Intelligent Wearables: Two Views – 1998 & 2015
It is interesting to watch how perceptions are changing . Here is an example – please, read current view Kevin McDermott, Director of IoT segment marketing, Imagination Technologie, that is provided by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and 1998 Scientific American story “Wearable Intelligence”
by Alex P. Pentland Copyright 1998 Scientific American, Inc.
Miniature computers built into clothes, shoes and eyeglasses may become the “smartest” new fashion accessories.
Research on intelligence is mostly about investigating how brains work or building intelligent machines or creating “smart” environments such as a house that can identify and track its occupants. But what about making people smarter? To accomplish this goal, one can consider biochemistry or bioimplants, but the easiest way to improve intelligence is by augmenting the items we wear all the time—glasses, wristwatches, clothes and shoes—with miniature computers, video displays, cameras and
microphones. These high-tech “wearables,” which are being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, can extend one’s senses, improve memory, aid the wearer’s social life and even help him or her stay calm and collected.
In the near future, the trend-setting professional may wear several small devices, perhaps literally built into their clothes. A person “dressed for success” in this manner may appear to have a fantastic memory, to be amazingly knowledgeable and to have powers of detection and deduction second only to
Sherlock Holmes. These wearable intelligence devices can enhance one’s “memory” by providing instant access to books, digitized maps, calendars and various databases; providing wireless connections to the Internet and e-mail; and boosting one’s awareness with various sensors.
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Active Intelligent Wearables
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) November 18, 2015
Sensors for wearables and IoT markets must interpret data and give it meaning in order to drive decision making. They must include advanced algorithms for pattern recognition, prediction and analytics, along with sensor fusion to reduce errors and noise.
Wearables have entered the healthcare market as informal advisors. Initial devices such as monitors are useful and can be incorporated into a user’s wellness plan. But can heart rate monitors assist in critical situations?
We usually rely on first responders to deal with critical emergency situations who are forced to manage critical events with partial and perhaps incomplete information. For example, a group of paramedics responding to an emergency may find themselves in a scenario with multiple patients perhaps in different locations and not in direct line of sight. Traditional walkie-talkie style radio communication can help, but does not provide a complete picture.
Devices such as personal heart rate and movement monitors can alert teams to individual members’ status, indicating when back-up resources might be required. This targeted, location-based communication can help avoid broadcasting messages that distract the rest of the team and management of resources.
Building Intelligence Into Sensor Platforms
As we enter a world of active intelligence from all things inanimate around us, wearable technology is no longer a mere fashion statement. It needs to offer relevant, timely and concise information to users, instead of a deluge of data points. Whether it’s a smart wrist band or sensors embedded in shoes or clothing, future designs must incorporate intelligence and context to take the human-to-device experience to a whole new level.
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