Wearables with a difference
While Computex revived some old-time tech themes in terms of desktops and laptops, there were also some rather novel innovations on show. A particularly unique one we spotted while roaming the show floor was by a start-up company called Machina, which is looking to shake up the smart clothing space by not only using connected garments to enhance the gaming experience, but throwing VR into the mix too via its OBE (Out of Body Experience) line of smart clothing.
Aiming to improve our sense of immersion in virtual environments, OBE features a mashup of modular clothing sensors, so each sensor is different and compatible with one another. Built into the fabric, the sensors combine motion and biometrics with haptic feedback and mechanical buttons using Bluetooth Low Energy for communication (above/below).
The interaction comes in the form of an app for iOS and Android, where you can select from a range of functions, including smart notifications, making music with your body movements, acting as a controller when you’re in VR, controlling your smart home devices remotely, and fitness tracking.
OBE smart clothing is still in the early development stages, but Machina is hoping to get it on to the market soon.