San Francisco The question of whether wearables, so wearable technologies that could be “next big thing”, surprised Daniel Gonzales clearly. For a few seconds the young man with the already slightly grizzled Jimi Hendrix hairstyle do not know what to say until he says amused and with a slight shake of his head: “They’re a long time.”
Gonzales’s top executives at California’s business incubator NestGSV and has just named the winner of the “Wearable hackathons”. In this competition, participants have 24 hours time to teach an existing device new functions. The winners have a “Driving tracker” developed from a SmartWatch, so an intelligent wristwatch: The clock radios road and driving style of a motorist on an app that can check the about parents if their child has arrived safely at the destination
On this day, twelve other groups presented their ideas at NestGSV. They range from smart eyewear for diabetics, measure the sugar content of the food while eating, to sensors in shoes that combine the walking speed with the music player.
Neil Harbisson is considered the first cyborg of the world, a hybrid of living organism and machine. The Catalan has a chip installed in the back of his head, which is connected to a color sensor next to his eye. It allows him to hear colors.
Harbisson is completely color blind since birth, he sees everything in black and gray shades. Thanks to the electronic sensor can now more different colors than the human eye. In 2010 he founded the Foundation cyborg.
Also, the Canadian computer scientist Steve Mann is one of the first of its kind, the professor at the University of Toronto is known as the father of wearable computers. He carries himself for years a device that is intended to improve his sight, without medical necessity. So far, his inventions were always pure research objects
Now man has developed a device that could be marketable. EyeTap. It is worn in front of the eye and mixes the light rays that hit the eye with artificially generated. Unlike glasses, such as Google Glass, which are more a miniature projector in front of the eye, EyeTap can change what the user sees.
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, is intended to have at least an additional benefit, thought the U.S. company Proteus Digital Health, the collaborates among others, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. It develops pills which in addition to the remedies additionally a small sensor in itself. He should give the patient feedback on how he tolerates the drug and whether he really takes it regularly. This will also help care for family members.
The company provides Vancive under the name Metria forth an intelligent patch that in addition to physical activities among other things, measures the blood pressure. It is offered by Deutsche Telekom in collaboration with Medisana. The data is stored on the Internet and should help the physician to better assess habits of the patients and give advice.
Even industry giant Google does not want to miss the trend. The U.S. company has announced the beginning of the year to work on contact lenses, which can measure the blood sugar levels of diabetics by sensors. The Group has already patented an electronic tattoo that can be associated with smartphones.
Most of these inventions, it will probably never get to market. But that is what neither the participants nor the organizers. They want to show why the topic Wearables in Silicon Valley is currently omnipresent. The technique has become easy, cheap, easy to program – and the application possibilities are endless
About Google Glass, the intelligent eyes of U.S. Group, which is brought into Germany almost immediately with wearables in conjunction, many developers are shaking your head here. A prominent name, much too invasive. They have long since moved on to other options.
The market research firm Gartner predicts that by 2017, 268 billion mobile apps were downloaded and create over $ 77 billion in sales. Half of the interactions with the apps is thereby pass on wearables.According to a study by the U.S. market researcher Transparency revenue is with the portable devices of 750 million dollars in 2012 to about 5.8 billion in 2018 increase. Analysts at Juniper Research even go from $ 19 billion in the same year.