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SEAL is a waterproof necklace that essentially monitors your child and warns you if your child is drowning. The system can monitor several children at once so it can be used in a public pool setting in elite country clubs if families can afford the $150 price tag per kid.
SEAL is currently seeking 85K on Indiegogo.
There is very little information on the technology but I'm assuming it's a combination of an accelerometer to detect if the child has stopped moving as well as a water sensor that detects if the child is submerged under water for a period of time.
Besides the price point (which of course will decrease with volume), SEAL is not really designed for kids. Regardless whether or not it is ergonomically designed, it simply does not look like…Continue
Posted on May 21, 2013 at 3:53pm
The iHeart Locket relieves any tween from anxiety that her secret innermost personal thoughts will be discovered by a sibling or, even worse, a parent. The diary itself is, of course, an iPad app which can be locked and unlocked by simply pressing the lock button on the gold wearable locket.
The IOS app allows the user to customize her digital diary with a choice of paper options and stickers and record secret thoughts via digital voice recordings, images and text.
The content of the journal can also be stored in the cloud so you can revisit your childhood musings in 2050.Continue
Posted on May 20, 2013 at 4:30pm
With the launch of AOL's latest online show "Hardwired" it is evident that "wearable technology" is the tech world's latest muse. As expected, the first episode covers fitness tech: the Jawbone Up and the Adidas heart rate monitoring sports bra.
The show's host, Justine Ezarik, takes her fitness data to experts and asks the quintessential question: What does mean? And the basic answer is "You're healthy and normal." And there lies the problem with all these tracking devices. They don't really offer most of us much in terms of actionable feedback beyond pretty bar graphs. They don't educate us on how to interpret this data over time. And the motivation mechanics are weak at best. In short, the industry has focused keenly on getting the algorithms right to interpret a step from a bump in the road while driving and very little on the user experience.
I imagine that in this next year, the Fuelband, Fitbit, and Jawbone will begin to distinguish themselves not by their sensors and improvements in algorithms, but by how to make this personal data meaningful and actionable.
Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment
Organized by eTextile masters Mika Satomi, Hannah Perner-Wilson, and Meg Grant, the eTextile Summer Camp (taking place in Poncé sur le Loir, France) is an intense hands-on 5 day workshop that is not to be missed.
You will get a chance to work with some of the most talented e-textile aficionados so drop whatever you are doing and apply today!
Deadline Extended to May 20th.
The eTextile Summer Camp 2013, Call for eTextiles Practitioners!
The eTextiles Summer Camp (eTextile-summercamp.org) is a five day event that brings together expert practitioners of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry in one place to…Continue
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:00pm