This week we focus on the Halloween. How can weartech improve your costume? Luke and I look over some cool tech and wear some ourselves. Luke is dressed as William Wallace and I got a Morphsuits Digital Dudz Frantic Zombie Eyeball T-Shirt.
Wearable Today Episode #87 Show Notes
- All notes can be found here
- Oregon State University helped develop a new wearable that can detect 1400 different chemicals, in the hopes that wearers have a better idea of which hazardous chemicals they are being exposed to. The National Law Review profiles a reviewer of the product by MyExposome, explaining that environmental monitoring can help us all understand which toxic chemicals we are exposed to, even though not all levels of exposure are dangerous. Right now the band is mostly used to satisfy curiosity, but long term the tracker could be used to help detect unsafe levels in any populated region.
- Garmin has released a new platform that all it’s wearables talk to, and wareable.com has a review of the new ecosystem. Not only does the platform work well with all the Garmin devices, it also integrates with other fitness platforms like Strava and MyFitnessPal. It sounds like some big improvements have been made, so if you wrote Garmin off a couple years ago, you should give them a second look. Overall, Garmin Connect receives 3.5 stars out of 5.
- We’ve talked about smart watches, and smart bands for your watch, but what about an entire band that has a display? Much like the slap bracelets of the 80s, the Wove band provides an experience that wraps around your entire wrist, but Wove has a 1040×200 display built in that can be used for displaying news, weather, email, or whatever you want. The digital canvas uses an e-Ink display to save on power usage but allow always-on functionality, and they are looking for developers to build apps for the Android-based device. Look for the final version to launch in 2016.
- As we mentioned in the past, a crowdfund is a crapshoot, and even if the crowdfund is successful, it might not find the right way to get off the ground. That is what we’re talking about for these next two articles. First, we learned last week that AmpStrip, an adhesive wearable funded on IndieGoGo, made the announcement they would not be putting out the product. They have refunded all their backers, but did not give a reason – although sources say the weartech was very functional.
- At the same time, weartech firm Trellie was looking to build smart jewelry. While not a crowdfund, this company got $1.65 million to create the startup. However, with problems stemming from their “Nugget” technology, the company eventually started losing investors. Last week the company announced they would be closing down Trellie to persue other options.
- A couple months back we talked about wearables possibly detecting a seizure . EpiWatch is the first group to focus on the sensors for determining life events such as seizures. This comes from a stufy from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which brings a focus to the app. Their goal is to give the user a warning, so they can take action before the seizure happens.
- Halloween Wearable Tech
- Back to the Future Hoverboard
- Proton Pack
- AT-ST Costume
- Add EL Wire to anything!
- Stormtrooper Helmet
- Doc Brown and Back to the Future Timer
- Bolo Hat Animated Eye
- text signing glove