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SXSWi Trends: Wear Your Tech!

2013 March 12
by Katherine Adelberg

I have been hearing a lot at 2013 South By Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) about the use of tech to create wearable art, and also hearing about the use of computers, sensors and data gathering in wearable technology.  Here are just some of the hot items being talked about:

On the SXSWi personal health front, there has been a lot of discussion about physical activity monitors like the Nike FuelBand, Jawbone’s UP monitor and, in particular, the newly-released Basis health tracker.  The Basis wrist band is intriguing – it looks like a wristwatch, but is part pedometer, part heart rate and skin temperature monitor, part sleep tracker, and more.  The large amount of new sensor technology in the Basis band offers a step beyond basic physical activity trackers, and allows users to analyze their personal data patterns. Basis users can leverage their detailed personal profile data, gathered continuously, to make a series of small lifestyle changes that could improve their individual health.

Google Glass is a wearable computer that looks similar to a pair of lens-less glasses, with a head-mounted display (HMD).  The wearable computer is being developed by Google as part of their Project Glass research and development push.  Users issue voice commands by first saying “ok glass”, then their command, or they can scroll through the options using a finger along the side of the device.

For fashionistas in love with the new desktop 3D printing movement, Ping Fu of Geomagic showed off a pair of red shoes, designed by Janne Kyttanen of 3D Systems, and printed off/manufactured on a desktop 3D printer.  The shoes were designed to include a pocket for an iPhone.

More to come from 2013 SXSWi!

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