Tech Trends: Wearables

gfh fitbitGail Eddy, Nederland.  I ambled down the rabbit hole and stumbled across this old article from 2008.  In the article, they look at futuristic devices introduced in movies and show how those ideas have come to fruition in 2008.

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There’s the Youtube video of the transformer cell phone.  There’s the hoverboard and another Youtube.
Then there’s this poor substitute for the universal translator/ babel fish and its cringe-worthy video.

The only gadget from the movies that has really taken off is the wrist watch communicator.  In just the past few years, watches that alert you to phone calls and texts, track your heart rate, and allow you to search the Internet, have evolved into wearables worth the investment.

Aside from the FitBit and the Apple Watch, other wearable gadgets available today include:

* Thync: The first wearable for relaxation and energy.  The Thync works by signaling nerves on the head and neck to act on the brain’s adrenaline system. These nerves then activate your body’s natural state of Energy or Calm.

* There are the Blacksocks Plus. These are truly wearables with a twist!  From their website:
“Imagine your phone could communicate with your socks. Your phone would know:
* which socks belong together,and could help sort them out,
* how often you have washed your socks,
* when your socks were produced,
* when you ordered your socks and
* when your socks were dispatched.
* Your iPhone can also tell you if your black socks are no longer properly black and help you buy new socks.”

If only they could tell you if it was the washer or dryer that stole one of your socks!

Coming out later this year are Jewelbots.  http://jewelbots.com/ This adorable bracelet is aimed at teaching young girls to code.  The gender gap among boys and girls in science and engineering classes continues to widen, and the number of technical jobs continue to increase.  Getting our girls interested in the sciences at a young age, and keeping their interest through high school and college is so important!

Jewelbots is just one step on this path.  For more info on this issue, check out https://girlswhocode.com/about-us/#the-problem

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