Prototype wearable computer

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1998-1999 in England and Borough of Birmingham

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Prototype wearable computer made by Robert Buckley in Birmingham, 1999 as part of his final major Design project, completed for his Masters Degree in Industrial design at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Consists of a green body worn harness which crosses over the shoulder and connects with waist belt. The harness is connected via 'stitched in' wires to communicate with various components attached to it. On the chest area are two green coloured battery packs with the ambulance service crests on them. In the center of the cross over section is green coloured press to talk button to allows oral input to the computer. Attached to the waist belt is the main CPU and radio components. All components are worn and interlinked to the glasses. The glasses are specially manufactured to allow a headup display function. This particular set was designed with paramedics in mind but the technology can be used with any outfit and occupation.