Wearable-Devices

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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

© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP

Wearable Device Reads Text for the Blind

FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.

The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group.  As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.

When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.

While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete.  What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?

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.

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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.

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Permanent Chastity Contract

Contract of Chastity


1. Definitions:

Throughout this Contract, these terms are used with following definitions.

Chastity: Prevention of all kinds of sexual behavior, including sexual intercourse and masturbation.

Chastity Belt: Any lockable, wearable device designed to keep wearer’s chastity and to prevent touching wearer’s genitals by wearing and locking-up. Specifically to this Contract, a chastity belt is defined as a “Keeper Supreme” design, manufactured by a company called Chastity Belts USA.

Key-holder: The individual who will lock the device up and will hold the key according to this Contract.

Wearer: The individual who will wear the device according to this Contract, and who is to keep ones own chastity. In case of the Contract, may also be referred to as I or myself.


2. Binding Agreement:

I, the undersigned, bind myself totally and completely, without limit, to servitude to the holder of the chastity Contract, hereinafter known as key-holder.

I certify that I am at least 18 years old, am not now physically or mentally impaired by influence of any drugs, including alcohol, or other reason where I do not know what I am doing and am legally and mentally competent to dutifully sign this Contract in my own name. I am signing this document of my own free will, without coercion or pressure of any kind. No one has made any promises, guarantees, warranties, or offered threats or inducements of any kind to get me to sign this chastity Contract.

With full understanding of the meanings and implications of this chastity Contract, I specifically desire and request the control delineated and the activities mentioned herein.


3. Wearer’s obligations:


Wearer is under each and every one of the following obligations.

A) The wearer purchases the chastity belt which is worn by the wearer at the wear’s own expense.

B) The wearer wears the chastity belt at any time of the key-holder specifies.

C) The wearer is prohibited to have any sexual intercourse without the key-holder’s permission.

D) The wearer is prohibited to masturbate without the key-holder’s permission.

E) Making efforts to remove the chastity belt by the wearer is forbidden.

F) It is the responsibility of the wearer to maintain the chastity belt cleanliness.

G) The wearer is never permitted to leave from under the key-holder’s control without the key-holder’s special permission, when the chastity belt is removed by the key-holder temporally.

H) The wearer is prohibited seeking permission in removing the chastity belt to the key-holder for the sake of wearer’s sexual satisfaction.

I) The wearer is fully versed in both, short and long term health risks of such a chastity device and without reservation or duress accepts said risks.

J) The wearer acknowledges that such a device may create embarrassing or otherwise humiliating situations either in private or in public and without reservation or duress freely accepts such situations, including security and medical situations as a real and desired part of a chastity life.

K) The wearer agrees to release key-holder from any harm, damages, liabilities, or health issues caused by wearing a chastity belt.


4. Key-holder’s obligations:


Key-holder is under each and every one of the following obligations.

A) The key will always be under the supervision of the key-holder.

B) The key-holder has the obligation to pay attention of the wearer’s health condition and arrange necessary suitable treatment, when any disorders are identified on the wearer’s body.

C) The key-holder will supervise and let the wearer maintain the chastity belt with regular intervals determined by another agreement.

D) The key-holder may freely without reservation, both privately & publicly disclose the fact, in any manner the key-holder chooses that the key-holder controls the wearer’s chastity device.

E) The key-holder reserves the specific right and obligation to seal, affix, damage or alter in such a manner, decided solely by the key-holder, the wearer’s belt so that it can not be removed by use of a key.

F) The key-holder, may, at any time and without reason, wearer’s consent, approval, cause or prior notice to wearer invoke obligation number 4.E as defined above.

G) If, the key-holder chooses to invoke 4.F, then upon such execution, 4-A becomes null and void. In other words, the key-holder may destroy or otherwise remove self from said supervision of key.

H) The key-holder has the obligation to create accounts under wearer’s name on any and all social and adult websites and in other similar situations to act on behalf of wearer by posting any written text and any such pictures, videos and audio recordings key-holder desires to. Such postings do not & shall never require prior knowledge, permission or consent of wearer, such postings shall also be intended to cause as much online humiliation and embarrassment to wearer as possible, see 3.J.

I) The key-holder fully understands and acknowledges the Contract is only for chastity. There are no other BDSM actions or rights taken for granted, or to be done with or to the wearer other than any such actions agreed to prior to signing of the Contract with the wearer.


