Wearable devices

Hi all, I found this very brief article in one of my crawler emails for work. I thought you'd like to see it because we have all envisioned how we can weave articles of clothing that may have additional electronic practical capabilities. We're ahead of the curve! Forrester Research: Sarah Rotman Epps Link: Wearable Devices: The Next Battleground For The Platform Wars "Wearable devices, or "wearables" for short, have enormous potential for uses in health and fitness, navigation, social networking, commerce, and media. Imagine video games that happen in real space. Or glasses that remind you of your colleague's name that you really should know. Or paying for a coffee at Starbucks with your watch instead of your phone. Wearables will transform our lives in numerous ways, trivial and substantial, that we are just starting to imagine. In a new Forrester report out today, we argue that wearables will move mainstream once they get serious investment from the "big five" platforms - Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook - and their developer communities, and we give advice to product strategists who want to stay ahead of the wearables curve." (For related content, see Three Unexpected Internet Trends for 2012.)

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Posted on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 12:20

Scott eVest, years ago, made a jacket with a bus system (computer, not vehicular) or network built in.  They even had a solar panel for the back for charging. Devices were plugged in from the 50 or so pockets, and I/O devices connected from the collar, as I recall.  The jackets were liner-and-shell type, and were designed so that a symmetrical loads (like heavy stuff in one pocket and not another) hung as if the load were symmetrical.  The wearer plugged in the processor devices (phones, radios, mp3 players, etc.)  and I/O devices to suit their needs.

Scott eVest is still around.  Perhaps unfortunately for them, these jackets are quite durable.  After almost a decade, my son has not had to replace his. It still seems to me to be the way to approach these things -- bright shiny objects come and go, but the textiles are forever.

Posted on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 22:39

I have received the computer components for a compumarche loom.

I know nothing about these items, but am interested in learning.  Is

there anyone in this group who might have time and patience to help.  I have no manual or software and am not sure where to start.

Thanks,

flaxgrower

Posted on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:48

Flax - You probably need to seek  help from a local expert in your area, but perhaps we can help.  We need a lot more info.  Is this a Cyrefco loom?  Are you a weaver?   Have you ever used a dobby before (mechanical or computerized)?  You should contact the manufacturer to get specifications and study up on the principals and operation of computerized dobby looms.  They're really not that complicated once you grasp the basic principals.  P.S.  I also grow and process flax!   DRW