My hopes for wearable technology is that it evolves to assist our human evolution, not handicap it. I don't want to see our blood types poisoned by inserting chips unnecessarily into the crevices of our body, but I do want wearable technology to create longer lifetimes, invent eco-friendly homes, and above all, sustain the planet and humanity.
Fotini Markopoulou is a theoretical physicist and hardware tech designer. She is co-founder of Team Turquoise, a wearable tech company that uses research in psycho-physiology to create technology that changes how we perceive, feel and behave. In answer to my questions, she shared her insights on new developments in wearable technology that can help us lead calmer, focused and productive lives.
When wearable computers can disprove what someone told police, you know you're living in a future that has arrived sooner than expected. According to LancasterOnline, a woman in Pennsylvania has been charged with knowingly filing a false report after forensic evidence and the data from her Fitbit undermined her claim of rape. This case should catalyze a national discussion about when and how suspects can or should disclose data from a wearable computing device.
Daniel Lee is a co-founder of Hush, the earplugs that block out sleep-disrupting noises while remaining wirelessly connected to your smartphone so you don't sleep through your alarm. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on why such a product is needed, how poor sleep can affect our most important relationships, and the future of wearable technology.