5. Audio and photography distribution:


A) This section includes, however not limited to any and all audio recordings, still pictures and video recordings directly and only relating to wearer’s chastity and life associated with such chastity.

B) The wearer agrees to freely give up and without reservation or duress any and rights to ownership and distribution, via any means decided by the key-holder.

C) The wearer agrees without reservation or duress to release key-holder from any and all legal ramifications seen, known of, anticipated or not, at any time as defined in Section 3.I, 3.J, 4.E and 4.F.

D) The wearer agrees to specifically and without reservation or duress give up the right for profit to the key-holder who has no limitations on the amount of potential future profit created as a direct result of any recordings made using wearer’s likeness or voice.

E) The key-holder agrees to leave wearer with a complete and unedited copy of any and all recordings of any and all sessions where chastity activity is present.

F) The key-holder shall maintain the right to edit, alter and otherwise change any recorded and photographed materials containing the wearer. Any such changes do not require any consent, knowledge or approval of wearer.

G) The key-holder freely agrees to, and without reservation or duress, unlimited distribution of any and all recordings and pictures containing the wearer’s likeness or voice without any prior consent of wearer.

H) Distribution, for the Contract, shall be defined as: making unlimited copies on any and all media used for file copying, posting to any online web-sites and use of file sharing programs.

I) The wearer agrees to provide legal and authentic identification to key-holder at first meeting to confirm the identity of wearer to key-holder. Such identification may be freely, in fact is strongly encouraged to be used by key-holder to create accounts on any and all social and adult websites and in other similar situations to act on behalf of wearer by posting any written text and any such pictures, videos and audio recordings key-holder desires to. Key-holder agrees to submit & create no less than ten (10) distinct such accounts within 60 days of locking wearer. Such postings do not & shall never require permission, prior knowledge or consent of wearer. The wearer specifically and agrees to release the key-holder from any and all legal recourse or consequences directly or indirectly caused by giving away identifying information for such a purpose.


6. Safe words & placement of belt:


A) The wearer and key-holder mutually agree that upon immediate signing of the Contract, there are no safe words to be used until chastity belt is adequately secured in place upon wearer to the absolute and complete satisfaction and pleasure of key-holder.

B) Both the wearer and key-holder understand that the wearer may become apprehensive and nervous about being secured in a chastity belt. To ensure proper placement of belt, wearer agrees to completely and voluntarily submit to any and all of the key-holder’s methods to achieve the final and intended result. Such methods may include (however are not limited to) any and all physical restraints (including other individuals), drugs or chemicals or alcohol to sedate and otherwise relax and or forcibly restrain the wearer during the belt securing process.

C) The key-holder agrees to release any and all physical restraints (obviously exclusive of the chastity belt) used or applied to the wearer as defined in 6-B.


7. Hold Harmless:


The wearer submits to the Contract and to associated treatments hereunder entirely of his own free will and volition and for his own personal, private and non-expressed reasons. The wearer enters into the Contract solely and entirely at his own risk. The wearer (I), for myself, my heirs, my assigns, and all other parties of any description, hereby agree to hold harmless, and release from all liability of any kind, the key-holder and all other participants in these activities.


8. Cancellation of the Contract:


A) The wearer never requests the cancellation of the Contract except the following cases.

B) The relationship between the wearer and the key-holder is cleared or terminated by mutual agreement.

C) Either the wearer or the key-holder will execute ones obligation due to long-term illness or some other unspecified reasons.

D) Either the wearer or the key-holder died.

E) It becomes obvious that wearing the chastity belt makes serious problems on the health of the wearer.


9. Length of the Contract:


There is no determination on the maximum duration of the Contract. It means that this Contract may be valid for an indefinite period of time. However, the minimum duration of this Contract shall be no less than five (5) years from the latest date signed below. Length of the Contract shall in all cases, exceed and replace and supersede 8.B, 8.C and 8.E, which may be deemed as lifetime or permanent.

Both of _______________________ as the key-holder and _______________________ as the wearer agreed on all the above sections and sentences with each own free will and each of the key-holder and wearer keeps a duplicated document signed by both.


