Wearable computers

It’s finally here, the integration of man and machine... OK, not quite, but there are a number of products about to hit the market that should revolutionise the way we use computers and personal devices...

One such gizmo is UK group Eleksen’s range of wearable device-controllers. Eleksen has developed so-called ‘smart fabrics’ that can be used to control electronic devices like ‘smartphones’ and MP3 players. With Bagir, the suit provider to Marks & Spencer, Eleksen has integrated the product into a snappy tailored suit. Available in five styles, the suit has a suggested retail price of £149 and will enable you to skip to your favourite tracks with the touch of a button/pocket.

Elsewhere, US company Xybernaut has developed a range of fully functional, super lightweight wearable computers. One has a 500 MHz built-in Intel processor and is intended to give remote access to documents and programs for your mobile workforce. The computers use rechargeable, Lithium batteries allowing users to stay on a mobile for longer – so don’t be surprised if you see a maintenance technician playing tetris up a telegraph pole while repairing a line. It’s the future.

Marc Barber

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Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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