The art of using turn signals seems to be getting lost in the hustle for both cars and bicyclists alike. The Zackees Turn Signal Gloves project on Kickstarter wants to make turn signals cool again.
The gloves are typical bike-style fingerless gloves, but with light-up LED directional arrows built on top of each hand. Hold your hand up, trigger the contact pads, and traffic behind you can see which way you're planning to turn. This works equally well for bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, or what's left of the roller-blading crowd.… Read more
I have had the impression for some time that Google has thought of everything.
This impression was mainly fostered by Google, which seems intent not merely on knowing everything I do now, but everything I will want to do in the future.
But then I saw this footage of a man talking into his pinkie finger and thought: "He must be British."
This did, indeed, prove to be the case. For Sean Miles of Designworks in the U.K. decided that the true joy of wearable tech was a driving glove that you can talk into.
At least … Read more
While we're waiting for Google Glass to reach the masses, there are plenty of other wearable technology options to keep us busy. One newcomer is the ManiGlove, an iPod and iPhone control glove raising funds on Kickstarter.
The Version 1 ManiGlove looks a lot like a golfing glove, but it contains a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth for hooking up to your iPhone or iPod. Touch your thumb and different fingers together to change the volume, navigate songs, activate Siri, or control a PowerPoint presentation. Conductive pressure points trigger the commands.… Read more
Got cold hands and a really hot wallet? Chaval Outdoor is showing off a pair of $390 heated ski gloves that regulate temperature independently for each finger. Say you're one of those people with a chronically blazing-hot thumb and perpetually shivering pinkie. These luxury gloves are here to tend to your tempermental digits.
Instead of the standard wire-heating technology you'd find in many heated gloves, the Chaval Response-XRT wireless gloves rely on a paper-thin, flexible nanotech polymer film to deliver heat to each individual finger (much like this technology from Aevex). The Seattle-area company calls its system AlphaHeat.
"Think of this like having independent temperature control in each room of your house," Chaval co-founder Mark Boone tells me.… Read more
I've been known to wander the wasteland aisles of the grocery store, seeking out a single elusive item in a futile voyage only slightly shorter than "The Odyssey." If only I had a prototype tactile glove developed by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.
The glove works by giving the wearer physical feedback. It vibrates to lead the person to a point in 3D space. The researchers see it being useful for locating items in a supermarket, finding a car in a parking lot, or zeroing in on a book among the stacks of a library.… Read more
I have a very basic grasp of sign language, including the alphabet and few simple words like "thank you," "snake," and "chicken."
The last time I spoke with someone who was speech impaired, we resorted to a scrap piece of cardboard and a pencil to get our messages across. A new invention may help break down those barriers.
I'm sure I wasn't the only kid who watched "Star Wars" and then tried to move objects with the sheer strength and determination of my young Jedi mind. What I was missing was a Force Glove.
The Force Glove is part of Uncle Milton's line of Star Wars Science products designed to teach kids about science through "Star Wars." It grants the wearer the ability to move objects without touching them.… Read more
A wireless musical glove developed at Georgia Tech not only teaches users to play songs on the piano, but may also improve the sensation and mobility of the hands of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries, researchers report.
The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) device, which works alongside a computer and a keyboard, improved rehabilitation even in patients who had sustained the injury more than a year earlier -- a point at which improvements tend to be minimal at best.… Read more
Mobile phones: they're pretty handy, right? But holding one does mean your hand is tied up -- unless you don Glove One, a glove with a phone in it. Best of all, you can make it yourself.
Glove One is an art project by Milwaukee-based designer Bryan Cera. The numbers are located on the fingers, so you dial and chat away by holding up your thumb and little finger in the universal symbol for "call me."
It's made out of jointed bits of plastic, and here's the really clever part: you can print the plastic joints with a 3D printer to build your own gloved phone, making you look like Michael Jackson dialing out.
Read more of "Talk to the hand with a phone in a 3D-printed glove" at Crave UK.… Read more