It looks like a child’s watch, but this open source wearable, named LEWE, measures biometrics according to Bits and Pieces from the Embedded Design World. This Arduino wristband looks bulky now, but it’s merely to facilitate explaining construction.
According to Boris Landoni of OpenElectronics, the goal of Project LEWE is to leverage available tech and create a low cost platform using sensors for data collection.
“[Ultimately, everything can be] integrated into a single board or two, in a more compact fashion that can be worn thanks to a special container with a wristband.”
The current iteration of the LEWE prototype currently supports at least five functions, including:
Measuring body temperature and sweat rate
Local display of recorded data
Relaying information to a smartphone app
Sending and storing data to the cloud
Organizing data in graph form for analysis
This wristband uses a variety of shields, which are rectangular, and also uses a digital readout. It would be very interesting to see a circular version that gives biometrics through visuals, rather than numerically. This could be done with a FLORA and a Neopixel Ring, similar to the FLORA NeoGeo Watch. A temperature sensor could be incorporated that would take a reading and send the results in the form of color, or amount of Neopixels lit on the ring. A heart rate sensor could also be used with results blinking the Neopixels. Sending information is definitely the tricky hurdle. Since most shields are bulky, it may be wise to figure out a method such as an SMS module, so information could be sent as a text message to a device. Whether you attempt to do this using a traditional Arduino, or create your own version, this is definitely an exciting challenge.
Canadian company Kiwi Wearables lists their new product as, “One device, many apps”. Considering this wearable can handle gestures, as well as tracking, it has the potential to draw in-depth conclusions about a person’s life. Here’s the detail on the tiny clip with multiple uses, as seen on Epoch Times.
Kiwi Move tracks your movement, steps, and climbing action. Take it to the gym, basketball court, or the baseball field. It provides insight in to your daily life, as stated on their blog site.
Much like the Star Trek communicator, it responds to gestures. You can create your own or use the built-in detection settings. Speak with your smart appliances and control them directly with Kiwi Move, or speak directly to the Internet.
The most interesting thing about this device, besides its tiny size, is its app. It is based on a “When/Do” logic. As an example: When I visit the grocery store, do update my budget. Of course, interesting correlations might exist between the time of day that you visit the store and what else is going on in your life. Ask anyone about working late hours and craving burritos. In a sense, this clip is allowing you to be mindful of what you are doing, when you are doing it. Even if you don’t immediately see the link between the activities, you have the opportunity to view them over time and discover what is driving them. Sounds like psychological genius, but it’s really the beauty of a micro-controller. More like this, please.
This smart shirt uses textile embedded sensors making workouts trackable according to Gizmag.
French company Cityzen Sciences has won the CES 2014 Inclusive Innovation in Everyday Health award for its development of a Smart Sensing fabric woven with integral micro-sensors – these add the practical benefit of monitoring the health and fatigue levels of the wearer.
The Smart Sensing fabric reads body heat, respiration rate, heart rate, and motion through location via GPS. “The fabric can be made into any clothing; gloves, shirts, pants, you name it,” said Gilbert Reveillon, Cityzen’s international managing director.
The new smart fabric combines sensors, fabric, distributed computation, and a small battery-powered transmitter into a unit that links in real time to a smartphone. The phone runs an app that stores and analyzes data from the fabric, showing if the person wearing the garment is tired, stressed, or in the path of an imminent heart attack. Obvious applications are for people who find themselves in extreme conditions, such as athletes, first responders, and soldiers.
The shirt can perform many tasks while on the body, but there is more in store while it is off the body.
Perhaps the cleverest part of Smart Sensing fabric is still under development. Cityzen is working on a recharging system for the fabric, that receives most of its energy when the clothing is washed. This is a perfect use for a motion-driven recharging system – can you think of a better environment for collecting mechanical energy than a washing machine?