Although it’s gaining in recognition, wearable technology is often misconstrued as simply a small fashion niche of pretty but impractical “tech-looking” clothes, jewelry and other personal bling. Now here comes Fujitsu with a true high-tech glove that enters the production side of the equation by outfitting the glove with Bluetooth for wireless communication. It also interprets hand gestures. And these capabilities are geared toward work, whereas other gloves will use the same technology for game control. (And that’s okay!)
Launching sometime “next year,” the glove comes with a head-mounted monitor that displays input from the glove sensors via Bluetooth. (Conceivably, you could direct a signal to a MacBook Pro rental, too.) The glove will recognize whatever wireless components are touched, and display any info they are putting out. In addition to offering tremendous efficiencies in production, construction, and other industries, the glove is also the practical solution for people working while they wear other gloves. Fujitsu’s glove enables more work in more places.
iWatch – Really?
Rumors are flying about the Apple watch, dubbed the “iWatch” by almost everyone, and the unique, “futuristic” charging methods being contemplated. Of course, according to Apple, the product doesn’t exist, but some rumormongers suggest that Apple’s nonexistent watch will have inductive charging, introduced last year on such smartphones as Google’s Nexus 4 and Nokia’s Lumia 920. After all the R&D the firm has put into battery technology since CRE first stocked an iPad rental, Apple should be able to engineer a smart watch with smart power.
Multiple sources report that Apple is also looking at additional ways of charging the iWatch (and our Mac Pro rental, and every other iOS or OS X device). One smart way is to use inductive charging, which produces electromagnetic fields from a base charging unit that are picked up by the device. But that’s not all: Other ideas range from solar cells beneath the displays to simple, straightforward kinetic charging. The latter is already used on various products, and the Power Pocket is yet another piece of wearable tech that uses kinetic energy to charge phones.
Wherever that point is, where love of technology meets love of candy, more and more people seem to be finding it with 3D printers. At CES 2014 there were a couple of candy-centric 3D printers, the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro. The entry-level model is a bit smaller and produces only monochromatic treats, but the ChefJet Pro makes colorful eats. Both create chocolates and other confections in shapes nearly impossible with regular baking/cooking methods. The Pro model can also create edible images in “photo quality” for use on cakes or other confections. Just remember: You are what you eat!
CRE knows a sweet deal, which we offer on everything from render farms for production pros to a video wall at your next conference, composed of sharp, crystal clear monitors. When you are ready to get your own sweet high-tech gadgetry, contact us or give us a call at 877-266-7725.
We end each year by looking forward to the coming year’s tech advances, and making educated guesses about what the next generation of, say, CPUs, touch technology and “3D everything” is going to be like. In late 2012, we touted four particular technologies as being “ready for primetime” in 2013. How’d we do? Let’s take a look.
Games Console Fight Still Rages
Eighth-generation game consoles were on deck for 2013, and we noted that Nintendo’s Wii U had already “rolled out…to a positive reception.” We figured that Microsoft and Sony would play catch-up with the Xbox One (initially “720″) and the PS4. All contenders bring top specs to the fray, but with different strengths and weaknesses. So who won 2013? For the year, Sony sold 4.2 million PS4 units worldwide, while Microsoft moved 3 million Xboxes. It might be the fabulous PS4 graphics—it can support 4000 x 2000 pixels, in the super-screen league with the Retina display on our MacBook Pro rental.
Flexible Touch: Still Growing
Last year, flexible touch-sensitive films were being touted for use in every imaginable product. Future generations of our touchscreen LCD monitor rental could be curved since, as we explained a year ago, the flat, solid, precisely positioned sensors on a smartphone or iPad rental ”represent but one application of touch technology.” Flexible sensors are showing up all over—even on “refrigerators [and] auto dashboards,” as we’d surmised. Progress in this niche will continue, quietly, as will the transition to a touch-enabled world.
