Week 5 Research and Progress

Posted by BMadmin on Monday Oct 1, 2007 Under Uncategorized

Last week I finished Steve Mann’s ‘Cyborg’ and was really interested by some of his ideas and his experiences in being a cyborg. I find that Mann is definitely anti-surveillance and very skeptical of corporate and government controls. Definitely the views held by any good cyberpunk!

Anyway, I watched through the Kodak Lecture by Joanna Berzowska and got some good ideas about what is going on in the wearables field right now and some good theory related to fashion and technology.

  • Clothing and Language were developed as we developed into humans
  • Clothing is a historic signifier of wealth, status, profession, identity, etc. It is our most common personal expression

Most wearable technology in the area of media seems to be steered towards interconnecting consumer electronics and is not really doing much to counteract the erosion of physical and social contact.

I’ve been sending out e-mails to Steve Mann, Deb Fels, Joey Berzowska, etc. to get in contact with them and get some help and feedback on my project. I want to be sure I’m not doing something already done and something that is way above my time and skills.
Here are some examples of wearable consumer products and companies I found online:
Eleksen – ElekTex Touchpad

Cutecircut – The Hug shirt, etc.

Orang-Otang – Wrist Strap Wearable Technology

Burton & Apple – Ipod Snowboarding Jacket

Phillips & Swarovski Crystal – Headphones

Wearable Wi-fi Server

The Egokast – Belt Video Display

Kenpo Jacket – Ipod Integrated

Think Geek – Animated Pong shirt

Here are a few blogs and stuff I found on Wearable Electronics and such

Gizmag – Wearable Electronics Articles




Wearable Computer / Eyetap

And a few Cyborg and Cyberpunks I came across