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Slideshow: Wearable Tech on the Rise

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Jennifer Campbell
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Take them or leave them
Jennifer Campbell   9/23/2013 10:36:54 AM
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Very interesting slideshow, Lauren. As a resident of a Boston suburb, and frequent rider of the "T," I have to say the Sesame Ring is a great invention and a cool accessory. I can never find that darn Charlie Card.

As a mom, I like the idea of the infant sock. There were many nights after my daughter was born that I just stood over her crib, making sure she was still breathing. As for the pajamas, how hard is it to pick up a book and read it? That one seems to go a little too far for me. Sort-of like the TweetPee!

Nancy Golden
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Re: Take them or leave them
Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 11:33:53 AM
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I agree with you Jennifer - and I think several of them do go too far. I already want to throw my smart phone out the car window sometimes - the embrace makes me want to scream and run away. 

Actually, wearable tech has been around for a long time. We have a swimming pool in the back yard and when my fifteen year old son was a toddler, I was anxious to have several layers of safety protection in place. One of them included his wearing a wristband with a cute turtle on it. If it got wet, it would transmit a signal to the base station in the house that would cause an alarm to go off. Now this is one piece of wearable tech that I think is very worthwhile: http://www.safetyturtle.com

NadineJ
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NadineJ   9/23/2013 12:03:11 PM
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I agree Jennifer and Nancy.  Some go in the wrong direction.  The 7-whys weren't asked in those design meetings.

It's good to see so many companies exploring new ideas.  If the Sesame Ring were more attractive, it could be very useful for security as well as public transit.  As it is now, it would be lost quickly.  No one would keep it on very long.

Charles Murray
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Kapture
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 5:31:55 PM
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I'm curious about the Kapture wristband. What kind of information does it capture and save? Heart rates? I recently shopped for a heartrate monitor and found they had changed dramatically in the last five years.

Charles Murray
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Power Shorts
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 5:44:16 PM
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I still say that the Power Shorts are a great concept. To be able to recharge your smartphone with them is huge. I could really see this concept catching on.

Charles Murray
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Instabeat
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 5:48:03 PM
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The one that surprises me the most is Instabeat. A few years ago, you could buy a a heart monitor on a strap that would fit around your chest and measure your heartbeat. But even at that close proximity, there were measurement difficulties. To be able to measure your heartbeat through a pair of goggles is mind-boggling to me.

Corona Rich
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Charlie Card
Corona Rich   9/24/2013 8:25:51 AM
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I saw that those of your from Boston called your transit pass a "Charlie Card" and I just about fell out of my chair.  That's hilarious.

ALthough I'm a left coaster, I sang the MTA song as my solo at a folk music festival a couple years back so I got it right away!

He's man who never returned!

jhankwitz
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Wearable Gadgets
jhankwitz   9/24/2013 8:31:11 AM
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A lot of nifty technology went into these wearable gadgets.  Some day that technology may be usefull for developing things needed and wanted by the masses instead of specialty items.  It looks like some of this technology could be bought by Apple for inclusion in an iPhone. They're experts at incorporating the latest technology into widely used applications.

Chuck_IAG
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Chuck_IAG   9/24/2013 9:58:02 AM
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@ Jennifer,

Oh, no, I completely disagree with your negative opinion about the pajama idea.  It's wonderful.  Anything to replace that annoying one-on-one time with your children so you can play games on your smartphone or spend more time on Facebook is going to be a marvelous sociological leap forward.  And your kids get to spend more quality time away from you, too!  How can you possibly see any downside to that?

Chuck_IAG
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Re: Power Shorts
Chuck_IAG   9/24/2013 10:01:17 AM
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@Charles, a word of caution about the power shorts.  They're not going to look like that on you.

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