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Testing the wearable computer

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on December 8, 2007

From EE Times 

LONDON — Testing is due to continue until mid-2008 on wearable technology that could facilitate a new form of human-computer interaction to significantly improve the productivity of workers and even help save lives. This will be followed by an initial 12-month period where the focus will shift to technology transfer and exploitation.

Researchers on the EU-funded WearIT@work project are exploring a range of applications where wearable technology could facilitate a new form of human-computer interaction. The project is funded under the ‘Information society technologies’ priority of the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to the tune of €23 million.

Some of the basic components include wireless communication, positioning systems, speech recognition, interface devices, and low-level software platforms or toolboxes allowing these features to seamlessly work together.

WearIT@work, the largest civilian wearable computing project in the world, is currently being tested across four different fields. These include aircraft maintenance, emergency response, car production and healthcare. Pilot projects in the areas of bush-fire prevention, e-inclusion and cultural heritage have also been launched recently.

WearIT@work already has some 42 partners, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Siemens, but Lawo says the project is always on the lookout for new ventures.

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