October 22, 2007
Sunglasses Display Heart Rate

The German company Rodenstock has developed what I've always wanted: sunglasses that show you some of your vital signs. But the sunglasses don't yet report your bionic legs moving you at 60 miles an hour.

Sunglasses that can show athletes' performance and heart rate data in their peripheral vision have been developed by a German company.

The sunglasses dubbed "Informance" display a stopwatch and heart rate at one edge. The extra components needed to do this add just 7 grams to the glasses' overall weight which is much less than previous head-up displays.

This is just the start of a trend toward far greater data collection and display power in glasses. Imagine embedded sensors that would report blood chemistry vitals to the glasses by very low power radio signals. Watches will also collect information about blood chemistry and will have sensors that measure chemicals in your sweat.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2007 October 22 10:47 PM  Cyborg Tech

Brett Bellmore said at October 23, 2007 4:01 PM:

Personally, I think I'd rather have my glasses extend my sensory range into the infrared and ultraviolet. As far as I know, I don't have a crying need to know on a moment to moment basis what's in my sweat, (Though I can see the advantage to having an expert system keeping track of that.) and as for my heart rate, I might not have the number, but I AM aware of how fast my heart is beating.

But being able to see how hot things are? THAT would be handy.

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