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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  • Smart pyjamas

    Think of bedtime and you may think of a story and glass of milk, but one company aims to pull the ritual of parents tucking their children in to modern times.

    The Idaho-based creators have created pyjama sets for boys or girls which have printed polka-dot patterns that respond to smartphones in the same way as QR codes. If a parent scans the dots with their smartphone, stories "unlock" complete with pictures and audio. 

    Pyjama sets retail for $25.

    Via: Smartpjs


  • Like-a-hug

    In collaboration with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton, MIT student Melissa Kitchow created a social media-connected vest which allows a hug to be granted over Facebook.

    The project page says that being connected through our garments allows "us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs," -- taking things further from simply 'liking' a status. 

    When a user's photo, video or status is 'liked' by a friend, the vest inflates to mimic the feeling of a hug. In addition, if you squeeze and deflate the vest, the original sender can receive a hug in return. 

    Via: Melissa Kitchow

  • RISR: Correcting your body language

    Our levels of social interaction and eye contact may have changed due to mobile technology, but for those who are shy or have trouble maintaining the correct posture in the business world, a web of sensors may be able to help.

    Called RISR, a web of sensors which is connected to a smartphone scans your target -- perhaps your boss or a potential customer -- and vibrates in order to tell the wearer how best to correct their body language in return. 

    The idea of 'mirroring' targets is well-known in body language studies. If you 'mirror' your target's posture, the idea is that they will be more open to what you have to say. For example, RISR will remind you to face your target if they are facing you, or shift your shoulders if they do the same. 

    Via: TechCrunch | RISR

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.