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  Wearable Computing - Library
One of the earliest wearable computers, circa 1980.
Wearable Computing exemplified that computer and human were now seen not as separate concepts, but rather as a symbiosis.
Wearable computers have many applications centered around this concept of as well as many other exciting applications centered around the idea of immediate access to information.
about.eyetap.org /library/weekly/aa061500a.shtml   (1177 words)

 Wearable Computing - Fundamentals - Home
A wearable computer is a computer that is subsumed into the personal space of the user, controlled by the user, and has both operational and interactional constancy, i.e.
Wearable computing, however, is based on the notion that computing is NOT the primary task.
Wearable computing is a framework for enabling various degrees of each of these three fundamental modes of operation.
about.eyetap.org /fundamentals   (3916 words)

 Wearable computer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wearable computers are computers that are worn on the body.
Wearable computers are especially useful for applications that require computational support while the user's hands, voice, eyes or attention are actively engaged with the physical environment.
Depending on how broadly one defines both wearable and computer, the first wearable computer could be as early as the 1500s with the invention of the pocket watch or even the 1200s with the invention of eyeglasses.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wearable_computer   (1603 words)

The most fundamental issue in wearable computing is personal empowerment through its ability to equip the individual with a customizable information depot that is owned, operated and controlled by the wearer.
Wearable computing, however, is based on the idea that computing is NOT the primary task.
Wearable computing may definitely be the largest technological advancement of the century.
misnt.indstate.edu /harper/Wearable_Computers.html   (5452 words)

 Innovations @ Georgia Tech :: Wearable Computing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
For these researchers, however, a wearable computer is not just the newest gadget or high-tech status symbol, but a driving force in their computer research - how to build computer applications that make the user smarter and more efficient in completing day-to-day tasks.
Starner envisions wearable computers and their applications progressing to the point where everyone has a virtual personal assistant, similar to a corporate executive's assistant.
Starner developed his first effective wearable computer in 1993, and that first experience was so compelling that he became convinced of the power of wearable computing.
www.gatech.edu /innovations/wearable   (2367 words)

 Wearable computer system - Patent 6798391   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
This invention involves a wearable computer having computer components movably located in a collar that the user wears around his or her neck.
The feature of these prior art computers is that they permit the user to have freedom to use his or her hands for repairing or other functions while using a fully functional computer.
By "conventional computer" or "general purpose" is meant a computer having all of the components of a conventional computer, i.e., CPU, internal storage means, memory means, activation means, display controller, input/output means, peripheral connection means, etc. The general purpose computer and voice activated computer of this invention is the type disclosed in U.S. Pat.
www.freepatentsonline.com /6798391.html   (2953 words)

 Wearable Computing at the MIT Media Lab
Wearable computing hopes to shatter this myth of how a computer should be used.
A person's computer should be worn, much as eyeglasses or clothing are worn, and interact with the user based on the context of the situation.
He has successfully demonstrated a wearable using two accelerometers and microphone that is capable of classifying the wearer's state and context along dimensions including "Location, Posture, Speech, and Event".
www.media.mit.edu /wearables   (604 words)

 CHI 97: The Design of a Wearable Computer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Wearable computers are often viewed as small versions of desk top computers.
All of the evaluations of the various wearable computers described in this section were of this informal type and were based on student and visitor feedback given to builders of the system.
From the computer perspective, however, it is new to have it be the primary input device.
www.acm.org /turing/sigs/sigchi/chi97/proceedings/paper/ljb1.htm   (5823 words)

 University of Oregon - Wearable Computing Laboratory
Our focus is the design, development and evaluation of wearable and mobile computing technology for facilitating and augmenting human collaboration.
This project investigates the use of cutting-edge mobile and wearable computing technology to assist people during social face-to-face encounters in the real world: when people meet on the way to the office, in the elevator, or at the grocery store.
This workshop is co-organized by the Wearable Computing Lab and will be held on November 16, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
www.cs.uoregon.edu /research/wearables   (251 words)

 MITRE - News and Events - MITRE Publications - The MITRE Digest - Archives - 2002 - Wearable Computer Displays Provide ...
Wearable computer displays may one day become a standard piece of attire.
Without having to look at a wall- mounted computer display or touch a keyboard, a tower controller could learn volumes about incoming and outgoing planes—such as flight numbers and descent information—using a mobile display unit that overlays information right on the airplane the controller is looking at.
With a wearable computer display—a small, smart device that's connected to information from the outside world—firefighters, soldiers, air traffic controllers, or anybody in need of information anytime or anywhere could get data necessary to save money, save time, and save lives.
www.mitre.org /news/digest/archives/2002/wearable_computer.html   (1369 words)

