Technology allows us to wear prescription glasses and put on wrist watches. Without giving these devices much thought, once they are on, we are hardly aware of them. The same philosophy underpins today’s advanced wearable technologies.
In a special edition of Click from the BBC’s Radio Theatre, Gareth Mitchell charts the evolution of wearable technologies such as Google Glass, life-logging cameras and Sixth Sense gestural interfaces.
These devices suggest a future where you will not have to disrupt social interactions with invasive technology (such as a hand-held mobile phone) because you will have ambient awareness of your surroundings.
Click is joined by a panel of experts to discuss whether a world of augmented reality through wearable technologies is near and achievable or far away and fanciful. And finally, is it desirable or inevitable?
The other panelists were:
(Sandy) Alex Pentland (remote from MIT in Boston)
Lasse Wasserman – senior programmer for Google Glass
Atau Tanaka – musician based at Goldsmith College (using his Biomuse system)
Michele Danjoux – dance choreographer
Francesca Rosella – creative director at Cute Circuit
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.