Tagged With wearable computing

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The tablet revolution has arrived and stabilised and now everybody's scrambling for the next big thing. Google's quite publicly doing its whole glasses thing, but Apple's been characteristically quite about any fancy new digs. Now, the New York Times is reporting that Apple's got an iOS watch in development, but deep, deep, deeeeep under cover.

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When it comes to interacting with computers in unorthodox ways, Google Glass is the first thing that comes to mind. But it's not the only concept; there's also the computer integrated into our clothing, fitness and health concepts that can provide bio-feedback, and others that can control your MP3s. But what about a fully programmable shirt?

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For all the power and connectivity that modern mobile devices offer these days, why are we still typing on screens (or, God forbid, numerical pads) barely three fingers wide? A new wearable GUI system aims to turn any surface within arm's reach into an input device.

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For decades I've wanted interesting, beautiful, and (sometimes) functional electronics on the most personal geographies of all, myself. When I think of "living in the future", it's what springs to mind: subtle LEDs, lots of polished metal.

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Nokia, alongside researchers at the University of Cambridge, are busy at work on the golden skin thing seen above. You thought that smartphone was an extension of your hand already? Just wait until the smartphone is your hand.

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Someday humans and computers will meld together to create cyborgs. But instead of waiting for it, Martin Magnusson, a Swedish researcher and entrepreneur, has taken the first step and created a wearable computer that can be slung across the body.

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Say what? Apple better not be working out how to strap a laptop to someone's back, because that's already been done - 10 years ago. But their recent hiring of someone well-versed in wearable computing does spell something interesting.

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Maybe I've been watching too many Stargate reruns or maybe the AirMouse hand-mounted input device was really inspired by Goa'uld technology. Either way, I'm sceptical about its ability to prevent repetitive stress injuries.