Wearable technology is about so much more than watches. Although, according to Sandy Pentland, of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory, it’s a great example of how technology evolved to a point where wearing it was the best way to experience it. It used to be that clocks lived in towers or hung on the wall. As technology improved, clocks became smaller and people began to carry pocket watches. When timepieces were small enough, people actually started wearing watches on their wrists. Now, watches can collect data, receive and transmit GPS signals and provide real-time information about elevation, heart rate, and walking or running speed.
As Pentland says in the video below, technology isn’t a distraction anymore; it’s intuitive.
“Why should you disrupt social interactions when you could just have ambient awareness of [technology]?”
How else is wearable technology going to impact our daily lives and, eventually, education? At Cecil College, CIO Stephen diFilipo is a believer in Google Glass and is experimenting with other wearable tech, such as Microsoft Kinect. Recently, The Verge reported that Microsoft is working on Kinect Glasses and is aiming to make its Windows operating systems wearable in the form of connected watches and glasses.
(Editor’s note: But will it have a Start button?!)
Check out the video below to learn more about other wearable tech innovation, including connected fabric that turns clothing into smart skin, and a few DIY projects that you can experiment with at home.