3D: Now It’s Getting Embarrassing
Last year we joked that 3D’s much heralded (and overhyped?) immersive realism was supposedly irresistible—”back in 2009 when Avatar was released.” Since 3D has long been an accepted element of “TV, movies, the web, games and even tablet/smart phone apps,” it is a bit surprising that, once again, nothing in the 3D niche grabbed headlines, went viral, or stirred much interest in 2013. Pros still go for the Apple Cinema Display rentals and the Retina-level screens for detailed, color-correct graphics work—not a 3D monitor or a holographic display (coming soon!). Only one thing is certain: Figure out how to get people to buy into 3D and you can name your price.
14 Nanometer Production Delayed a Year
Research on both kinds of memory (logic memory, for CPUs, and storage memory) made great progress in 2013, promising Xserve RAID arrays in the petabyte range and the debut of the ”next generation of microprocessor technology” from Intel, featuring a 14nm manufacturing process. Smaller, faster transistors on smaller chips saves energy, space, and time. Unfortunately for this scientific and engineering advance, it was more challenging to implement than anticipated, and hit with continuing delays. Intel only began “ramping” new production this past November, a year late. Rick Merritt reported then in EETimes that Intel did not “appear to have any hot smartphone products” to make with that process in 2014.
When it comes to getting the latest mac rental or high-end PC for an upcoming VFX project, you don’t need to predict how CRE Rentals will do — we’ve been partnering with Entertainment professionals for over 30 years! We offer the latest computer rentals, qualified technicians to set-up the equipment, and 24/7 technical support. Call us today at (877) 266-7725 to learn more.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2014, is now history, and the most memorable part is not a new TV or curved display, but the inability of Transformers director Michael Bay to ad lib when his teleprompter went kaput. He was doubtless getting big bucks from Samsung for shilling at its press event, but he gave a performance that one tech pundit called “downright cringeworthy.” Bay later offered what appeared to be his notion of an apology on his personal site: “I guess live events aren’t my thing.”
Note to Michael Bay: CES is not just another one of those “live events” that people attend and mill about politely. CES is the biggest stage in the world for consumer tech gear, business solutions, and, occasionally, those new processes and paradigms that push or pull us ever forward in both small leaps and great bounds.
CES 2014: Top 5 Takeaways
1. There is major disappointment in the wearables category due to the lack of a standout product. Many offer control via iPad rental or smartphone, but as some makers finally put some style in their offerings, others let functionality fall by the wayside.
2. The Best in Show award went, somewhat surprisingly, to last year’s winner, the Oculus Rift VR (Virtual Reality) accessory. Still a prototype, the upgraded Crystal Cove version has high resolution like our MacBook Pro rental, all-encompassing VR, and games/VR worlds in development. Now that Sony and others are announcing competing products, Oculus needs to get the Rift to market, and fast.
3. Asus and Lenovo blazed the way forward with “combi” tablets and tablet PCs, some of which run both Android and Windows 8.1. Asus began its innovation streak just before the end of 2013, with the low-cost, high-quality, Windows 8.1 Transformer Book T100. It comes with a keyboard doc that has USB 3, an SD slot for additional storage memory, and 11 hours of battery use. The Lenovo entry is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, says Lenovo, that is “built for the boardroom,” so you can connect USB peripherals, a keyboard and mouse, and an external monitor. If you rent laptops, you will have a lot of new concepts from which to choose.
4. The ultrahigh-resolution 4K format has broken the $1,000 consumer price barrier. Vizio, the biggest selling TV brand in the U.S., announced a 4K line starting at $999.99 when it debuts this year. There are off-brand 4K TVs below the $1,000 line, but Vizio will bring a quality product that will definitely trouble both Sony and Samsung, which haven’t gotten anywhere close to hitting that price point. Interested? One of our divisions, AV Event Solutions, now rents 4K display monitors.
