Assignment 1 – Speculative Wearable

Concept
More than 4 billion people need to wear glasses due to impaired vision and other reasons today. However, glasses also cause trouble for the wearer in some aspects, like people who wear glasses in winter will have a fog layer on the glasses after entering the room. Simultaneously, the masks that people must wear due to the Covid-19 will also cause significant inconvenience for those who wear glasses. For me, when I wear a cover on the street, my glasses often mist because the temperature of my exhaled breath is higher than the temperature of the surface of the glasses, and no matter how many times I wipe them, the mist will reappear quickly. That is very inconvenient, especially when it is snowing because the sun sets very early, and I can’t see whether there are steps or obstacles on the road in many places.
On the other hand, in some places where there is no sufficient light source, it is difficult for me to see things clearly, which causes me a lot of trouble. The winter in Toronto is freezing, and few people are willing to expose their hands to the cold air unless they wear gloves. Therefore, I think some lighting equipment that does not need to be hand-held can significantly help people.
After mainly considering the above two points, my wearable device was born. It is a lightweight device that needs to be placed on the glasses frame.

Objective

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My small wearable device should place close to the glasses hinge and screw.
First, there are several mini fans on the side close to the glasses lenses, which can collect heat through electricity, kinetic energy, or solar energy and monitor the lenses’ temperature in real-time through a detector. Gentle warm air will release to ensure that the lens’s surface will not be fogged due to the temperature difference when the lens’s surface temperature differs significantly from the temperature around them.
There will be a small flashlight on the other side of the device. When people need it to start working, they only need to tap it twice to make it work. The flashlight will illuminate the road in front of the wearer, and people don’t need to worry about the light source irritating the eyes because of the angle.
This small device can place on any glasses, including diving goggles and ski goggles. Therefore, this device can also install with positioning and alarm functions ( these two functions are free to choose) to protect the safety of those who go outdoor activities. Simultaneously, some people suffer from serious eye diseases, so the positioning and alarm system can also guarantee their security, and the same applies to the elderly. When people are in an emergency, the things that people wear on their heads are the least likely to fall, so I think the device is very suitable for positioning and alarm functions. When people need to call the police, they only need to press and hold the button under the device for more than six seconds to call the police automatically.
In general, this product serves all people. In addition to wearing glasses, more and more people now like to add beautiful glasses to make themselves more fashionable. Therefore, I also considered the possibility of personalization when designing this device. First of all, this device can divide into three parts after splitting: lighting, mini-fan, and positioning device and alarm system; these parts will be made into a whole, and guests can customize the personalized cover according to their needs.

PAPER PROTOTYPE

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MATERIAL MOOD BOARD

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INSIDE
In my imagination, this device needs to be light enough to make sure people do not feel tired after long wearing it, so I found a metal material called microlattice. Boeing Company discovered the microlattice in 2019. This material is very light (it can even place on dandelions) while also very strong (it can protect an egg falling from the 25th floor from breaking).
This material satisfies my imagination of this device’s interior: it is light enough (like liquid metal feels like), but it has a certain quality (high-quality metal).

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COVER
Regarding the device’s appearance, I don’t want it to display in front of people in the traditional way of metal and plastic. I hope that this device’s appearance can be customized, and different people’s styles determine the use of other materials (like I prefer wood materials).
The phrase “technological products” always reminds people of metal, cold and cool colours. However, technological products can also have a temperature, so animal hair, cloth, and ceramics are also within my consideration.

SIMILAR WORKS

1. Home Automation Systems-Monitor the situation of the house, and directly call the police through the mobile phone application.

https://www.alarm.com/productservices/home_automation.aspx

2. Anti-Fog Glasses- Use chemicals to help lenses stay away from fog for a period of time.

https://ca.zennioptical.com/anti-fog-glasses

REFERENCE

Staff Writer. (Apr 3, 2020). How Many People in the World Wear Glasses? https://www.reference.com/world-view/many-people-world-wear-glasses-e1268cfa00bdbd41

Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable – Imra Ali (3187224)

Concept

The wearable I have designed is called Calmy. The product is a hoodie that begins to compress when an individual feels anxious, worried, and/or scared. The hoodie senses these emotions by the multiple sensors embedded into the fabric. For instance, located in the left cuff, you can find a heart rate checker. This location is ideal as it provides perfect access to the individual’s pulse. 

