If you’re into science fiction,or watch James Bond movies (the older ones), then you’ll probably understand what I mean when I say that there’s nothing cooler than wearable tech. I mean, growing up, there were few things I wanted more than those wristwatches from the James Bond movies that could detonate bombs/shoot lasers/SMS (okay maybe not).
Wearable tech itself has been around for some time, but according to this month’s Wired (UK), it seems that 2014 just might be the year that computer wristwatches and digital diapers are accepted en masse. Some cool examples of what’s already in the market / or still being developed and coming our way include:-
(a) The Pebble smartwatch –Smartwatch with a black – and – white e – paper display that instantly notifies users about incoming emails, calls and text messages by vibrating. An open API has allowed developers to create a thousand apps for this device.
(b) The Narrative Clip – Worn like a badge and houses a five-megapixel camera that automatically takes a photography every 30 seconds. Users then upload these candid shots to cloud service, which organises the pictures into different “moments” according to analysis by image algorithms, time and location.
(c) Smart Diapers – New York startup Pixie Scientific is piloting disposable nappies that monitor babies’ urine for signs of infection, dehydration or kidney problems before symptoms appear. Test strips inside the Smart Diapers contain reagents that measure hydration and pH and react to leokocytes and nititres (which show possible signs of infection).Coloured squares around a QR code on the front panel change hue depending on the results, and carers can access the data by scanning the code with a smartphone.
Personally, I’m really excited. The possibilities seem endless, and so do the boundaries – I think it’s just a matter of time before we receive more invasive forms of tech e.g. implantable microchips? Also, it will be pretty interesting how the developers of wearable tech combine fashion with function (we have come a long way since the first toaster sized mobile phone hit the market).