Wearable Computing at the MIT Media Lab What's a Wearable? To date, personal computers have not lived up to their name. Most machines sit on the desk and interact with their owners for only a small fraction of the day. Products Fibretronic's patented technologies allow us to offer a wide range of highly functional electronic systems suitable for easy integration into textile based products. We offer both standard systems as well as customised solutions designed to meet specific requirements. All our products are tested to electronics industry standards and are durable for performance in textile applications. Please see our Standard Products pages for further details of our main product categories. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss a specific project or development request. Our product range includes;
Wearable computer The WIMM One, an Android powered wearable computer. Wearable computers, also known as body-borne computers or wearables are miniature electronic devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. This class of wearable technology has been developed for general or special purpose information technologies and media development. Wearable computers are especially useful for applications that require more complex computational support than just hardware coded logics. If one is asked to give a simple, yet modern, example for wearable technology, that will be the Nike+ system which allows you to track your time, distance, pace and calories via a sensor in the shoe. Another example can be Google Glass, which combine innovative displays with some novel gestural movements for interaction.
Our augmented selves: The promise of wearable computing By Donald Melanson and Michael Gorman It's been an interesting year for Google's most famous side project. After emerging from the company's suitably mysterious X Lab in April, Glass appeared across the roundtable from Charlie Rose, gave conference attendees a skydiver's eye view at Google I/O, strutted down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week and shared the stage with California Governor Jerry Brown as he signed a bill into law allowing self-driving cars on the state's roads. Yet, there's still more that we don't know about Google Glass than we know about it, despite its status as the highest-profile attempt at making wearable computing the next big thing.
ETH - IfE-Wearable Computing - Smart textiles and clothes Media Electronics Lab More »» Job Links Open Position »» Latest News Wearable computing: why it's about much more than an Apple iWatch or Google Glasses Given how entrenched such technology has become, Prentice believes that the devices that will propel wearable computing from the fringes into wider use will not just be the brainchildren of geeks in Silicon Valley. The world has moved on from the 1980s script in which innovations in technology were the sole preserve of young boffins like Bill Gates. “We’re going to see people’s imaginations run riot,” says Prentice – whether they work in fashion, health or any other industry.
Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile? In today’s connected world, you’d be hard pressed to find a population (disregarding technophobes and lost tribes) who actively shun activities that are digitally mediated. Unfortunately for those who do align themselves with Luddism, advances in mobile computing (and digital tech in general) appear to be exponential. Technologically-enhanced areas of information are all around us, from our PCs to smart gadgets made pocket-portable. In the digital sci-fi series “H+”, wireless implants are regularly injected into a population who seem comfortable with the idea of invasively combining biology and technology.
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When wearable computing meets the Pilates shirt SEATTLE -- Technology giants such as Google and apparel makers such as Nike are pouring millions into wearable computing, betting that it's one of the next untapped frontiers in consumer electronics. Runners slip sensors into their shoes to track how far they've gone. Insomniacs wear wristbands to monitor their sleep habits. Skiers don goggles with heads-up displays to see how fast they're moving. But wearable computing remains a niche business.