Fashioning tech has a great piece on Adaptive Survival Clothing by Jacqueline Nanne.
One of the primary functions of clothing is the regulation of body temperature. Traditionally we layer on clothes as the temperature drops but the acting of dressing and undressing as we move from outdoors to indoors is quite cumbersome.
We’ve mastered garments that keep our bodies warm but wearables that keep us cool are more difficult to come by. Do sweat-wicking performance wear actually work?
Adaptive Survival Clothing by Jacqueline Nanne is early stage smart textile experiments that aim at creating clothing that adapts body temperature. The textiles are designed with kinetic pores that open and close. Nitinol, a smart memory alloy, is used to actuate the textiles.
Although we’ve seen various shirts for measuring biometrics in the sports and fitness industries, it appears aerospace is another use. The Canadian Space Agency is currently working with Carré Technologies, creator of Astroskin, according to Mother Nature Network.
Astroskin, a prototype device to monitor astronaut health, is a garment that fits over a person’s upper body and is embedded with wireless sensors. From the ground, doctors can see an astronaut’s vital signs, as well as how well the spacefarers are sleeping and how they are moving.
The shirt needs rigorous testing to ensure that it is space ready, so arrangements have been made to test the product in Antarctica.
Crew members of the the XPAntarctik expedition, while spending 45 days in a previously unexplored region of the continent, are beaming their medical information back to civilization while wearing Astroskin. The expedition, which kicked off on Feb. 2, is quite a workout for the eight-person team, which has vowed to use no motorized vehicles. This means the suit is getting tested during skiing, walking and climbing Antarctica’s jagged peaks and glaciers.
This video not only shares information about the use of the shirt, but also shows some of the extreme locations that astronauts use for their playground.
Although this shirt is well suited for astronauts, it also has uses for other communities — telemedicine.
“The great thing about this technology is since it’s wireless, it can be monitored at a distance,” CSA chief medical officer Raffi Kuyumijian said in a new video released by the agency.
“People who live in remote communities, for example, will have an easy access to a doctor,” Kuyumijian added. “They can have these shirts on them all the time. It can trigger alarms if something wrong is happening, and alert the doctors following at a distance.”
At some point, we all have a cardio check-up with messy gel and stick-on sensors. It’s no wonder that shirts are becoming the next great solution. Perhaps in the future we will have embedded technology transmitting this data to our doctors. In the meantime, you can have your own biometric fun with our heart rate badge.
Stuff has the story on the latest iterations of Oakley’s smart goggles.
Oakley’s HUD skiing and snowboarding goggles Airwave, built in partnership with Recon Instruments, were its first leap into AR sports tech in 2012. The goggles have a built-in heads up display – that looks like a 14in screen from 5 feet away – as well as GPS, Bluetooth, preloaded maps, music control and onboard sensors. A 1.5 model has already been launched in November 2013 with improved battery life…
There’s no question of Oakley’s intentions. We ask if they can apply Airwave’s design, tech features and UI to other sports.
“Absolutely,” says Calilung. “If you go to any serious enthusiasts – not even active competitors – the amount of data they’re collecting now, from Strava and any of those programs, it’s massive. They are waiting for it. Headborne is just a natural place to put it. Luckily at Oakley, we’re in that space.”
“If I had a dream about that scenario – when I’m out mountain biking in Colorado, I actually want to see the mountains, while having a piece of technology that can be as elegant and unobtrusive as possible but give me all the trail information and everything I need.”
“Any sport with data, metrics or some sort of real-time information is within our realm of opportunity,” adds Saylor.
“The future for us,” says Calilung, “is deciding what the vast majority of our users are going to do and then making our UI modular or offering some form of hardware modularity or customisability. That’s the only way you can do it.”
“A sports enthusiast could use their eyewear for running, cycling or playing golf. I don’t want that person to necessarily have a golf glass – I want them to have our performance glass.”
Saylor agrees: “If you want to go for a run and you want music, you should have music. If another day, you don’t care about metrics, you shouldn’t be burdened with AR and monitors or whatever creates the metrics. But if you’re him (points to Calilung) and what matters is power output or energy consumption – he’s going to have the experience he wants.”
