We are living in a world where only a few precious things in our daily lives can still be considered low-tech, and a recent event showcased some traditionally low-tech products that aren't so low-tech anymore. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Bluetooth is often times the gateway technology that brings traditionally non-techie products over to the sparks side.
For example, at a recent event showing off the latest uses for the wireless technology, we saw what life would be like if every piece of clothing you had could talk to your mobile device. That's the next project being worked on by the folks at iDevices. With MyVirtualCloset, a sensor gets attached to every item in your wardrobe so that your mobile device becomes your virtual personal stylist.
"Inside your app, you'll be able to see all the clothes that you have in your closet that has this Bluetooth module attached to it," says Peter Gabriele of iDevices. "You'll be able to see when you bought it, when's the last time you wore it, when's the last time it was cleaned, do your friends own it, how many of your friends, so you can make sure they're not wearing the same thing when they go out on the town together. You'll be able to see, 'OK, you chose this blouse. Well, here's some skirts that go with it for you.'"
There's a similar type of system being used with a baby's onesie, only instead of alerting users to potential fashion emergencies, the Sensible Baby sensor in here helps avert actual emergencies.
"If the child flips over face down into the mattress, we can tell you instantly if that happens," says Ben Cooper of Sensible Baby. "If, for instance, the temperature around your child becomes unsafe, we can detect that and then send an alert. And the most critical is, if there's no movement or breathing detected within 20 seconds, we'll be able to send you an alert."
Finally, in case you needed any more evidence that technology can be inserted into just about any type of product, there's the 94Fifty Smartsensor Basketball, which developers say has nine sensors to learn how you play in order to help you play better.
"It can go from something a simple as counting a bounce and how many dribbles you do in a day to how fast you dribble, how hard you dribble, how quickly you shoot, the type of arc you put on your shot so you can soften it up," says Michael Crowley of InfoMotions Sports Technologies.
The company says it's also working on similar systems for soccer and cross-training.