On Tap: Game-Changing Football Tech, Wearables for Seeing-Impaired and a Smokey Stout

Friday's rolled around and it's beer-thirty at our office! I was talking about the state of wearables last week with a friend and we agreed that we could fill a baby pool with the number of bands, watches and earbuds that are coming out.

Fortunately there are a few individuals who are casting their sights beyond your wrist and designing solutions for sports, medical and childcare. The ones featured this week are true gems; beautifully designed hardware with a thoughtful attention to UX and the very personal nature of wearable tech.

Crack open a beer and gain some inspiration from these designs:

Got a cool design you want to share or have some thoughts on the wearable space? Let me know in the comments below!


1. Video Game Tech Meets the NFL


Helmets in football haven't changed a whole lot since their introduction several decades ago. Sure they're no longer made of hardened leather, but the polycarbonate versions today still carry the same basic design.

Product designer Dane Storrusten reimagined the NFL classic,  improving comfort & safety while enhancing it with AR features give players play-call info, physical health data  and information on the game data.


Other features include embedded sensors to help detect concussions, a retractable face-mask, and sound-reduction.

Designed by Dane Storrusten

2. The $18 million Sports Car

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Around the world, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have low vision. Recognizing that a cane is an archaic tool for the visually impaired, Jun Choi designed an elegant, ergnonomic navigation tool that doesn't rely on a skinny pole or a dog to guide the wearer. With integrted tools like gps and Apple pay it allows for greater independence and freedom for those with seeing disabilities.


Designed by Jun Choi

3. Reducing Infant Mortality

70% of early childhood deaths are from easily preventable causes. Stocked with a blood pressure monitor, sleep cycle, temperature, audio and connection to emergency services, Kido is designed to set parent's minds at ease and reduce the number of infant deaths each year.


Design by Sarah Saville

3. The Most Powerful Sports Car Ever

Not everyone is born blind, and learning braille at a later age can be difficult. Solving for this is an easy to use glove that translate braille markings into spoken words.


Designed by Jin Lim



Happy Thursday everyone!

Share any cool wearable ideas or design you have in the comments below, I'd love to read them :)



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