This has been one hoppin’ week for wearables and VR at SXSW. We’ve been to several fantastic panels like Under Amour with CEO Kevin Plank and learned about the ways VR is being used in conservation efforts.
There was far too much to see and we were overwhelmed by the massive list of talks on wearables and VR.
But things outside the session rooms got pretty wacky, keeping in line with the slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.”
From Chaotic Moon’s design studio, to our time roaming around the SXSW Trade Show, here are the weirdest wearables we’ve found attempting to break the mold and create daring statements with their innovations.
Probably showing the cutest demo videos at SXSW, Inupathy is a pet wearable that promises to tell you what your pooch is feeling.
The color and light pattern of the device is supposed to show you whether the dog is happy, excited, anxious, etc., through a heart monitor with specialized algorithms for canines.
CEO Joji Yamaguchi first started testing the Inupathy monitor on his corgi and then slowly branched out to other dogs in order to refine the algorithm. He told us, “A dog’s tail can you tell you how he is feeling but Inupathy is more precise.” Yamaguchi also noted that he wants the device to be used in determining the dog’s health and wellbeing.
The Inupathy pet wearable is available through Indiegogo starting at $199.
However the AR smartglasses are more along the lines of less functional Epson Moverio BT-300‘s. The company says the Walkers can also be used for outdoor applications and location based AR games.
You can find the glasses on Kickstarter for $349 which is a low price point considering the post-funding cost is $699.
Sony N concept
The command is “Listen up, Arc” and there’s no tapping buttons or swiping on the device itself, it’s all voice and hands-free. Then simply say something like “Take a picture” to open the lens of the camera built into the right hand edge of the neckband.
Just like most of the weird tech we’ve seen, the N neckband is very much a concept and was brought to SXSW to gauge the interest of early adopters. We may never see it on store shelves, or if we do, they might look completely different.
Remidi smart glove
The Remidi glove is essentially a digital interface controller in a glove that can interact with laptops, iPads and whatever else is running compatible MIDI software to make music.
Essentially, wearing the Remidi will make DJ’ing and composing the easiest thing ever.
Watching the demo of the glove is absolutely nuts. The slightest twitch of a finger or turn of the wrist produced a different sound and effect. It seems easy to do but might take some time and practice to figure out the wearable’s tricks.
The Entrim 4D headset was created by one of Samsung’s nine Creative Labs to help you really feel VR experiences.
Electrodes are placed in the headphone’s ear cups and through a combination of algorithms and Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS), sends electric messages to your inner ear nerve. This signals your brain to feel movement when you’re watching stuff in VR.
Just like the Sony N, the Entrims are only a concept and the team has no plans beyond showing it off at SXSW. Though Insung Lee, assistant manager of teh Creativity and Innovation Center, did tell us any future plans are confidential which to us sounds like something might happen down the line.