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Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech

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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!

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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.

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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 

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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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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.

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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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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?

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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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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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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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