Legendary design studio Frog held an internal competition to conceptualize the most innovative wearables. Heres what their studios worldwide came up…
AirWaves (Shanghai) a “contemporary pollution mask.” Particle sensors measure air quality in real time, then feed that geolocated data to the cloud.
Mnemo (Amsterdam) 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.
CompassGo (Milan) 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.
Icho (Munich) 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.
Kinetik (San Francisco) is basically a backup battery for your phone. 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.
MTA Relay (New York) 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.
Tree Voice (Austin) 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.