Wearable-Devices

Wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

It’s a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions such as Asperger’s, this can make social situations extremely stressful. But what if there was a more objective way to measure and understand our interactions?

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) say that they’ve gotten closer to a potential solution: an artificially intelligent, wearable system that can predict if a conversation is happy, sad, or neutral based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals.

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Disney Patent ‘Alters Rides’ Based on Passenger Emotions

OBJ reports: A new Disney patent, titled “Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behavior Based on Occupant Awareness” looks at a way to read riders’ emotions or pre-determined interests to customize ride experiences. For example, the patent states that via a camera on the vehicle or a wearable ID device — say Disney’s MagicBands — a ride system could read rider facial expressions such as being excited or bored, and then alter the course of the attraction to increase/decrease speed, spin more or less often, change the tone of display scenery and/or more to improve the ride for guests.

“The technology would allow rides to adjust show content appropriate for pre-teens, teenagers or adults; or for thrill-seeking and non thrill-seeking passengers. The control system may also operate the vehicle to address (e.g. even solve in some cases) motion sickness issues for passengers such as by adjusting speed or movement patterns of a vehicle. [Through RFID or some other identifying system] access one or more ride experience goals (or expectations) for the occupant.

For example, the occupant may simply desire transportation while in the automated trackless vehicle and, hence, will not be wanting to interact with to be entertained by external display systems. In other cases, though, the occupant may have provided goals/expectations (e.g. by completing a questionnaire on a website or the like) that indicate they want to be educated during the ride, be entertained in a particular manner during the ride, be informed of sales on services or merchandise during the ride, and so on. In the same or other cases, the goals/expectations may indicate whether the ride experience” should be thrilling, as smooth as possible, or something in between, said the patent.  

The technology may add more speed changes, spins and sharp corners for riders who seem bored or have provided prior information that they enjoy thrill rides. In addition, the patent states it may be able to sense passenger comfort levels such as temperature and alter the air-conditioning of the ride to make it more pleasant.

The Google Glass of Helmets Wins at SXSW 

SXSW’s sixth annual accelerator pitch event wrapped up on Sunday with over 500 companies applied, 18 finalists and 6 winners. Taking home the big win in the Wearables category this year was the Google Glass for motorcyclists, the Skully Helmet.

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Big news! Sword Art Online the Movie has been revealed! The release date will be in 2017 Roadshow on Japan. The story will focus on Kirito and Asuna on the new game called “Ordinal Scale”.

“Ordinal Scale” is the name of a game after “Sword Art Online” and “Gun Gale Online.” The game uses a new augmented reality device called “Augma.” The English website describes “Augma” as follows:

A next-generation, wearable multi-device that looks like a pair of small headphones. In terms of size and portability, it is far superior to the existing VR machine “Amusphere.” Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function, however, its AR function is greatly enhanced to compensate for it. It can transmit visual, audio and tactual sensation data to players while they are awake, thus enabling the users to enjoy fitness and health management like a game.
Additionally, the site describes the “Ordinal Scale” game as follows:

“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.” Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018

A new report on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) shows that this space is expected to grow over 15% from 2013 to 2018 reaching over $1 billion dollars by 2018. And this is just for dedicated AR/VR systems.

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Putting out the fat-signal:

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE TO BUY LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS?!

I’m working a new job where for safety reasons I need to have my phone on me at all times. And that’s difficult cause of reasons:

  • i can’t wear a hoodie all the time cause i’m always hot as an oven
  • size fat jeans NEVER HAVE FRONT POCKETS- only back pockets and a phone always fall out of the back pockets
    • also: jeans always hurt because I carry all my fat in my stomach and fucking buttons and zippers always dig into my flesh and is v uncomfortable
  • the only causual item that is comfortable to wear are leggings which leave NOWHERE TO PUT ANY SHIT.

Unless….

  • i do have one vest that is lightweight enough to wear indoors that has pockets so in addition i am also pro-vest (aka wearable pocket device) if anyone has any suggestions..

PLZ FELLOW FAT BABES, UR MY ONLY HOPE

Cutting Edge Enabling Technologies for 2017

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Only eleven days to go until the 11th WT|Wearable Technologies Meeting 2017 EUROPE. The leading profession fair for wearable and linked devices will certainly be taking area in Munich ´ s ICM International Congress Center and also will combine sector and innovation experts from around the world. This year, the meeting will certainly focus on wearable tools as well as boosting day-to-day experiences, from locations such as medication, sports as well as way of life. Numerous added uniqueness as well as advancements, consisting of the WT Technology Globe Cup victors, could be seen at WT|Wearable Technologies Conference 2017 EUROPE. Allow us present you to a few of our exhibitors in the group “Cutting-edge Enabling Technology”.

