The private sector is consistently researching and developing technology behind closed doors and locked information from internet access. WT | Wearable Technologies is curious about what wearable devices were once hiding behind the curtain and now transparent to the public’s eye.
In the past six months, the American media has brought forth a tsunami of information around Police brutality to innocent civilians. The people are no longer tolerating this power tug-a-war with citizens who swore to protect their cities. This uproar has lead Obama to increase the domestic defense budget to $75 million. The ideal goal is to enhance transparency of officer’s actions while in uniform. Made for cops by cops, Vievu has manufactured body worn video (BWV) cameras since 2012. Vievu is designed to clip to the front of an officer’s uniform to record interactions between the officer and suspected civilians. The amount of time of the footage, as well as the place and duration all depend upon the departments specific regulations.
Until recently, VeriPatrol was the secure file management system for all footage to be stored. VeriPatrol is developed with strict limitations to who can access files; this includes editing and deleting footage. The system is transparent by logging all personal that view stored footage. Within the past few months, Microsoft has joining Vervu’s team to create Vievu Solutions; a new software platform for storing BWV footage. This system complies with the newly updated Criminal Justice Information Services. As well, Vievu has successfully collaborated with G-Zed Mobile, a Canadian company, to launch VEIVU². VEIVU² is specifically designed to protect Canadian consumers and professionals. Lee Goren, President of G-Zed Mobile, said ‚The Canadian market, and specifically Canadian prosumers are in need of technology to protect them against workplace liability. The VEIVU² fits this market perfectly as its small form-factor, rugged design and ease of use makes it ideal to document daily activities and record employee or client interactions.‘ This statement adds to the truth that the world is becoming more protective of evidence in the court of law. Veivu² technology is so simple that it can be used by the technically incapable consumers, or for reasons other than supplying evidence of injustice.
LifeBEAM, Sensing the Human Race, is a pioneering innovator for wearable bio-sensing technology, analytics and software. LifeBEAM is a privately owned manufacture based in Israel with operation centers in China and United States. They originally designed products for the Special Forces, astronauts, and pilots. Now they have expanded their research to assist the greater public, as well as B2B clients. Their research and prototypes have evolved into the world’s smallest, most accurate and versatile bio-sensors for motion-intensive activities. Recently they have released a wearable helmets, Smart hats and visors for a reasonable price. The data collected will assist athletes’ knowledge to ensure they are remaining healthy throughout their exercise; with an amazing battery life of 17 hours. In April 2015, LifeBEAM announced their sponsorship to Team Beyond in the Atlantic Challenge. They have given Team Beyond LifeBEAM Smart Hats to accurately prepare for this worldly event. If Team Beyond wins the race they will donate food to over $5 million to Americans suffering from hunger today. Sure to succeed in their goal, Team Beyond has a firm foundation on ‘the belief that it’s only by testing ourselves to our limits that we can find the true capacity of the human spirit.’ To find more information, or to become a supporter please visit their site.
The United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been experimenting with wearable technology for almost half a century. Beginning with walkie-talkies and becoming more sustainable and innovative for producing the ‘soldier of the future.’ Within recent years DARPA has been collaborating with various universities within the states. Gregory M. Burnett is the chief engineer at the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge. Burnett has said, ‘We’re really trying to augment the operator and aid them throughout their many duties and responsibilities that they conduct in combat and humanitarian assistance.’
In order to success in alleviating stress on soldiers, DARPA has partnered with Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Natick Soldier System Center and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Together they have created the Warrior Web; an exoskeleton under suit. Warrior Web is developed for the purpose of reducing injuries and fatigue while improving mission performance. The goal is to have 90% of the U.S army equipped with a wearable exo-suit that can improve human performance. This prototype is still under testing and development. The University of Delaware is schedules to soon release and test their version of Warrior Web.
Another project funded by DARPA is the 4MM (4-Minute-Mile). They have joined forces with Arizona State University’s Human Machine Integration Laboratory to essentially create a wearable Jet Pack. The goal is to enhance human capacity beyond average movement. Their ability to create a digital render to a prototyped model is astounding. Even with an additional 11.2 pounds on the person’s back, the team has successfully increased the speed of the runner. However, the Jet Pack is still under testing and development. To our knowledge, they are getting closer and closer to reaching their goal.
For Special Forces technology embedded into uniforms can assist in life-or-death situations. For day-to-day people it is sneak peek into the future of human machine interaction. Soon every sci-fi fans favorite gizmo will be available for sale. WT| Wearable Technologies is happy to help you prepare for an environment integrated with intelligent wearables fueled with renewable energy.