Wearing your watch on your ear

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HeadWatch is a smartwatch- a touchscreen watch that comes away from the strap and worn on your head. Wearers are alerted with smartwatch notifications, and can use the watch in their ears to take phone calls.

 

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An earpiece on the back of the screen is used like a Bluetooth headset to take calls.

The HeadWatch designers sought to improve the user experience of headsets, such as Bluetooth connectors. Taking a different angle they produced this smartwatch to prevent the device from getting lost- and so it has a dedicated holder.

 

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Even though this smart watch rolls two pieces of gear into one, it doesn’t have particularly attractive aesthetics when worn on the ear.

Does this look like an iPod nano has just been placed on the ear? Where is the beauty in that?

 

Hologram pianist

Ever seen a piano battle? Ever seen a holographic piano battle?

During a music and technology festival, Japanese musical icon, Yoshiki woes his audience. Using a hologram, Yoshiki appears to be sitting opposite himself having a piano battle. The hologram produces a life-like Yoshiki and piano which he battles during a live performance.

The future of holograms is exciting to imagine.

 

Not google glass

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Moverio BT-200 smart glasses- by Epson  

How long is it going to be before we are all wearing these? Will our grandchildren, great grandchildren be saying “I can’t believe you lived without smart glasses?!”

We look back and question how we survived without mobile phones. Yet surely before their time people never would have believed they could ever existence.

Will these be next?

Wearable Wi-fi

We have already looked at some wearable technology, but this however, brings wifi right to the very threads of your clothes.

It has been said, for example, this could be used to keep track of soldiers in the field, alerting doctors of any medical situations quickly and efficiently.

For average day-to- day users you will have access to the internet anywhere you go, 24/7. That means not having to stand outside a shop in the freezing cold just to use their free wifi. Or countlessly trying to log into the wifi on public transport.  That wifi access point in the airport will be no longer so crowded.

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After deafness is cured, what happens to the people who remain deaf?

What if the preservation of deaf culture ended? What would life be like for the last generation of people to grow up deaf?

This short film follows the lives of four deaf children, into an imagined future. Will they choose to undergo treatment or not. The film outlines a timeline looking into the future to around 2041. What happens if those who are deaf gradually find themselves without a culture, due to the changes in treatments offered?

Film directed by Ted Evans.

 It has to be understood that viewing this short film will provoke may different opinions and thoughts from a range of people. As I am a hearing viewer, watching this film may generate different opinions and thoughts within me, than it would to you.

I suggest you watch the video now if you haven’t already done so.

I am not saying there is a right and wrong way of thinking around this topic. I believe everyone has a right to believe for themselves. Because I am hearing, and have experienced sound and communication through speech, I can’t imagine enjoying life without it. I would be inclined to vote YES to treatment, as I do see it as something that could bring improvement. If I was born deaf my view may be very different as I would know no difference.

Ultimately ears are there to hear and eyes to see with. If your sight was deteriorating you would find a local eye clinic, a Specsavers, and get tested for a suitable pair of glasses. These glasses would assist in the job that your eyes aren’t doing naturally.

Upon observation, I wonder why some within the deaf community frown upon others within it whom wish to avail of medical and technological hearing developments. Using a different example, is someone who is partially sighted wrong in seeking medical and technological visual enhancements?

I am interested in learning your views. It is important I capture a range of peoples consideration and perspectives.

My personal goal, as a designer, is to help enhance quality of life. But firstly I need to understand.Your feedback is much appreciated.

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10 enhancements for deaf

Please select one idea from each section- “Social”, “ Equipment”, “Health and Safety”. Which you prefer? 

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Once you have done this, now select which you prefer overall (10) 

For example;

 Social– Drive-thru (McDonalds)…….. Equipment– doorbell………..Health& Safety– Ambulance. 

Overall my top 3 would be;

1. Ambulance

2. Drive-thru

3. Doorbell 

Let me know yours. Comment below! 

CODA

= Children of Deaf Adults 

CODA- Ben Kendall

Watch this short documentary on the life of Ben Kendall. Found on BBC iPlayer at :

BBC iPlayer- Ben Kendall

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Many of the things Ben said I could relate to myself; “When I’m with deaf people I feel like I’m deaf. When I’m with hearing people I feel like I’m hearing.” This is so true, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I also loved how Ben couldn’t sit still when talking, his body language had gestures and facial expressions kept going, I find myself doing this too… its a lot more fun and visual talking while your hands are moving!

‘I have to be an ear for the deaf and a translator for hearing’-

In my experience this can often be tiring, wouldn’t it be great if there was a piece of technology in place that could do both these things, without taking away from physical, human interaction, but rather, enhancing it!

‘Bringing two worlds together’ – Ben Kendall

Have you noticed?

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Isn’t it odd how our culture has accepted earphones, to become increasingly bigger over the past few years, yet the hearing aid has become increasingly smaller.

It is an observation that leads to further thinking- why do people feel comfortable wearing larger noticeable, head turning equipment for music, YET society, designers and engineers in the field of the hearing devices are trying to disguise them. Making them invisible, “people will hardly know they are there” is often the advertisement along side them.

How could this be challenged?

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Wriggle, click, wink

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By summer 2016 we may be able to control our phone by wriggling, scrunching, winking and clicking. Researchers in Japan our developing this “Earclip wearable PC,” a tiny computer that clips onto your ear. With a GPS, compass, gyro-sensor, battery, barometer, speaker and microphone, its functions by your facial expressions: the blink of an eye, a raise of an eyebrow, a click of the tongue.

Wearable technology has been talked about over the past few years and now researchers, designers and engineers are battling to get their device noticed. This ear clip is worn just like a hearing aid, which may or may not make it more attractive than Google glass, worn on the face.

It is bizarre that this ear clip has been designed in the same fashion as a hearing aid, meanwhile those who are designing hearing aids are trying to make them smaller and more invisible! It raises a discussion; Why is there a general sense that hearing aids for hearing loss/ deafness should be unnoticeable/ invisible, yet this gadget is designed and fashioned in almost an identical manner but larger scale?

Rather than having separate designs for those deaf and hard of hearing and those hearing, this could be the start of social acceptance and social inclusion.  Everyone will be wearing ear pieces, wether deaf/ hard of hearing or hearing.

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Just an iPhone cover?

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It may look like an ordinary phone cover, yet this black “Wello” casing functions as a health monitor; measuring blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and lung functions- quite a lot eh?

Initially it will be available for iPhone 4s, 5 and 5s, selling for US$199.

To use this case all you do is click to start, place your fingers on the sensors for about 10-15 seconds, and it begins to read and collate all your data. If you already have ‘Fitbit’ and ‘Jawbone Up’ it can sync any data straight to these systems also.

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Having this iPhone casing allows for quicker and cheaper access to what could be vital monitoring of certain health conditions.

Azoi’s founder and CEO, Hamish Patel says, “We believe that through improved self-awareness of key vitals, technology could very easily reduce the incidence and impact of a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Not only could this help ensure healthier, happier lives, but it could also ease the growing burden on healthcare services.”

For more information check out Azoi

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I once used a blood pressure app, which used the flash linked to a camera phone to read your pulse- this app was very unreliable and often refused to work. It will be interesting to see how “Wello” works and to hear customer feedback. Will it be reliable and accurate?

I think software like “Wello” has so much potential to enhance the quality of a persons life- with easy access; right from your pocket, to vital data regarding your health is superb! The increasing ability in application development is very exciting! Now its time to think what hasn’t been done that needs done?