Design and fashion in wearable tech devices
In the early days of lifelogging and wearable tech devices, more emphasis had been placed on the accuracy of data tracked and various other tech specifications. However, with technology advancing almost at the speed of light, we see that one of the major differentiating factors that sets apart what consumers desire and what they do not, lies actually in the design of the devices. This week, we discovered a new Kickstarter project – MEMI – wearable tech made by women, for women. MEMI is a chic iPhone-compatible smart bracelet that notifies you of important phone calls, text messages & calendar alerts. Looks pretty chic (see picture above), doesn’t it? Perhaps frustrated by how the tech industry had been pre-dominantly occupied by men, we see many ladies actively pushing for tech devices to look even more stylish and fashionable. And it’s not just the ladies who now see the importance of design. Fitbit and Lytro’s designer, Gadi Amit, also believes that wearable tech devices have to be friendly to the human body and thought a lot about how women carried things to derive his innovative designs.
DIY Cyborgs – a step too far?
This might sound a little insane, but biohacker Tim Cannon has inserted, without a doctor nor anesthetic, the first-ever computer chip implant that can record and transmit his biometrical data. Yes, you hear right. Tim is dreaming of becoming the first real Ironman ever, and has invented a device implanted under the skin that tracks and transmits vital signs, with the lofty purpose of prolonging human life. In Tim’s words, “The human body is really failing in almost every way. I want to live to be a thousand years old. I don’t want to die. I don’t understand why anybody would.” The device, known as Circadia, is even rumored to go on sale in the following months at a retail price of $500. As a word of caution though, we’d just like to say, “Kids, please do not try this at home”.
Introducing ScanZ, your pocket skin expert
ScanZ wants you to be your own acne-buster! Dubbed as the first, phone-integrated acne scanner, ScanZ allows you to scan and track your acne progress and to be in charge of what is going on under your skin, whether you are at home or on-the-go. Simply connect the device to your iPhone, scan your zit, let their acne algorithms do its job and view results of the scan on your mobile app. Interested? Check out their Indiegogo campaign here!
Airo now tracks nutrition passively
Can everything that you ever wanted to track be contained in a single device? Well, Airo sure hopes to be the only self-tracking device you’ll ever need. Besides being able to track your stress levels, sleep and exercise, Airo also boasts to be able to track both the calories you consume and the quality of your meals. This is done by using wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user’s meal. Is this something you always wanted in a self-tracking device, or are there other features you wish Airo had? Let us know in the comments below!