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Wearable tech
2014-02-13

This board focuses mainly on self-tracking gadgets and sensors - especially those designed for health. While most are wearable, there are some that track from inside the body or that you put against your body. Some of these products are concepts or are not yet commercially available. Welcome to the world of 'Wear, Share, Compare' and Quantified Self.
 
As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. A tragic event in India – the gang rape of a young woman – led engineering students to develop a bra that can deliver a 3800kv electric shock to any would-be attacker.
 
The bra is fitted with a pressure sensor connected to an electric circuit. But layers of fabric and precise calibration ensure that the device won't harm the wearer nor be triggered by a friendly hug.
 
On the other side of the world, the possibilities offered by wearable technology are inspiring a University of Colorado PhD student to design a dress that will help deaf people by recognising vibrations.

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