Five weird but wearable computersWhile there has been some (perhaps Borg-inspired) work done in implanted (in ourbodies) computing, wearable computers aremuch closer to becoming mainstream.Not only are several vendors working onproducts, it’s also a great do-it-yourselfproject.So while we wait for the wearablecomputing revolution, here are five weirdwearable computing prototypes that areblazing a wacky trail. Image courtesy of luigi diamanti, FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Jeff Jedras
Wearable instrument of tortureI’ve been unable to source this photo,found on an Internet message board,but it just had to be shared.I’m not sure how this computer isbeing balanced, never mind wornsuccessfully.Hope it’s not running Windows, asreaching back to reboot that oftenwould be torture.On the plus side, it looks like a greatshoulder workout.
GPS-embedded shoesIf you’ve ever felt using your smartphone to navigate around the city is toouser-friendly, that looking at your phone while walking isn’t distractingenough, and that you don’t own enough pairs of insanely expensive shoes,then check out these “No Place Like Home” GPS Shoes.After programming your route into the shoes via USB at home, LED lightsguide your way. Just £1100
The BioHarnessOn the surface, there’s nothing weirdabout the BioHarness 3 from ZephyrTechnology.It straps around the chest and usesSmart Fabric sensor technology tocapture physiological data on thewearer and transmit it via Bluetooth,and it has definite applications inathletic training.It does kind of make you look like TonyStark though, doesn’t it?
A wearable keyboard Why yes, that is a keyboard on my pants. With Yanko Design’s wearable keyboard, you always have a wireless keyboard close at hand. With the keyboard’s location though, you’d be wise to be careful when you’re reaching for the space bar. The manufacturer also touts a pair of “crotch-rocking speakers.” Now where’d I leave that mouse…
A very spooky iPadA NASA engineer took wearablecomputing to a new place with hisiPad Halloween costume.An old sweater, some fake blood,and two iPads running a FaceTimechat with one another and voila, heappeared to have a hole in hischest.Although, to make it even spookier,it could have used Windowstablets…scary!
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