Intel Introduces Wearables That Show The Stress Of Models As They Strut Down The Runway

Zarmeen Shahzad
Posted Sep 30, 2016
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Intel seems to be broadening its horizons and is apparently going crazy with its experiments on wearables. The company teamed up with Hussein Chalayan today, a British designer for the purpose of creating smart belts and glasses for 5 models in Chalayan’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection. These particular devices are going to be powered by Intel’s Curie module for wearables but the sad thing is that neither company has made any plans of creating these products commercially.

New fashion statements in town!

So let’s look into the details of how these products really function. The glasses have capacitive EEG electrodes on the temples in order to read brainwaves, whereas the nose bridge hosts an optical heart sensor that measures the variations in the heart rate and a microphone that measures breathing variations. The information received from the tiny devices is then combined with the Curie module using ‘sensor fusion’ for accurate detection of stress. This is then sent using BLE technology (Bluetooth low energy) to a 3D belt around the model’s waist. Now these belts are special in a way that they have they host Curie Module as well as an Intel Compute Stick that the processes and visualizes the stress metric. Interesting right? It gets better. A pico projector on the waist allows images and animations to be casted onto a wall and shows the real-time stress levels of the model!

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Models will walk down the runway and they will be instructed to remain calm and breathe through the nose for six seconds and exhale for about four seconds. This will help reduce stress levels. If all goes well the audience will be able to see the projected images of these stress levels. These are high stress environments even if they look easy and remaining calm is going to be one hell of a task. Pictures show that the glasses and belts are pretty chunky since they carry so many components.

So why do it?

So the real question is what is the use of these devices? Honestly, it’s a little hard to understand what use we will get out of this but we can say this that it s pretty interesting to see Intel’s exhibition of cool tech. The company is hoping that more wearable makers will want to adopt the Curie module and this seems like a very interesting way to show off the technology.

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