with MP3 players. We commend the agency for their segue into future fashion, and are curious to see what other technology they may use.

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Light Up Skate Boards

by on Aug.03, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

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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.

light up skate board in motion

Above spending $60 for a light up board? Check out this Instructables and make them yourself!

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Life Microscope to Monitor All Your Movements

by on Jul.29, 2010, under Functional Wearables, Wearables

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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.

Via [AkihabaraNews]

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Ipad Shirt is Wackable-ish

by on Jul.23, 2010, under WTF-ables

Syte shirt

Really?

Really??

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

Via [Tuvi]

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Square Band

by on Jul.23, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

Take your studio with you.

Take your studio with you.

This is pretty cool.

The Square Band is a portable square wave synthesizer and is worn like a watch. The band includes eight tone buttons of varying octaves and a light sensor to change the pitch. Using a flexible solar panel, the band is recharged while worn and is powered for that a-ha moment of creativity.  It costs $35 with battery ($30 without) and there are only 4 in stock! But don’t fret – for you DIY’ers out there the creators are taking names for a potential DIY Kit.

music watch

Click here to hear a sample of the sounds. The first sample is a run through of each button and its corresponding tone in a controlled environment. The second sample is the tone of each button being pitch shifted via the on-board light sensor.

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Drum Gloves: Bringing Teens Together

by on Jul.12, 2010, under Functional Wearables, Wearables

beat on the block drum gloves

Beat On the Block Drum Gloves Complete Set

drum glove internet interface

Website Interface

Arnoud den Besten, Kristo De Pooter, Sam Vesters and Thomas Leterme are students of the Artesis University College of Antwerp who have recently added to the long line of wearable gloves with their latest concept, the The Beat on the Block Drum Gloves. The prototype, made of micro-switches connected to a computer, a backpack with speakers and controls to change the instruments, was created with the intent of bringing together the immigrants and native teens of Belgium. The Gloves, according to Besten the gloves make it possible “…for the youth worker to make contact with immigrant youth who are on the street”.

That is, it is a way for two circles of life – which may normally never cross – to meet, share and grow together by creating music, uploading to the Drum Glove website and building on what others have contributed.  A sort of social networking music making site. While it is still under development the goal of the designers is get people creating and working together.

Check out the designers video of real drummers trying out the Drum Gloves.

Drum gloves from Arnoud on Vimeo.

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Light Up Sneakers

by on Jul.09, 2010, under Fashionable Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

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Add the Arduino powered laces and Kayne, Weezy and Ricseasons  come to mind as  a few people we can see sporting these.

Check out these creative creations by Creative Recreation.

Via [Fashioning Technology]

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