This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
An international team of researchers have created the first telescopic contact lens; a contact lens that, when it’s equipped, gives you the power to zoom your vision almost three times. Yes, this is the first ever example of a bionic eye
Oxitone is a specially designed monitor worn on the wrist that takes minute-by-minute readings of the users heart rate and oxygen levels in the blood. Many people who die from heart attacks could have been saved if they had gotten to the hospital in time, and this monitor aims to stop this from occurring.
The Flex’s alarm feature can vibrate on your wrist to wake you, but doesn’t offer a power nap feature (“wake me 25 minutes after I drift off”) like the Up’s. The Up band can also wake you at your lightest phase of sleep within 30 minutes of your set alarm time, in an effort to reduce grogginess. The Fitbit doesn’t do that, either. Nor can it replicate the Up’s trick of vibrating, after every long stretch of inactivity, to remind you that you’re turning into a gigantic slug.
Until now reading aids for the visually impaired and the blind have been cumbersome devices that recognize text in restricted environments…
In contrast, the OrCam device is a small camera worn in the style of Google Glass, connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s glasses with a small magnet and uses a bone-conduction speaker to offer clear speech as it reads aloud the words or object pointed to by the user.
Ghent University’s centre of microsystems technology has developed a spherical curved LCD display which can be embedded in contact lenses and handle projected images using wireless technology.
Ballantine’s have produced tshirtOS - the world’s first T-shirt with an operating system
A couple of Boeing researchers created heads-up displays for engineers to overlay schematics on top of their work, reducing the distraction of double-checking a blueprint every few minutes. Despite the concept’s age, the paradigm still has an advantage over the smartphone. Something that floats in front of you is part of your senses, something you have to check and re-check is just a computer.
Traditional computing paradigms are based on the notion that computing is the primary task," says Mann. "Wearable computing, however, is based on the idea that computing is NOT the primary task."…. The wearable computer was meant by its early builders to be a different kind of computer, not just a computer in a different place. A computer interrupts you, but a wearable watches your mood, a computer needs your active attention, but a wearable is the one that’s paying attention, a computer needs direct input, but a wearable takes care of its own perceptions. When you’re wearing a computer, you could be fully human, and then some, but when you’re using a computer, you have to reduce yourself to a set of instructions, subject to the machine’s interpretation.
a woman using Google glasses while playing with her baby offered this compelling line: “She smiles at faces, not at devices.
If we all start wearing glasses with cameras, the process of seeing and recording will become that much easier and possibly continual… you could set your camera to continually record (and consistently erase) chunks of time…. If something awesome (or horrible) happens that you want to save, you could instruct your Glasses to permanently store that file or upload it to your YouTube account. No more “Whoops, I didn’t get my smartphone out in time to record that!” Imagine how helpful this could be for reporting crimes. If you witnessed a boy being attacked in your yard, or a hit and run, or a robbery, you could immediately upload that file to police databases. Inevitably, we would all become watchmen, critical parts of the surveillance society…. And of course, any time we see something funny, embarrassing, sexual, disgusting, inspiring, or otherwise interesting, we will be able to more easily capture it and tweet it out… It’s creepy. It’s awesome. And it’s increasingly seeming inevitable.
Forget a Post-PC world. Google’s playing for a Post-Phone world. I give these guys enormous props for their foresight. It’s all about skating to where the puck is going and Google Glasses could be it.
Monitoring heart arrhythmia and sleep disorders can be an uncomfortable experience for patients who have to be hooked up to various wires and sensors… A noninvasive approach would put the patient at ease… (and) a team of international researchers have developed a skin-like prototype of an electronic temporary tattoo to do just that….
In addition to gathering data, skin-mounted electronics could provide the wearers with added capabilities. For example, patients with muscular or neurological disorders, such as ALS, could use them to communicate or to interface with computers. The researchers found that, when applied to the skin of the throat, the sensors could distinguish muscle movement for simple speech.