 Wearable Computing Resource   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
It has an accelerometer, a force sensor, and a motion tracker, and its developers believe it'll hit the market in three years, which is admirably conservative–usually researchers predict (and it's always hubris) that they're only one year away from their first Ferrari.
The ePI Lab, associated with the University of Toronto, is a computer vision and intelligent image processing research lab focused on the area of personal imaging, mediated reality and wearable computers.
Researchers are developing wearable devices to make everyday life easier, and they say portable mini-computers and electrical generators are trends with staying power.
www.redwoodhouse.com /wearable   (1541 words)

 Computer, February 1997 - Cybersquare
The computer screen, which also serves as a viewfinder, is visible at all times and performs multimodal computing (text and images).
This new approach to computing arose from my interest in the visual arts--particularly still-life and landscape imaging in which multiple exposures of a static scene could be combined and illuminated by a variety of light sources.
A computer that is constantly attentive to our environment may develop situational awareness, perceptual intelligence, and an ability to see from the wearer's perspective and thereby assist in day-to-day activities.
wearcam.org /ieeecomputer/r2025.htm   (4230 words)

 21st Century Technology - Wearable Computing
Wearable computing facilitates a new form of human-computer interaction comprising a small body-worn computer (e.g.
The most salient aspect of computers, in general, (whether wearable or not) is their reconfigurability and their generality, e.g.
in embodiments of wearable computing that are actually articles of clothing in direct contact with our flesh, it may also be able to make measurements of various physiological quantities.Wearable computing is a framework for enabling various degrees of each of these three fundamental modes of operation.
www.21stcentury.co.uk /technology/wearable_computing.asp   (1618 words)

 LXE’s Rugged HX2 Arm-Wearable Computer Frees Hands for Improved Productivity; HX2 Computer Significantly Improves ...
The HX2 computer is a small, light-weight data collection computer designed to be worn on an operator’s arm or waist so that both hands are free to more effectively and efficiently perform warehouse inventory moves, including piece picking to carts, containers or conveyers; case picking; parcel moves; and broken case activities.
For a wearable computer to be embraced by the market it has to be both comfortable and easy to use.
The compact HX2 wearable computer has an extraordinarily bright and crisp color display for easy viewing in any lighting conditions and from any angle – no longer is there a need for the wearable computer to be “front and center” to be read.
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/10/prweb450130.htm   (947 words)

 Wearable computing comes off the peg - 27 July 2001 - New Scientist
Wearable computers could become more than a curiosity with the launch of a system for the mass market.
The miniature computer will be powered by Hitachi's new 128 MHz RISC processor, providing power close to that of a desktop computer.
Wearable computers been the preserve of hobbyists and computer science researchers for a number of years.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn1086   (283 words)

 O'Reilly -- Wearable Computers
Wearables are a classic case of the hackers showing us where technology will take the everyday consumer all too soon.
And that is how future wearable computers will insinuate themselves into our lives: gradually, as fashion rather than gadgets, and purchased at Abercrombie and Fitch and not Radio Shack.
Wearable computers will have to integrate into our clothing seamlessly--and I really do mean without seams--so it doesn't look like we're going to a "Star Trek" convention every time we step outside.
www.oreilly.com /pub/a/oreilly/ask_tim/2002/wearables_0602.html   (794 words)

 Ripley -- a Linux-based wearable computer
The Ripley wearable computer project was born in 1999 with the purpose of allowing us to liberate ourselves from the desktop computer.
While using a wearable computer as a mobile version of a general purpose PC is a liberating experience, the power of a wearable computer can be put to greater use.
When not attached to any type of computer, he can be found teaching martial arts, racing snowboards and mountain bikes, and finding more room in the house for his growing collection of obsolete computers.
www.linuxdevices.com /articles/AT8144626322.html   (1424 words)

 EETimes.com - Darpa kick starts wearable computer initiative
Developers on both sides of the fence are hailing the effort as breathing life into a nascent market for wearable computers that to date has been focused on a relatively small opportunity: shrinking PC-like architectures for mobile workers in a handful of vertical industries.
At a conference on wearable computers in New York this past week, some observers estimated that market sold no more than 2,000 systems valued at $20 million last year.
Other wearable-systems makers, such as Xybernaut Corp., have been designing and testing wearables with users for several years and are just now seeing their first revenue.
www.eetimes.com /story/OEG20011101S0054   (1687 words)

 Wearable computer maker chooses Crusoe
Wearable computer-maker Via chose the Crusoe chip because it offers low power and low heat requirements, while still offering the processing power to run applications that mobile workers might use, Via President Ed McConaghay said in a statement.
Early versions of the Crusoe-based wearable computers are already being used by the U.S. Military Police in field tests at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
The Via computers being tested by the Army weigh less than 1 pound not including the battery, use a 600MHz Crusoe chip, and can be controlled by voice or the click of a mouse on a officer's belt, he said.
www.infoworld.com /articles/hn/xml/00/11/09/001109hnvia.html   (923 words)

