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For a presentation with live demonstrations at Digital Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.

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  2. 2. Wearables are Natural Evolution
  3. 3. Where Will You Wear Your Wearable?
  4. 4. Where Will You Wear Tomorrow
  5. 5. Why Will You Wear Your Wearable?
  6. 6. The Quantified Self • Never before in the history of the world have we had the opportunity to gather so much data about the healthy human body. • Who’s calling me? • How far did I walk ? • What’s my body temperature? • I’m lost • What’s my heart rate?
  7. 7. Quantified Self • Using tech devices to measure all bodily input and output. • Is quantified self more than a narcissistic indulgence?
  8. 8. Scanadu’s Scout Misfit Shine Beam Toothbrush Neurosky EEG and ECG
  9. 9. The Over Quantified Self?
  10. 10. Big Data Behind Each Individual
  11. 11. COMMUNICATE • Phones for the very young • Diapers with sensor • Pacifiers as thermometers
  12. 12. This Rise of the Smart Watch • Notification text, email, calls, calendar and social media • Identification of caller/sender • Read aloud • Dictation • Voice commands
  13. 13. • Eksla’s robotic prosthethics can help wounded/amputees/ or paralyzed to be independent. • Hearing aids controlled by iphones • Gestures based interface • Natural speech COMMUNICATE
  14. 14. HIGH FASHION • This dress uses motion sensors that react to movement of the wearer • Motion Sensors • Music Sensors • BrainWave Sensors
  15. 15. Utilitarian Clothing
  16. 16. Handbag that recharges your gear
  17. 17. • Never get dirty • Keep you cool • Carry Your Devices • Spy Resistant Clothing • Wearable multifunctional, silver nanowire sensor for prosthetics, robotics
  18. 18. What Makes this The Perfect Wearable Moment
  19. 19. Ongoing Advances in Technology • Thinner and Sharper Display • Flexible Displays • Better Algorithms • Low Energy Bluetooth • Longer Lasting/ More Efficient Batteries • More responsive touch systems • Protective coverings against dirt/dust/ water • Smaller sensors
  20. 20. Flexible Screens • Making Glass flexible has thinner and flexible has huge implications
  21. 21. Flexible Long Lasting Low Power Batteries
  22. 22. Better Algorithms: Predicative Analysis and Advice
  23. 23. Mo’ Better Sensors
  24. 24. Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart • Gives wearables longer endurance • Small form factor • Consumes less power
  25. 25. BioStamp from MC10 Bands are just today’s incarnation
  26. 26. New Interfaces Gesture Just Think About it
  27. 27. Two Phenomena Worth Watching
  28. 28. The 3D Printing Revolution and Wearables • Fast protyping • If you can imagine it you can design it • Materials are expensive • Plastics are not recyclable
  29. 29. PRINTING Start with an idea Using a 3D design program, such as Google SketchUp or Autodesk 123D, you can capture your idea and create a 3D file.
  30. 30. Next you load your 3d design into a program, such as Cura, that can control a printer. PRINTING
  31. 31. And finally, the printer actually prints your design. Image from PRINTING
  32. 32. What’s in Glass? • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording, touchpad input, • a 640×360 display, • Wi-Fi, • Bluetooth, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light sensing • bone conduction transducer. • OMAP 4430 dual-core CPU and runs on the Android operating system.
  33. 33. Why Would You Want to Wear • Entertainment – Oculus Rift, Agevant • Visually Impaired – Orcam • Capturing Your Life’s Activities – Google and Narrative • Sharing Information Quickly • Manufacturing and Assembly – Vuzix • Education
  34. 34. Artists Creating Imaginative Fashions
  35. 35. Solar Backpack from Voltaic Carries your laptop and keeps your smartphone charged. With 4 Watts of power, one hour of sun gets you three hours of talk time and a battery stores one and a half phone charges.
  36. 36. TV-B-Gone Jacket The jacket uses a small universal remote control to power down TVs in restaurants, stores and bars. It’s activated by a switch along the zipper made from conductive thread. The original TV-B-Bone kt can be found from
  37. 37. Kamerflage Thunder Cloud and Lightening Bolt Dress Kamerflage technology takes advantage of the fact that cameras see a broader spectrum of light than human eyes. Kameraflage allows designers to create clothes with colors that are invisible to the naked eye yet can be seen when imaged with a digital camera. Connor Dickie uses this technology to bring the Thunder Cloud to life. When you look at the Thunder Cloud through a camera/mobile phone the Lightening bolt is revealed.
  38. 38. Bandeau Belt By Dana Ramler & Kathleen Westerhout The marriage of safety technology with fashion in a product line for female recreational boaters. The Bandeau Belt is an inflatable PFD. The safety pin pierces a CO2 cylinder, which fills the inflatable bladder housed within. The inflated bladder emerges from the bottom of the Bandeau Belt and is then placed over the head to provide buoyancy and safety.
  39. 39. Pedal Pusher The Pedal Pusher is a high tech wearable system designed for urban female cyclists. Pedal pusher uses kinetic energy to power a stylish cycling shoe and address concerns of visibility.
  40. 40. “Bats Have Feelings Too” This SIY sonar garment designed to assist the visually impaired with navigating their environment. The garment is made form off- the-shelf electronics. The range finder can be set to locate a solid object at a predetermined distance in front of the user and turn the vibe- board on alerting the user to stop before walking into the object.
  41. 41. Pollutant Shirt Warning Signs is a visualization of the pollution that exists invisibility all around us. When the wearable senses carbon monoxide, the pieces subtle changes color and patter to indicate higher level of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere to the wearer and those around him or her. The piece was designed by Niem Lame and Sue Ngo