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Natasha Vita-More on Whole Body Prosthetic

(ie the future of cyborgization/move towards transhumanism and the posthuman body)

Have you ever considered the idea of the post-human body? The human body can only regenerate so many times before it will inevitably shut down. Natasha Vita has made it her mission to develop a transhuman body which will essentially replace the human body. It is Vita’s vision that humans will essentially become robotic. This takes the idea of wearable technology to the next level in never-before imagined ways. To learn more about Vita’s work, check out the video and let us know what you think!

Is fashion a sustainable energy source?

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Pauline Van Dougen is a fashion designer with a mission: bring technology into the fashion industry. She wants to connect different industries in ways that they were not previously connected in order to advance the industries in never-before-seen ways. 

According to Van Dougen, the wearable technology industry is a rapidly growing industry in need of a permanent solution to sustainability. Batteries can only last users so long before they run out of power which essentially limits the functionality of every battery powered device. However, Van Dougen has been synergized the fashion industry with the wearable technology industry in an attempt at solving the problem. 

The solution that Van Dougen came up with was the incorporation of solar panels into fashion. She claims that people will always have their garments with them so they will never be without a source of power. In this YouTube video she goes on to explain that there are so many surfaces that could be more functional if technology was incorporated into them, we just need to learn how to do it. Everything from umbrellas to jewelry to handbags and much more could become so much more functional with the help of technology.

Eventually, Van Dougen plans to make the technology invisible in order to improve the aesthetic appeal of the garments while still maintaining the functionality of the technology.

What do you think? Did wearable technology just get that much more wearable?  

Technology in the classroom
Reality-Shifting Comments:
Here at UOIT, technology enriched learning is not a foreign concept. In fact, the UOIT learning environment thrives on the use of mobile learning technology. The technology has proven to be a useful resource for students and certainly adds a new dimension to the classroom. However, this does not mean that technology is suitable for all learning environments. 
With many schools turning to technology to teach younger children in a more interactive approach to learning, there has been a rise in concern about the effectiveness of this learning approach. Are the children really getting a better quality education? Will the use of technology for teaching and learning have a negative impact on the children in some way?
Many parents are concerned about this, and it is an understandable topic of interest. There is a time and a place for everything; therefore, there are certainly instances in which technology is unnecessary and indeed detrimental. However, there are also instances in which the technology would be invaluable to the teaching/learning environment. 
What we need to understand is that there will always be both pros and cons to everything. Technology enriched learning environments are both good and bad depending on the situation. With that in mind, which side of the argument do you support? Let us know in the comments below!

Technology in the classroom

Reality-Shifting Comments:

Here at UOIT, technology enriched learning is not a foreign concept. In fact, the UOIT learning environment thrives on the use of mobile learning technology. The technology has proven to be a useful resource for students and certainly adds a new dimension to the classroom. However, this does not mean that technology is suitable for all learning environments. 

With many schools turning to technology to teach younger children in a more interactive approach to learning, there has been a rise in concern about the effectiveness of this learning approach. Are the children really getting a better quality education? Will the use of technology for teaching and learning have a negative impact on the children in some way?

Many parents are concerned about this, and it is an understandable topic of interest. There is a time and a place for everything; therefore, there are certainly instances in which technology is unnecessary and indeed detrimental. However, there are also instances in which the technology would be invaluable to the teaching/learning environment. 

What we need to understand is that there will always be both pros and cons to everything. Technology enriched learning environments are both good and bad depending on the situation. With that in mind, which side of the argument do you support? Let us know in the comments below!

