Wearable technology, wearable devices, tech togs, or fashion electronics are clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. The designs often incorporate practical functions and features, but may also have a purely critical or aesthetic agenda.
Ideally, I think a wearable should have a single function or very small number of related functions. A great example is a popular pedometer that is only a pedometer. I wear mine every day, and it can be unobtrusively worn almost anywhere on the body and completely hidden from view.
The same company makes a device that is only worn on the wrist and adds a couple more features like the ability to count vertical steps and the ability to monitor sleep. I can't fathom how sleep patterns relate to activity level measured in steps, and it seems to me that the sleep monitoring feature was added primarily because the developers found that it could be added at little to no exta cost -- not because active walkers & joggers were also keenly interested in monitoring their sleep.
You make a point. I think as long as the number of functions that you want is small (less than four say), then it makes sense to have them separate. On the other hand, there are some features that it makes sense to combine. For instance a step counter could include a timer or stop watch or some other exercise related feature. On the other hand, combining a camera with a step counter wouldn't be as useful because you would likely want to wear them in different positions.
I completely buy the argument that you don't want your wearable cluttered with too many features - kind of llike a spork except much less useful. BUT I don't exactly want to wearing a proliferation of wearables - one for steps, one for blood pressure, one for camera taking...my goodness we'd all be completely loaded down!
Not everyone misunderstood the action-sports camera market.
Check out Ronald Foster's invention of the completely integrated helmet camera. US6,819,354 filed June 2000. Gives him the method and apparatus now seemingly in the most advanced GoPro HERO3+ Black where a cell phone / app became his remote terminal. This was a marketing guy. Maybe he surfed.
lcovey - I agree with that. I think it's good and vauable for the hobby and DIY world to experiement with crazy ideas that may not have any real use, but when a company is selling something, they have a responsiblity to their customers to sell devices with actual valuable uses.
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