An idea in the wearable technology field born of two Japanese inventors, Hiroaki Tobita and Takuya Kuzi, of the Sony Computer Science Laboratories. It’s a SmartWig. The two engineers have developed a distinctive headdress with a dual functionality. While it’s able to hide any baldness, its also and above all has a camera, a navigation system and sensors that monitor the physiological values.
The wig is able to communicate wirelessly with a mobile device and it’s equipped with camera, a laser pointer and a GPS sensor; a real surveillance system to put in the head. From a long time the “big names” of the technology are searching for as much as wearable devices; just think to spy glasses, necklaces and watches equipped with tiny camera and bracelets with GPS sensors.
The first SmartWig model serves as a navigation system thanks to a GPS sensor. The gadget indicates the path through the micro-vibrations in the concerned part of the skull: a little shake on the right side indicates the direction to the right, for example. In this sense, the tool could also be useful to blind people so that they would receive directions while walking. The second model, however, is equipped with a laser pointer and can slide your PowerPoint simply by orienting the head from one side to another. Finally, the third prototype of the smart-wig: replace the thermometers and pressure gauges, and with a simple click, it monitors brain waves, stores sounds and images files and if necessary, the wearer can recover them.
Great application might have in the surveillance and security field. No one would notice a system hidden under the hair. We don’t known if the wig will never be launched. The SmartWig could be a real revolution in the wearable technologies area.