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12

May

txchnologist:

Take Your Medical Equipment On The Go

Engineers have taken another step forward in the quest for wearable, wireless biosensors. This time, a team has assembled miniature sensors, circuits and radios suspended in fluids that act as a wearable, flexible electrocardiogram. 

The device, reported on April 4 in the journal Science, is significantly more than a heart-rate monitor users strap on before a jog. It isn’t much thicker than a quarter or bigger than a stamp, yet it opens the door to wirelessly transmitting hospital-quality data after a patient leaves a clinic.

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designersofthings:

LG Teases Us With A 60 Second G Watch Spot
LG just released a video spot giving us a sneak peek of its upcoming smartwatch which will be powered by Android Wear. The video claims that the LG G Watch will “define the smartwatch” and takes us through some of the core features of this new device.

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designersofthings:

LG Teases Us With A 60 Second G Watch Spot

LG just released a video spot giving us a sneak peek of its upcoming smartwatch which will be powered by Android Wear. The video claims that the LG G Watch will “define the smartwatch” and takes us through some of the core features of this new device.

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Final Presentation Notes

Analyzing Trends Final Notes

-20 page powerpoint/keynote presentation

1. Focus your hypothesis. Make sure it is a concise statement on one critical aspect that is changing. 

2. Build your trend forces with current data, statistics and quotes from articles that support your hypothesis.

3. Find the patterns in the product trends you source. Be careful not to simply source similar trends as a long list. The point is to get to the dynamics of culture shaping your hypothesis

Apple Currently 

Trend Forces 

Forecast

User Control

Presentation Notes

Presentation Corrections:

Slide 1 - Good

Slide 2 - Good

Slide 3 - Good

Slide 4 - More Info

Slide 5 - Longer Description for Intimate Computing

Slide 6 - Good

Slide 7 - Good

Slide 8 - Good

Page 9 - Good

Page 10 - Fleshed Out, Cleaner? Idk

Page 11 - Kinda the same thing, I don’t know what’s wrong with them

Page 12 - More concise / more pointed

Page 13 - Too little?

Page 14 - “”

Page 15 & 16 - Just check these over but I think it’ll be okay

Page 17 - Good

21

Apr

The Use of Wearable Tech

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2014/04/16/google-glass-industry-xoeye-wearable-technology-nashville/7799961/

Many have said, that from a consumer standpoint, wearable technology will not be a much further leap in user interaction with the digital beyond voice control or a hands free system, which is true and shouldn’t be discounted. But, as this Nashville company is proving, is that the glasses can much further use in the business sector, not used for social media but things like safety and durability. 

For this company, they are giving their workers digital glasses that help them do their jobs more safety as the glasses are able to take on tasks where the workers would usually have to switch their attention. 

This is not to say that the future of wearable technology is only in the business sector but to see what the tech can be used for helps us innovate new ways for us to use it in our day to day lives, identifying needs and uses in ways nobody thought was possible or relevant. 

Wearable Tech vs. Fashion Tech

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/21/nike-may-be-pulling-away-from-wearable-tech-thats-probably-good-for-everybody/

Nike, one of the first of the athletic brands to polarize on the wearable tech advancement, has decided that they will be, albeit in portions, withdrawing themselves from the wearable tech hardware development. As stated in my last post, there is a difference between wearable technology and fashion technology and I believe that Nike has hit a snap because of their concentration on producing the hardware. Since laying off employees, Nike said they will concentrate more on the software of their fitness tracker, leaving the actual production and realization of the hardware to another company. Had Nike developed this product, it would have been an oddity that an athletic company would be able to produce a useful, new technology because that isn’t where their resources or production lines imply. Though, this is avoided all together with Nike only concentrating on the software, putting the fashion brand in their usual spot of harnessing new hardware to further their brand instead of creating it.  

fastcompany:

Designers Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel realized that our sizing system is a broken one, and decided to change it up. Using 3-D body scan data from more than 1,000 men, they created Stantt, a line of casual button-down shirts that come in 50 sizes, with three measurement variables: chest size, waist size, and sleeve length.

In the case of project, technology like this is not what we are looking at, a differentiation that, I believe, should be focused on early. This is an example of budding technology in the clothing and fashion sector, not advancement in technology that adapt it to being ‘worn’. The difference is, with clothing like this, it is meant to improve the function of clothing and fit. Wearable Technology, on the other hand, has many uses such as fitness and health and is not expressly related to the fashion industry. 

14

Apr

smokehdabear:

do you ever just get so pissed off with the slowness of your phone sometimes and want to crush it with your teeth