Cicor

The Cicor Group is a globally energetic companion in the electronic devices sector. 1950 workers at ten manufacturing websites around the world provide a broad variety of innovation for the manufacture of complex PCBs as well as hybrids along with complete engineering as well as manufacturing services for electronics as well as plastics. Cicor Team offers total outsourcing solutions as well as a wide variety of innovative innovations, digital manufacturing services as well as a large range of production options from PCB assembly, system assembly, box-building, toolmaking and also plastic shot molding. We are an electronics provider with an international structure and also a wide array of production abilities in published motherboard setting up, system assembly and box building, control closet construction, cable television assembly and in the areas of toolmaking and also plastic injection molding.

Covestro

With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s biggest polymer companies. Organisation tasks are concentrated on the manufacture of modern polymer materials and also the development of cutting-edge remedies for products made use of in many areas of day-to-day live. The main sectors served are the automotive, electrical as well as electronics, building and also sports and also leisure markets. Covestro products as well as the products made from them enhance our lives and also make the globe a brighter place. Whether as insulation for residences or the refrigerators inside them, in cushions, vehicle headlights and arena roofs, as protective layers or exceptionally thin films: Covestro’s products advertise effectiveness, security as well as comfort in various locations of applications. The scheme includes polycarbonate - the crystal-clear as well as formable high-performance plastic that is at the same time very strong, lightweight as well as durable.

VTT

VTT Technical Research study Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and innovation business in the Nordic countries. They provide an overview on the capacity of high-volume printing modern technologies for sensors in Health care and Wearable Technology applications based upon instances of existing R&D work in Printed and Crossbreed Electronics at VTT. VTT’s roll-to-roll pilot printing and also crossbreed assimilation centers provide upscaling framework for printed as well as hybrid gadgets in all product stages: from model to mass item. Their multidisciplinary specialists work together to aid our clients and also companions create brand-new products, production processes, techniques, and services. In doing so, we help advertise sustainable development, employment and wellness. Our broad network of co-operators indicates our clients obtain access to the most effective expertise worldwide.

Fraunhofer IIS

Founded in 1985, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS ranks initially among the Fraunhofer Institutes worrying headcount and also profits. The Institute supplies study as well as development solutions in different areas, such as IC Layout, Sound and Multimedia, Imaging Systems, Medical Modern technology as well as Wearable Sensors. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is among the world’s leading application-oriented study establishments for microelectronic and also IT system remedies and also solutions. With the production of mp3 and also the co-development of AAC, Fraunhofer IIS has actually gotten to globally acknowledgment. Concerning 950 workers carry out agreement research study for sector, the solution market and public authorities.

CSEM

CSEM is a research study and development center focusing on microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering, photovoltaics and also interactions innovations. 450 very certified and specialized staff members from numerous scientific as well as technological techniques work for CSEM in Switzerland. Managing and also cultivating advancement to convert groundbreaking basic research study into innovative procedures, resulting in innovative items as well as assisting market and also society get ready for the future. They develop and maintain innovation systems, we integrate as well as combine innovations into workable systems, we grow those innovations until utilizing them will add worth to our commercial clients, after that we support the procedure of moving those innovations to industry.

Magnes

Magnes Styx is a wearable powermeter for road cycling which incorporates the sensors, electronic devices, as well as power system in the cleat permitting a remarkable user experience as well as very easy transfer in between bikes. With straight 3D force and power measurements on both legs, we are offering a brand-new method for efficiency monitoring with extraordinary biking analytics. It is placed on the cycling footwear and provides the most sophisticated biking power dimensions with the multi-point 3-axis pressure dimension system on both feet. You can take advantage of the opportunity to check your efficiency without any type of setup on your bicycle. It connects cordless with a conventional bike computer system or with a mobile phone via our personalized Magnes application or with your preferred cycling apps.

On 7th as well as 8th of February 2017 our exhibitors will cover a wide variety of different topics which we will certainly offer in our next couple of write-ups. Furthermore, all victors of the Development World Cup will certainly exist at the Advancement Wild Fire Session on the initial day of the conference (February 7., 3:40 pm). We wish to see you in Munich.

