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The MIT Wearable Computing Web Page
Welcome to the MIT Wearable Computing Web Page. This page is meant
to both serve as an introduction to the field of wearable computing
and as a resource for more technical information. Updates occur as
new technology is released. If you have information or code to share,
send mail to email@example.com
In places, this is a very image intensive site due to scanned data
pages. If you are having very long delays in reading these pages,
select the "no images" option on your web browser.
What's a Wearable?
To date, personal computers have not lived up to their name. Most
machines sit on the desk and interact with their owners for only a small
fraction of the day. Smaller and faster notebook computers have made
mobility less of an issue, but the same staid user paradigm persists.
Wearable computing hopes to shatter this myth of how a computer should
be used. A person's computer should be worn, much as eyeglasses or
clothing are worn, and interact with the user based on the context of
the situation. With heads-up displays, unobtrusive input devices,
personal wireless local area networks, and a host of other context
sensing and communication tools, the wearable computer can act as an
intelligent assistant, whether it be through a Remembrance Agent,
augmented reality, or intellectual collectives.
Applications for wearables
Hardware (see also the commercial wearables sites below)
Software (Currently Linux only)
MIT Wearable Computing Associated Papers
- Human Powered Wearable Computing, by Thad Starner (HTML). Version 2.0! Compressed postscript version.
Remembrance Agent: A continuously running automated information retrieval
system (html), by Brad Rhodes and Thad Starner
Wearable Computing and Augmented Reality, Preliminary copy (V0.5), by Thad Starner, Steve Mann,
Bradley Rhodes, Jennifer Healey, Kenneth B. Russell, Jeffrey Levine, and
Alex Pentland (compressed Postscript). Replaces #318
- Smart Clothing, by Steve Mann, N1NLF
- Mediated Reality, by Steve Mann, N1NLF (compressed Postscript)
- Affective Computing, by R.W. Picard (compressed Postscript)
- Interview with New Scientist (html)
- Wearable Computing (meant for the popular press-html). Replaced by TR #355 above.
- Making multimedia computers and wireless communication more personal --- a paradigm shift in wearable computing, by Steve Mann (meant for general broad readership).
Links to commercial wearables sites
Moderators' note: As with many tech companies these days,
announcements are made even when the hardware is not available and may
be many months, in some cases years, away. Each of these companies
currently has a product to sell, but even if a particular unit is
marked available, all of the options may not be. Contact the company
directly for current information.
Links to other research of interest.
MIT research and independent efforts supported by this server
- MCSA `94
See the following papers:
- Anonymity in a Mobile Computing Environment, N. Asokan - University of Waterloo.
- A Method Providing Identity Privacy to Mobile Users during Authentication, Didier Samfat and Refik Molva - Institut Eurecom.
- On Travelling Incognito, A. Herzberg, H. Krawczyk - IBM T.J. Watson, and G. Tsudik - IBM Zurich.
Military, Commercial, and Independent research
Enabling technologies for the handicapped
CDA ruled unconstitutional!
- Maintainers: Thad Starner, Steve Mann, and Bradley Rhodes
- Artwork: Liz Manicatide.
- Scanning and OCR: Tavenner Hall and Kevin Pipe.
- Made possible by the Wearable Computing Project, MIT Media Laboratory.
Last modified: Mon Dec 18 03:26:38 1995