Frog calls AirWaves a “contemporary pollution mask.” Particle sensors measure air quality in real time, then feed that geolocated data to the cloud.
The result is a network of air data, built from very specific niches. Culturally, AirWaves plays to the skepticism of the Chinese of “faceless data.”
Cross a fitness band, a social network, and a friendship bracelet. What you get is Mnemo. It’s a means to record memories–audio, video, and the friends you’re with–through a simple interaction with your wristband. And it can be personalized, much like a friendship bracelet, with colored string.
You’ll still need a phone for many functions (like snagging videos), but physical gestures drive the interface. For instance, by linking two bracelets, friends can create multiple perspectives of the same moment.
Even in the age of GPS, to explore cities today, Frog points out our tendency to “pre-Google” our destinations. What’s lost? The feelings of spontaneity and exploration.
CompassGo chooses a simple category (like culture, food or relaxation), displays that category with an icon, then points you the way to your next adventure.
Hello World DIY-Seattle
How do you get tweenage girls interested in technology? Sew it into their clothing. This is a kit of “accessible Arduino projects” that are wearable without programming skills.
This navigation aid for the vision-impaired not only enhances perception through sonar proximity sensors, but it uses a combination of GPS, accelerometers, and haptic feedback to lead its user through an urban environment. Imagine a museum audiotour that you can hear and feel.
Kinetik is basically a backup battery for your phone. Its twist?
You wear Kinetic through your life while it harnesses your natural kinetic energy. Fitness becomes a “tangible reward”–and with a bit of extra battery power, you won’t have to worry about your phone running out of juice during an extended adventure.
A companion app builds a network of location-based energy patterns. I imagine it’d be a lot of fun to see the wattage produced at a mass sporting event like a marathon.
MTA Relay-New York
Relay is a band to help navigate New York’s transit system. Its three strands hide dynamic displays, which will glow with the colors of nearby lines and transfers, while providing up-to-date scheduling information.
Over time, the band actually learns your commuting patterns. The only catch? It would rely heavily on underground infrastructure, like RFID or other radio technology, to keep the band in the know beneath layers of asphalt and concrete.
What if trees could talk? That’s sort of the idea behind Tree Voice, a wearable for nature.
Its sensors collect data on the environment like noise, temperature, and pollution. And it “sparks” to life with motion sensors and a display for passersby.
Together, these tree bands form a giant network of environmental data that can reveal more about our neighborhoods. Frog imagines a new wave of data to influence everything from government policy to where you buy your next house. To me, it’s a digital equivalent to the networked heart trees in Game of Thrones.
Via FastCoDesign: http://www.fastcodesign.com/