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Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech

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far911
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Bluefruit EZ-Link - Bluetooth Serial Link & Arduino Programmer - v1.0
far911   11/19/2013 9:13:17 AM
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Among few product bluetooth serial link is a great one it has

,The Bluefruit EZ-Link is a regular 'SPP' serial link client device, that can pair with any computer or tablet and appear as a serial/COM port (except iOS as iOS does not permit SPP pairing). But here is where it gets exciting: unlike any other BT module,the EZ-Link can automatically detect and change the serial baud rate. That means if you open up the COM port on your computer at 9600 baud, the output is 9600, 57600? 57600. Yep even 2400. All the most common baud rates are supported: 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200 and 230400. You never have to configure or customize the module by hand - it all happens completely automatically inside the RF module. 

 

Mydesign
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Wearable Technology
Mydesign   11/19/2013 9:39:59 AM
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Elizabeth, there is no doubt that wearable devices are going to make a trend in market. As of now this segment is in its childhood stage and most of the innovations are yet to happen. I think such design contests will help enthusiastic peoples to express their ideas and designs for an open discussion.

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Re: Wearable Technology
Rob Spiegel   11/19/2013 10:15:42 AM
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I believe that wearable tech will really take off as more medical applications are developed. With an aging population, many of us will be wearing a bunch of monitors.

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Re: Wearable Technology
naperlou   11/19/2013 12:01:05 PM
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Rob, I think you are correct.  While the slideshow has a lot of interesting and "flashy" items, I don't really see a lot of people wearing them.  As I look around, sitting in a public place, that people are wearing more dark colors and less flash.  Medical devices are a really good use of this technology, especially if it can be used for wellness purposes.

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Rob Spiegel   11/19/2013 12:04:41 PM
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I agree, Naperlou. I can certainly see a future where people with chronic health issues such as diabetes or heart conditions will wear monitors to indicate whether the body's chemistry or functions have slipped out of norm.

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Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:24:33 AM
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So it seems like the consensus is that medical devices are the real future of wearable tech. Interesting you mention diabetes, Rob--that's the focus of the device I mention in my other comment. The company is called Neurometrix: http://www.neurometrix.com/

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Re: Wearable Technology
Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:20:24 AM
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Medical devices are one of the best uses of this technology, i agree, Lou. (See my other comment about a story I've just written.) But I also think there is a place for this in clothing. I live in Europe and they still like bright colors here! Perhaps some of the flashier stuff will be region-specific.

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Mydesign   11/26/2013 5:18:11 AM
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"I believe that wearable tech will really take off as more medical applications are developed. With an aging population, many of us will be wearing a bunch of monitors."

Rob, again that going to be another disturbance; wearing too many devices. instead of that, I prefer for just sticking some sensors at various points (legs, body, legs etc)

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Re: Wearable Technology
Rob Spiegel   11/26/2013 10:52:24 AM
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Hey MyDesign, I don't think I'm ready for the Internet of People or the Internet of MyBody. But if there are medical advantages in wearable monitoring, I think I'd go for it.

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Mydesign   11/28/2013 4:50:09 AM
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"I don't think I'm ready for the Internet of People or the Internet of MyBody. But if there are medical advantages in wearable monitoring, I think I'd go for it.'

Rob, may be time will force for that.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/2/2013 7:05:43 PM
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Yes, Mydesign, sooner or later, we will see the advantage of wearable technology for medical monitoring -- or even medication delivery. 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:16:30 AM
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I agree with you, Mydesign. More and more tech is becoming integrated into clothing and also more practical and even health-oriented. I just wrote a story aobut a medical device that can be worn to combat chronic pain. I definitely agree there is a lot of innovation in this area, as this slideshow shows, and competitions are one way to inspire people.

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Mydesign   11/26/2013 5:21:40 AM
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"More and more tech is becoming integrated into clothing and also more practical and even health-oriented. I just wrote a story about a medical device that can be worn to combat chronic pain. I definitely agree there is a lot of innovation in this area, as this slideshow shows, and competitions are one way to inspire people."

