Wearable Technology Vector

Every day it feels like there is a new trend brewing for us to keep up with. What is the latest news regarding social networks? How can I get the most from my website? And the most popular trend to date, what are the hottest wearable technologies, such as smart watches and fit bracelets (like Nike FuelBand) that I need to compete in my industry?

But it’s Friday, so we thought you could take a little break.

Instead of dwelling on the wearable technology that is most useful or compatible with your business, we thought we could tap into the world of wearable tech that hasn’t been talked about as frequently – the outrageous.

So go on, sit back and just enjoy some of the most shocking wearable tech we have found on the scene. And who knows, you may even learn something at the end! (wink)

1. Ping

Ping - Social Networking Garment

This item is described as “a social networking garment.”

By simply lifting up a hood, tying a bow, zipping, or buttoning, you will be giving instructions to Facebook to send a message or update your status. And if your friends send you a comment or a message back, you will be “tapped on the shoulder” by the garment to notify you.

Any customization, like what your message says or what group of friends you can message, is managed by a Facebook application. You can even customize messages based on where you are, your mood and who you are pinging. And much like your custom vibrations you set on your phone for when specific contacts message you, the application allows different tapping rhythms for different groups of people who are trying to communicate with you.

Therefore, Ping is making social networking fun and fashionable.

2. Sensoree

Sensoree Mood Sweater

This item is described as “wearable technology and interactive installations promoting extimacy or externalized intimacy.”

Working with futuristic fabrics made with sustainable materials filled with sensitive technologies, the outfit will communicate with others how you are feeling by displaying certain colors to represent different emotions.While demonstrated as a type of shirt with a scarf, the company also has a headdress, NEUROTiQ, to demonstrate brain animating fashion (a knitted, 3d printed, EEG brain sensor).

To us, it seems like a more elaborate mood ring for your head and body, but apparently it was developed in part of research to augment conditions ranging from ADHD to autism.

3. Metapaper

Metapaper - WiFi blocking wallpaper

This item is wearable technology for your walls, and is “designed to protect your wireless network from intruders…just by changing your wallpaper.”

Made from renewable resources, this wallpaper will protect you from getting your Wi-Fi stolen and strengthen the signal inside your space using selective filters of electromagnetic waves.

We weren’t sure why there is a need to buy wallpaper when you can just create a password for your service, but showing the dedication to security for your home office couldn’t be such a bad idea!

4. Hand-Tech

Hand-Tech Wearable Technology - Glove

This item is described as the “language extension glove.”

While mostly just a concept right now, the glove is believed to have the following capabilities: projection, measuring, data-exchange, voice translator for deaf-mute, and video recording. Hand-Tech is woven with special sensors and mini projectors to read the hand’s movement; the glove can use your hand’s gestures as triggers for which activity you’d like to perform.

The ability to translate sign language into a sound pattern is probably one of the most impressive features we see in this wearable device and hope to see it come to fruition soon.

5. Google Smart Contact Lens

Google Smart Contact Lens

This item is described as “a smart contact lens, to help patients manage diabetes.”

Google is coming together with the pharmaceutical company, Novartis, to create lenses that will contain a low power microchip measuring diabetics’ blood sugar levels from tear fluid on the surface of the eyeball. The system would send data to a mobile device to keep the individual (and potentially doctors) informed.

Don’t worry, they are still trying to determine how to keep the functionality of normal contact lenses if need be. The hope is to auto-focus on what people with long-sighted vision are looking at; to work much like a camera lens taking a picture. Using the Google Glass technology and combining it with the knowledge from those at Novartis’ will allow this device to help in advancing the healthcare industry.

Of course, Google is trying to keep this under wraps as much as possible, so we are unsure when these contact lenses will come available – so stay tuned!

 

Was that too much relaxation for you, our intrepid small business owners and entrepreneurs?

Never fear! Here’s one tidbit you can take away from all of this incredible technology:

Never Stop Trying to Solve a Problem.

All of these companies saw a need in the market that they thought they could fulfill. While as outrageous as these wearable technologies may seem, these companies are all taking risks to solve greater issues they find important. So whether you are in healthcare or the social media industry, don’t ever be afraid to break the mold – as crazy as your idea may be! It can benefit your community (and you) in the long run.

Did you already come up with a ground breaking idea and put it on the market?

Share your remarkable innovations in the comments below!

About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech.

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