Imation Flash Wristband: Music And Medical Informatics Miracle
The Imation Flash Wristband site claims that their product "redefines wearable technology design by combining a portable flash drive that doubles as a wristband." Imation may need a good website copy editor, but there's no doubt that they are on to something with this cool item.
(Imation Flash Wristband)
The basic idea is that this product combines the usual elastic wristbands that everybody and their brother is selling in imitation of Lance Armstrong and his cancer cause, and a flash drive for your digital needs.
I can see myself putting up to 256 - 32 megabytes of music on this thing, and then plugging it into my car stereo or my computer to enjoy tunes. And sure, there are the usual file-sharing opportunities.
But, what if I am rushed unconscious into the ER? That's when the aforementioned 32 megabytes comes in handy. I'll upload my entire medical history onto this thing. Why waste time wearing a traditional jewelry-style MedicAlert bracelet that says two or three words, when I can just give them the whole megillah, x-rays, video of living will, and all? People are already used to seeing these wristbands in a medical context.
Medical informatics experts have been arguing for years over whether to put this information in a chip on a card, or use an ID number to pull it off a national database. People are already used to wearing those darn elastic wristbands - why not just use Flash Wristbands? Every ER in the country has access to a computer with a USB port - we're good to go.
Portable storage - sure, science fiction has it. Check out Larry Niven's dime disk
, which neatly anticipates those nifty 'nickel-sized' Toshiba hard drives. More info on the Imation Flash Wristband product page.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 2/1/2006)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )
Related News Stories -
Vascularized Human Skin 3D Printed
Hey Fishboy! Three days and you're out!
China Accused Of Harvesting Organs From Unwanted Groups
'The death penalty was his immortality, and he would vote the death penalty for any crime at all.' Larry Niven, 1967.
Robothread Robotic Worms Crawling Through Your Brain
Perfect for clot-busting in the human brain. No Raquel Welch and no lasers, though.
Skin Electronics Can Show Electrocardiogram
'... the young men in the streets who applied polyimde OLED body film to their bared shoulders.' - Chen Qiufan, 2019.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Unsinkable Metal Latest Gates Obsession
'A metal... light as cork.'
M-Blocks 2.0 Self-Assembling Robots
'Faster the cubes moved...'
NASA 'Broomstick' Recalls SciFi Ideas
'The appearance was enough like a giant witch's broom to justify the nickname.'
Orbital Display's Low Earth Orbit Advertisements
'A vast circle of scarlet stars came up into the greenish desert dusk.'
Neuromorphic Computing Hardare
'He had constructed an organ, a brain, of metal, entirely inorganic and lifeless...'
Vascularized Human Skin 3D Printed
Trillionaires Still Earth-Bound
'I shall never forget the sight... when the yellow gleam of the precious metal appeared under the star dust.'
Digit V2 Bipedal Robot From Agility Robotics
Oh, and now I suppose someone will develop the robotic porch pirate.
3D Printed Dubai Building Is World's Largest
'This thing will start at one end of ...a house and build it complete to the other end, following drawings only.'
Grow Plants On Moon Or Mars!
'In contrast to the airless desolation outside, the interior of this five-acre greenhouse was the one most desirable place to be.'
California Gets Shockwave Rider-Style Avoidance Zones
'It was cheaper to pay the refugees to go without up-to-the-minute equipment.'
Microbot Interstellar von Neumann Explorers
'Evidently they have never had a planet of their own...'
Hail SmartCan! Your Trash Bin Takes Itself Out
'...a waste can twenty feet away stirred into life.'
Finally! Microsoft Surface Neo And Surface Duo Implement Excellent Courier Idea
'Runcible, whose pages were thicker and more densely packed with computational machinery...'
Tap Strap 2 Now With Air Mouse
'He waved his hand and the circuit switched abruptly.'
Legal Profession Now Fairly Bristling With AI
'The virtual counsel appeared to be about forty-five years old and prosperous.'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories