According to Dutch fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk there is no such thing as wearable technology. “Wearable technology does not exist at all,” says Akkersdijk. “It’s carry-able technology.” He believes that the current generation of pedometers, augmented glasses, and other gizmos we clip to our clothing mean to solve important problems, but he’s not sure they do so as well as they could.
Akkersdijk is more than a critic, though, and has designed a product that attempts to illustrate his vision for what truly wearable technology should look like. His first attempt, called the BB.Suit, contains Wifi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth components and turns wearers into walking access points to the web.
He tested the suit at SXSW, broadcasting a model’s location on Google Maps and inviting musicians to upload their tracks to a purpose-built website that uses the suit as a walking URL.The prototype was a success and helped curate an eclectic playlist, but more importantly, it demonstrated how truly wearable tech could lead to vastly different user experiences.
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