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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!

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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

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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.

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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?

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Tool_maker   9/24/2013 1:05:42 PM
I am most interested in the oral device. Imagine one in every politician's mouth. We could attach a shock device with a remote and then everytime one of them get caught in a lie we could depress a button and POW end of lie. As a fund raiser they could sell/rent one to anyone attending a campaign rally. Just imagine the money they could raise with nary a lobbiest in on the action. In that way when the lie is told, the only one who will really suffer is the politico. Just maybe we would get real legislators as opposed to leeches who sell our country to the highest bidder while they slop at the trough. 

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.

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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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Charles Murray   9/24/2013 6:06:58 PM
Thanks for the heads-up on that, Chuck_IAG. I think the world would be a better place if I didn't try to wear them.

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bdcst   9/25/2013 12:16:02 PM
A second warning.  Not for those who might wet their pants!

Mydesign
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Mydesign   9/24/2013 10:07:09 AM
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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 you meant about wifi charging mechanism or any thing else.

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!

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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.

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Elizabeth M   9/30/2013 5:36:19 AM
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Nice collection! I knew about Squid and Power Shorts (I think I actually wrote about them), but the rest I wasn't aware of. It's quite interesting how far along this technology is. I think the ones that help parents monitor kids are especially cool. Here's another one along those lines that I just wrote about that might be of interest: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=267903

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Cadman-LT   10/9/2013 2:36:19 PM
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Yes Elizabeth, the baby stuff is great. It also worries me...just a little....that some parents might put those socks on, go out, and think that they are "monitoring" their kid. i don't know, but people do stupid things.

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Cadman-LT   10/9/2013 2:38:14 PM
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I also thought. If it's for a baby....why not use a diaper, or such. Prolly get the same info and also tell you when they need changed!

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Cadman-LT   10/9/2013 2:40:25 PM
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Does this mean I should get with the girl that's twerking? as she can charge my phone faster? 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/10/2013 5:54:35 AM
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I think there might be concerns with liquid or other types of material (ahem...we know what I mean!) interfering with a gadget like that, Cadman-LT. Although I am sure it could be strategically placed...although sometimes with diapers and babies there is no such thing as the possibility of strategical placement of something that shouldn't get soiled!

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/10/2013 5:23:06 AM
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Ah, yes, Cadman-LT, you are correct in that people sometimes do very foolish and unthinkable things in general and sometimes especially when it comes to their children. I really hope people wouldn't use the technology in that way. I guess if they do then they aren't very bright anyway and might do something else equally foolish, technology or no technology, so it wouldn't really be the fault of the socks!

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Wearable devices with connectivity
Mydesign   9/24/2013 10:03:25 AM
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"The trend of wearable tech is in full swing, and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. Google Glass, smart watches, and fitness trackers are probably the first things that come to mind, but there are many other products in the works that are just as, if not more, exciting."

Lauren, there is no doubt that more and more devices are becoming handy and to wearable model due to the advancement in technology. In one of the ubiquitous project, I had seen wearable smart health monitoring system having BP, Cholesterol, Diabetic and Heart beat monitoring system with connectivity to medical service peoples.

William K.
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The smart sock
William K.   9/24/2013 8:17:03 PM
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If there were a version of the smart sock that would transmit to a dedicated monitor it would offer me a good value, but to tie upa phone is not a good or even fair value. The dedicated monitor could be accessible via a smart phone, or even programmable to notify in the event of changes. That could offer some real value. Even more value if the parameters were user-programmable.

William K.
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The smart sock
William K.   9/24/2013 8:17:03 PM
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If there were a version of the smart sock that would transmit to a dedicated monitor it would offer me a good value, but to tie upa phone is not a good or even fair value. The dedicated monitor could be accessible via a smart phone, or even programmable to notify in the event of changes. That could offer some real value. Even more value if the parameters were user-programmable.

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