May 18, 2005
Technojewelry - Penta Phone, Ring Phone and GPS Toes
Technojewelry for IDEO incorporates emerging electronics into everyday attire.
Focusing on the hands and feet as nonintrusive locations for useful innovations, these concepts prove that new devices needn't look alien to your person and that we can make technology adapt to our lifestyles rather that the other way around.
Penta Phone and Ring Phone are concepts for mobile phones
Calls can be initiated by raising the hand to the proper position, and voice-activated interaction will allow instant communication. The little-finger units will vibrate to indicate incoming calls and the thumb unit will beam the sound towards the ear when the hand is held in the listening position.
Using similar low-power, nano-derived technology, GPS Toes are toe rings that communicate to a GPS receiver kept in a purse or worn on a belt.
Wearing one on each foot, the GPS Toes device will guide the wearer to a preset destination by vibrating and lighting up to signal upcoming direction changes. The left toe ring will indicate left turns and the right toe right turns, whether driving on the highway, walking on city streets, or hiking on the mountain trail.
[ via networked_performance ]
Related Ring Phones
-- Ring phone concept - a mobile phone encapsulated into a ring you wear on the finger. The microphone is placed on a retractable piece of string. You hold your hand up to your ear while talking in it. [via nnf]
-- The Ring Phone - A phone consisting of two finger rings, one ring for listening and one for speaking, designed by Jimmy Jeppson.
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