Digital Jewelry

23 Mar

Cell phones will one day be comprised of digital accessories that work together through wireless connections.
Photo courtesy IBM

IBM has developed a prototype of a cell phone that consists of several pieces of digital jewelry that will work together wirelessly, possibly with Bluetooth wireless technology,  just like a conventional cell phone.

Earrings – Speakers embedded into these earrings will be the phone’s receiver.

Necklace – Users will talk into the necklace’s embedded microphone.

Ring – Perhaps the most interesting piece of the phone, this “magic decoder ring” is equipped with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that flash to indicate an incoming call. It can also be programmed to flash different colors to identify a particular caller or indicate the importance of a call.

Bracelet – Equipped with a video graphics array (VGA) display, this wrist display could also be used as a caller identifier that flashes the name and phone number of the caller.

The Java Ring

The Java Ring can be programmed to give you access to every door and device.
Photo courtesy Dallas Semiconductor

The JavaRing is a tiny wearable computer with 6 kilobytes of RAM. Six K may not sound like much, but it is 20 percent more memory than the first computer I ever used (back in high school in 1973): an ancient (even at the time) Danish second-generation computer called Gier. The Gier took up an entire room and now I can carry more computer power on my finger.

Even 6 K is enough to hold your secret codes, your credit cards numbers, your driver license, other wallet contents, and even some electronic cash. The ring can also store a few important URLs. Indeed, one of the current JavaRing demos is the ability for me to walk up to any computer in the world that has a JavaRing reader and have my home page loaded simply by touching the ring to the reader.(Jakob Nielsen,1998)


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