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Wearable Tech

Sam Chada • Aug 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Nerds unite! Wearable tech is the next best thing.

This week, a startup company, Telepathy, from Sunnyville, California raised $5 million in startup funds to go head-to-head with Google Glass with their product, Telepathy One. Telepathy One is similar to Google Glass in the sense that both devices wrap around your head with built-in headphones and a screen for visuals. Both are dubbed “wearable tech”, along with smartwatches, wristbands like NikeFuelBand and Jawbone's Up, and smart socks (yes, smart socks). 

Wearable tech has been on the scene for a couple of years now, but the products have not been stable enough for general adaption with design flaws. That’s where the Computational Fashion in New York steps in. Computational Fashion is an “initiative which brings together artists, scientists, technologist and the fashion industry to explore possibilities at the convergence of fashion and creative technology.” This project is being lead by Dr. Sabine Seymour, owner of Moondial and professor of Fashionable Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. Under the leadership of Dr. Seymour, other professionals and artisans have started to create partnerships and collaborations. A sculptor and interactive installation artist is teaming up with a printed alkaline battery expert from CUNY Energy Institute. They are working to develop a series of wearable sculptures that visualize the movement of subtle electric circulations around the physical body and how they interact with the pulse, breath and voice complete with battery fabric that will be embedded in textiles to power LED lights, sensors, and circuits (Jetsons, anyone?).

Lately there has been a lot of chatter regarding the new gaming consoles that are speculated to  hit the shelves this fall, but what about wearable technology that can act as both a game controller and costume? It’s true, an artist/game designer teamed up with an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU to start creating a richer, more immersive game experience. The concept is to build and design games that utilize various sensors, and switches, and other embedded technology in wearable controllers to enhance game play and playful interaction.

But that’s not all. Wearable Tech Conferences and Expos having been cropping up on the East and West Coasts. These conferences and expos are designed to bring together the pioneers of wearable technology and the companies that are now driving the wearable tech market with real products. One can only imagine the innovative products that will be born from these conferences. 

Are you still trying to wrap your mind around wearable tech? If so, check out these articles that include conceptual products that may be hitting the shelves in a store near us soon:

Here’s Proof That Wearable Tech Is The Next Big Thing

The Rise of Fashionable Technology

Mashable - Wearable Tech

With technology companies churning out gadgets designed as fashionable accessories, how do think these emerging technologies will change/improve our lives?

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