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EZCO
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Wearable Devices
EZCO   7/26/2013 2:25:41 PM
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Wearable Devices are coming for sure. In fact I predict in all industrial and medical fields.

The problems we will face will be more about teaching people how to use them on a daily basis.

Therefore the difficulities will be in training our customer service personnel to handle our phone calls and emails, etc.

Customer Service will become more paramount as we continually enhance the products with new technologies.

Joe Pamelia, CEO

EZ COURSES.ORG LLC

Prescott, AZ

ezcourses.org@gmail.com

http://www.ezcourses.org

rick merritt
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Re: Where's the energy?
rick merritt   7/2/2013 9:11:04 AM
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Great comment!

I guess the good news is energy harvesters will have the opportunity to get lots of exercise ;-)

Charles.Desassure
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Wait and See Stage
Charles.Desassure   7/2/2013 8:41:49 AM
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I believe that wearable computing devices will become popular in the future.  For right now, I personally don't believe that wearable computing devices is well designed to be comfortable enough to be wearing around all day.   Do you remember your first audio headset?  I do, and it did not fit well on my head and the audio sound was not the best.  But today, I have a wonderful headset that fits well on my head and the audio sound is beyond outstanding.  My point is that over time wearable computing devices will improve and if there is a demand for it, you can expect it to do well in sales like mobile devices are doing today.

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Re: Where's the energy?
Jayna Sheats   7/1/2013 3:44:51 PM
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I believe part of the problem is in the efficiency of biomechanics (not only efficiency of piezoelectrics).  The SF Exploratorium had a nice demo showing that very vigorous pedaling of a stationary bike could - sort of - light up a 60W bulb.  In other words, maybe 10% efficiency (watts out/bioenergy in).  I also know that the MIT Media Lab demonstrated the shoe-based generator many years ago, but people wearing them found them tiresome. And of course the high efficiency materials are expensive.  Maybe a lot of incremental advances will overcome these hurdles.

docdivakar
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Re: Wearable Computing: Let's Get It On
docdivakar   7/1/2013 2:29:18 PM
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One of the key attributes to success in wearable computing devices is user education. Absence or deficiency thereof could pose major headaches to both consumers and service providers.

The author already touched on marketing and policy issues but the debates on this as far as the general public is concerned hasn't even begun.

Wearable computing / devices are becoming inevitable from a practical and economical point of view, the latter especially in healthcare.

MP Divakar

rick merritt
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Re: Wearable computers of the 90s
rick merritt   7/1/2013 11:43:19 AM
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Hi Brian,

Can you send me your contact via email to rick.merritt@ubm.com  I want to stay in touch with people who have some history here.

Wearable computers will be a big story theme for years to come. I think I actually interviewed someone from your former employer back in the day.

rick merritt
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Re: Where's the energy?
rick merritt   7/1/2013 11:41:00 AM
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Energy harvesting shoes fail to get traction...that's a headline! Now I just need to go research to see if there's a story behind it or not.

 

If anyone has any contacts working in the area, let me know. I suspect if there's a problem it could be we don't have the capability of harvesting/using enough energy cost effectively yet...a worthy research topic.

Brian at Impulse
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Wearable computers of the 90s
Brian at Impulse   7/1/2013 11:08:01 AM
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We worked at Virtual Vision in the 90's on a wearable computer. It was a project with Honeywell and Boeing to capture the manual for an airframe on a belt worn computer. The goggles were way klunkier than Google Glass. The solution was clever but was "looking for a problem". I.e. we had lots of clever ideas how folk would use wearable computers but at the end of the day the market decided it was not ready. Some of the same dialog comes up with google glass. I think it's cool and have seen a couple in San Francisco, but think it'll take a "killer application" to really drive it.

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Where's the energy?
MeasurementBlues   7/1/2013 2:05:06 AM
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Rick, see my blog, Human Energy.

RichQ
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Re: Where's the energy?
RichQ   7/1/2013 1:14:18 AM
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rick, I find lots of references to projects, but nothing on the market. Perhaps it's an issue of cost. But the energy harvesting shoe concept doesnt seem to have gotten any traction in the market yet.

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