The MIT Wearable Computing Web Page

  MIThril, a borglab production. Richard W. DeVaul, Steve Schwartz, Sandy Pentland
MIThril, the next generation research platform for context aware wearable computing.

Welcome to the MIT Wearable Computing Web Page. This page is meant to both serve as an introduction to the field of wearable computing and as a resource for more technical information. Updates occur as new technology is released. If you have information or code to share, send mail to

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What's a Wearable?

To date, personal computers have not lived up to their name. Most machines sit on the desk and interact with their owners for only a small fraction of the day. Smaller and faster notebook computers have made mobility less of an issue, but the same staid user paradigm persists. Wearable computing hopes to shatter this myth of how a computer should be used. A person's computer should be worn, much as eyeglasses or clothing are worn, and interact with the user based on the context of the situation. With heads-up displays, unobtrusive input devices, personal wireless local area networks, and a host of other context sensing and communication tools, the wearable computer can act as an intelligent assistant, whether it be through a Remembrance Agent, augmented reality, or intellectual collectives.

Applications for wearables


MIT Wearables, Version 1.0

Left-top to bottom right: Rehmi Post, Thad Starner , Jennifer Healey, Lenny Foner, Dana Kirsch, Bradley Rhodes, Travell Perkins, Tony Jebara
Not pictured: Richard W. DeVaul, Nitin Sawhney, Maggie Orth , Steve Schwartz, Chris Metcalfe, Kevin Pipe, Joshua Weaver, Pamela Mukerji
Alumni: Thad Starner , Steve Mann

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