I agree with norrad, there are other systems out there that are capable of taking advantage of embedded sensors, such as Rest Devices' 'onesie' that monitors a baby's temperature, heart rate and breathing pattern.
Great article on Android KitKat and Wearable Devices. The information provided about the new Android OS was quite interesting. I agree, this new Android OS should not be restricted to just watches and screens. The field of robotics/mechatronics may benefit to this OS in developing smart prosthetics and sensors. The toy industry could also find applications in new gaming interaction controls as well. I also found your discussion on "Things developers can do" to be quite motivating and inspirational. As an engineering educator one of my goals is to explain to my students that success takes hardwork and believing in your abilities. Your discussion on the New Product Development steps to bringing an idea to the marketplace was right on target. I'll definitely be sharing this article with my students for inspiration and guidance.
Its interesting to note that initially companies working on embedded solutions did a lot of work for optimization of components and solutions for devices mostly because of performance constraints from the processing end. Later on they went into realization that processing capabilities are only going to increase and optimization for memory or MCPS is not worth it. With wearable devices coming into picture the whole scenario has changed once again. Many organizations do have solutions that are memory/power optimized but till late not many had an OS that could support it.
Miniaturization challenges could be one of the reason behind the development and release of the Android 4.4 Kitkat. The bigger reason for the development of KitKat is the market potential for the product itself. The possibilities of getting android to a lot of users with limited budget, who are not so tech savy and the shear number of non mobile phone devices that could appeal to everyone is huge.
It is interesting the Google glass, the first smart glasses developed by Google, is yet to be released to the market. Would it be right that issues such as miniaturization challenges with regards to available memory have been among the impediments and, perhaps, the main reason behind the development and release of the Android 4.4 KitKat?
Even though rumours surround that Apple televisions are on hold and that they have started working on wearable watch, I do see 50+ job postings on Apple Site for apple TV and none for a wearable device. So could be possible that TV is no more TV and only deals with wearables....
Ths is good that Google is doing this. But there have been solutions with Arduino and sensors out there for over a year. We have applications that monitor pulse, eye movement, breathing, etc with Arduino boards - hidden inside clothing. Many examples at MIT. www.npstwo.com
You can pick and choose from this device to monitor a multitude of sensors
What I think is amazing about all of this is how we are seeing what was previously thought of as disparate technoloigies/products merging. I can see a huge potential of different types of clothing/cloth material and wearable devices integrating. We are seeing something similar with the advent of LED lighting and artchitecture so that LED technology is being integrated into construction material and fabrics. I was just talking to hubby yesterday about how Nikon, Polaroid and Kodak probably never dreamed that their primary competition would be cell phones...
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