Wearable computing is all the rage these days.
Look at the FitBit and Nike+ gadgets that help you track your fitness levels and workouts. Google Glass is getting ready to hit the market soon, bringing computing to eye-level all the time. Smart watches like the Pebble are reimagining what it means to wear a watch, connecting the devices with your smartphones.
There’s a phrase for this sort of thing: ubiquitous computing. That means that computing and the devices that power that are found everywhere.
Which doesn’t mean that every single wearable device has been imagined or is in the pipeline. There’s still room for improvement and advancement.
Which brings me to XOWi: the world’s first smartbadge. It’s up for funding on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding organization that lets potential consumers help to fund the process of bringing a device to reality and then to market.
Here’s a little info about it.
Basically, this thing is the Star Trek communicator badge, but real. You can use it to control and interface with your phones, make calls, receive calls, control just about anything your phone does.
It is, right now, the very essence of Techool (can you tell I just made up that word? Techool, a combination of tech and cool? Well, I think it works.).
But it’s not going to become real unless you help out. There are fewer than 10 days left in this initial funding round and there’s still a long way to go. Why not go and check out the project and see if you can give it a little boost. Pick the right amount of giving and you could end up with one of these amazing devices.
You’ve got to hurry, though. There’s not much time left. Go on. Give it a try.