wearable displays

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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Interested in getting your own Tron light suit?

The picture above doesn’t show two crossed optical fibers like those used in telecommunications, where a source at the end of the cable sends light careening through it. Instead, these glowing blue and yellow fibers are actually generating their own light.

The material, called polymer light-emitting photochemical cells (PLEC), efficiently converts electrons to photons throughout the length of the fiber while operating on little power. They might one day be woven into clothing or other products to make new types of fashion or wearable, bendable displays. Imagine your smartphone on your shirtsleeve.  

(The letter “A” made from fiber-shaped polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells [PLECs]. Courtesy Zhang et al./Nature Photonics.)

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Sony Shows Off Google Glass Competitor SmartEyeglass Attach!

In January, Sony was showcasing some emerging technology at its booth at CES including two pairs of smartglasses. The SmartEyeglass is pair of augmented reality glasses similar to Epson Moverio BT-200 where users can see digital objects placed in reality. The other, SmartEyeglass Attach!, is a heads-up display more like Google Glass where users see a screen at eye level. Sony recently launched a new video walking through the various features and use cases of Attach!

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Tattoo-like 'e-skin' turns your body into digital screen

In a yet another example to integrate electronic devices with the human body, researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed an ultrathin, protective layer that will help create “electronic skin” displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and other applications.

The team demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display.

Integrating electronic devices with the human body to enhance or restore body function for biomedical applications is the goal of researchers around the world.

Wearable electronics, in particular, need to be thin and flexible to minimise impact where they attach to the body.

However, most devices developed so far have required millimetre-scale thickness glass or plastic substrates with limited flexibility, while micrometer-scale thin flexible organic devices have not been stable enough to survive in air.

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Samsung Envisions A Display Centric World [CONCEPT VIDEO]

As today is the first day of a brand new year, I thought it would be appropriate to kick it off with a stellar concept video from Samsung. Samsung is known for their displays - Smart TVs, smartphones and tablets - so it make sense that they have in mind a world where the screen is everywhere. 

This type of future may not be as far off as you think. This year we are expected to see growth in the flexible screen and wearable tech space which means it may only be five to ten years before this could all become a reality. 

I’m a sucker for concept videos and this one is a great one. What do you think? Is this the future you see coming in the next five to ten years?

Txch This Week: Hello, Wooly Mammoth and Goodbye, Antarctic Ice

This week on Txchnologist, we plumbed the fundamental laws of nature with upgrades to two major physics experiments, saw robots imitating snakes and found out we might soon be able to order our own Tron suits. Now we’re bringing you the highlights and some of the news we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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Wearality Sky wants to be your cheap, entry-level VR headset

The virtual reality space is heating up with a ton of new hardware options popping up from large manufacturers to new startups. One type of the VR headsets solutions which is set to take the mainstream by storm are those that use your smartphone as the screen: Samsung’s GearVR and Google Cardboard are two examples of this. But both of these devices are cumbersome to travel with as they don’t fold down and easily fit into your bag. A new entrant, Wearality Sky, has hit Kickstarter with a VR solution that is portable while not sacrificing on the optics and field of view.

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Ebb CHI 2016 | A new thread has the ability to change colors in response to electrical charges, bringing the possibility of smart clothing and wearable displays closer to reality.

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Finished my newest wearable display. I think I nailed the army surplus/repurposed look. I over-sprayed the display to make it look more like something used by a tank driver, then made the headphones smooth and new looking, so it looks like they were attached by a punk later.