With rapid advancement of all things digital, is may be easy to forget that the physical world in which live beings live and breathe still operates. Although the web offers the easy opportunity to share with millions, sharing in the real world still applies, as there are eyeballs everywhere. It is also, and easy to remember that in most cases, clothing in not optional, and new Toronto staup offers the oppportunity to share info on waht is worn.
MeU is now preparing to launch wearable LED displays. The purpose is not to be a new fashion trend although, it may have the potential to do so, CEO and Founder Robert TU, say that the product was designed primarily as a communication method. THe product is actually an electroni square of IC that can be embedded into clothing. It is an open source application that can be managed with a smartphone application and users can post images, text or patterns that can be readily communicated to others in the nearby environment.
Wearable technology company, MeU, announces today the launch of its wearable LED display, the MeU Square, for customizing clothing and accessories. Managed by a smartphone application, MeU Square enables the user to display any text, image, or pattern to instantly communicate with their surroundings.
“We seek to improve communication with our surroundings, including important alerts and updates that you may not get otherwise, like when the next bus is coming,” said Robert Tu, CEO and Founder of MeU. “The display is a great combination of function and design. The display’s open-source technology sets no limits to the designer’s creativity across many applications and is the perfect platform for the maker and developer communities.”
Cycling, urban informatics, marketing and fashion are the applications the MeU team is working on. Cyclists can use the customizable display to communicate with other road users by sending a flashing pattern or signals to the panel on the cyclist’s back. The leader of a large hike can for instance quickly keep all participants informed about the next steps or a construction worker can wear a blinking pattern to better alert those passing by of himself and the potentially unsafe conditions. The ability to display public transit updates on the vests of employees or receive weather alerts from pedestrians all allow the city to run smoother. Having been featured in Toronto’s first men’s fashion week, the product can also portray a dynamic fashion statement.
The full-color LED matrix display consists of 256 LEDs, a microcontroller, and a Bluetooth radio that allows wireless communication with other devices. Being flexible and thin, the panel conforms to the body and can be worn with any style of clothing. After downloading the smartphone app, the user can choose from existing icons and animations or create their own content to send to the LED display.
“We’re looking for tech savvy developers, who are open to working with the initial developer kit,” adds Tu. “The kit includes the MeU Square, a rechargeable battery, a micro USB cable, and the MeU Demo Mobile App.”