Wearable technology or fashion electronics are the clothing and accessories combined with computers, advanced electronics and technology. This concept indicates practical functional features but is highly critical.
Wearable technology is in close resemblance with ubiquitous computing and wearable computers. Like the ubiquitous computing, the wearable technology also uses the concept of technology for day to day life. First of this kind was calculator watch introduced during the year 1980. Later Ilya Fridman designed the Bluetooth head phones in the form of earrings which was having the hidden microphones, then came the SPY TIE with video camera and USB gloves which keeps the hands warm when plugged in. wearable technology can be used applications for athletes in monitoring and providing real time feedback. Decreased cost of processing and other electronic devices is boosting this concept.
Sony Ericsson has hosted a competition in collaboration with London College of fashion technology to design digital clothing and the winner was a cocktail dress with Bluetooth which lights up when call is received. Zach "Hoeken Smith" invented keyboard pants. Digital eyewear with heads up display (HUD) is under development. US military is using a headgear for soldiers which are equipped with displays.
As the concept of wearable computer has close resemblance with wearable technology, it is needed to be discussed. These are the miniature electronic devices worn by the user with the clothing. This type of technology was developed basically to support general and special purpose information technologies. This technology is useful incase of applications which requires more complex form of computation.
Wearable devices are consistent in nature and they don’t need to be turned off or on. They maintain a constant interaction with the user and they are capable of multitasking. These can perform action while the user is up for something else and acts as an extension of user’s mind or body.
Applications of Wearable technology/computers
There are many applications user’s eyes, voice, arms or motions etc are actively considered as a primary physical environment for operation.
This technology has feasible implied for
Sensor integration – to help people do things in better ways
Health care systems