Word on the street is that the military is looking to create a real iron man
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Word on the street—the Wall Street Journal that is—is that the military is looking to join forces with Hollywood in order to develop a real-life functional iron man suit equipped with smart glasses, a motorized exoskeleton, and computers which will share real-time information about the battlefield. According to the article, “Hollywood is helping the military 3D print real life Iron Man suits” by Zach Sokol, this is just another example of the influence of Hollywood on technological development.
So, could it be true that the futuristic technology of popular films is really foreshadowing the future of technology? It certainly seems as though this may be the case. When you think about it though, it’s not all that surprising that people would want to have access to the same technology as their favorite characters in the movies. This could be linked to fandom and the desire of fans to immerse themselves in the plots of their favorite films, books, television shows, etc.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that such technology can be put to good use in reality as well as in the films. The example of the real world iron man suit is a perfect illustration of this as the military has found a purpose for the technology. Can you think of any Hollywood wearable technology that you could put to good use in your life or in the world as a whole? Let us know in the comments below!

Word on the street is that the military is looking to create a real iron man

Reality-Shifting Comments:

Word on the street—the Wall Street Journal that is—is that the military is looking to join forces with Hollywood in order to develop a real-life functional iron man suit equipped with smart glasses, a motorized exoskeleton, and computers which will share real-time information about the battlefield. According to the article, “Hollywood is helping the military 3D print real life Iron Man suits” by Zach Sokol, this is just another example of the influence of Hollywood on technological development.

So, could it be true that the futuristic technology of popular films is really foreshadowing the future of technology? It certainly seems as though this may be the case. When you think about it though, it’s not all that surprising that people would want to have access to the same technology as their favorite characters in the movies. This could be linked to fandom and the desire of fans to immerse themselves in the plots of their favorite films, books, television shows, etc.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that such technology can be put to good use in reality as well as in the films. The example of the real world iron man suit is a perfect illustration of this as the military has found a purpose for the technology. Can you think of any Hollywood wearable technology that you could put to good use in your life or in the world as a whole? Let us know in the comments below!

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kentwebsitedesignersnow:

Web Design Principles in Wearable Technology
Do you know that by 2020 we will be living in a world of 50 billion web connected devices?

Reality-Shifting Comments:
With wearable technology becoming an ever increasingly popular phenomenon, it is not surprising that by 2020 we will be living in a world with 50 billion web connected devices. However, I have no doubt that the shape and form of these devices will not cease to amaze people.
Take mobile phones for example. Not that long ago people were carrying around cell phones that were close to the size of a brick. Fast-forward to today and you will be astounded by how far we have come. This is only one example of the progress that we have made as a society. It will be interesting to see what the future of web connected devices holds. What do you think is next for the world of wearable technology?

kentwebsitedesignersnow:

Web Design Principles in Wearable Technology

Do you know that by 2020 we will be living in a world of 50 billion web connected devices?

Reality-Shifting Comments:

With wearable technology becoming an ever increasingly popular phenomenon, it is not surprising that by 2020 we will be living in a world with 50 billion web connected devices. However, I have no doubt that the shape and form of these devices will not cease to amaze people.

Take mobile phones for example. Not that long ago people were carrying around cell phones that were close to the size of a brick. Fast-forward to today and you will be astounded by how far we have come. This is only one example of the progress that we have made as a society. It will be interesting to see what the future of web connected devices holds. What do you think is next for the world of wearable technology?

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July

Research in the Decimal Lab

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Recently, Dr. Isabel Pedersen of the Decimal Lab wrote an opinion piece on wearable technology entitled “Are wearables really ready to wear?”. In the article, Pedersen discusses the acceptance of Google Glass into society despite the potentially dehumanizing risks. She explores instances of wearable technology in popular culture and entertains the idea of future-promised gadgets. 

The article features some interesting insights and is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in wearable technology, or any other avenue of interests to be completely accurate. Wearable technology is becoming a reality in nearly all areas of life whether we like it or not. Therefore, it is certainly worth it to become educated on the future of the wearable technology industry and how it may impact YOU in the future. 

Be sure to check out the article in the link above!

Accessibility or Accessories: What’s more important?
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One of the areas of potential for wearable technology in the future is the health care industry, particularly in regards to accessibility for those who may have a disability. For example, hearing aids and other wearable technology for individuals who are blind, deaf, or otherwise impaired. While the functionality of the device is certainly a selling point for wearables, the aesthetic appeal is another important factor to consider.
It would be interesting to determine which of the two factors  is most important for users. Is functionality a more pressing concern for the population as a whole, or only for those individuals who are affected by a disability? Is the aesthetic appeal a make-or-break factor?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Accessibility or Accessories: What’s more important?

