Wearable devices are on the rise, with some analysts predicting a market worth billions by 2015. Wearables and sensor technologies have the potential to transform our daily lives, changing how we interact with the world around us. From health and wellness to media, retail, education, and enterprise—companies from diverse industries may be headed for major disruption. Yet despite the buzz that Google Glass and the Nike FuelBand have created, these emerging products remain largely niche. So what will it take to make the average Joe want to wear a tiny computer?
Fjord held a discussion on how smart companies are taking a human-centered design approach to services that will make wearable computing go from sci-fi to streetwear.
Our experts included:
Sarah Rotman Epps Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
Adam Gazzaley Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF
Bill Geiser CEO, MetaWatch
Olof Schybergson CEO, Fjord
Sonny Vu CEO, Misfit Wearables
Intelligent fabrics have arrived! From now on, controlling music players, answering telephone calls and using portable keyboards for computers will all be possible if you have, for example, a jacket made of conducting fibres. Luis Miguel Gómez, a Sensing Tex technical manager, presents this highly innovative technology.
Add light-reactive sensing to your wearable Flora project with this high precision Lux sensor. The TSL2561 luminosity sensor is an advanced digital light sensor, ideal for use in a wide range of light situations. Compared to low cost CdS cells, this sensor is more precise, allowing for exact lux calculations and can be configured for different gain/timing ranges to detect light ranges from up to 0.1 - 40,000+ Lux on the fly. The best part of this sensor is that it contains both infrared and full spectrum diodes! That means you can separately measure infrared, full-spectrum or human-visible light. Most sensors can only detect one or the other, which does not accurately represent what human eyes see (since we cannot perceive the IR light that is detected by most photo diodes).
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