When the individual wears the hoodie, the sensors are keeping track of the heart and breathing rates. The moment the stats are becoming abnormal, the hoodie will compress to the individual’s body. Once the individual’s stats become normal, the hoodie will release compression and go back to its original form. 

If the individual is unable to recover and their stats become worse, the hoodie’s Bluetooth connection will alert the Calmy app to alert their emergency contacts.

Objective

Pressure stimulation has shown to be very successful for many individuals. When Calmy applies compression, it delivers a deep touch pressure which acts as a calming hug. This product will greatly benefit individuals with a sensory processing disorder, autism, anxiety, ADHD, etc.

Some benefits connected to pressure stimulation therapy are…

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased happiness (endorphin)
  • Increased attentiveness
  • Delivers a calming effect
  • Slows down involuntary functions in connection to stress and anxiety

Overall, the goal of Calmy is to help individuals deal with their emotions before they elevate. The hoodie’s sensors activate in advance so the individual is able to persevere through it.

Material Mood Board

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Drawings

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Note: All the technology is placed inside expect the manual control buttons.

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Work Cited

Grandin, T. (1992). Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students, and Animals. Retrieved from https://grandin.com/inc/squeeze.html

What is Deep Pressure Stimulation? (2020, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisedu.org/what-is-deep-pressure-stimulation/

Similar Products

MACHINA HOODIE. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.machina.cc/products/smart-hoodie?variant=13886075863149

Special Order The Original Inflatable Calming Peapod Cocoon-Medium (60″ Green). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sensorykidstore.com/special-order-inflatable-calming-peapod-cocoon-med.html

Speculative Wearable- 3188049

Assignment 1- Speculative Wearable      Jacqueline Lamblot- Grossi 3188049

Cure On The Go

Concept:

My wearable is a compact solution and fix to the everyday pains everyone struggles with! It is a laser therapy system that fits in your bag and is wearable at any time, in any place. It consists of two laser applicators on each end of a wire that connects the two. Different attachments in a variety of sizes come with the product to be used with the applicator for different areas of the body.

Objective:

As a person who lives with chronic neck and back pain, I know I am not alone, and visiting the chiropractor and physiotherapist can get pricy and sometimes hard. Low light laser therapy is something commonly used in these practices. This product makes it simple and easily accessible to help aid in the most common pains.

Where it is located?

The device can be located on any part of the body that the user desires, below are some examples of high pain areas.

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How it is activated?

The device can be activated in two ways. On the back of the right laser is an ON/OFF button. It may also be controlled by the app if the user chooses to use the app along with the device.

The app is a second controller to the device that also allows the user to track their pain and how the system is working to heal the body.

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What does it do when activated 

The lasers go through stages of warming up and using their sensors to read where the pain is coming from in order to target the correct area and use the correct strength.

When activated the lasers turn on and work under the user’s skin to reach areas of pain and aid in the comfort and healing of the muscle. They are able to use light energy to relax muscles, aid in healing damaged tissues, reduce pain and inflammation, and stimulate nerve regeneration.

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There are no visible changes to the device when it is activated. It works under the skin only.

What different “states” does it have? 

The different states of the lasers can either be controlled through the iPhone app (setting a timer or the rate at which it works) or by using built-in sensors to study the area beneath the skin. They work controlled by the pain/inflammation, damage, tension, stress, and nerve damage to the area.

If the user has downloaded the app, the lasers collect data of how it was used. This data can later be shared with a doctor, or just used to track pain. The app also has many features for the customer, such as facts about pain and what can be causing pain.

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Material mood board 

  • wires
  • felt pads for furniture with glue underneath

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Two works that are similar to this idea

 

BACKPlus® PRO 3 in 1 Massager for Neck Shoulders and Back – Deep Tissue Kneading Heated Gift Three in One Pro Massager for Muscle Recovery and Pain Relief. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://redfernent.com/products/backplus%C2%AE-pro-3-in-1-massager-black

Handheld Red and Infrared Low-level Laser Therapy Device. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.bestlaserpointers.com/handheld-red-and-infrared-low-level-laser-therapy-device.html

 

Assignment 1 – Speculative Wearable

Michael Sinn – 3179775

Concept

  The concept for this project is a forearm band that you can use to organize small magnetic metal parts, as well as being able to measure objects easily.  The band will have electromagnets embedded within itself that can be controlled with a simple switch. This is where you will be able to place any of the small metallic parts, and have them accessible whenever you need them. In addition to this, the band also has a pair of laser diodes controlled by micro-stepper motors and a distance sensor.  The laser diode, when activated, will display a variable length (controlled by the tuning dial) onto any surface.  Through the use of trigonometry and the distance sensor, the laser diodes can be made to always be projecting the same length onto an object, regardless of how far you are from it.

