Tag: wearable tech

Wearable tech

My UP wristband

As sensors become cheaper and more prevalent, we’re beginning to collect more data from our own movements and the objects around us. Moreover, it’s becoming a less geeky thing to do! I’ve been thinking a bit about how we can use wearable tech for library-specific purposes.

Examples of current or upcoming wearable technology:

  • Google Glass, which others have talked about using in the library for various purposes
  • MYO armband: I’ve preordered this based on their first 3-minute video alone. So far my only library use cases are wowing people during presentations and confounding colleagues by turning their ebook pages from across the hall
  • Pebble Watch: Kickstarter-famous epaper watch connects to your smartphone; first reviews range from good to just okay. Primarily for notifications and activity-tracking, but other uses will reveal themselves when the SDK is released
  • Any others?

Other examples of wearable tech for personal use:

  • Jawbone UP wristband: sleep & activity tracking; I use this and like it
  • Nike FuelBand: activity tracking
  • Sound-activated T-shirts, available at any street fair, strictly for goofballs

Article of interest: 9 trends to watch for in wearable tech