 Java Ring: A Wearable Computer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The JavaRing is a tiny wearable computer with 6 kilobytes of RAM.
Six K may not sound like much, but it is 20 percent more memory than the first computer I ever used (back in high school in 1973): an ancient (even at the time) Danish second-generation computer called Gier.
The key issue about a wearable computer is not whether it is a ring or another form factor: the deciding point is that you will always have it with you.
www.useit.com /papers/javaring.html   (310 words)

 Wired News: That Computer Looks Great on You
The idea of the wearable computer evokes scary thoughts of sci-fi super-soldiers, intelligent cyborgs and an always-on government tracking its citizens.
The Wearable Computer GroupM at Carnegie Mellon maps the body, looking for the parts that rarely move no matter what the motion.
One of the most talked-about wearable computers is NTT DoCoMo's cell phone Whisper, which is still in development.
www.wired.com /news/technology/0,1282,50975,00.html   (701 words)

 Wearables Central
Wearable Power/Price/Performance Calculator: This is a *VERY* experimental wearable design calculator.
Wearable Showcase: See some of the wearable computers people have built, with links to instructions and detailed specifications
Wearables Central was created on July 10, 1998 to act as an archive for the newly founded Usenet Newsgroup comp.sys.wearables and an archive for the mailing list Wear-Hard@haven.org, which is a nexus of a great deal of discussion on wearables and wearable computing.
wearables.blu.org   (364 words)

 gizmag Article: Hands-free, voice-directed wearable computer for extreme environments
Featuring IP-54 sealing rating and the ability to withstand four foot drops to concrete across a range of operating temperatures, the new WT4000 wearable mobile computer system is built to withstand the rigors of everyday use in the most demanding environments including dusty warehouse floors and cold storage freezers.
The RS309 wearable scanner delivers a wide scan range for workers picking items to fill orders in the warehouse, and also provides protection from condensation when moving between freezer and non-freezer environments.
The WT4000 series of wearable mobile computers are eligible for Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage, which significantly reduces unforeseen repair expenses by covering accidental damage to displays, keypads, and other internal and external components at no extra charge.
www.gizmag.com /go/6303   (936 words)

MIThril, the next generation research platform for context aware wearable computing.
MIThril is a next-generation wearables research platform developed by researchers at the MIT Media Lab.
Through the application of human factors, machine learning, hardware engineering, and software engineering, the MIThril team is constructing a new kind of computing environment and developing prototype applications for health, communications, and just-in-time information delivery.
www.media.mit.edu /wearables/mithril   (329 words)

 Charmed Technology
The next qualitative change to the Internet and computing will be the move to wireless wearable devices.
All are either `open standards', available for inexpensive licensing, or have been developed and patented at the MIT Media Lab.
Hardware allies in this plan include Intel, which sees Internet and wireless-enabled computer chips as their future, and Lucent, which has staked its future on building the wireless communications hardware for this vision of the future.
www.charmed.com /company1.htm   (774 words)

 Eurotech offers an innovative wearable computer for indoor and outdoor tasks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Eurotech's wearable WWPC means user-centric ubiquitous computing: contents can be shared and services accessed anywhere thanks to the integrated GPS receiver and wireless extended infrastructure.
The high wearability of the design allows flexible positioning and easy fastening to the arm (even over working clothes), assuring an ideal weight distribution and the best comfort at work.
Thanks to a low-power configurable system and to a dual Li-polymer battery pack, correct operation is guaranteed for long periods of time and for power-consuming tasks.
www.eurotech.com /EN/innovation.aspx?pg=wearable   (291 words)

 Wearable Computer Lab Projects
Augmented reality is the overlaying of computer generated information onto the real world.
Instead of using a full-blown miniature computer as most previous projects we use a client/server approach similar as the one used in X terminals.
The Wearable Computer Lab has recently started up a spin-off company A_Rage Pty Ltd from the University of South Australia.
wearables.unisa.edu.au /projects.php   (634 words)

 UniSA - Wearable Computer Lab
The Tinmith Project is based in the Wearable Computer Lab, part of the School of Computer and Information Science at the University of South Australia.
The Wearable Computer Lab performs research in a number of areas, mostly wearable computers, augmented reality, and virtual reality.
The WCL is home to the Tinmith project, the main component of Wayne Piekarski's PhD thesis, under the supervision of Dr Bruce Thomas.
www.tinmith.net /wearable.htm   (440 words)

 CharmIT Pro Wearable Computer - PCSTATS.com
The concept behind the CharmIT Pro wearable computer is one that follows along with the open source programming community closely, but in this case with hardware instead of software code.
Charmed actually have most of the plans required to build the CharmIT Pro available on their website, so if you happen to be a technophile looking to make your own "wearable" computer this may be a good kit to consider.
Single board computers are commercially available, so you could source out the products and build your own system, but it is interesting to see CharmIT bring the components, and the ideals of open source to a project such as this.
www.pcstats.com /articleview.cfm?articleID=1061   (621 words)

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