The idea of a gadget that can be worn on clothing - or worn as clothing - isn't exactly a new one, but the sheer number of gadgets which can be described as a “wearable” is certainly on the rise in novel numbers. The recent CES (News - Alert) event showed off a variety of such gadgets, from Jawbone's UP to Fitbit's Flex and a variety of others in between.
In a very different industry however, some more unusual wearable gadgets were spotted. At the Adult Entertainment Expo wearable tech from companies like Jimmyjane made their debut as well.
One of Jimmyjane's biggest launches is a line of wearable technology that vibrates and is encased in a glove. More specifically, the Hello Touch product, which is part of the larger "Hello" series of products, runs on a pair of AAA batteries, and can carry on for around six to seven hours before needing a fresh charge. It will retail for $65 and was originally projected to have a rechargeable battery instead of separate batteries, but officials noted design changes required a compromise.
Wearable technologies are part of an emerging design philosophy that looks to make humans a little more on the superhuman. Ethan Imboden, the company's co-founder and chief creative officer, actually likened the Hello Touch to being similar to the mech suit Sigourney Weaver wore in the popular science fiction film "Aliens".
Imboden points out that perhaps one day, such devices could be successfully integrated directly into the body and allow users to modify their own internal chemistry to increase neural stimulation and improve activities for a more powerful experience.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi