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Designing wearables outside the box

Wearables are happening, but they don't have to make their users look like Borg. Regina Dugan, SVP for advanced technology and projects at Motorola, showed off some gadgets at D11 last week that went beyond the frame of wearable tech to downright biointegrated: an ingestible user authentication device activated by stomach acids, and a tattoo sensor that actually looks pretty bad-ass.

"Electronics are boxy and rigid," Dugan says, "[but] humans are curvy and soft. That's a mechanical mismatch problem."

Mechanical mismatches notwithstanding, such devices address Tim Cook's concern that wearables such as smartwatches aren't relevant or appealing to a watchless generation. My only question is, when do we get skull guns? 

 

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