Objective

The Idea for this wearable came from my own person experiences with building a making different things.  I am always misplacing different screws, screwdriver tips, washers, and other small items.  That’s why I came up with the idea of making a band that goes around your forearm that holds electromagnets.  I decided upon using electromagnets because using regular magnets would always be picking up every little piece of metal that you have across your desk.  The addition of the measurement tool was due to the fact that I never seemed to have calipers or a ruler on hand, and also had issues with measuring the surface area of different objects that don’t have a flat edge on them.

Drawings

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Physical Mood Board

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Similar Works

MyWhiteBoards. (2021, Jan 18). 4 x 6 Dry Erase Board with Grid. https://mywhiteboards.com/4x6porsteelb.html

Dewalt. (201, Jan 18). Laser Distance Measurers. https://www.dewalt.com/products/hand-tools/measuring-and-layout-tools/laser-distance-measurers

Speculative Wearable: The OPS

Octopus Protecting System (OPS). It is a group of multifunctional modules with octopus-like suckers that allow them to travel on the skin and provide any functions we need. OPS’s modules are managed by a super AI and powered by our body temperature, modules store the energy which body generate and transfer into the energy we need under different situation. The materials of the OPS are biobased and combined like living cells, this material has high ductility and moldability just like slime. These modules can be self-edit by the customers, and they can use the modules anyway they want. The OPS modules can use as a camera holder to bound the cameras on our body and stabilize the lens. They can wrap around the injured part and providing basic medical treatment such as stop bleeding and reducing weight applied to the injured part. These modules have infinite possibilities, they can use as a wallet, goggles, earphones, helmet, body armour…anything one can imagine or cannot imagine.

The OPS is suited for the human species. It designed as an ultimate tool that helps human lives easier, reach higher and dive deeper. When it activates, It can shape into any shape. In inactive mode, it will move around the body like a moving cloth which collects energy the body generates. It reacts directly with human subconsciousness, when we need any functions, they will react faster than we can even notice. The OPS is the most loyal assistant one could ever have.

This idea was inspired by a BBC documentary called “Blue Planet II.” In the fifth episode, a group of ocean scientists filmed how an octopus lives in the ocean jungle. They film how the octopus hunt and use shells protect itself from other predators. This idea is also similar to Iron Man’s nano suit in Avengers: Infinity War. This OPS idea is way beyond what current technology can reach. However, this is what human are born for, to reach our imagination.

Drawing

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Mood board

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Paper prototype

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Similar reference

The tags from my brainstorm are Teddy, Hug, Hat. So, I made a really fast prototype with my KAWs plush and my girlfriend’s Nike hat with two zip ties. And developed further with my imaginations.

Lazy Teddy Bear Bucket Hat Black. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://madainchina.com/products/13-de-marzo-lazy-teddy-bear-bucket-hat

Osmo Pocket – DJI. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.dji.com/ca/osmo-pocket

Assignment 1 – Speculative Wearable

Rhepa – 3176897

Platypus

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Concept

I was inspired by platypus’s electroreception ability. What is it exactly? Electroreception is the sixth sense of a platypus that gives them the ability to locate objects and avoid collisions in the dark waters by using an electric impulse. They cannot see, smell or hear, and electroreception substitute all of them. I have always thought it is a cool ability to have, to be able to sense where everything is located, so nothing ever goes amiss. I want to create a headpiece that can replicate the ability of the Platypus. 


Objective

The objective of this wearable is to “sense” what’s there and can guide the individual what he is surrounded with, and locate items. It can warn you by sensing if there is an object that you are about to come in contact with: furniture, walls, doors, substances, anything. This specifically targets people with vision impairments. With this wearable, they can have an idea of their surroundings and envision their view. As someone who has been affected with very poor vision, it would nice to leave my glasses at home while going out. This can also be useful in terms of shopping, locating the perfect shirt that you never knew existed.


