Tag Archives: wearables

Smartest Smart Watches; Wearables and Surveillance

We are back at last with a new podcast episode! This time around, Cathi Bond wants to talk smart watches. Undeniably a huge trend, with Apple Watch, Pebble, Android Wear, and more. Cathi talks about a new entry, the Puls 'smart cuff', brought to you by Will.i.am of Black-Eyed Peas fame. It has the notable feature of not requiring you to have your smart phone nearby. She also mentioned the very cool TinyScreen project, which you can hack as you like, or use it out of the box, as a watch, video screen, or gaming device (via Gizmag). Nora mentions her colleague, Dan Misener's recent column on the creepily named but practical "Skin Buttons" project, for using your arm as the input interface for those tiny little wearable devices. Meanwhile, still on the topic of wearables, Nora Young mentions this New Scientist article about the use of wearable in the workplace, in some cases just to encourage fitness, but in other cases used as part of coordinating the actual work flow. Nora wonders: if employers can already monitor what you do on work-supplied computers and phones, can surveillance via wearables be far behind?

The Sniffer, July 5, 2013: Trends in Wearables and Architecture

Happy summer, trendwatchers! This time around, Nora Young talks about this intriguing analysis by Tom Emrich over at Techvibes. If Apple's iOS7 is looking to be more compatible with wearables, is it yet another sign that wearable, single purpose devices are taking off? The buzz around Pebble, FuelBand, FitBit, not to mention Google Glass or Muse, seems to suggest so. Do you use wearable tech, or do apps do it for you? Cathi Bond returns to one of her fave topics: sustainable, inexpensive mini-homes. This time, it's the FoundHOUSE, currently hoping to raise some Kickstarter dosh to support $5,000 mobile homes at less than 150 square feet. It's also taking advantage of a very cool project called WikiHouse: Creative Commons' licensed building plans. Finally, Nora tips the hat to Cathi's excellent sniffing skills, which she's talked about before. The New York Times is reporting on the new trend of 'nest' architecture (or "twigitechture"). Does the appeal go back to our primordial selves settling in trees, as Janine Benyus suggests in the article? Did you build huts, nests, or tree-houses when you were young? Is there something primordial about the way Cathi's dog, Roo, scratches the carpet at the end of the episode?