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Wearable Pcs The New Fashion Trend?

Aug 18, 2007
The ever turning wheel of technology has kept people on its toes for the next big thing. What gadget would subsequently be the factor for social progression as what the personal computers did in the early 80s? Ever since the birth of personal computers, science has been trying to reduce it to its smallest form which is what we have today like the personal digital assistants, portable audio and video players, ultra mobile computers and the so called smartphones.

Technology developers have been studying the potential for a wearable computer decades ago but many barriers have been encountered. The technologies for the core computing task is already ripe and are up for the task but the other peripherals such as the LCD touch screens, the storage devices and the power are not that capable of such technology then. The other barrier for this is the heat generated by the computer when it is operating. For a regular desktop personal computer, the heat can be disperse easily since it can be fitted with big bulky fans but since a wearable pc should be thin and light as possible then the fans would be the first thing to go.

Wearable PCs are on its infant stage and techno savvy individuals as well as fashion designers are ridding with the trend. Clothes are designed to accommodate an ultra mobile pc or a portable audio player is integrated into a sneaker to measure the mileage ran. Companies which are early adapters are cashing in on the band wagon with major electronic consumer brands producing prototypes for anything wearable they can think of. Mp3 players have been integrated into sunglasses, watches with mpeg players, and control panels sewn at a jacket's arm to control your digital music player are just some of the breakthroughs of wearable technology that has been embraced by society.

In Europe a company is formed to do mobile marketing by sending a fleet of people to a dense populated area wearing a pack with a pc. It serves as their mobile station and it is attached to the torso and people can basically use these to pay their bills, inquire on a product or even ask for a promo coupon.

The wearable pack consists of a PC, a touch screen LCD where people can interact and enter data, a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver and a Wi-fi connection for real time data transmission and retrieval. Though the pack is quite massive and needs tweaking in design, the functionality deserves a "two thumbs up".

Since then, people have had a desire to synergize their devices and as much as possible incorporate it together with their daily wear for convenience and portability.
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