Elizabeth, you are right, now also medicated patches are available for killing pains. Apart from that insulin pumps are using by diabetic peoples for self injecting insulin based on blood glucose level. What is next?

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Pubudu   11/20/2013 12:49:00 PM
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Yes Mydesign this is in trend but the thin is these are used for ethical as well as for unethical tins in the market such as spy cams.

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Mydesign   11/26/2013 5:23:51 AM
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"this is in trend but the thin is these are used for ethical as well as for unethical tins in the market such as spy cams."

Pubudu, we are helpless in that matter. All technologies are for human advancement, but certain peoples are misusing it, what to do.

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FloraBrella
Charles Murray   11/19/2013 5:29:32 PM
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I have no idea what I would do with a FloraBrella, but it sure looks cool. Reminds me of the old "Brock-a-Brella" hat that people used to wear to baseball games.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:17:45 AM
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I know what you mean, Chuck. The FloraBrella seems a bit more decorative than functional, even if it is an actual umbrella that can be used for its usual purpose. But it's still quite pretty!

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Charles Murray   11/20/2013 7:09:16 PM
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You're right, Liz. I guess I'd just use it like any other umbrella. When I looked at it, though, I thought of it more as a piece of art.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:01:27 AM
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You might be right, Chuck. I suppose the Florabrella is functional, but it could also just be seen as tech-art as well. It certainly would draw some attention walking down the streets of a city!

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:02:22 AM
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Actually now that I think about it, the Florabrella would come in handy in NYC when it rains. Umbrellas become like deadly weapons with everyone fighting for space on the sidewalk. At least people would see you coming!

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Technology built into clothing
Shelly   11/20/2013 9:08:00 AM
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Where I am, Milwaukee Electric Tool, we have various forms of wearable electronics in the form of heated jackets and heated sweatshirts.  They are great for the cold winters here in Wisconsin.  The heating elements are carbon fiber, so they can be washed in a normal washing machine (delicate mode).  The power is provided by a standard METCo, 12VDC LiIon battery.  The battery design is the same that is used in a whole line of our DC tools, so they can be swapped and charged interchangably.  Not sure where the technology is going to advance, but I have been suggesting heated socks?

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Technology built into clothing
Rob Spiegel   11/20/2013 11:02:37 AM
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Shelly, this is a very good use of wewarable technology. I grew up in Michigan. When I was a paperboy, I sure could have used that warm wearable technology on those cold pre-dawn mornings.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:40:19 AM
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Heated jackets, sweatshirts and socks all sound great for cold winters, especially in parts of the world where it is ridiculously cold, like Wisconsin. I don't live in a place that is nearly as cold, but here in Portugal the houses aren't insulated well and we rely on woodburners to heat them. Wearing heated clothing could really warm things up without using a lot of resources.

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Not for airlines?
BrainiacV   11/20/2013 10:13:44 AM
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As much as I like the idea of wearable electronics and DIY, just glancing at the photo, tells me never to wear that or even pack it for a trip on a plane.

It looks like bomb makings.

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Re: Not for airlines?
Pubudu   11/20/2013 1:04:30 PM
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True BrainiacV We will hope that the rules and the regulations according to the future innovation 

Battar
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My morning jacket
Battar   11/21/2013 9:24:58 AM
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This looks like taking well known technology and sewing it into your jacket pocket, with the disadvantage that you need a seperate one in each jacket.  Integrating the technology in your watch, belt or bag makes more sense.

I've seen a backpack with an integral solar powered phone charger. Thats cool. You could probably build that into a belt or baseball cap.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/25/2013 9:27:42 AM
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You make a good point, Battar. I think there is some good innovation happening with integrated energy harvesters in clothes that will make charging small devices quite easy to do when there is no other power source.

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