Wearable cloud enables ‘delegated experience’

Article By : Vivek Nanda

A single personal cloud replaces individual smarts in devices and enables new applications that benefit from personal networks.

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Ragib Hasan and Rasib Khan of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences designed their smart jacket with nodes that engage and compute tasks from wearable devices and sensors collectively. Upon completion, the displayable result is sent back to the terminal device. The tasks are performed from the privately owned wearable cloud jacket, which also retains most, if not all, personal data.

Their wearable cloud concept differs from existing “smart clothing” solutions in that the existing solutions act merely as input devices. For instance, Levi is using Google’s interactive fibre (from Google’s Project Jacquard) to market a so-called “the first ever smart garment” that has a touch sensitive panel on the jacket’s left arm to let you play or pause or skip music tracks or answer or reject calls.

Hasan and Khan’s wearable personal cloud concept is not limited to clothing. The system model allows the cloud to extend to any item and Hasan and Khan believe this type of technology will find new applications from the way first responders communicate and share information during disasters to the way soldiers communicate on the battlefield.

“With seven to 10 people wearing such a cloud together, they create what we call a hyper-cloud, a much more powerful engine,” Hasan said. “The jacket can also act as a micro or picocell tower. All of its capabilities can be shared on a private network with other devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. If a first responder is out in the field and doesn’t have complete information to act on a mission, but someone else does, it can be shared and updated through the cloud in real time.”

By pairing the wearable cloud with a device like Google Glass or night vision goggles, anyone with access to the cloud can see whatever the person wearing the cloud is seeing in real time, without the need for platform- or device-specific hardware and software.

Hasan and Khan call this a delegated experience.
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