Wearable Computing

Since Steve Mann prototyped the first traditional perception of a Wearable Computer in the early 1980’s the idea of integrating computers on the human body and clothing has grown into the development of a lot of new and innovative products. The idea behind wearable computing is continuous availability and increased ease of operation. Ubiquitous computing is one of the key definitions of wearable computer applications.

Ubiquitous computing means that the user interacts with computers with the purpose of focusing on the application alone, where the computing device/platform itself is in an “invisible” state to the user. This means that the user is much more focused on the task at hand than on the technology assisting him.

 

Woman wearing Google Glass

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Smaller, lighter and more powerful

In the last five years, wearable computers have melted with the handheld device industry. Smartphones and Tablets’s has become powerful and functional enough to perform a lot of the tasks that originally demanded a lot bulkier and dedicated hardware. Although a mobile phone is not “belt worn” with a tethered Head mounted display as the traditional perception of a wearable computer is, the research communities all agree that mobile phones indeed are wearable computers. In fact you could define the first wearable computer as being the the Wrist Watch using today’s definitions of a wearable computer.

Hands Free Operation

The Orbit X and Impact X can both be regarded as wearable devices, compact and lightweight enough to be worn constantly by the user, without disturbing other tasks this user might be performing. The Impact X Intrinsically Safe Smartphone has a neck strap and wrist cradle function that enables the user to show the remote party his field of view without holding the device. The Orbit X Explosion Proof Wi-Fi camera takes wearability to the next step, by offering a helmet worn full HD SIP-enabled codec weighing less than 100 grams. This makes the technology fully adaptable to any wearable application, from military application to law enforcement and airplane service technicians.