Brainstorming

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I wanted my hat to have a brim because it reminded me of the platypus beak.  I want to make it look fashionable which makes you feel: “Wow, who knew this extreme-looking hat can give me special abilities!” I have an obsession with veils, therefore I incorporated a veil to make it more “me” and also it can symbolize the inability to see. I also thought since this is specifically targeted for people with visual impairments, it wouldn’t matter if their eyes are hidden from the veil.  

function

It can be activated the moment you wear it on your head since our body can naturally conduct electricity. The nodes will read the electricity from our body, then transfer it to the sensing component which will allow the individual to enable their sixth sense.  Once it is “activated” by wearing the hat, your mind is able to sense its surrounding, similar to having some sort of superpower. It can then allow you to know the location of the item you are searching for.  There is nothing much to do, besides wearing it on your head and walk without worrying that you’re about to hit a pole. (Real tragic experience)


Moodboard & Inspirations

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Similar works

  1. EM Sense

The EM Sense is a smartwatch that was developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Disney Research. Essentially, it is a smartwatch that can detect the objects of what you are touching. https://www.wired.com/2015/11/em-Sense-enabled-smartwatch-can-detect-when-you-touch-a-doorknob/

2.  Google lens

Google lens is an app that can identify objects in your surroundings. It essentially acts as a second pair of eyes and proceeds to give you more information about the object. https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/6/17086688/google- lens-android-photos-launch-roll-out

Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable – Brandon.S

Concept

My wearable is an athletic compression sleeve that gives you feedback on your kick mechanics. This product is not specific to any game, it can be used for many like Soccer and MMA. The product will have a hypersensitive muscle tracker in the sleeve so that it can analyze your fine movements. Once a movement is completed the data taken from the sleeve will be sent to your phone, the app will indicate the flaws and offer you tips to resolve them. The power button is at the top of the sleeve, near the wrist, and can be switched on and off manually. The app and sleeve are paired by Bluetooth connection. 

States: When off the button will display no colour. In addition to the app notifications when On the button will glow white, when a kick is good the button will glow green, when the kick has few to little flaws it will glow yellow and when it is a bad kick it will glow red.

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MaterialsMade out of nylon and spandex

Positionsit extends from the upper shin to the ankle.

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Similar Products:

Shaw, G. (2016, August 09). The SOLIDshot Smart Shooting Sleeve Is Hoping To Change Basketball Training. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from http://www.sporttechie.com/solidshot-shootithe-solidshot-smart-shooting-sleeve-is-hoping-to-change-basketball-trainingng-sleeve-is-changing-basketball-training/.

Carroll, W., & Hansen, B. (2019, September 26). Smart Sleeve Tells Baseball Pitchers When to Get Off the Mound. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/smart-sleeve-tells-baseball-pitchers-when-to-get-off-the-mound

 

 

Assignment 1 — Speculative Wearable: Hanmin Yun

[ THE BEAT GLOVE ]

Hanmin Yun

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CONCEPT:

With the ideation process, I ended up with [Gloves] for clothing, [Anxious] for emotion, and [Call] for action/verb. With a safety latex glove that I own (often used for woodworking), the ideation process lead to making a simple everyday medical glove that detects heart attacks.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective is simple : Detect possible cardiovascular disease by monitoring health conditions. The “Beat Glove” is worn on hands of patients with chronic heart disease, or just anyone who is interested in monitoring one’s cardiovascular state.

ACTIVATION:

Once worn on one’s hand, the “Beat Glove” tracks the user’s heart rate. The central module in the middle of the glove shows one’s heart rate in beats per minute graph on the LCD screen.

The glove is most useful in winter, when the cold weather can, for instance, cause unexpected acute myocardial infraction of heart muscle and blood vessels. The central module comes with a temperature sensor, displaying the current weather around the user’s location. Based on the BPM readings, the processing chip (replaceable in the micro SD card slot) will determine if the user is experiencing a cardiovascular failure, or a heart attack.

The stability of one’s medical condition is visualized with green, yellow or red LED lights at the bottom of the screen. The central module also contains GPS for navigation services that finds closest doctors or clinics in case a medical attention is required. If the yellow colored LED lights are blinking, vibration motors at the end of each finger tips on the gloves will activate, thereby notifying the user to seek medical attention immediately. If the color turns red, 911 is automatically called – with USIM card network service – and an ambulance will come to the location of the patient, thanks to the built-in GPS.

All the necessary sensors can be integrated into the glove, by disassembling any smart watch that provide built-in medical technology services.

