Wearable technologies like fitness trackers are becoming hugely popular, leading many to speculate about the potential for implantable technologies to augment human biology. The question that is often not asked however is: “How do we feel about living with technology on (or in) our bodies 24/7?”
With his work on Blade Runner and other movies, designer Syd Mead did as much as almost anybody to shape our vision of the future. And in a new interview with Fast Co Design, he explains why the term "wearable technology" is meaningless — and what it takes for wearables to become must-wears.
Later today, the first balls will be served at the U.S. Open. But this year, the ball boys retrieving all those missed shots will be under closer scrutiny than usual: they'll be dressed in nylon Ralph Lauren T-shirts lined with conductive silver-coated thread and sensors, recording all of their biometric data.
Clinical settings and emergency rooms will never look the same once augmented reality and other collaborative devices finally make their much vaunted appearance. And as this new video from Wearable Intelligence shows, it could even save our lives.
Google has just signed a deal with Luxottica. You may never had heard of 'em, but they're the eyewear manufacturer behind the likes of Oakley and Ray-Ban—and they could, maybe, possibly, make Glass cool. Perhaps.
Forget what you know about wearable technology. The future of wireless connectivity is going to be woven into the very threads of your clothes.
Wearable technology is a pretty busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind.
Wearable technology has a long way to go. Sure, a smartwatch that lets you read text messages on your wrist is neat, and a pair of glasses that take pictures is innovative (or whatever). But what about technology we can really wear? Like clothes?
Bloomberg is reporting that HTC will unveil the first of three new pieces of wearable technology to carriers at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
It's going to look silly! But more seriously, it seems like we're all going to have to accept that wearing technology is going to be the real future and not just the imagined future of science fiction movies. We won't know we're in the future until we're wearing technology like Google Glass or Apple's supposed…
Chronic slouchers and hunchers, listen up. Risr is a new technology that uses safe vibration feedback to correct poor posture, a special vest made of a delicate network of wires and vibrating sensors.
Say what? Apple better not be working out how to strap a laptop to someone's back, because that's already been done—10 years ago. But their recent hiring of someone well-versed in wearable computing does spell something interesting.
Shortlisted in Designboom's Green Life competition, the conceptual Dancepants Kinetic Music player would "motivate you to move your feet in order to hear your music." Better shuffle about while taking that breather, or no pump-up tunes for you.