Talk:Wearable technology

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Movies[edit]

Should the article include any of the fictional things. What comes to mind is the Back to the Future II movie. Would that be too much of a fork? — Ched :  ?  19:22, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Sports[edit]

I recently came across some articles about the memory foam used in helmets for football players and race car drivers. Some of that stuff might fit in as well. I'll see if I can dig up the sources. — Ched :  ?  23:57, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

I'm not sure advanced foam meets the definition of tech set out in the article. But I suppose that definition is arbitrary. Should the article be limited to electronics and computing? That is the question... ChildofMidnight (talk) 16:25, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
OK ... I'm fine with that. — Ched :  ?  17:03, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
I wonder what article covers technological advances in clothing, accessories and sports gear. That seems like an interesting subject also. History of the helmet? History of clothing? Advances in safety equipment? There are those advanced swimsuits making news too. Interesting... I envisioned this as being more about the computer and electronic stuff, but maybe it should be broadened out? What do I know. It can always be split out later. ChildofMidnight (talk) 18:05, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Looking up clothing technology I found Timeline of clothing and textiles technology which could be expanded, and Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology (and several other Universities have similar departments). There's also Technology enabled clothing, Issey Miyake (although I'm not seeing much tech related except hype) and Future Textiles and Clothing. But an article on advances in clothing and apparel technology might be cool if there isn't one. ChildofMidnight (talk) 18:14, 1 August 2009 (UTC) This article reads like a potential copyvio or an essay, but is an interesting subject Technical textile. ChildofMidnight (talk) 18:17, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Yea, I think you're prolly right. — Ched :  ?  04:08, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

sources[edit]

Add some possible refs. — Ched :  ?  07:26, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

I really like to use Google News. Gives me a timeline of the keyword I'm looking up. And then I start from the earliest date and use the reliable sources to build up the article. Apprantely "wearable tech" was first used in 1982 by the Chicago Tribune. Here's the link. Tech togs dates back to 1988, see here. Fashion electronics dates back to 1964, however I find that questionable. You can't always trust it, sometimes the dates are messed up ... there were a couple articles about Norton Internet Security 2009 dated 1992 or something. Make sure to put quotations marks (" and ") around your query to limit your results to the ones with the exact string of words ... not fashion, and not electronics, but both fashion and electronics ("Fashion electronics). TechOutsider (talkcontribs) 20:21, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

History[edit]

(section moved to bottom of page per usual talk page protocol)

The current selection seems random at best (i.e. calculator watch + Ilya Fridman). Could be remedied by adding text about other key developments in the field of wearables - from Steve Mann's project of sousveillance [1] to Leah Buechley's LilyPad Arduino and the related emerging DIY culture, research and business in fashion tech wearables (e.g. FashioningTech.com, Instructables.com, 3lectromode.com etc.). Other perspectives to include could be the use of wearables within pervasive healthcare (e.g. sensors embedded in clothing), sports (e.g. Nike's running shoes) or popular culture (i.e. The Black Eyed Peas' use of responsive wearables in their Super Bowl performance http://www.v2.nl/lab/blog/from-lab-to-showbiz). These are, however, just suggestions - it is my first Wikipedia-edit and I would very much like to make sure that my suggestions comply with the guidelines.

Hyperbole01 (talk) 07:15, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Well, you are mentioning sources, which is a good start. Go ahead and be bold. However, the specific sources you link to above cannot be used. We don't use Wikipedia as a source for Wikipedia, although it is a good idea to link to relevant articles in an article. Blogs are also generally out, as they are almost always considered to be unreliable sources. For more information on the requirement that all information be verifiable, please see Wikipedia:Verifiability. For more information on what is generally accepted as reliable sources, please see Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources. And for help in adding citations, please see Wikipedia:Citing sources. I know that's a lot to throw at you, but if you want to become active editing Wikipedia, you should also eventually look at Wikipedia:Five pillars and the policies and guidelines that are linked from there. Don't worry too much about getting the details of style and formatting right. There are bots and other editors who will help with that. Oh, and welcome! -- Donald Albury 12:40, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
See past discussion at User_talk:Andy_Dingley/Archive 2012 January#Wearable_technology. I suggest carrying on here.
I reverted the added links hastily, based on the link target, not the current state of the article. This was primarily an anti-spam action, not one to try and grow the article (it's hard to find the time for much else). It's even possible it's worth re-adding those same links, if we place them into more context within the article.
This isn't an article I'm familiar with. I just make the stuff, I don't read wiki articles on it. I certainly didn't write this. If this article is poor, then that's no surprise, but still WP:OSE. Most fast turn-around protective actions on WP are no more than that, we don't have time to editorialise as much as would be ideal. If you do, then maybe here's an article that's in need of it, so get to it and good luck!
It's worth noting that many poor articles on WP get to be that way because of their additions along the way. Many acceptably good articles are written "in one sitting" by a single author who has some sense of an editorial direction to the article. Then the factoids and links get bolted on and the article starts to wander. Serious re-working is an all too rare event for articles, even those that need it badly. Andy Dingley (talk) 14:58, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
Hyperbole, please cite some reliable sources for the paragraph you added. It looks like original research to me. Normally, I might have just reverted and moved on, but as I've encouraged you to edit, I've instead tagged it. The goal here is to summarize what reliable sources have to say about a subject without violating copywrite or synthesizing a position that goes beyond what the sources say. -- Donald Albury 11:32, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Merge with Wearable computer?[edit]

  • oppose Agree with statement - Wearable technology is broader than this.
  • oppose Computers are computers, worn to make computing available on the go. Wearable technology is broader than this - clothing that gets smart. The biggest WT market as yet is simple trivia: flashy lights, disco bargraphs. Andy Dingley (talk) 11:27, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Support These two articles cover the same topic. --Dan Leveille (talk) 06:16, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Support Things with flashy lights that provide options to change the pattern of flashing and disco bargraphs would both contain very small computers. There isn't a single thing mentioned on the wearable technology page that does not contain a computer. Ironically, the Wearable Computers page is the only one that mentions wearable technology that doesn't require a computer, since it mentions the abacus ring and mechanical watches. Rhollis7 (talk) 17:59, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I've built multiple outfits with switches, ambient and people sensors to change the pattern of the flashy lights – no computers. Quite a few didn't even have ICs, just plain old bipolar transistors. Andy Dingley (talk) 18:23, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
  • oppose Technology doesn't need to be computer, so I will remove the merge notice.Frmorrison (talk) 20:25, 28 May 2014 (UTC)