Emotion detection in a mobile, wearable system

December 9th, 2013

I could have sworn that today's date wasn't April 1st, but Nicholas Carr seems determined to prove me wrong:

If there's one product category ripe for disruptive innovation, it's lingerie. So it comes as no real surprise that Microsoft researchers have developed a smart bra. The self-quantifying garment is designed, write the researchers, to "perform emotion detection in a mobile, wearable system" as a means of triggering "just-in-time interventions to support behavior modification for emotional eating." […]

Just wait for the advertising campaign. Perhaps Microsoft will finally surpass this classic ad for Windows XP.1

  1. Potentially NSFW.

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I'm pretty sure that Apple are secretly proud that there isn't an Android version of the Sock Sorter app

September 20th, 2012

Remember how for years one of the standard jokes about technological overkill was about whether the world really needed an internet-connected fridge. At heart, that joke was all about the pervasiveness of the network and what could be done with it.

Now we're living in the era of the PDA1 and I think we have a worthy successor to the networked fridge: Smarter Socks

Imagine your phone could communicate with your socks. Your phone would know:

  • which socks belong together,
  • and could help sort them out,
  • how often you have washed your socks,
  • when your socks were produced,
  • when you ordered your socks and
  • when your socks were dispatched.

Your iPhone can also tell you if your black socks are no longer properly black and help you buy new socks.

This is something we dreamed about and we have made the dream come true. The result is Smarter Socks – probably the smartest socks in the world. They are undoubtedly the first socks which leave their mark on the internet via the Sock Sorter and your iPhone.

The funny thing is that I spent some time sorting socks yesterday, as you do, and even though I had my iPod Touch to hand2 at no point did I think "I wonder if there's an app for this?" Not only is there an app, there's a sock-scanning peripheral to scan the RFID tag built into each sock. Furthermore, the app includes a Blackometer function that allows you to check how black your socks are. Which is vital, apparently.

Granted, this is from the company that brought us the Sockscription, so it's for people who are really serious about their socks. I don't think I'm the target audience.

[Via VentureBeat, via Chuq Von Rospach]

  1. Though for marketing reasons we call them smartphones.
  2. I was using Downcast to listen to a podcast as I sorted my laundry.

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Manky wool and Gerald

March 29th, 2012

David Shrigley's animated short about Pringle of Scotland takes an … irreverent … look at life behind the scenes in the rag trade.

[Via swissmiss]

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January 21st, 2012

Kawamura Ganjavian's Ostrich is said to be a boon for power-nappers everwhere:

OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.

Alternatively, I can't help but think that it looks like the dormant form of something out of a creature feature.

[Via swissmiss]

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September 17th, 2010

A dress made of china. Not in China: of china.

[Via web-goddess]


Live long and prosper

September 16th, 2010

Introducing the Vulcan Hoodie.

[Via web-goddess]

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