‘Wearable Computing’ refers to any electronic device that is capable of storing and processing data. Wearable computers can be anything from heart rate monitors and pedometers to sophisticated fitness trackers and smartwatches.

WHAT IS WEARABLE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY?

Wearable Battery Power

Wearable batteries are essential pieces of kit for the sports enthusiast who needs reliable power for long stints on the move. Whether cycling, hiking, jogging or climbing, your wearable cameras, smartphones and fitness trackers all need portable power, and wearable battery packs are designed to give it to you.

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Wearable Cameras

Wearable cameras are very small, discrete cameras housed as watches, glasses and other subtle wearable devices. But don’t let their size fool you, small wearable cameras are not just convenient, they snap away capturing opportune and continuous high quality photos allowing you to live in the moment.

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Wearable Video Cameras

Impressively powerful, mightily robust, and incredibly versatile, small wearable video cameras fasten securely to sports helmets, chest harnesses, can be pinned to clothing or even strapped to the family pet to capture the world in motion from points of view you’ve never seen before.

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Smartwatches

A smartwatch is a wearable computer worn as a traditional watch on the wrist. Yet like a smartphone, smartwatches run on an operating system and function like your smartphone.

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Fitness Trackers

A fitness tracker, commonly referred to as an activity tracker, is a wearable fitness device which tracks your daily fitness levels.

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Sleep Trackers

We all crave a good night’s sleep or simply a better night’s sleep. The key is often a combination of factors.

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An overview

Wearable computing is a means by which human and computer interaction is enabled. On a basic level, a wearable computer is any data-storing and processing device that is worn on the body. This fact distinguishes wearable computers from, say, hand held smartphones or laptops insomuch as the wearer is able to keep his or her hands completely free without losing control over the device.

Wearable computers are always on, always ready and always accessible to the user. This capability allows for a rather unique form of synergy between human (or indeed other being) and computer. Wearable computers act as a kind of extension to the body, and allow the wearer to be able to perform ‘extraordinary’ tasks – dialling a friend using voice command on a hands free telephone, for instance, is something that you would not be able to do using only your own body. Indeed, when thought about in this context, wearable computers can give you almost ‘super-hero’ powers, as your communications can allow you to be in more than one place at the same time.


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It is widely fabled that one of the first wearable computers, designed by mathematicians Edward O. Thorp and Claude Shannon in 1955, was used in a Las Vegas casino to predict the outcomes of a roulette wheel. Using a complex device that comprised of an earpiece, microswitches located in a pair of shoes and lots of wiring that ran up Shannon’s trouser leg to a small computer strapped to his waist, the pair managed to increase their chances of winning on the game by 44%.

This invention is generally regarded by engineers to be the first wearable computer, and a direct predecessor of today’s offerings – wearable cameras, wearable battery power, fitness trackers, and eyewear such as the Google Glass and the beginnings of lifelogging and the quantified self movement.

The Future

As time moves on and technology progresses, there will of course be further descendants of these wearable innovations. Electronic contact lenses, for example, are already undergoing experimentation in the University of Washington in Seattle. These are of course just in the early stages of development, but it is thought that one day such things could display text, translate speech into captions in real time, or offer some sort of navigational system.

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One day, we will no doubt all be wondering around with some form of wearable computer attached to us at all times. “We will get to a point,” says Desney Tan, Principal Researcher at Microsoft, “when we stop thinking of technologies as external to our bodies.” For instance, brain activity monitors could allow us to capture emotions and add them to our emails, social media posts or text messages, or haptic fabrics could even allow expecting fathers to feel the kicking of their unborn babies.

Wearable computers are everywhere, and they are being used to enhance the experience of everything. Alongside all the wearable sleep trackers and wearable cameras that we champion here at Wearable Technology Life, there is a whole other world that is embracing the technology for all manner of different reasons, and we have to say that we are as excited about all of that as we are about the fitness and photographic innovations that we will continue to bring to you in the future.