Identify theft, data leaks, discrimination from employers and increasing insurance costs are just some of the fallout predicted from the rise of wearable technology.
The use of trackers, smart watches, Internet-connected clothing, and other wearables becomes more widespread, and as their functionalities become even more sophisticated, the extent and nature of data collection will be unprecedented
These data can, in turn, be combined with personal information from other sources— including health-care providers and drug companies—raising such potential harms as discriminatory profiling, manipulative marketing, and data breaches.
According to the Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights in Washington DC records that there were 253 health-care breaches across the United States in 2015 that affected 500 individuals or more, resulting in a combined loss of over 112 million records.
‘The opportunities for data breaches will increase, with hackers accessing medical and health information at insurance companies, retail chains, and other businesses
Many people don’t realize that buying a wearable, baby monitor or a WiFi connectable toy, that they are in fact, potentially exposing themselves to being hacked by e-criminals. Just last week, a complaint was lodged with the US Federal Trade Commission over internet-connected toys recording and transmitting kids’ conversations in violation of privacy rules. In the past few years, many baby monitors have also been reported for hacks, the latest one in the US with a hacker directly spying and talking to the toddler though the monitor.
The average Australian households now have nine internet-connected devices. With Christmas just around the corner many people are going out to buy the latest piece of technology for their friends and family members, while getting the person what they want, they are also potentially exposing them to security issues. Any device that can be connected to the internet, has a Bluetooth signal, or be controlled remotely has a risk of being hacked.
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Three thousand medical students at Rangsit University, in Bangkok, Thailand, were told they’d need to retake their final exams after at least three of their peers were caught participating in a sophisticated high-tech cheating ring.
The experimental New York-based fashion label ThreeASFOUR—said to be a favorite of Björk and Yoko Ono—unveiled two sculptural 3-D printed dresses last week. The dresses were made in collaboration with New York designer Travis Fitch and the 3-D printing company Stratasys, the dresses are part of the label’s 2016 Biomimicry collection, which draws inspiration from both plant geometry and animal anatomy. For example, the Harmonograph dress is based on the Fibonacci sequence, the mathematical formula that defines so many patterns and forms in the natural world.
Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, the designers from the New York-based label Ohne Titel, are known for their ultra-modern knitwear. For their latest collection, consist of a combination of materials and fabrication techniques, including weaving, knitting, and a 3-D polymer, to create a lovely new type of textile that lies somewhere between lace and chain mail. Their collection illustrates how 3-D printing is coming of age in the fashion world, transforming from a novelty into a legitimate tool for creating new textures, fabrics, and more.
Fashion, As Designed By Your Brainwaves
As part of VFiles’ show at New York Fashion Week, New York-based designer Nayana Malhotra debuted her project Neurocouture, which involved wrapping models in projection-mapped pieces that were linked to consumer-grade EEG devices. A nearby computer was programmed to detect certain brainwave patterns, then produce animated GIFs that expressed corresponding emotions.
Chromat’s glowing Lumina collection taken cues from the conceptual artist Robert Irwin and the nature of bioluminescence, designer Becca McCharen used Intel’s Curie module (a button-sized wearable) and StretchSense’s flexible sensors to create clothing that glows in response to movement.
IOFIT, is technically considered a wearable device, this smart shoe is in a category of its own. Developed by Salted Venture, a startup supported by Samsung Electronics, IOFIT is a solution that utilizes a combination of pressure sensors and a coaching app to improve a user’s balance and body posture to enhance one’s fitness routine or golf swing. The coaching and analysis software integrated with IOFIT allows coaches (or trainers and the like) to leave feedback for the user based on their performances and compare saved videos