Internet Librarian Rough Cut: Tech Wearables: The Next Frontier

Update 11/11/2014 – If you’d like more polished notes from Barbara’s talk, see the LibConf blog.


There are more “rough cuts” to come, but here is my last set of raw notes from Internet Librarian for:

Tech Wearables: The Next Frontier by Barbara Fullerton


Possibly a 20B market by 2020

Some applications – remote patient monitoring, skin temperature, diabetes treatment, big data  – new companies will spring up to handle it.Lo

Smart Socks are a thing. They monitor foot conditions.

Some cons – apps drain batteries, skin irritations, addictions, privacy breaches

Greatest interest is in wrist because we’re used to it.

Right now wearables are mix of health devices and computing devices

Lots of competition for patents. Google making heavy investments in Magic Leap


2009 – Bodybugg, one of the earliest fitness wearable


Rocket Skates by Acton, strap over shoes first smart electric skates

Magic Leap – (See video)

– VR technology ensures virtual objects actually feel like they are sitting in the real world. 3D Virtual Reality {Daniel – Is this holodeck tech?)

Digital Tattoo – holds all your passwords.

Smart Hair Clip – will call 911 if physical assault, then microphone starts recording, can be manually activated

React Sidekick/React Mobile – Ear device that started out as a 3d printed model. Now texts people when you’re in danger.

Ideas for libraries – user groups, contests (most steps, etc),

The Dash – Earbud that combines wireless headphone, mp3 player, heart rate monitor, etc

Kite Mosquito Patch – electronic masking against mosquitos for 48 hours

Leo – Monitors your body’s complex biosignals, translating them into simple, actionaable advice, monitors electrolytes.

iPal Smart Glass – 4 cameras, fit over glasses. 8 GB of local storage and 24 hours of battery life, can see what you see and digitize what you see.

The Smart Button “Baby Monitor in a Button” Measures movements, activity, and breathing, and it streams data to a smart phone app. Also available for older people.

LeapFrog – FitBit for kids

FiLip child tracker – wearable phone and locator for kids. Includes app that gives parents control of their child’s FiLIP

H2O Pal – small rubber disk that turns any water bottle into a smart bottle. Will pester you to drink enough water and shares progress with friends.

Ingestible computers – It’s a thing. $46 pill monitors how patient responds to medicine. Info sent to app via patch worn on the body.

Skulpt Aim – Device will fire electricity into your muscles to give fat content. Will set goals and nag you.

Bionym Nymi $79 – Wrist aims to replace usernames and passwords with one-stop bioauthenication. Uses unique patter of the heart beat to identify the wearer including online accounts, connecting wirelessly to locks or computers, smart cars/homes

PulseRelief – Philips – TENS technology to deliver electric pulses straight to your nerves. 60 levels available through smart phone app.

FitBit Surge – forthcoming – $249, no longer need a smart phone. Promising smart notifications for calls and text

FitBit charge – forthcoming , monitor sleep quality, continuous heart rate monitor

Apple Watch – coming in 2015, $349

Microsoft might have its own watch based on patent purchases

Trademarks can be clues to new wearables

Peak – Samsung smart watch – waterproof. Day battery life

Jawbone (Company, not device), Product Jawbone UP24 like Fitbit

Philips COPD Gadget – worn on chest, transmits info to doctor

I think Barbara Fullerton would a good speaker at other conference. Her e-mail is She was engaging and well informed.


This session left me both excited and a little anxious about the future. I hope to have a wrap up post by the weekend, we’ll see. Thanks for putting up with the “rough cuts” in the meantime.

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