Weird wearable technology

Weird wearable technology

Summary: Wearable technology goes beyond Google Glass and rumors of an 'iWatch.'

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Intimacy

    Does a color-changing dress turn you on?

    Daan Roosegaarde, founder of Studio Roosegaarde hopes so. The high-tech dress turns clear when something gets you excited, which may provide your date with some unexpected eye-candy.

    The dress is called Intimacy 2.0. Made in white or black, the garment is constructed with leather and opaque smart e-foils, blended with wireless technology and LED lighting. If your heart begins to race, your dress loses more and more color. "Social interactions determine the garmentsʼ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure," the project's website states.

    Via: Studio Roosegaarde

  • Wi-Fi detection hats

    Brando Workshop has released the "Wi-Fi Detection Cap," clothing which is able to seek out 802.11 b/g/n signals. If you're looking for a Wi-Fi connection in a public place, then two LED lights on the cap will show you network strength and availability -- although of course you will have to take it off to check.

    The hat comes in three colors, two designs, and requires CR2032 batteries. The Wi-Fi Detection Cap costs $14 - $18.

    Via: Brando


  • Combating jetlag: The Re-Timer

    Re-Timer is a wearable device that can be used to readjust your body's reaction to light and hopefully combat jetlag.

    The Australian research company has created its device to be worn like a pair of glasses. By emitting soft green light, it is supposed to mimic natural lighting -- hopefully preventing the groggyness and ache that frequent fliers face.

    Professor Leon Lack, Chief Inventor, said "Photoreceptors in our eyes detect sunlight, signal our brain to be awake and alert, and set our rhythms accordingly. These rhythms vary regularly over a 24-hour cycle. However, this process is often impaired by staying indoors, travelling to other time zones, working irregular hours, or a lack of sunlight during winter months." To better adjust to changes in timezones, Lack suggests that wearing the glasses every day for 50 minutes can help you either delay or advance your body clock. 

    Via: Re-Timer


Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • innovation with a history

    It's called kundogu, isn't it?
    • a brilliant comment

      it is actually spelled Chindōgu.

      I looked it up in Wikipedia:
  • The Re-Timer?

    I saw the picture and thought "Google Glasses, version 2.0". :-)
    William Farrel
    • And the "RISR"?

      I think I saw that on an episode of Star Trek (TOS)
      William Farrel
  • Interesting ideas!

    The wi-fi detection hat would not need to be removed to be checked if the LED bulbs were mounted on the UNDERSIDE of the brim: just look UP!

    Tracking chips for school children, YES. For adult citizens, NO. Fortunately, today's chips are powered by the near field of the sensor, so they can only detect whether they are within a certain distance (a few inches or centimeters) of the sensor. But definitely, they should be removable, or capable of being disabled, by adults who do not want to be tracked (except prison inmates).

    The shock bra is a good idea as long as it is properly insulated to protect the wearer from the shock. I think there was a typo: 3800 kilovolts is almost 4 MILLION volts. But there is the possibility that the shock would make the rapist MORE angry, and a victim who could have gotten away with a squeeze may suffer a more violent assault, or even murder, before the auto-dialed police arrive (assuming the police do not get so many false alarms that they quit responding to them). And speaking of false alarms, when the wearer is with her beloved and WANTS a squeeze, and forgets to turn the gadget off ... fellows, always be polite with the ladies, but even if she lets you, be careful!

    The phone-charging Wellies (I assume they are what we "yanks" call overshoes or wading boots) would certainly be useful, as long as they do not get wet. But isn't that exactly where you would be wearing them, in puddles and shallow creeks? How do you keep the generating apparatus, wiring, and phone dry? And also, you COULD get more energy from the spring in the step, using a reciprocating magneto, than from body heat.

    I believe I saw the same episode of Star Trek. The humanoid alien (a beautiful girl, of course, played by the same actress who later fell down an elevator shaft on LA Law and filled in for Dr. Crusher one season of TNG) was blind but wore a garment with sensors that substituted for sight, for navigational purposes. They must not have dogs on her planet. I loved the show, though. I might look it up on DVD sometime.