Intel’s Make it Wearable contest has thrown up smart gizmos of the future we actually want to get our hands on
Blocks is essentially the smartwatch equivalent of Google’s Project Ara
modular smartphone. It makes a hell of a lot of sense – the various bluetooth-connected modules form the watch’s strap, so you can add a microphone and SIM card when you need to make a call, or GPS and a heart-rate monitor when you feel the urge for a jog.
Anyone who’s seen Elysium will know how dangerous factories can be, but ProGlove might be the device that saves you from an irradiated, convoluted
doom. The glove displays context-sensitive information to assembly-line labourers, detecting voltages and temperatures, indicating how two parts are assembled, or explaining why District9 was much better in every single way.
Essentially a heatsink for your wrist, Wristify’s bracelet warms up or cools down depending on whether you want to feel toasty or chilly. It may sound like pseudo science, but according to the device’s creators altering temperatures in a tiny spot can make the wearer feel a lot more comfortable, which should in turn reduce heating bills and ultimately save the planet.
While it may sound like the ultimate American Christmas treat, Snowcookie is in fact a ski-centric multi-sensor. Beginners who use it will receive advice on how to improve their posture and technique, while pros get feedback on the angle and pressure of their skis so they can fine-tune their performance. And there’s not a crumb in sight.