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  2. 2. History Wearable technology is related to both the field of ubiquitous computing and the history and development of wearable computers. With ubiquitous computing, wearable technology share the vision of interweaving technology into the everyday life, of making technology pervasive and interaction frictionless. Through the history and development of wearable computing, this vision has been both contrasted and affirmed. Affirmed through the multiple projects directed at either enhancing or extending functionality of clothing, and as contrast, most notably through Steve Mann's concept of sousveillance. The history of wearable technology is influenced by both of these responses to the vision of ubiquitous computing.
  3. 3. Cont. • The calculator watch, introduced in the 1980s, was one original piece of widespread worn electronics. • Ilya Fridman designed a Bluetooth headset into a pair of earrings with a hidden microphone. The Spy TIE includes a color video camera and USB Heating Gloves keep hands warm when plugged in.
  4. 4. Cont. • Twitter users can wear a "Pocket Tweet" using a Java application and cutting out and applying a Twitter text bubble to a person's shirt, one example of Do-it- yourselfwearable tech that was part of an art exhibit for the Wearable Technology AIR project in spring 2009.ZED-phones stitch headphones into beanies and headbands allowing riders, snowboarders, Drivers and Runners to stay connected, hands-free, always. • Wearable technology has applications in monitoring and realtime feedback for athletes as well. The decreasing cost of processing power and other components is encouraging widespread adoption and availability.
  5. 5. Cont. • Transitioning to night life and entertainment industries electroluminescent shirts have appeared in concerts such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapalooza. Michael Graziano Clothing has worked with such artists as Deadmau5, Coldplay and Andy Moor they are appearing in the tourism industry. • According to ABI Research due to the relative ease of compatibility with smartphones and other electronic devices, the wearable technologies market will spike to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.
  6. 6. Wearables Improving Life
  7. 7. Cont. • Did you know that almost 45million persons in the world are blind? And that 36million have disabling hearing loss? It’s the little things that make a difference and that is why technology might be able to improve the everyday life of these on other challenged people.
  8. 8. Cont. • Bionic ears might sound they are from the future but a hearing implant company called Med-El has a wide range of implant solutions for those with hearing loss or with partial deafness. The cochlear implant system is a medical option for individuals with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. For individuals with this type of hearing loss, hearing aids provide little or no benefit. Their staggering ability to create a sense of sound is down to a flexible electrode array that is nestled inside the cochlea during surgery. These wires allow the conventional auditory pathway to be sidestepped.
  9. 9. Cont. • Sounds are picked up by an external microphone, hooked over the ear, and turned into a digital “score” of electronic stimulation patterns by a processor. This information is then transmitted wirelessly across the scalp, together with a dose of energy, where it is picked up by a coil under the skin and passed to the implant where the digital score is converted into electrical pulses. These are sent to the electrodes within the cochlea, where they artificially trigger electrical impulses in the auditory nerve fibers, bypassing the role of the hair cells. But while each hair cell stimulates only a few of these fibers, the electrical pulses of a cochlear implant trigger much larger areas.
  10. 10. The Wearable Technologies SmartGlass Overview
  11. 11. Cont. • Since the announcement of Google Glass back in 2012, there has been a huge hype over the face- worn computer. While it’s the most discussed of its type, Glass is surely not the only smart glasses in development and unlike Google a few other companies have already brought their smart glasses to the market. To give you an idea of what the industry is working on and what different kinds of approaches are available, we’re presenting you with some of the hottest smart glasses in this overview.
  12. 12. Google Glass
  13. 13. Cont. • Google Glass has become the symbol for modern, head-mounted computer interface. Constantly featured at fashion shows and other cool events, Google has done a great job at marketing and geeks all over the world have fallen in love with Glass. From a technical point of view, Glass comes with a 640 *360 pixel screen that sits in the upper right corner of your field of vision. The screen presents notifications, contents from the web and also runs native apps often referred to as Glassware. Glass has a 5 MP camera, runs on a 1,2 Ghz dual core processor and has a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Google and the early users of its exploration program are currently testing the second generation of Glass, which yet has to be launched on the market. If you are looking to get one of these $1,500 beta devices, you need to be nominated by a Glass owner; however, you are also eligible for invitation if you subscribe to Google Play Music All Access. Google and other companies such as Rochester Optical are already offering subscription lenses for Glass, so people with impaired vision can now also use the head-mounted display. With many companies and developers already working on apps for Glass, Google has the potential to build a strong platform for head-mounted computers.
  14. 14. The Ultimate Smartwatches Review by Wearable Technologies
  15. 15. Cont. • Though it is already the second wave of smartwatches this product type is still at an early market stage. Especially when looking at their role in the wearables consumer market in 2013 and compared to the current success of activity trackers. However, there are many smartwatches available right now which in some cases even can replace activity trackers or offer other additional features for gadget enthusiasts. The products available show there are many approaches to produce smarter watches by enhancing them with software features.