Bionic fashion: Wearable tech that will turn man into machine by 2015


7:00am: You wake up to a gentle vibration on your arm, you look down and see your wrist-mounted Lark Pro alarm throbbing silently. It is 7 o’clock, Friday April 25, 2015 — time to get up to go to work.

Lark Pro is a vibrating alarm that allows people to slip out of bed quietly without waking their partner. It also helps optimize sleep patterns by waking you at the right moment in your sleep cycle. Sleep optimizing technologies are designed to help insomniacs improve their resting patterns by waking them during their lightest sleep phase. Monisha Perkash, a wearable technology inventor, says she uses her wrist alarm for this reason, to help “optimize my sleep schedule and track sleep patterns so you know you have the best night’s rest.”

7:10am: Before making breakfast you run your forearm across an ultraviolet reader on your wall to check your glucose levels. Your “nano-tattoo” shines back a reading that shows you are in the healthy blood-sugar range. As a diabetic, you used to have to prick your finger and take a blood sample to find out how your blood sugar was, but with the development of a nano-tattoo you now simply have to place your invisible tattoo under an ultraviolet reader.

The power of wearables comes from connecting our senses to sensors
Matt Miesnieks, CEO of Dekko

Heather Clark, inventor of nano-tattoos and an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences in Boston, explains that such technology “could be very user friendly, because once the sensor ‘tattoo’ was inserted, it would be easy and painless to take a reading using just light through the skin.” Nano-tattoos are still a long way off but Clark estimates that, if they do become commercially available, they would be very cheap.

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7:15am: Still half asleep you go downstairs to the kitchen and look through your cupboards for breakfast. Your Vuzix M100 assesses the nutritional value of each of the cereals on offer, and you finally decide on a mixed grain muesli, which you hope will set you up for the day with slow release energy.

You eat your breakfast with a HAPIspoon, which monitors your food intake to ensure you don’t eat too quickly.

By Arion McNicoll and Jenny Soffel, for CNN


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