Unpowered Ankle Exoskeleton Takes the Load Off a Long Hike

Evolution has had four million years to tinker with the locomotion experiment called walking on two feet. With that much time for natural selection to keep what works and chuck what doesn’t, there wouldn’t seem to be much room for improvement. 

But what about those tired feet you get after standing on them all day? Or the dull ache that starts creeping up your legs after walking for a few hours? It turns out that even evolutionary fine-tuning leaves room for improvement, and a number of public and private sector engineers have been working on exoskeletons to improve bipedal efficiency. 

Researchers have now built an ankle exoskeleton that requires no external chemical or electrical power and decreases the energy a person uses for walking by more than 7 percent, about the equivalent of taking off a 10-pound backpack. The team, from Carnegie Mellon, North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, say this walking efficiency improvement is on par with units that run on powered motors. It could also be a simple and cheap way to help people whose work keeps them on their feet all day. Learn more and see images below.

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Wearable Tech in Tokyo                                             

If you can’t make it to the Wearable Expo happening in Tokyo, these are what you can expect to find: smartglasses, fitness trackers, smartwatches, health monitors and even pet communication devices.

Consumer-electronics companies are turning out wearable gadgets that anyone can buy — and increasingly on the cheap. Health and fitness devices are expected to dominate this market in the next few years.

On second thoughts, would you really want to know what your cat thinks?

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

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Scientists have created a lightweight wearable that dissolves in vinegar
This wearable electronic device melts to nothing if you pour vinegar on it — and that’s by design. With 50 million metric ton of electronic waste projected for 2018, scientists at Stanford University created a biodegradable wearable that wouldn’t sit in the junk drawer or junkyard for the rest of eternity, once the next generation of FitBit came along. The result is one of the lightest, thinnest electronic devices that’s ever been made. Read more
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The Japanese website also streamed a trailer for the film, but it is region-locked to Japan. The film will open in Japan in 2017.

“Ordinal Scale” is the name of a game after “Sword Art Online” and “Gun Gale Online.” The game uses a new augmented reality device called “Augma.” The English website describes “Augma” as follows:

A next-generation, wearable multi-device that looks like a pair of small headphones. In terms of size and portability, it is far superior to the existing VR machine “Amusphere.” Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function, however, its AR function is greatly enhanced to compensate for it. It can transmit visual, audio and tactual sensation data to players while they are awake, thus enabling the users to enjoy fitness and health management like a game.
Additionally, the site describes the “Ordinal Scale” game as follows:

“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.” Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.

Source: ANN

Google’s secret Star Trek-like communicator device

Motorola’s MicroTAC was our first touch of actual Star Trek technology, as the flip phone looked a lot like the original series communicators. Today,  iPads and tablets look identical  to the PADDs frequently  seen on Star Trek shows and movies - sometimes complete with LCARS looking operating systems! 

Google has taken the Star Trek tech race up a notch as they have developed a prototype wearable device which uses a microphone to listen to a user’s voice and can use Bluetooth to send those commands to another device.

Sound familiar?

In “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Picard and his crew used similar devices to talk to the artificial intelligence and crew onboard the Enterprise.


Google’s prototype circular device (above) connects to a smart phone through Bluetooth.

The concept was intended to test out how users might interact with voice search in new ways. Worn on the chest, the Google pin is activated with a light tap.

The prototype might output sound through an onboard speaker or by connecting to headphones, Time said. The idea was to make it easier for people to query to Google without having to fish out their cell phones.

“I always wanted that pin,” revealed Amit Singhal, senior vice president and executive in charge of the firm’s search initiatives. “You just ask it anything and it works. That’s why we were like, ‘Let’s go prototype that and see how it feels.’”

The device hasn’t left the testing phase but illustrates how far Google is willing to go to chart the future of search.

The company is trying to redefine the way people access information through voice search, which is getting more adept at understanding natural language.

No word on how many  times the words “two to beam up” are used in the tests.

Google Now provides a predictive service that tries to surface valuable information for users before they even think to search for it.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are all aiming to develop similar services, it noted. 

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Engineered Cotton Makes Magical Garments

A Cornell University lab is applying nanotechnology to make textiles do a whole range of new and useful tricks.

Chemical and biomolecular engineer Juan Hinestroza and his team in the textiles nanotechnology lab are adding tiny bits of metal into fibrous material like cotton. When woven into a textile, the augmented yarn can produce light, kill disease-causing microbes or act as a filter to trap harmful gas. In addition, the metal oxides allow the yarn to be fashioned into conductive components like transistors for electronics.

