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Apple Hires 'Wearable Technologies' Expert

ComputerWorld reports that Richard DeVaul has a background in wearable technologies and a PhD in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT.  At MIT, he worked on new human-computer interaction techniques for wearable, mobile, and portable applications and his Ph.D. dissertation was on a product called "The Memory Glasses," a heads-up display focused on combating the problems associated with wearable memory support technology. DeVaul says that with the Memory Glasses he can improve performance on a memory recall task by a factor of about 63 percent without distracting the subject.

DeVaul's LinkedIn status shows that he joined Apple in January of this year, but it's unclear as to what he's actually doing there. According to CW, DeVaul will be working under Jonathon Ive in a secret lab focused on wearable computing technology. Rumor has it that besides Ive and Steve Jobs, only seven people know what he is doing.

Speculation suggests that he may be helping Apple with a couple of iPod headset designs that the Cupertino-based company has already patented.

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  • tipoo
    Umm, iBurka?
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  • tipoo
    Umm, iBurka?
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  • lamorpa
    'without distracting the subject' is in the eyes of the beholder. I went to a lecture given by someone from the 'wearables' group at the MIT Media Lab. His bathing and grooming habits alone were enough to distract you, let alone his perverse pleasure at having total 'recall' of conversations from the far past and trying to lord it over people as a self-proclaimed superiority...
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  • back_by_demand
    iShades

    Sunglasses with a built in iPod, but the glasses can also display video on the inside with the correct focal distance so it looks like an IMAX screen right next to your face

    That would be cool
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  • _Cubase_
    iBriefs... with the option to plug in your iPad for monthly updates.
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  • back_by_demand
    hillarymakesmecryI really wish Apple would make a video game system. They'd sell like hotcakes regardless of the price and the competition would keep prices down. I'd like for someone to force 49.99 games. $60 is a lot of money. The next generation will probably be $75.Apple.
    Games.
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • back_by_demand
    hillarymakesmecryI just want more than 2 real systems on the market.The Wii and the Xbox?
    They are the 2 most popular and highest selling consoles...
    By the way, aren't Sega games all over the Wii?
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  • back_by_demand
    Oh, and just another point before this thread becomes a crazy console arguement, since when is a console "wearable" technology.

    Maybe an advancement of the Nike iPod thing, perhaps a brainwave control device to replace the mac mouse, how about a range of Apple branded clothing with a PAN in it?
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  • Camikazi
    back_by_demandiShadesSunglasses with a built in iPod, but the glasses can also display video on the inside with the correct focal distance so it looks like an IMAX screen right next to your faceThat would be coolThat would be fun, if nothing else, just to watch people walking into walls while watching a video on them.
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  • Hilarion
    Get ready for it....
    Apple i-underwear, all your secrets exposed.
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