MIT Media Lab’s Kino is Robotic ‘Living’ Jewelry

Robotics will inevitably manifest prominently in our lives in the form of automation, domestic companionship, and of course, artificial intelligence. These are the big ideas of robotics. But the MIT Media Lab – in collaboration with MIT Mechanical Engineering, Royal College of Art, and Stanford University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering – is exploring robotics from a different angle – one much smaller, and fashionable as well as functional. Kino is an intriguing speculative project imagining micro-robotics as a means of changing an outfit on a whim wearing ‘living jewelry’. Spearheaded by MIT Media Lab’s Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, the Kino team set out to explore numerous paths using miniaturized robotic components and integrating them into clothing. For example, a pair of kinetic brooches… Read More

Haptic gloves bring long-distance couples a touch closer

Social media lets us keep in contact with way more people than ever before, but our interaction with most of our Facebook friends is probably limited to the odd “Like” now and then, and a generic happy birthday message once a year. It’s easier than ever for long-distance couples to stay connected, but if Skype calls and texting aren’t quite enough, the Flex-N-Feel glove, developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University, can help transmit the touch of a hand… Continue Reading Haptic gloves bring long-distance couples a touch closer Category: Wearables Tags: Teledildonics Gloves Simon Fraser University Haptics Communicate Robots Related Articles: Hands Omni haptic glove lets gamers feel virtual objects CORDIS plans to “beam” people to meetings Brain implant enables paralyzed woman… Read More

It’s alive! Robotic jacket mimics plants to regulate body temperature

Outerwear companies and startups have long experimented with using battery powered heat to create warmer winter garments. Startup Omius Tech believes there’s a more efficient way to use that battery power in regulating personal temperature, addressing a problem that often plagues winter jackets: breathability. It’s creating a jacket that uses artificial intelligence and robotics to automatically adjust your personal temperature during changing weather and activity levels. This might just be the smartest (and eeriest) jacket you’ve ever seen… Continue Reading It’s alive! Robotic jacket mimics plants to regulate body temperature Category: Wearables Tags: Wearable Winter Clothing Related Articles: Bull-it Jeans’ armored hoodie packs protection comparable to a set of leathers Responsive sports bra opens up when things get hot and sweaty Automatic climate control lets Flexwarm… Read More

Smartwatch control may be all in the wrist

While smartwatches may indeed be designed for ease of use, utilizing their touchscreen controls does require the user to have the hand of their opposite arm free. What happens if that hand is otherwise occupied? Well, voice control is one option, but researchers from Dartmouth University are developing another. Their WristWhirl prototype can be controlled by making joystick motions with the hand of the arm that’s wearing it. .. Continue Reading Smartwatch control may be all in the wrist Category: Wearables Tags: Watches Gesture Control Dartmouth College Related Articles: Experimental smartwatch has a movable second screen Lemurs Morticia and Merlin say “aye-aye” to alcohol Smart light lets you control your environment Smart spray paint copies color photos onto walls Study finds the Lee Harvey Oswald backyard photo… Read More

AT&T is getting into the healthcare wearables field with Biotricity

A new partnership between Biotricity, a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare tech company, and AT&T means that AT&T is now responsible for granting “near real-time connectivity for [Biotricity devices’] data transmission.” The post AT&T is getting into the healthcare wearables field with Biotricity appeared first on Digital Trends. Read More

Wearable Graphics

There’s an accessory trend out there for those of us who love graphic design and fashion…lapel pins! Except, you don’t have to wear these on any lapels. Pin them to your backpack, jean jacket or t-shirt. Group them together like the Tears pin from H.K.M. above. Wear them as a reminder that everything is going to be OK, especially your style. Wear a pin as a warning for your Bossy tendencies, or maybe wear it to remind yourself who’s boss! This RGB pin from These Are Things is perfect for the design lover. You can literally wear your love for color and design on your sleeve. Graphic design lives online, in print and in our closets, but pins add a… Read More

Behnaz Farahi Synapse 3D-Printed Helmet Is Controlled by Brainwaves

Returning from this year’s MIDO – the Milano Eyewear Show – I came back with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the global eyewear industry, bearing witness to most all of the 1,200 exhibitors showcasing countless permutations of eyeglasses and sunglasses in every form and material. That said, I noted glaring absences at the premier industry-only show: smart eyewear, augmented reality vision wear, and other wearable technologies. Despite the relative failure of Google Glass to capture the public’s imagination and adoption beyond the first adopter set, it still seems a solid bet eyewear will continue to evolve beyond static optical improvement and retinal protection traditionally offered in the category and into the realm of interactive and technology featured solutions. In fact, if one begins including… Read More

Best Buy didn’t sell as many smartphones as it wanted to over the holidays

Best Buy chairman and CEO Hubert Jolly announced that the retail chain did not sell as many smartphones as it anticipated during the 2015 holiday season ending January 2. Instead, customers turned to wearables. The post Best Buy didn’t sell as many smartphones as it wanted to over the holidays appeared first on Digital Trends. Read More

The Worldbeing Is a Wearable For a Healthier Planet

London design studio Layer believes we should be just as worried as our carbon footprints as we are about how many steps we’ve taken – already sufficiently gathered by a myriad of existing fitness wearbles. Their Worldbeing concept is envisioned as a partnership between a data-gathering wrist band device and an accompanying connected app to provide instant feedback about daily habits, all with the goal of improving choices made in accordance to healthier environmental practices. The form factor is undeniable similar to the Nike FuelBand, even sharing the competitive challenge-based social community UX. Energy use, transportation choices, and consumption habits are all factored into a formula, returning back personal metrics to use in comparison to personal, local, and global targets. Instead of working toward… Read More

TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

On this week’s AppleCast, we get into the Apple Watch experience, since we’ve both now been actively using them for at least a few days. We expand on our thoughts regarding the device at length in our extensive review, but here on the podcast, we talk about very different aspects of the device, including how first-hand experience differed from what we thought we’d find… Read More Read More