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XOEye Streaming Safety Glasses

Posted by Andrew at 10:08 PM on January 22, 2014

XOEye LogoThere’s no doubt that wearables are where it’s at right now, but devices such as Google Glass or Recon goggles are very much luxury toys. XOEye Technologies have taken a more practical approach, developing safety glasses with built-in video cameras and microphones for use in business, typically manufacturing, construction and field service industry. Don and Todd talk to Aaron Salow, CEO of XOEye.

Currently in the prototype stage, the XOEye solution streams HD video and sound from the glasses across the internet to a remote viewing station, where an expert can review and discuss what the wearer is seeing, usually in an attempt to solve a problem. The wearer can hear the expert through small speakers installed on the glasses, so a conversation can take place between the wearer and the expert. Although still in the early stages of development, XOEye is exploring different materials for the glasses and a range of additional sensors, such as gyros and accelerometers, and other enhancements including a torch.

The final product is expected to come to market in June and there’s more information at www.xoeye.com.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Sony’s Smart Wig – Could it Replace Rogaine?

Posted by J Powers at 2:46 PM on December 2, 2013

One of the smart wig patent drawingsWearable technology is everywhere. From the wrist, to the glasses, to the… hair?

Sony applied for patent US 20130311132 A1 in 2012 and was published on November 21st of this year. It’s a wig with wearable technology inside. The wig covers the head and sensors provide input data and communicate (via wireless).

The patent doesn’t state why Sony wants to put sensors in wigs, but it does provide Sony an overall patent for the idea. Application of the wig can be figured out later.

The wig could be fashioned with different types of hairs from fake hair, to human hair and even horse hair.

Maybe it monitors your head? The head is a major point for body heat. It also is closest to the brain – so a EEG device could be a great idea for the wig. Great for anyone who is a cancer patient.

Of course, there is always a telepathic option for smartphones. Sony might even have an idea with their tablets, PS4 or another device. Nonetheless, Sony seemed to have cornered the smart wig market…

 

Welcome to the Wearable Device Revolution

Posted by J Powers at 9:18 AM on July 1, 2013

With Google Glass rolling out to a select few, copycats making a glass alternative and the rumors of an iWatch coming from Apple, it’s safe to say we are now entering into the wearable device era. This is where we get rid of the bulky desktop, laptop and even iPads and have information coming to different parts of our bodies.

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Google Glass expands our Eyes

I am slated to get my Glass in the next couple weeks. For those who have Glass, they experience a new way to take photos, get navigation and try some of the new apps coming out for this wearable devices. In hearing all the stories of Glass, I have not heard anyone say much bad stuff about the headgear – as in wishing they never bought glass. There have been concerns about the battery being close to the head and the fact it was grossly underpowered for the $1,500 price tag.

When Glass becomes a consumer product, that $1,500 price tag will most likely drop to 1/3 that. The design looks pretty bulky right now – expect it to be more streamlined in the consumer model.

Of course, this will make our way to actual glasses with the device attached. Maybe even a contact that will use kinetic power to run.

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iWatch Expands our Wrists

The rumors of Apple coming out with a bluetooth connect watch to let us glance at our wrists without pulling out the phone for text messages, phone numbers and more (like when your Clash of Clan’s canon has been upgraded or the shield is running out). The watch will probably work like a nano – with music storage and limited apps.

Its not the first watch – related technology out there. Back in the 90′s, the Ruputer was one of the first computer watches out there that could connect to a computer. More recent, items like the pebble watch have been out for a while. Companies like Sony, Fitbit and more are using your wrists to monitor your health – which will most likely be incorporated in the iWatch.

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What is Next in Wearable technology?

I remember listening to Dr. Michio Kaku a couple years back in what he expects to see in the next 50 years. Intelligent toilets and pills that can explore the body and send the details back to a doctor are some of the things he mentioned. But what else could we see?

Maybe a T-shirt that warms you up when cold or cools you down when hot? Last week we learned about the science of a 3D printed cast they are developing – being lighter and better in the healing process because air and water can get to the arm or leg with the web-like structure. What if sensors were put in that cast so your device can monitor not only if the cast breaks but if blood flow gets obstructed during the healing process? It could then transmit to your doctor the second it detected a problem.

Remember Marty Mcfly’s shoes from Back to the Future? Those are really around the corner – and we’ve already connected shoes to a mobile device. A pacemaker has wireless connectivity to collect data and report problems.

What other items can we come up with in the next 50 years as the Wearable device revolution gets into full swing? Comment below!