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Wearable Tech is Advancing, but Isn't for Everyone Quite Yet (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the too-sexy-for-my-technology dept.

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Dan Rosenbaum is the editor and publisher of Wearable Tech Insider, which means he covers wearable technology every day. He's obviously a good person to chat with if we want to learn what's going on in the wearable tech world. So we did just that. The overall sense we got is that wearable tech is less of a gimmick than it was a few years ago, but isn't necessarily something all of us need quite yet. One note here: Dan is not a Google Glass fan. Watch the video (or read the transcript) to find out why.

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I was a wearable tech pioneer (3, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | about a year ago | (#45663035)

in the 80's wearing a Casio Databank watch, I blew everyone away in my 6th grade class.

Re:I was a wearable tech pioneer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663103)

I think back then it was called cheating.

Re:I was a wearable tech pioneer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663123)

Some of the Alpha dorks had calculator watches in the 80's where I went to school.

Re:I was a wearable tech pioneer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45668667)

I'm here!

Re:I was a wearable tech pioneer (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year ago | (#45669159)

Me too. People call me dorks all the time even when I am an old fart. :P

Re:I was a wearable tech pioneer (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year ago | (#45669133)

I am still wearing one (DB 150 model) these days since my high school days (early (19)90s), and people are still blown away like my old schoolness (19.5" Sharp CRT TV from 1996, VCR [interfacing with my desktop PC, DVR, TV, analog speakers, clicky keyboards like Model M, hates typing on touch screen keyboards, etc.] from my dotcom days, analog bone conduction hearing aid (refuse to get implants for digital), etc. I don't even own a mobile phone since I rarely talk and go out due to my disabilities.

Casio doesn't even sell DB models anymore and they are impossible to find them these days ($159.99 on Amazon!). I also haven't found any good replacements. Smart watches require mobile phones which I don't want. I want something tiny, light, and useful on my thin wrists since I can't hold things in mid air easily. :(

Tin foil hats are for everyone! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663251)

They are very fashionable too!

I feel like we've been warned about this... (3, Interesting)

neoritter (3021561) | about a year ago | (#45663263)

"But things are going to get really cool in 20 years when it is not just me collecting data about, it is not just all my friends who we are collecting data about, but it is our town, it is our country, it is our world. That’s going to be really cool. And that’s going to be transformational. We are in the really early days of that right now." Please tell me I'm not the only one that's scared by this sentiment. Maybe I've been reading and watching too much dystopian science-fiction... I'm fully aware this is an emotional reaction on my part, but I can't help but feel that this isn't a good thing. We already are up in arms over the NSA stuff, what's the difference? Mr Rosenbaum seems to understand the risks but is excited about this "transformational" future. That just seems scarily depressing to me.

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663353)

Please tell me I'm not the only one that's scared by this sentiment.

Anyone that understands the implications should be worried. That doesn't mean that we won't have an opportunity to use the transformational technology well. There will be awesomeness and there will be abuses. On an aside - is there still utopian sci-fi? I personally wouldn't mind discovering some. :)

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (1)

neoritter (3021561) | about a year ago | (#45663523)

Cloud Atlas would be a semi-recent one. But usually utopian and dystopian science-fiction are kind of one in the same. Think of The Giver. That's a utopian society but the book exposes the flaws of such a "perfect" society. I can't think of any that would fit the bill though that are recent besides Cloud Atlas. Stranger from a Strange Land and some of the other Heinlein novels I'd put under utopian sci-fi. But those are obviously old hat for most sci-fi readers by now.

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | about a year ago | (#45666679)

The short story manna http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm [marshallbrain.com] shows two societies post robot worker revoutlion; one thats very much distopian and one thats very utopian.

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45673265)

livingoutside.net isn't bad, and it's pretty optimistic. Also, free.

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (1)

brooklyn_dan (1362991) | about a year ago | (#45663405)

No argument for the potential for abuse -- and the NSA is certainly demonstrating it. I won't share my personal data in small groups; it's not my boss's business to know how much I'm working out. But in aggregates of millions or billions, my personal data becomes, well, less personal. If someone wants to mine me out of that mountain, they're going to need an awful lot of computing power. Some folks, obviously, have it but most don't. For them that do, very little other than tinfoil hats are going to fend them off. dan rosenbaum

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (1)

neoritter (3021561) | about a year ago | (#45663919)

Computers get faster and more powerful every day. It's not that difficult in today's age to have a computer that can crunch these numbers and it's only getting easier. If you can't get a singular computer, distributing the processing power out to other computers is not an incredibly difficult task today. SETI does this and then their are the malicious bot nets made of multiple infected computers that can do it. Is there little we can do to stop it? Maybe. But that doesn't mean you give up, lay down, and go full monty. We have a current drive to make the internet less anonymous, part of this is fueled by the anti-bullying sentiments of late (and I'm disparaging the attempt to prevent bullying). But if you want to have this beautiful world of shared computing experiences, anonymity on the net is a must if you want to preserve some modicum of privacy. HuffPost, Facebook, Google, they want to know you not your online persona.