Reality-Shifting Comments:

One of the areas of potential for wearable technology in the future is the health care industry, particularly in regards to accessibility for those who may have a disability. For example, hearing aids and other wearable technology for individuals who are blind, deaf, or otherwise impaired. While the functionality of the device is certainly a selling point for wearables, the aesthetic appeal is another important factor to consider.

It would be interesting to determine which of the two factors  is most important for users. Is functionality a more pressing concern for the population as a whole, or only for those individuals who are affected by a disability? Is the aesthetic appeal a make-or-break factor?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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The idea of wearable tech, while fantastic, is nothing new. In fact, it’s centuries old. China Daily shared this picture of a functioning abacus ring that reportedly dates back to the 17th century, during the Qing Dynasty. It’s being manipulated with a needle because the beads are too…

Wearable Technology dates back a lot further than we think!!

Wearable Technology Conference July 8th-9th
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On July 8th and 9th a wearable technology conference will be held in Fort Mason, San Francisco. The conference will be the 12th of its kind and will include vendors, speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Conferences such as this are a great way to meet industry leaders in the field of wearable technology. There are also opportunities to view some of the newest devices on the market as well as opportunities to learn about future technology.
For more information about the event, visit:  http://www.wearable-technologies.com/events/wearable-technologies-conference-2014-usa/ 

Wearable Technology Conference July 8th-9th

Reality-Shifting Comments:

On July 8th and 9th a wearable technology conference will be held in Fort Mason, San Francisco. The conference will be the 12th of its kind and will include vendors, speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Conferences such as this are a great way to meet industry leaders in the field of wearable technology. There are also opportunities to view some of the newest devices on the market as well as opportunities to learn about future technology.

For more information about the event, visit:  http://www.wearable-technologies.com/events/wearable-technologies-conference-2014-usa/ 

Dr. Isabel Pedersen in attendance at ICET conference for keynote presentation
Reality-Shifting Comments:
Dr. Isabel Pedersen of Decimal Lab gave a keynote speech on Wednesday June 18th, 2014 for the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). The event was the 58th ICET World Assembly and took place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) downtown campus location.
Attendees of the event included individuals from all over the world. As a whole, ICET assemblies such as this are an opportunity to share knowledge, promote awareness of particular fields of research, and interact with other individuals with expertise in specific areas of research. As Dr. Isabel Pedersen is interested in wearable technology, guests would have had the opportunity to listen to her keynote presentation about wearable technology and interact with her afterwards in order to gain more knowledge about the topic.

The event was definitely an excellent opportunity for Dr. Isabel Pedersen as well as for Decimal Lab as a whole in order to spread awareness about the research that is happening in the lab. For more information about ICET, visit the either http://icet4u.org/ or http://sites.uoit.ca/icet/ . 

Dr. Isabel Pedersen in attendance at ICET conference for keynote presentation

Reality-Shifting Comments:

Dr. Isabel Pedersen of Decimal Lab gave a keynote speech on Wednesday June 18th, 2014 for the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). The event was the 58th ICET World Assembly and took place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) downtown campus location.

Attendees of the event included individuals from all over the world. As a whole, ICET assemblies such as this are an opportunity to share knowledge, promote awareness of particular fields of research, and interact with other individuals with expertise in specific areas of research. As Dr. Isabel Pedersen is interested in wearable technology, guests would have had the opportunity to listen to her keynote presentation about wearable technology and interact with her afterwards in order to gain more knowledge about the topic.

The event was definitely an excellent opportunity for Dr. Isabel Pedersen as well as for Decimal Lab as a whole in order to spread awareness about the research that is happening in the lab. For more information about ICET, visit the either http://icet4u.org/ or http://sites.uoit.ca/icet/