Have you heard about computer clothing or wearable computers? It is a miniature device that is worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. These are also known as wearable computers, body-borne computers or wearables. This technology is developed for general or special purpose technologies and media development.
The main feature of wearable computer technology is its consistency. As a matter of fact There will be a constant interaction between the computer and user. So there is no need to turn the device on or off. Another feature of this technology is the ability to multi-task. Also This device will work as an extension of user’s mind and/or body.
The physical environment of wearable computers is user’s skin, hands, voice, eyes, arms, as well as motion or attention.
Now let us have a look on the applications of this technology.
- Sensor integration.
- Behavioral modeling.
- Health care monitoring systems.
- Service management.
- Mobile phones.
- Electronic textiles.
- Fashion design etc.
The wearable computing technology leads to the development of Rehabilitation Engineering, Ambulatory intervention treatment, life guard systems, and Defense wearable systems.
Currently this technology moves in standardization with IEEE, IETF and several industry groups. Moreover This leads to more interfacing under the WPAN (wireless personal area network) and the WBAN (wireless body area network) and it offer new class of designs for interfacing and networking.
Now let us have a look on the latest computer wearables.
Now Sony is selling an Android compatible wrist watch, the Sony Smart watch. It is paired with an Android phone as an additional, remote display and notification tool.
In 2013, Google glass launched their optical head mounted display (OHMD) to a test group. They plan to launch it to customers on 2014. In fact Google aims at producing a mass market ubiquitous computer which displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.0