5. PlayStation 4 is beating Xbox One, fair and square, winning the sales race thus far with over a million more units sold. Now PlayStation Now, announced (again) by Sony at CES 2014, enables other PlayStation devices to use PS3 games—and will also work with tablets, smartphones, and TVs. Sony will debut the new service this summer, and it should be seen as a peek at one possible future of gaming.
What’s our takeaway? If you need mac rentals for post-production or computer rental for in-house training, CRE Rentals is your go-to technology rental company. With 21 locations nationwide, we can get you the IT equipment you need, where you need it. Contact us to learn more.
Often in our media-soaked culture, we confront the chicken-and-egg conundrum, as we encounter things—in books, movies, etc.—that eerily foretell later events and inventions. Or maybe not. For example: Which came first, the Army’s first sketches of laser guns or Star Trek phasers? And doesn’t Dr. McCoy’s Tricorder look just like our iPad rental? Truth be told, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry built a complete alternative reality that we still seem to be decorating with his ’60s visions.
At least half the computer rental inventory on Earth has slots for flash memory like SDHC, which looks awfully like the “data card” that Mr. Spock or Bones would stick in a blinking console from time to time. Happily, the Star Trek fashion styles never caught on, but the same visionary spirit has contributed to the evolution of high-powered production and post tools like render farms, as well as computers, tablets, smart devices of all kinds, and robots—Army robots, no less. Sci-fi defense research continues apace, and here are your first two examples.
Cargo Robots – Army Style
Cargo robots are modern, high-tech versions of pack mules. In fact, they are already in use commercially, and the latest military model has proven quite stable with four powered legs that outperform treads or wheels over difficult terrain. At 4 mph, they can walk all day carrying 340 lbs. and managing 35-degree slopes.
Data coming from ground/leg/joint monitors, laser gyroscopes, and “stereo vision capture” are all routed to an onboard computer, which keeps the robot balanced and on course. Soldiers can program and control the robot via wireless, conceivably from a smartphone or MacBook Pro. As the military advances in this direction, robots start benefiting from economies of scale and prices start dropping in the commercial sector.
Laser Guns – Navy Style
Laser guns (cannon, specifically) are apparently in use already by the U.S. Navy. The R&D continues, but SSLs (or Solid State Lasers) are already providing short-range defense with super-powered pulses or focused beams that have a current range of four miles. The system is incredibly accurate, tracks flying objects (identified or not) regardless of evasive measures or maneuvers, and can hit targets going some 300 mph. It is a perfect defense against suicide boats, anti-ship missiles, weaponized drones, and other airborne threats.
Our Sci-fi Technology Rentals
Though we are not in the business of offering sci-fi defense solutions, we are suited to get your production office or post-production project set-up with technology rentals you need to get the job done. Contact us at (877) 266-7725 to learn more about our products and services.
The thing about new paradigms, real ones like the new Mac Pro and solid state drives, is that no one predicts them with much accuracy, but when they appear there’s no mistaking them, either. Their uniqueness and dramatic superiority are immediately apparent. With a few caveats, a new paradigm seems about ready to make itself known – memristors (basically a fancy name for computer memory). If it pans out, it’ll be one of the biggest breakthroughs of 2014.
Is it Time for Memristors?
Soon, your smart phone, the kid’s portable game console, and our iPad rental will need charging only every few weeks—or months. Their speeds and memory capacities will increase by thousands, perhaps millions of times. Equip your sales force with new desktop computers, or rent laptops for a fully mobile workforce, and either way your employees will save time with hardware that boots up instantly. These are the near-magical powers of the memristor—and we’re supposed to see them, well, soon. At least, that was the consensus in 2010. Interest faded until a minor resurgence in mid-2012, then dwindled again until some muted rumblings of late. What gives?
