Hexoskin Smart Shirt Monitors Your Health

As a race, we seem drawn to making things smarter, from self-driving cars to watches designed to interact with our mobile phones. One thing that everything from smart watches to phones includes on an all too regular basis is health apps, tracking everything from your steps for the day and calories burned to your heartbeat and temperature. Hexoskin is known for their smart clothing, with you now being able to go so far as buying a smart shirt.

Hexoskin offers everything from men and women’s tank tops to long sleeve shirts, all with the added bonus of being made from lightweight, stretchy and breathable materials. With each top containing a small zipped pocket for you to connect up the battery to the shirt, the tops look all but identical to the same thing you would already wear when you hit the gym. With 14 hours of monitoring from a single charge, and 150 hours of standby you could easily get a few days of heavy exercise before having to plug in the battery pack. With sensors to monitor heart rates and your breathing rate, you may find out something useful when you start using the Hexoskin top, but at $399 for a single shirt, battery pack, Bluetooth sensors and a charging cable

With 14 hours of monitoring from a single charge, and 150 hours of standby you could easily get a few days of heavy exercise before having to plug in the battery pack. With sensors to monitor heart rates and your breathing rate, you may find out something useful when you start using the Hexoskin top, but at $399 for a single shirt, battery pack, Bluetooth sensors and a charging cable, it probably isn’t something you’ll be filling your wardrobe with.

With companies looking for more and more ways to help us do everything from exercising to taking out the rubbish, it comes as no surprise that the sensors could help you find out something quite useful during your exercises, sadly though the price will probably put off more people than it will attract.

Microsoft Could Send Notifications Through Electric Impulses in Clothes

Microsoft has publicly revealed an intriguing patent originally filled in 2014, entitled, Wearable Computer Having A Skin-Stimulating Interface. In a rather space-age fashion, the patent allows Microsoft to relay notifications through small sensory shocks. In theory, this could be also be used to stimulate a person’s senses after a prolonged period of inactivity. Therefore, it’s possible the technology is rooted in the fitness market. According to the patent:

“The electrical stimuli may inform the user of an event, a condition, etc. Examples of an event include but are not limited to receipt of a message (e.g. an email, an instant message (IM), a short message service (SMS) message, or a transcribed voicemail), receipt of an alarm (e.g. an alarm clock alarm or a warning), receipt of a phone call, occurrence of a time of day, etc.”

“The electrical stimuli may inform the user of a condition of clothing that is worn by the user. The electrical stimuli may inform the user that a physical positioning of the user is to be changed.”

It seems there is the possibility for tactile notifications using sensors embedded into specialized clothing. Although, I’m quite dubious how long it would take for such a catastrophic change to become widely accepted. Nevertheless, in 20-30 years time, it’s unthinkable how advanced technology will become and the degree to which our lives will change forever.

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NVIDIA Just Made Its PhysX Source Code Free

‘Free’ looks like the word everyone is using recently when it comes to technology. After we saw Epic make its Unreal Engine 4 available for free, it now looks like NVIDIA is taking the same approach with its PhysX technology by giving away its source code for free.

While some bits of the PhysX technology were available for free on Windows, the developer now has given the full source code, which means that it will include the PhysX Clothing and PhysX Destruction features.

By having the full source code free and available for anyone out there, developers will be able to take full advantage of this world-class physics effect in their games, as well as speed up the adoption of the technology in future games.

Unreal Engine 4 itself has the Clothing and Destruction technologies integrated into the engine. However, developers can now add the technology in their own game engines, should they choose not to use the UE4 engine.

The aforementioned technology has been seen in titles such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Lords of the Fallen, Monster Hunter Online, Daylight, as well as the upcoming title, The Witcher 3.

All PhysX technologies can be found in the NVIDIA GameWorks library, including the latest version of PhysX, namely 3.3.3. It is said that the latter version brings improved stability and performance, along with features such as constrained rigid body dynamics, collision detection, scene queries, character controller, particles, vehicles and much more.

The GameWorks library can be found on GitHub and accessed via the NVIDIA GameWorks Developer Program.

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Adobe is Suing Clothing Chain Forever 21 for Pirating Software

That’s not a headline you see everyday – Adobe is leading a suit against US clothing chain Forever 21, in which they allege that the chain repeatedly pirated a number of Adobe software applications, including Photoshop and Illustrator. The company is joined in the suit by AutoDesk and Corel, who claim that the company also pirated its software too.

The suit says that the company pirated 63 different instances of Adobe software and that they “continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement.” Although we don’t know exactly how much money they want, the suit wants an injunction to be issued as well as the issue of compensation for any profits missed out on as a result of the piracy, as well as court costs and any additional damages that can be justified.

While individuals often get away with piracy, it seems that Adobe and others want to make it clear to corporations that piracy is indeed serious and that such a large business should know better.

Source: The Verge

Norton Develops Wireless-Blocking Jeans

Anti-virus service provider Norton has helped develop a pair of jeans capable of blocking wireless signals, designed to protect credit cards and passports from being remotely hacked via radio frequency identification (RFID) signals.

The jeans were designed in conjunction with fashion retailer Betabrand and uses silver-lined pockets to form a wireless-proof ‘Faraday cage’ that protect against RFID signals. The duo are also offering a blazer, integrating the same technology. Both items, priced $151 and $198 respectively, go on sale next February.

Source: BBC