The key-holder: signed____________________ Date: ___________________

The wearer: signed_______________________ Date: ___________________

The witness: signed_______________________ Date: ___________________

The witness: signed_______________________ Date: ___________________

New bill would require cops to get warrants for Stingray cell tracking
A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers today introduced a bill that would require US police agencies to obtain a warrant before deploying cell-site simulation surveillance devices known as “stingrays,” reports USA Today. Stingrays are typically used by police to triangulate a criminal suspect’s location based on data emitted from their smartphones or wearable devices with cellular connectivity. Stingrays are a controversial form of surveillance technology as it can accurately pinpoint a suspect’s location, but can also intercept data from innocent bystanders. Read more

1 in 10 US consumers own a wearable (most likely Fitbit)

by Sachin Bahal

Over 12% of the US population now owns a wearable device according to the latest report by Kantar Worldpanel on the state of the wearables market.

As of March 2016, more than one in ten consumers in the US own either a fitness tracker or smartwatch, that accounts for 12.2% of the US population. This number is nearly double European ownership which currently stands at 6.6%.

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Verizon joins the smartwatch market

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Verizon announced Wednesday that it’s releasing a branded Android Wear smartwatch, called Wear24, The Verge reports.

The watch will run Android Wear 2.0 — the latest iteration of Android Wear — and support LTE, Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity. This is Verizon’s first wearable device, and it will retail for $300 with a two-year contract.

The carrier is entering a currently troubled smartwatch market that has largely failed to live up to users’ expectations. This is because consumers have become impatient with these devices’ lack of capabilities, like LTE connectivity, as well as an overall lack of device-specific apps. After growing roughly 540% in 2015, the global smartwatch market declined 32% YoY in Q2 2016, according to IDC. 

Verizon is addressing some of these shortcomings — primarily LTE connectivity — with its first foray into the smartwatch market. Users, as a result, will be able to use the device independently from their smartphones, which could cause them to see the device as more valuable. Until this point, consumers generally couldn’t discern the value of owning a smartwatch when it shared so many functions with their smartphones.

When they first broke onto the scene, smartwatches were touted as the next generation of devices set to transform consumers’ lives. And brands, service providers, and the healthcare segment were ready to capitalize on their “always on” nature, which promised to provide greater insight into consumer habits. But while the market initially grew rapidly, it has begun to cool off, as consumers become impatient with the technology’s lack of distinct capabilities, such as LTE connectivity and device-specific apps.

In the next few years, the smartwatch market will likely see the addition of new functionality and increased capabilities, which will see the device shipments grow at an annualized rate of 18% through 2021 to reach 70 million units.

However, smartwatches are reliant on a number of factors in order to generate any sort of meaningful consumer demand. Until such a time, adoption of smartwatches will likely be sluggish, as consumers wait for vendors to produce products that can run independently from their phones and provide more useful functions.
So what does this mean for the device championed as the replacement for the smartphone? Should vendors manage to implement a lower price point, better functionality, and expanded use cases, there is a vast potential for accelerated global growth. Moreover, because of the low adoption rate thus far, there is still ample opportunity for new entrants to join the market, and capture mind share.

Laurie Beaver, research associate for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartwatches that examines all areas of the smartwatch market, including a five-year forecast, key growth trends, market leaders, consumer demand, and more. It also discusses the need for the inclusion of standalone capabilities in smartwatches, as well as the importance of bringing both better apps to the devices and greater consumer awareness of capabilities. Lastly, it explores the nascent smartwatch app market, including its shortcomings and how it can be improved.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Demand for smartwatches has cooled as consumers wait for better functionality. But early demand suggests the market could take off when functionality improves. 
  • Apple will continue to drive a large portion of the overall market, however, Android Wear devices will quickly catch up as emerging markets begin to adopt the technology.
  • Health and fitness remain a dominant segment of the smartwatch market, providing healthcare workers and hospitals with savings opportunities. As technology and app development advances, the benefits of smartwatches within these segments will become even more robust.
  • The future of the smartwatch market remains somewhat unclear, however, there is profound opportunity for businesses and developers to begin exploring the nascent smartwatch market. This will give them a head start against competitors.

In full, the report:

  • Forecasts smartwatch shipments through 2021 for both overall device shipments as well as by operating system.
  • Provides an overview of the main players in both hardware and software, and how they will size up in the future.
  • Demonstrates the effect of Apple’s entrance into the market, and why it’s unlikely to dictate future growth.
  • Gives insight into what technologies need to be worked on in order to incentivize future growth, the effects they will have on the market, and how they can be used.
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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

Augma design and information, translation:

AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma”
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.