“Imagine a digital tattoo that transmits skin temperature; a transparent sensor on a contact lens that tests for glaucoma; a pliable pacemaker wrapped around a beating heart; and an implant that controls pain after surgery, then dissolves harmlessly when it is no longer needed.
Each one is an experiment under way today in the biophysics of personal medicine.
At laboratories in the U.S., Switzerland, and Korea, bioengineers are developing unusually flexible ultrathin electronics that promise to free medical diagnostics from the clinical tethers of cables and power cords, to make measuring vital signs more intimate and effective.”
Designer Gadi Amit on the challenges in designing wearables in Bloomberg
“The variability is astounding. We have an office of 30 to 35 people, and with a simple measurement like the circumference of the wrist, we have a variability of 100 percent. The largest wrist is twice as large as the smallest wrist. The other element which is very difficult is that the technology pieces are still quite cumbersome. Batteries come in boxy shapes, screens come with sharp corners. Wielding these elements is an art.”
A "cognitive activity tracker" developed by Kai Kunze at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan can tell how many words we read, how often and how fast we read, and even whether we are skim reading or actually concentrating on the content. It could also generate summaries of documents as you read them by logging which passages your eyes dwell on.
Such detail about what we look at, whether on a screen or on paper, is being made possible by the emergence of gaze-trackers – devices that monitor our eyes to analyse where we are looking. Swedish firm Tobii Technology is leading the way in commercialising the technology. It has developed a $99 system that uses infrared cameras trained on the cornea to watch for the eyeball's movements. These cameras can be built into a headset, such as Google Glass, or clipped to the top of a computer screen or tablet.
The point isn't the gadget: it's the combination of the intimacy of a device that is always with us and that only we use, with the power of cloud-based processing and storage. The wearable device itself is actually only the small, physical manifestation of a much larger service: Google Glass gives its wearers a head-up display, voice control and a forward-facing camera, but it's only through a connection to the internet that it can live up to its potential.
“The neurocam is the world's first wearable camera system that automatically records what interests you.
It consists of a headset with a brain-wave sensor and connects to an iPhone. The system estimates whether you're interested in something from the brain-waves captured by the sensor, and uses the iPhone's camera to record the scenes that appear to interest you.”
“A wave of companies, many of them start-ups, is creating wearable electronic tracking devices for nearly every part of the human body, from brainwave-monitoring headbands to smart socks. Retail revenue from wearable technology is predicted to reach $19 billion by 2018, according to a new study from Juniper Research.”
Inc has a gallery of wearable technology including some in the graph below from its magazine (sub required)
For motorcyclists, the view backward is a potential death-trap filled with blind spots — due to side-view mirrors that often are small and shaky — mitigated only by turning one's head, which momentarily takes your focus off the road.
Skully's mission is to keep a rider's eyes always looking forward, with relevant data projected in the bottom right corner of the helmet through a small prism reminiscent of the transparent square found on Google Glass.