For years the traditional view of electronics held that there were three fundamental elements in circuits. These elements—resistors, capacitors, inductors—were joined in 1971 by a new theoretical element, the memristor (memory + resistor). Standard computer memory stores information by turning electronic switches on and off. Memristors, which are nanoscale devices with variable resistance, remember resistance levels when turned off. The bottom line is they are denser, more energy efficient, incomparably faster than existing electronics, and able to perform multiple functions (processing, storage, etc.). This reconfigurability makes for behavior reminiscent of human brain synapses, a main advantage of which is their incredible adaptability.
What’s the Hang-up?
The memristor design has matured over some 40 years of research and development, much of it undertaken by Hewlett-Packard (HP), a company known for quality and innovation whose workstations are in our computer rental inventory. Although the technology was supposed to begin hitting the market in 2014, “HP has not yet committed to a specific product roadmap,” according to a Wired story of July, 2012. There is no newer statement from HP. The firm appears to be dithering once again, unable to pull the trigger on new initiatives, possibly still gun shy following its WebOS debacle.
This is a project that iMac visionary Steve Jobs would have loved, as the next step is electronic circuits that adapt to varying scenarios—and learn from their choices. Computers with human brain-like behavior may emerge from a future memristor component that will likely start out in a consumer device. That happens all the time if you think about it: Medical diagnosis wasn’t the first task undertaken by the original PC, but the platform matured from a glorified typewriter and Pong game into all kinds of lifesaving tools (on many of which you can still type and play games). Frankly, though, it really is about time for a new paradigm.
Are we ready to make this shift? We’d love to hear from you on this or any other technology trends you think are heading our way in 2014. Not sure about any of this? Contact CRE Rentals, a leading technology rental company based in Los Angeles, for help.
Microsoft is an odd company, a strange admixture of genius and clumsiness, strategic vision and unscripted silliness. Steve Ballmer was no favorite of the punditocracy and left a while back with something less than a hero’s send-off. But around the same time, we wondered if Microsoft could be “The Comeback Kid,” noting how it has yo-yo’ed through the years. It is a unique story, this tech giant’s dramatic ups and downs, and often hard to fathom.
The “Relevance” Thing
In late 2012, Andreas Pouros, COO at marketing firm Greenlight, wrote in his Econsultancyblog that Microsoft would again be “relevant” in 2013. Despite a top-selling game console (seven years “mature”), a market capitalization approaching $230 billion, 90+ percent of the PC market, and an OS that you can even rent iMac computers to run, at the end of 2012 it was clear to Pouros and everyone else that Microsoft was not the world-changing juggernaut of its prime. Was it time for another Microsoft obituary?
Pouros had an emphatic response: No! In fact, he saw a turnaround coming, based on Microsoft’s “dominant position on the desktop” plus the company’s core strengths in gaming, OS, and two-way communication (Skype). Success in these areas would underwrite the development of products in what Pouros called “an exciting ecosystem that will make Microsoft a compelling choice for consumers.”
The “Devices and Services” Thing
However, the company’s major consumer device focus in 2013, the Surface line, did not explode on the scene and zoom anywhere near iPad rental in sales or market share. Pouros got this one wrong, but let’s just say Microsoft started a slow-growing fire in the segment, rather than a blaze. To finish off the company’s strategic plan, Pouros predicted Microsoft would buy Netflix to secure its new position as “a devices and services” company.
That didn’t happen (to be fair, it is still 2013) but how did the Pouros Prognostication fare, overall? Quite well, in fact: In its most recent earnings report (October 2013), Microsoft announced that quarterly profits increased 17% from the year prior, on sales that rose 16% to a bit over $18.5 billion. That was more than two-thirds of a billion dollars beyond Wall Street’s consensus estimate of $17.8 billion. Complete details of the report can be reviewed online, but for a quick overview here are lists of the “Strong” and “Weak” Microsoft operating units:
Business sales of Office and server software
Cloud computing for business
Cloud for consumers (SkyDrive)
Device and licensing revenue from Surface line
Device and licensing revenue from Windows and Windows Phone product lines
Surface and Surface Pro sales hit $400 million, aided greatly by the blowout pricing on the original RT model. Finally, the Nokia acquisition will play out over the coming year(s) in surprising ways that are, as we’ve said before, often hard to fathom. And that prediction brings us full circle on our latest ride on the Microsoft yo-yo!