In conclusion, this wearable device will serve two purpose: The first is to prevent possible cardiovascular failure by monitoring heart conditions. The second is to work as a communication device that will notify emergency medical services when the user experiences a heart attack. The central module with an LCD screen will get inputs from the body by reading the heart rate. It will generate five outputs: vibration at fingertips, bpm graph, 911 emergency connection, gps navigation guide to nearest clinics, and GYR (Green Yellow Red) heart status LED lights. Two output factors that are not from our body inputs are battery percentage and temperature indication on LCD screen.

SELF-REFLECTION :

With all high hopes, [ THE BEAT GLOVE ] will allow anyone to stay connected to medical services, feel safe and secure. For researchers and medical scientists, it will provide great source pool of information about their patients’ heart conditions and generate predictable patterns to prevent further heart attacks. For patients and everyday users, it will guarantee first line of medical response in an emergency.

After having made the prototype, I realized that I have missed the most simple yet important function in the design – a speaker and a microphone. Those two modules are required for 911 calls, in case the patient is still conscious during a heart attack. The overall design also does not consider size differences for adults and children. Perhaps it could be more customer-friendly to design the central module with a flexible touchscreen (although that will make the product more technically challenging and thus more expensive).

IDEATION AND DESIGN

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  • MATERIAL MOODBOARD
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  • PAPER PROTOTYPE
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SIMILAR WORKS
(reference in APA style):

  1. Saner, H., Knobel, S., Schuetz, N., & Nef, T. (2020, November 27). Contact-free sensor signals as a new digital biomarker for cardiovascular disease: Chances and challenges. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://academic.oup.com/ehjdh/article/1/1/30/6007530

  2. Carfagno, J. (2019, June 25). Researchers Use AI and Wearable Sensor to Detect Heart Disease. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.docwirenews.com/docwire-pick/future-of-medicine-picks/researchers-use-ai-and-wrist-worn-sensor-to-detect-heart-disease/

Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable_ Khushi Jetley

Concept

The wearable I have designed is a therapeutic eye mask. This eye mask is targeted at individuals suffering from sleeping disorders, brain injury, depression, anxiety and various other psychological conditions. The eye mask is equipped with several sensors that measure and assess brain activity. The eye mask is attached to headphones that play sounds or music that will allow the brain to become relaxed and comfortable, hence helping the individual go to sleep. The music played in the headphones is therapeutic music that allows to create a balance in the waves of the brain. The wearable activates as soon as it is placed on the individual’s eyes. The EEG sensors map brain activity, which can be tracked on a phone app. The app further organizes the data and allows individuals to see their progress. The eye mask will be made up of silk fabric, which is very soft and very gentle on the skin. Additionally, the sensors and headphones can be removed from the mask for easy washing. The eye mask will be available in a few different colors and sizes, including those for children.

Objective 

Neuro imbalance in the brain causes conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression; sometimes this imbalance is induced/triggered by the means of injury or drug use, whereas other times it may occur naturally. Coping with these conditions can be very hard as it affects focus, sleep, thinking, therefore, adversely affecting the social and professional life of the individuals. The therapeutic eye mask acts as a non-invasive treatment option that helps individuals improve their mental health. The eye mask uses the concepts of neurofeedback therapy and music therapy, which helps the brain come to a balanced state. Although primarily used for sleep, this eye mask can be used in relaxation, mindfulness or meditation throughout the day. Individuals can also use the eye mask to boost concentration, mood, focus and brain performance, regardless of the state of their mental health. 

This design caters to the need of the user by using the EEG sensors. The EEG sensors sense and evaluate the state of mind and play the music that will be suitable for the users condition. Hence, this design is one of its kind in the market as there are not many products that caters to the needs of each user and provides them a unique and therapeutic experience.

Diagrams and Paper Prototype

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Material Mood Board

Silk Fabric

Head Phones 

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Resources

Some links for neurofeedback therapy are as follows:

Centers, B. (2019, September 18). Everything You Need to Know About Neurofeedback Therapy. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.brainforestcenters.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-neurofeedback-therapy#:~:text=Neurofeedback%2C%20or%20electroencephalography%20(EEG),your%20brain%20waves%20%E2%80%93%20through%20conditioning.

EEG & Biofeedback Research from Muse. (2020, December 18). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://choosemuse.com/muse-research/