Jewelry is very much famous among women and women also are very fond of Jewelry. From the ancient times, Jewelry had been there to help men in impressing women. Jewelry is worn for many reasons - for aesthetics, to impress others, or as a symbol of affiliation or commitment. Basically, jewelry adorns the body, and has very little practical purpose. What if, you have Fashion Jewelry embedded with intelligence?
Digital Jewelry is the fashion Jewelry with embedded intelligence. It can help you solve problems like forgotten passwords and security badges. They have potential to be all-in-one replacements for your driver’s license, key chain, business cards, credit cards, health insurance card, corporate security badge, and loose cash.
The concept of digital jewelry is to piece the various components inside a cell phone and repackage them to make a digital jewelry where user can wear it. The various components inside a cell phone such as Microphone, Receiver, Touch Pad, Display, Circuit Board, Antenna, and Battery etc. The components are:
Earrings can be used as phone’s receiver with the speakers embedded in them. The digital jewelry companies are developing things like Bluetooth devices in the form of pendants or earrings.
Necklace will allow the Users to talk into the necklace's embedded microphone with the help of the embedded voice recognition software. They transform information in the form of signals.
Ring is equipped with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that flash to indicate an incoming call. It can also be programmed to flash different colors to identify a particular caller or indicate the importance of a call.
Bracelet is Equipped with a video graphics array (VGA) display, this wrist display could also be used as a caller identifier that flashes the name and phone number of the caller. The keypad and dialing function can also be embedded into the bracelet.
Companies involved in digital Jewelry
- Ear-o-Smart by Kickstarter
The Ear-o-Smart is the latest development by innovators on Kickstarter. It is a pair of smart earrings that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to monitor your heart rate, calories, and activity levels.
Ear-o-Smart’s studs are remarkably small and actually look like a normal pair of earrings, in spite of all the sensors inside. Those who contribute $125 or $150 to the project will get a pair of white Ear-o-Smart earrings that are already built, but if you want to immerse yourself in the technology or just get creative with your earrings, you can order a DIY kit for $150.
- The mouse ring by IBM
The mouse-ring that IBM is developing will use the company's Track Point technology to wirelessly move the cursor on a computer-monitor display.
IBM Researchers have transferred Track Point technology to a ring, which looks something like a black-pearl ring. On top of the ring is a little black ball that users will swivel to move the cursor, in the same way that the Track Point button on a laptop is used. This Track Point ring will be very valuable when monitors shrink to the size of watch face.
The mouse ring ranges from $20 to $240. There are many other companies involved in manufacturing the mouse ring.
- Eyepiece Display by Charmed Communicator
Charmed Technology is marketing a futuristic-looking eyepiece display. The eyepiece is the display component of the company's Charmed Communicator, a wearable, wireless, broadband-Internet device that can be controlled by voice, pen or handheld keypad. The Communicator can be used as an MP3 player, video player and cell phone. The Communicator runs on the company's Linux-based Nanix operating system.
This would be a shape of designer glasses. These intelligent spectacles let you surf the web or check e-mail, whenever and wherever you want.
- The Java Ring by Dallas Semiconductor
Dallas Semiconductor is developing a new Java-based, computerized ring that will automatically unlock doors and log on to computers. The Java Ring is a stainless-steel ring, 16-millimeters (0.6 inches) in diameter, which houses a 1-million-transistor processor, called an iButton. The ring has 134 KB of RAM, 32 KB of ROM, a real-time clock and a Java virtual machine, which is a piece of software that recognizes the Java language and translates it for the user's computer system.
Applets are small applications that are designed to be run within another application. The Java Ring is snapped into a reader, called a Blue Dot receptor, to allow communication between a host system and the Java Ring.
- IDEO’s Technojewelry
IDEO’s Technojewelry proposals for digital jewelry include Cell Phone, Rings where ear piece and mouth piece are embedded in finger jewelry, and GPS Toes, toe rings which act as directional indicators and are wirelessly connected to a GPS receiver kept in a bag or worn on a belt.