As always, we’ll keep you posted on the latest technology news. Do you need to be relevant for an upcoming project or event? If so, we can help by supplying you with the latest technology rentals to help get the job done. Complete an Express Quote online or call us today at (877) 266-7725.
Technology advances, sometimes gradually, sometimes spectacularly. We keep tabs as best we can on this never-ending parade of progress, especially progress on the tools that we provide tech, web, media, and entertainment firms—the Mac Pro rental, mass storage, servers, post-production tech. We also bring you information about all the overlapping technologies people use in both their business and personal lives (smartphones, TVs, media players) and keep you up on tech news. There are a number of ongoing technology battles that should resolve, one way or the other, in 2014.
Here are four technologies that will definitely make the headlines.
A Mobile OS Free-for-All
Joining iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry 10 in 2014 are three more mobile OS packages. Firefox OS, Tizen, and Ubuntu Phone will all debut with great fanfare to compete in a volatile international market. Even with “jailbroken” phones you cannot install the OS you want unless both the hardware and the carrier support it. Samsung is leaning toward Tizen, while carriers ZTE and Alcatel have previewed working Firefox phones. No encouraging news as yet for Ubuntu Phone, despite a clean interface and the ability to run desktop apps. Advantage: Android.
Mobile Processing Power vs. Battery Power
Many tech sites and magazines have withheld a buy recommendation from Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet. With a powerful Core i5 processor, it is a real Windows 8.1 tablet, not “fake Windows” (RT), and runs both desktop software and Windows Store apps. Still, it earned “don’t buy” ratings for dismal battery life: 4 hours, 37 minutes. An iPad rental, with its mobile (not desktop) OS, is not a direct competitor—but the battery lasts almost 12.5 hours. Competition will focus more on battery efficiency, with the entire world awaiting the long-promised battery breakthrough.
Google vs. High-End Laptops
As a category, Chromebooks are doing well. Samsung has Amazon’s best-selling laptop at under $250, offering the battery life and low price that define the niche. But a Chromebook’s operational limitations cannot be overcome by adding a thousand dollars of admittedly great cosmetic components. The Chromebook Pixel from Google impresses with a gorgeous touch screen, first-rate keyboard, and superb quality. Problem: It’s a Chromebook that runs apps, not business-grade software. And it’s overpriced by, oh, just about a thousand dollars. Google will pull Pixel’s plug by the end of the year.
Google vs. Low-End Laptops
At $300 or so, Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, HP, and others look good to first-time buyers. Strengths: Chromebooks are generally safe from malware, get great battery life, are often lighter than Air, and won’t break the bank if lost or broken. Weaknesses: Chromebooks can’t handle real-world business. A Chrome browser with a desktop theme limits you to apps, but some apps will not run since you can’t install required plugins. You can rent laptops right now that are many times more cost-effective and powerful. If you need laptop for real work, there are scores of low-cost Windows laptops that are ready for prime time. Chrome is not. Windows will win by a KO.
No matter what battles are taking place in the technology world, CRE Rentals continues to offer the latest technology rental for entertainment production company starting up to organizations setting up in-house training. If you know what you need, complete the Express Quote form online. Not sure? Give us a call at (877) 266-7725 to speak to one of our experienced Account Executives.
Tech observers have commented for years now about how Apple CEO Tim Cook is “no Steve Jobs.” But to judge by late October’s conference call to discuss Apple’s fourth-quarter results, it seems Cook is being converted by his exposure to the company DNA. Pressed by analysts about plans for new products, Cook repeated a statement from earlier this year that the firm will debut “exciting new products”—even entirely new categories of products—during the remainder of 2013 and throughout 2014.
