Apple is investigating the concept of releasing wearable devices such as glasses and headbands with the company confirming that they recently hired Richard DeVaul, an expert in wearable computing.
By targeting the fitness and “wellness” markets Apple believes that they can deliver a range of products over time that will appeal to consumers. This is not the first time that Apple has attempted to break into the wearable market. In 2006 the Company partnered with Nike to introduce the Nike+ line of sneakers. This product wirelessly connects to an iPod and tracks the distance and pace of a person’s run.
The New York Times said that according to Mr. DeVaul’s LinkedIn page, he received a Ph.D. in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and while there worked on a project called “The Memory Glasses,” which offered real-time memory support that could “improve your performance on a memory recall task by a factor of about 63 percent without distracting you.”
In other words, these fancy glasses could probably help you remember where you left your car keys.
In a blog syndicated after he joined Apple DeVaul, said I’m an expert in signal processing and real-time statistical classification techniques. This means that I know how to make tiny computers do “thin slicing,” as popularised in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink.” It’s all about extracting the small pieces of information that are most meaningful.
Some analysts are tipping that Apple will release a pair of wearable iPod glasses based on a series of 2008 patents for head-mounted displays. Or maybe the company will try to create new additions to the iPhone by offering attachments and sensors. One thing’s for sure, these technologies will continue to spread into our clothing, sneakers and maybe even our glasses. The Times said.