The newest way to study fish? How about a wearable submarine! Via The Verge.
The six-and-a-half foot tall, 530-pound aluminum suit looks like something out of an action movie. In reality it has an entirely different — and more intriguing — purpose. Come this summer, scientists will be using the suit, known as the Exosuit, to dive up to 1,000 feet into the ocean with the aim of collecting and studying bioluminescent fish. At such extreme depths, despite almost no visible light, a bounty of mysterious, glowing fish thrive. And with the Exosuit, scientists will observe these fish like never before.
The Exosuit itself is the latest “atmospheric diving system” — a term for suits that protect the operator in a bubble of hospitable conditions. That means divers using a suit like this feel the same pressure that you and I do here on the surface of the planet, and they don’t have to be placed in a decompression chamber immediately after a dive.
Such suits have existed for over a hundred years — early models looked more like a Big Daddy than the Exosuit — but this latest version is lighter and allows for more precise movements. That’s thanks to 18 rotary joints, highlighted in red, that allow the diver to maneuver their arms and legs. And despite the suit’s size, “it’s basically effortless to pilot in the water,” according to the American Museum of Natural History’s dive safety officer Michael Lombardi, who’s trained with the system and will be conducting the deep-sea dives later this year. A diver could technically swim with his limbs in the suit, but it’s equipped with four 1.6 horsepower thrusters that assist with movement. The Exosuit is also safer and more capable than prior models: it’s connected by a tether to a boat on the surface, but it carries enough battery power and oxygen to keep the diver alive underwater for 50 hours.
I’ve been a fan of Seinfeld for a long time. After purchasing the Oculus rift I started imagining what my first project might be. I decided to pick a project that would gradually introduce me to Unity without being overly complex. I was not new to 3D modeling, however this would be my first project in Unity. I came up with the idea of recreating Jerry’s apartment, in it’s entirety for virtual reality. Television is virtual reality in some ways. We make believe that Jerry’s place is actually a Manhattan studio and Monks Cafe is just down the street. We suspend the reality that his apartment is just a set in Hollywood, with tons of cameras and lighting dangling overhead. I thought it would be a novel virtual reality experience to take a place that only exists in Hollywood magic, and make it for the Oculus Rift as if it were real. Virtual Reality Virtual Reality.
This will be pretty pervasive soon, explore movie sets and TV shows with Rifts.
Upgrade Google Glass with your own frames using a 3D Printed adapter.
A new pair of Google Glass frames will set you back over 200 bucks, but we can 3D print an adapter for under 1 dollar in material.
Using a T5 Screwdriver, we can easily detach the frames from Glass. Just remove the screw next to the eye sensor. It’s right below the picture button. Lightly pull out the right temple and slide out the frame!
Our clip allows you to adjust Glass in and out of your field of view!
Join Becky Stern and friends every week as we delve into the wonderful world of wearables, live on YouTube. We’ll answer your questions, announce a discount code for the Adafruit store, and explore wearable components, techniques, special materials, and projects you can build at home! Ask your wearables questions in the comments, and if your question is featured on a future episode, you’ll be entered to win the show giveaway!
I updated to the WS2812, got our own PCB’s printed up, and made this. There is the same amount of negative space as there is PCB, and the light only throws forwards, so you can see through it perfectly well. Also, because they PCB is mostly fibreglass, it bent into the half cylinder really easily. This thing is insanely bright. We modified the Pixel Invaders software to be able to send to the 2812 (as it has no clock pin) using a teensey using the adafruit library.
In one of the earliest pieces of evidence pointing to Apple’s push into the fitness and health monitoring field, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted the company a patent for a biometric headphone system that can sense a variety of metrics including temperature, heart rate and perspiration levels.
Claiming priority over a provisional patent application filed for in 2007, Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,655,004 for a “Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds and/or headsets” proves the company has been investigating integrated activity monitors for at least six years.
According to the patent, the fitness monitoring system is cleverly ensconced in a set of headphones, something users commonly wear to listen to music during workouts. By positioning the headset in or near the ear, the embedded activity sensor can pick up temperature, perspiration and heart rate data, among other metrics.
