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The Wearable Revolution: how the electronics technology can strengthen wearable smart devices, Part 3

Wearable electronics give you access to a lot of information in real time. With low-power devices and small batteries, wearables lets you take them with you. Furthermore, this flow of information can be easily available like the case of the smart glasses made by the Google (Figure 1) and others.

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Figure 1. The Google Glass is an interesting wearable device: “Google Glass consists of a lot of the same parts that you would find inside of a smart phone. Google Glass has a 640×360 prism projector display, a CPU, sensors, GPS, a bone transducer speaker, a battery, a touchpad, 2 GB of ram, 16 GB of storage, and a camera. All of these components are attached to a frame that is worn by the user.” (Source: GLASSAPPSOURCE)

“Google Glass is a wearable computing device, which comes with a head-mounted display. This smart device displays information to users in a hands-free format and enables them to interact with the internet through voice commands while on the go. This the most advanced wearable mobile technology I’ve seen so far. This device resembles a pair of glasses. It packs a punch by offering excellent computing power and functionality within its slim, lightweight form factor. The gadget delivers small packages of information directly to the user via the use of a micro-projector, by using a private channel of communication, which is accessed exclusively by the user. Due to its advanced features, Glass can also function as a recorder or a spy camera, recording high-quality audio, images, and even HD video, by means of using natural language, voice commands or simple hand gestures. This technology has built-in location awareness, accelerometers, gyroscopes and so on, which keep constant track of the user’s movements.” (Source: lifewire)

This smart glasses are a good example of the great potentialities of utilizing smart electronics devices inserted in user’s clothes or personal gadgets, for this reason the STMicroelectronics Company has developed a wide portfolio of ICs suitable for this type of wearable solution, like it has been presented at the Technology Tour 2019 held in Toronto (Figure 2).

Figure 2. The Technology Tour 2019 held by STMicroelectronics in Toronto, Canada has been a good spot to illustrate the potentialities of electronics technology when it is applied to the smart glasses. (Source: ST Blog)

“Along the same line, we held a symposium on augmented reality and virtual reality where we describe the advantages of systems using laser beams and micromirrors to display a small image onto glasses or other headsets. The talk explained, among other things, the balance between the ambient and display luminance to offer a clear picture while also enabling users to see their environment comfortably. North then showed how they used our technologies to create Focals, a very impressive pair of glasses that display an image on one of the lenses. Peraso then delved into the importance of using 60 GHz wireless connections to massively improve the experience of VR headsets. Both were Canadian companies showing how they are transforming the AR and VR market with concrete innovations.” (Source: ST Blog)

Do you like smart glasses? Have you ever worn a pair of smart glasses? If so, would you buy them?

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