Re:I feel like we've been warned about this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663435)

Gargoyles are ostracized for a reason, numb nuts.

The dude's an idealist who has never had to live in the real world. Hopefully something will come along an teach him that humans are vile scum before he does something that makes the rest of our lives worse.

wearable tech (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#45663417)

I think the popularity of the wristwatch for most of the last century shows that people are willing to have wearable tech; if it provides enough practical use, people will find a way to make it fashionable (that any accessory can be made fashionable is aptly demonstrated by the existence of the codpiece).

Re:wearable tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45663845)

> any accessory can be made fashionable is aptly demonstrated by the existence of the codpiece

Sure, but it didn't demonstrate that accessories were necessary or useful.

Re:wearable tech (3, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | about a year ago | (#45664323)

I think the popularity of the wristwatch for most of the last century shows that people are willing to have wearable tech; if it provides enough practical use.

The wristwatch is one of the few pieces of jewelry --- stand-out, expensive jewelry --- that have ever became socially acceptable for a man to be seen wearing in almost any social setting.

Re:wearable tech (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about a year ago | (#45664939)

I'll add that the wedding ring is probably the only other one.

Over-the-top wedding rings and watches aren't appropriate in a lot of settings, but "stately" watches and wedding rings are always acceptable.

Re:wearable tech (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#45665039)

It's worth clarifying that what you say only applies in recent times.......a few hundred years ago it was more common. This photo from 1913 is an example [bulstack.com] .

Re:wearable tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45669369)

Also, if the technology is a weapon, then it's okay. Or at least some sort of military gear. It's always been acceptable to wear tech things that could kill someone. And really, anything wearable is a technological product. Clothes don't grow on trees.

Awkward. Phrasing in the article, it is... (1)

kaizendojo (956951) | about a year ago | (#45663475)

Wow, reading that summary hurt my head.

Re:Awkward. Phrasing in the article, it is... (1)

solidraven (1633185) | about a year ago | (#45664223)

He also manages to talk about wearable electronics without ever mentioning the main research institutes driving the technology development for it.

Never watch the video. (1, Flamebait)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year ago | (#45663531)

Unless there is some visual information best conveyed by moving pictures, it is not worthwhile watching the video. My throughput is much faster in reading, and absorbing info at the bit rates limited by the reading speed of some talking head is wasting my time. Worse, the info rate is so low, unless the topic is riveting and delivery top notch, my mind starts wandering. Provide a transcript or be gone.

Further I am coding in the other window, dont have time to have a blabbering talking head on this window. A page full of text, start and stop reading, few sentences at a time when the code is building, that is something I like. Video? At working hours? No way.

Re:Never watch the video. (1)

Roblimo (357) | about a year ago | (#45663585)

We *do* provide transcripts for almost all videos. Your point?

Re:Never watch the video. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45664035)

I think his point was quite clear, fag. Make the "show transcript" link more prominent or show it automatically.

Slashdot is such a god damn waste of time. The entire site has gone down the shitter. You "editors" and Taco are all sellouts.

Re:Never watch the video. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year ago | (#45666087)

"Watch video to find out why " is slashvertisement and is a bit annoying.

Re:Never watch the video. (2)

sandbagger (654585) | about a year ago | (#45663619)

>Unless there is some visual information best conveyed by moving pictures, it is not worthwhile watching the video.

Mod this up.

Jacket drying. your jacket is now dry... (1)

sandbagger (654585) | about a year ago | (#45663611)

All we need to do is start wearing our trousers inside-out and we can be as cool as Marty McFly.

FPq COC^K (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45664465)

Google Fad Video Camera (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45664677)

It's just a video camera folks, and the creeps using it to stare at asses and surreptitiously record people's conversations in restaurants are the same creeps as the ones doing it with any other gear.

In Soviet Russia... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about a year ago | (#45666911)

In Soviet Russia, wearable technology covers you!

>> which means he covers wearable technology every day

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