In addition to skin-based readings, an accelerometer may also be incorporated into the earbud chassis to facilitate the collection of accurate movement data. Some embodiments call for multiple accelerometers, each corresponding to a different axis.
Essentially, this is the core of the situation is SMD LEDs. I got two strands of thick enameled copper wire long enough to go from one side of the sunglasses lenses to the other, and allow it to go over the bridge connection. I marked one along its length with a sharpie, and wound them together, except for the two sections that would hold the LED’s. It is important to keep these sections straight. Then, I pinned them down to my work desk with a hard drive magnet (my desk is steel), but otherwise just make sure the whole arrangement is very well secured with something heavy.
The difficult part is stripping off the enamel along both of the straight sections, and opening the straight sections enough to allow a 3mm SMD LED to go between. As the LED’s have a raised perspex box, and a flat metal foot underneath, you can use the spring tension of the wires to pinch the block of the LED in place to make it easier to solder. Press them in between the wires, face down. You must have a very steady hand. Put one in, making sure to get the polarity correct from the printing on the back of the LED, and then solder one point then the other. Once you have one in, the others will be easier. You must be careful not to hold the heat to each one too long, as they are going in directly next door to one another, it’s easy to remelt the previous one.
Once you’ve done both sides, trim the excess wire off each end. Solder two multistrand insulated wire to one point, enough length to the middle of which ever arm of the sunglasses you prefer to have the battery on. Solder a side mounting CR2032 battery clip to the end, test for duds, bad solders, or LED’s that are the wrong way round. if this is all ok, thread varying sizes of heatshrink onto the end. As you can see in this image, I began with large heatshrink and went down in size over the one before it, to make sure it’s nice and secure, and looks good. Cut two strips of black opaque plastic to glue onto the backs of the led strips, to prevent any stray light annoying your eyes, then glue the strips into place.
I also made a version of this that requires no sunglasses, but it is more unwieldy… the benefit is that the bright light seems to be coming right out of your eyes.
Finally, I did also experiment with the smallest SMD led’s i could find, 1mm. i soldered these onto individual threads of copper from a multicore CAT5 cable. Using these and spirit gum, you can use LED’s as a cosmetics element. Unfortunately the wire isn’t enameled, so you have to be very careful when gluing it to skin not to cross the wires.
One day I’ll actually make sure i’m on my computer for the show and tell, I have a really big project i’ve been wanting to share for ages.
Technology allows us to wear prescription glasses and put on wrist watches. Without giving these devices much thought, once they are on, we are hardly aware of them. The same philosophy underpins today’s advanced wearable technologies.
In a special edition of Click from the BBC’s Radio Theatre, Gareth Mitchell charts the evolution of wearable technologies such as Google Glass, life-logging cameras and Sixth Sense gestural interfaces.
These devices suggest a future where you will not have to disrupt social interactions with invasive technology (such as a hand-held mobile phone) because you will have ambient awareness of your surroundings.
Click is joined by a panel of experts to discuss whether a world of augmented reality through wearable technologies is near and achievable or far away and fanciful. And finally, is it desirable or inevitable?
The other panelists were:
(Sandy) Alex Pentland (remote from MIT in Boston)
Lasse Wasserman – senior programmer for Google Glass
Atau Tanaka – musician based at Goldsmith College (using his Biomuse system)
Michele Danjoux – dance choreographer
Francesca Rosella – creative director at Cute Circuit
Being connected is a very important subject in our contemporary society. We are no longer capable of being without a cell phone for even one hour. Especially during festivals we like to stay connected so we can know where our friends are and what the latest updates are. In these off-grid situations solar-energy makes a perfect resource. One hour of sunlight on our planet is comparable with the quantity of energy that humanity uses in a whole year. The enormous potential of this sustainable resource is what inspired us to start the ‘Wearable Solar’ project. The team of Wearable Solar is a multi-disciplinary team, which collectively researches and explores the possibilities of this solar technique. The results are wearable technology as garments, applications in clothing, accessories and textiles.
The team consists of: Pauline van Dongen (Fashion designer specialised in wearable technology) Christiaan Holland (Projectleader Gelderland valoriseert from the HAN) Bart Huydts (Projectleader Gelderland valoriseert from Artez) Gert Jan Jongerden (Business developer solar-energy)