Monday, March 24, 2014

The Swiss Army Knife of Jackets!

Seymourpowell has designed a new smart jacket for extreme environments called Life Tech, for outdoor sportswear brand Kolon Sport.

The Challenge
Seymourpowell faced the challenge of designing a jacket for the most extreme environments with functional elements that would be able to save lives in the harshest of conditions.

The Response
The jacket's design and features are directly influenced by extensive research and interviews with extreme survival experts. Seymourpowell worked closely with mountaineers and ski guides, a Professor of human thermodynamics, an ex-UK Special Forces operative and even a Polar Explorer. This research gave invaluable insights that have been used to create genuinely innovative and lifesaving features.

In a sign that the wearable technology revolution is being driven by the fashion industry, the Kolon Sport Life Tech jacket applies relevant wearable technologies designed to save lives in the harshest of conditions and demonstrates the effectiveness of wearable technology in clothing when there is a genuine need for it.

The Response
The various technological details of the design include: a tri-layered system made up of an outer waterproof and windproof, breathable Gore PRO outer shell jacket; a thermal inner layer with a Heatex System (the world's first conductive polymer heating system); and a stretch fabric base layer with electronic device and battery stowage with proximity to core body heat.

Other key technical design features include a wearable wind turbine generator; oversized zip pulls for use with gloves; easy access shoulder and back straps for manhandling a companion in distress; and a wearable first aid and survival kit.

The wind turbine mounted onto the sleeve of the jacket can be angled to generate power throughout the day whilst the wearer is on the move. It can also be removed and attached to the exterior of a tent to continue generating power overnight. The turbine can charge auxiliary devices such as GPS & smartphones for essential navigation and communication. The Heatex System provides up to seven hours of potentially life saving heat up to a temperature of 40-50°C around vital organs. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Healbe GoBe: The Only Way to Automatically Measure Calorie Intake

Indiegogo Campaign 

The Original 100% Automatic Body Manager™

GoBe is the only way to automatically measure calorie intake—through your skin, by reading the glucose in your cells. Simply wear it to see calories consumed and burned, activity, hydration, sleep, stress levels, and more, delivered effortlessly to your smartphone.
Everything else is just a manual calorie tracker. Only GoBe precisely calculates calorie intake, burn, and metabolic rate during any activity, with no logging, tracking, or guesswork.

How is Healbe GoBe™ different?

GoBe doesn't require you to keep a food diary, scan bar codes, or take photos of your meals. It automatically calculates calories consumed by measuring the amount of glucose in your cells, through your skin. Only GoBe uses Healbe FLOW™ Technology to combine a unique algorithm with measurements from the body manager's pressure, accelerometer, and impedance sensors to show you calories consumed; metabolic rate and calories burned during any activity; hydration; sleep; and stress.

How does Healbe GoBe™ work?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Alert Shirt, Feel The Game!

I can't wait for this to come to America. How many drunk football fans are going to want the Alert Shirt.

Ever wanted to know what it feels like to be tackled in a game of football, but aren’t prepared to get off your couch to actually find out? You’ll love the Alert Shirt, a fun piece of wearable technology designed to make you experience every tackle, collision, and score from the comfort (and safety) of your living room.

Now you have to subscribe to FoxTel, like DirecTV it is a package based subscription, but it is a start, there is no way that DirecTV will pass this up.

Friday, March 07, 2014

And Another Wearable Fitness Tracker - Jaybird REIGN

Not much known here, it tracks by your life activity, sleep, and go-zone. It would be great if it vibrated you awake, or you could customize what you wanted it to do. Here is a perfect opportunity to change it up, not follow the dozen or more wearable's that are all doing the same thing, claiming they are better. Don't follow, make an app that has all the functions baked in allowing the user to decide what they want tracked and alerted.
Boy how I would love to work for one of these companies!
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