Items tagged with wearable computing

I'm a short Italian a hair-length away from being 5-foot 9-inches tall, yet despite my height deficiency, I know what it's like to play basketball above the rim. It's not because I have an amazing vertical like Nate Robinson or, for your old school ballers, Spud Webb, both whom have won the slam dunk contest. No -- one reasons I know what it's like to play ball like a 6-footer is because the hoops are sometimes lowered at my local YMCA. The other reason is because the Sacramento Kings have teamed up with Google to use Glass on the court. Unfortunately, players don't get to wear Glass during actual games, but they have been able to record shooting sessions hours before a game is played. In doing... Read more...
There's been a ton of hoopla surrounding Google Glass and the potential privacy issues the platform raises, but lost in all the negatively about the search giant's wearable computing device is the potential it offers for learning and innovation. Serving as a reminder of why technology rocks, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center became the first in the United States to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room courtesy of Google Glass. "It’s a privilege to be a part of this project as we explore how this exciting new technology might be incorporated into the everyday care of our patients," said Dr. Christopher Kaeding,... Read more...
Interest around Google Glass has revived the idea of wearable computing in many circles and inspired research into areas that might, at first glance, seem a bit far-fetched. One such program is FIDO -- Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. The idea? Build a harness that would allow a dog to communicate with its handler remotely via wireless technology and possibly Google Glass. Ridiculous, right? Not so fast. The head of the project, Kristof Van Laerhoven, has designed a canine harness that the dog with jaw-friendly handles that the dog can pull to transmit a tone, activate a sensor, or transmit a verbal command. No, you and Spot aren't going to have a long discussion on the merits... Read more...
Have you ever had one of those moments where you're bracing yourself for a bang only to end up hearing a soft thud? I have. In fact, it just happened. I was excited when rumors started swirling around a "Steam Box" console Valve was reportedly working on, and while the company's marketing director, Doug Lombardi, essentially told us all to cool our jets, I found renewed excitement in the fact that Valve recently posted a job listing in search of electrical engineers to join a "highly motivated team that's doing hardware design." Was the Steam Box back on the table? And if not, was Valve working on something infinitely cooler? A real life gravity gun, perhaps? Sadly, no. Valve developer Michael... Read more...