Taking a cue from Jobs’ iMac strategy, Cook called Apple’s development plans “a long road map” but mentioned only the company’s greatest hits and most recent additions—the models in our iPad rental inventory, the 64-bit iPhone 5S, the fingerprint sensor—and completely avoided details. Asked in the conference call about specifics, Cook would only say that Apple would build “other great products that are in categories that represent areas that we do not participate [in] today.”
What new products are in the Apple pipeline?
Touch ID technology has not made it to the iPad line yet, an obvious future move, but in a maturing category.
Smart Watch: Pundits with decent track records—David Pogue, John Dvorak, and others—are feeling confident about Apple’s interest in several new product areas: Smart watch. Apple obviously has the tech (and the money) to debut an iWatch in 2014, and the potential is just short of infinite. With Bluetooth everywhere and iCloud in place, an Apple iWatch wouldn’t need the storage of a MacBook Pro rental to be a very powerful device. Details? None at present.
Wearable computing: Our recent blog explored the many ways that sensors, cameras, LEDs, and other devices can be integrated into clothing. Apple has no presence in the clothing market, into which the wearable tech extends—but they could buy their way in.
Pod people: Apple last upgraded the iPod Touch and iPod Nano in 2012, and still has the aging Shuffle in the line. The iPod Touch could use some new life—and the Touch ID?—and would benefit from an improved camera, faster CPU, better screen, and some general TLC.
HDTV: An Apple HDTV has been talked up for years. Steve Jobs talked about “taking over the living room” and Cook later fanned the flames with some cryptic comments, but there is nothing confirmed about the TV either—except that, as of November 11, it was unofficially delayed again, after a wave of it’s-coming-soon stories.
Big-screen iPhone: A big-screen iPhone has been yakked about for a while, too, but both new iPhone 5 models sported the same 4-inch screen as the older ones. Compared to the 4.7- and 5-inch (and bigger) screens on Android and Windows models, Apple is slipping here.
Gaming console: This has been more of a “wish list” item, but there have been rumors about an Apple game console, too. Could work, right?
No one can keep up with all the new products being developed. But, when you need the right technology rental, rightnow for an upcoming corporate event, conference – even setting up a production office, CRE Rentals is ready. Our warehouse is stocked with the latest inventory available to meet your needs. To learn more about our rental products and services, contact one of our knowledgeable Account Executives at (877) 266-7725.
The result is a rough consensus on the Top 5 Tech Trends for 2014, all of which are recognizable trends already in play. Being evolutionary rather than revolutionary, for the most part, these trends have every chance of making good. Let’s get to it.
1. 3D Printing Is Getting Huge — The first Macintosh Portable cost $6,500 in 1991 and weighed 16 pounds. Today our MacBook Pro rental has thousands of times the RAM, storage, and power. The first, expensive 3D printers were likewise primitive, whereas today’s entry point is under $1,000 and high-end units use metal alloys and other materials. The dramatic drop in price augurs well for a future of decentralized production and greater customization—not to mention a huge reduction in shipping costs.
2. Smart TV Yes, Smart Watch No — From about 84 million shipments in 2012, smart TVs will reach 120+ million in 2014, says Forrester. Driving R&D is the fact that people now expect “TV” to include Netflix, a browser, and video chat, too. Apple’s iTV is in early development for a possible 2015 launch, and is rumored to have iCloud sync plus integration with iOS, Mac OS X, or both. The buzz is decreasing for smart watches, though, after unimpressive product debuts. Until they offer something unique, their time won’t come.
3. Fingerprint IDs — With Apple’s TouchID on the iPhone 5S, mobile/anywhere fingerprint security is here. Jayson DeMers at Forbes predicts that Apple will add the feature to “MacBook products later this year or next.” Anything requiring a high degree of security—password lists, home security systems, bank accounts—can benefit from TouchID. However, it is not bug-free, and folks are posting horror stories already. Apple needs to be way ahead of this potential crisis.