“We want to transform traditional natural fibers into true engineering materials that are multifunctional and that can be customized to any demand,” Hinestroza said. “We are chemists, we are material scientists, we are designers, we want to create materials that will perform many functions, yet remain as flexible and as comfortable as a t-shirt or an old pair of jeans.”

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition now available for pre-order

Get your own Pip-Boy along with Fallout 4 with the super duper Pip-Boy Edition. This thing is gonna go fast as hell. The wearable device comes with a companion app that’ll be available on Android and iOS and let you actually mess with your own Pip-Boy in the game. Sure, it’s silly but who the hell cares. It will set you back $120. It’s available for pre-order from Amazon now

Goodbye Pedometers! Activity Trackers Get Heart

The majority of wearable devices on the arms of consumers today are used for fitness and health. Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike and Lumobody are all seeing success with sensors that track steps, monitor your sleep and try to motivate you to get up and move.

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Microsoft releases new video of HoloLens in action with partner Trimble

HoloLens is definitely the most exciting new technology Microsoft has announced in a while. The wearable device which aims to make “holographic computing” a reality was a big topic at the Microsoft Build conference yesterday. Coming out of this event is a new video of the HoloLens in action within a construction and architecture setting.

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Using your hands, washcloths, and toothbrush work well enough when running through your daily routine. But if you want to up the ante and really get at those impurities, utilizing a high-tech tool is the way to go. These space age-looking gadgets are all proven to be super effective when it comes to cleansing and grooming—not to mention easy to use. BECKY PEDERSON

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X: An at-home, handheld laser for removing unwanted dark hairs from pale skin on the face and body.
stella2531: “I purchased Tria to help with terrible chin and upper lip hair. 100% worth the money!”
corfiela: “The sensation is deep and uncomfortable, but only lasts for a second. I haven’t experienced any negative side effects. It’s convenient to use it at home rather than go to an appointment.”

Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System: A professional-grade, sonic action skincare brush designed to remove impurities more effectively than cleansing with just a washcloth or hands.
lauren44: “The sensation is a bit weird at first… like, vibrating brush on your face? Hello! But at the end of the first week, I was beginning to see a change. By week two, my skin was feeling (and looking) much better.”

Foreo Luna: A vibrating silicone facial brush built for deeper precision cleaning with antiaging benefits on sensitive to normal skin.
April281: “My skin looks as good as it did when I was a kid. I also have always been plagued with tension headaches and haven’t had one in a month since using it! It def works and clearly for more than just skincare!”
Dyannabright: “A skincare consultant that I have known for years saw me the other day. She was amazed when she looked at me. She said it looked like I had a facelift! The last time I saw her prior to this encounter was a week before I started using the Luna.”

Nu Face Trinity Toning Device: An ergonomically engineered facial toning device that uses microcurrent technology to gently combat signs of aging.
cocro: “Yesterday my husband told me that my complexion was great. He is the type of husband who doesn’t see it when I get a new haircut… so I think it is working!!!”

Glo Glo Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device: A wearable teeth-whitening system that lightens up to eight shades with patented Guided Light Optic technology.
heathermc: “I purchased this device for my husband and myself so we could have brilliant smiles on our wedding day. It’s easy to use and provides natural results with very minimal sensitivity. I especially love that now that I own the system, I can touch up my whitening any time for special occasions.”
Pufflet: “Be aware that when the Glo Brilliant appliance is in your mouth and your cat sees you smiling at her, it will scare the bajeezus out of her… LOL.”

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Tria / Hair Removal Laser 4X
$449.00

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Clarisonic / Aria™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System
$199.00

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NuFace / Trinity + Eye and Lip Enhancer
$399.00

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GLO / GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device
$199.00

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Foreo / LUNA™ for Sensitive/Normal Skin
$199.00

Will Electronic Contact Lenses Monitor Your Health?

by Charles Q. Choi

Thin, transparent electronic devices small and flexible enough to wrap around a human hair could help lead to smart contact lenses and many other applications on or in the body, researchers say. 

Scientists would like the breakthroughs made in electronics over the past century to go into new devices that could improve human health. That’s why research teams around the world are now working on extremely thin electronics that, unlike conventional microchips, are bendable and compatible with the flexible nature of the human body.

Electrical engineer Giovanni Salvatore and his colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a simple method for transferring such electronics onto nearly any surface.

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