Technology And Its Impact On Technology

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Introduction Wearable Technology “can be anything from small wrist-mounted systems to bulky backpack computers” [1, p. 57]. Since this definition was coined, Wearable Technology has benefited from years of technological miniaturization, making the likelihood of coming across a backpack computer incredibly small; however the definition is a perfect analogy of developments seen in the industry over the past few decades. Wearable Technology serves two main purposes: to introduce technology into a situation where the use of traditional computers is not possible, usually due to size and portability restrictions; and to serve as a means to sense and analyze what is occurring in the users’ current environment [2]. In lay terms, the technology…show more content…
Emerging Wearables in the 80s and 90s During the 1980s, rapid electronic miniaturization began to occur as well as computer parts becoming more available and affordable [4]. This effectively meant that the parts going into wearable technology became smaller, more efficient, and accessible to more people. The flow on effect of this was that prototypes of Wearable Technologies began to emerge as developers realised the potential and possibilities they held. One prominent example of early technologies during this time was Steve Mann’s backpack mounted computer. This system consisted of a helmet-mounted display which allowed Mann to observe both the screen and what was happening around him as he walked around. The main purpose of this initial system was to capture images as he roamed the city [5]. Steve Mann continued to develop his backpack-mounted system throughout the 1990s, eventually allowing for the checking of email, and facilitating both visual and audio communication with others. Mann’s system allowed for family members to access the camera of his device, seeing exactly what he was seeing at any given time. Family members could send reminders via
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