4. The Cloud Gets Mainstreamed — It is no longer novel, the cloud. Everyone has Sky Drive, iCloud, or a collection of cloud storage accounts. The boundary between what is “local” and what is “in the cloud” is fading, and in the coming year the distinctions will be obliterated in most people’s minds. Even firms with top-notch Xserve RAID arrays and massive amounts of local storage are leveraging free cloud accounts for mobile salespeople, social-media marketing campaigns, and conference teams.
5. Modern Consoles Merge Entertainment and Gaming — The first gaming consoles that deserve the “21st century” label are here: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. The Xbox is a huge success, winning the Black Friday sweepstakes, while the PS4 sold 2.1 million units in three weeks. With the Xbox One’s social media-style communication, players can cultivate followers, work together toward in-game goals, and flow in and out of TV, movies, games, music, socializing, and sports—or do two or three activities simultaneously. Serious fun!
So, how’d CRE Rentals do? We would love to hear about your predictions for the top tech trends for 2014. In the meantime, if you need the most current technology rental available for an upcoming short term project or corporate event, contact CRE Rentals – we’re here to help you today and in the future!
“And a great time was had by all!” That’s the way you want people to remember your conference, and for the 17th time in a row it happened for the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in September 2013 (ISWC 2013). Today, let’s focus on what happened at ISWC – a perfect subject since this single event combines high-tech, R&D, optics, service animals, movies—and fashion.
For the year’s program, there were numerous high-quality submissions for every “call” category: academic papers, items for the Gadget Show and the Design Exhibition. With the advent of Google Glass (and a Microsoft competitor?), the category of wearable computing that includes such visual aids and virtualizers has gotten plenty of publicity of late. The real action was in the Design Exhibition’s wearable technology/clothing category, which added a touch of whimsy and style. Of the 15 exhibits, four represent the astonishing range of creativity and passion found at the event.
1. Lüme — This lightshow-infused-garment was conceived by Elizabeth E. Bigger, Luis E. Fraguada, and Jorge & Esther, then built by Associative Data. Wireless control will allow the wearer to select colors, patterns, and other options to “illuminate” the fabric with embedded LEDs. The series of Lüme garments share this ability to change color with cool blends and riotous flashes. Lüme was the Design Exhibition prize winner for aesthetic garments.
2. E-Shoe: High-Heeled Shoe Guitar — Max Kibardin at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia developed the shoe with Australian pop duo Chicks on Speed to accompany their wearable “supersuits” that control various video, audio, and stage-lighting functions. The E-Shoe and other wearable music devices have brought an entirely new dimension to “multimedia performances.” Now, these “body performance devices” aren’t in our audio visual (AV) equipment rentals inventory, but are being sold—and built at colleges near and far, no doubt.
3. Brace Yourself: World’s Sexiest Knee “Brace” — from Crystal Compton and Guido Gioberto of the University of Minnesota, the World’s Sexiest Knee “Brace” is not quite a brace (the quote marks are in the official name). It is unclear why the term was used, when the actual application is great and needs no clever assists. The filament running down the stocking length is a bend sensor, and embedded tracking software tracks knee movement, supplying data to enable further refinement of, well, real braces.
4. Play the Visual Music — Helen Koo of Auburn University developed a garment that reacts to sound and displays “visual multi-sensory stimulation” to viewers. In Koo’s design for incorporating advanced electronics with practical, wearable clothing, she embedded EL (electroluminescent) wire. Although Koo is working on other designs—and should consider a wireless means of controlling the unit from any computer rental, tablet, or phone—the current EL model will blink, not “paint” or morph colors, according to its embedded program.
While CRE Rentals doesn’t offer any wearable technology (just yet), we do offer technology rentals to set up a new office or for a short-term project. If you know what you need, complete the Technology Rental Request or give us a call at 877-266-7725.