Frog Design and Motorola launch prototypes of next generation wearable wireless solutions
Posted on 30-Jun-2003 16:36
Filed under: News
Found this, and although a couple of months old, I've decided to post. The reason is because of the watch, that looks like the implementation of a PDA. Also the mobile, which looks like a MS Smartphone implementation.
Frog Design inc., and Motorola, Inc. created a family of wearable devices designs representing the next generation of personal computing and wireless communications, by combining the results of pervasive-computing research at MIT Media Lab with Motorola's iDEN(r) technology. The futuristic devices include: glasses, ear buds, digital cameras, pens, and wrist bands.
The family of futuristic products utilizes the latest advances in miniaturization and wireless connectivity technology to enable entertainment, business, and security-related communications and broadband applications. The devices each have an independent power source and memory, and are designed to be worn as fashionable accessories. The futuristic family of modular devices is Bluetooth connected, allowing each device to share information with other devices and the user, operating as a seamless personal network.
"The wearable wireless fashions designed by frog and iDEN are bundled in a lifestyle series that will empower the user and eventually encourage seamless movement of information," said Peter Aloumanis, vice president & general manager of US Markets Division iDEN Subscriber Group at Motorola. "The idea is to provide a maximum level of connectivity and security without interfering with an individual's lifestyle. We want to create a series of accessories that are stylish, intuitive, and attractive in their form and function."
"In high tech innovation, cool functional capabilities are often implemented without much regard for design and human interface-often at the expense of the actual user experience," said Hartmut Esslinger, founder and co-CEO of frog design. "This project with iDEN will use innovative designs as a catalyst to create a lifestyle series where style meets function, setting the standard for future wireless communication."
Having completed a series of designs demonstrating a vision of the future of wearable wireless communication technology, Motorola iDEN and frog design are now ready to begin the next step in the process: actual user testing.
The handheld WDA will utilise full-voice recognition capabilities and a screen interface in place of a keypad as well as a high data storage capacity. The Wristable - a wrist worn alternative that serves the same function as the WDA - is also part of the concept range.
The Intelli-pen includes an LCD screen on the side for reviewing your digitally recorded notes and accessing functions. The ink-less plastic tip at the other end of the pen can also be used to record writing digitally (even though there is no ink visible) and this data can be sent via Bluetooth to the WDA from where it can be emailed.