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Wearable Technology on the Way

Techstination feature for Friday, April 7, 2000

Internet fashions are charming. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It's a company that wants to put a chip on your shoulder... .and maybe one around your neck, another on your wrist... Charmed Technology is a spin-off of the Media Lab at MIT. Co-founder Katrina Barillova slips on her wearable computer and explains...

"Our devices will fit everybody. Our goal is to have an explosion of form factors, so you'll be able to choose the technology that fits your lifestyle, whether it's in the form of a watch, jewelry, accessories, clothing or your traditional borg-like computer." Online jewelry? "Yes, we're developing Internet connected jewelry. Our goal is to make technology fashionable. To make technology fun and cool."

The devices the company has come up with so far look like something out of Star Trek. Name badges... .the kind people where at conventions and meetings... .that communicate and exchange information with each other. Advanced Projects Director Jarrell Pair...

"When you talk to someone, stand in front of them for about five to ten seconds, it automatically exchanges your business card information. At the end of the day, when you're done with the convention, you turn in your badge and you're given a Web address and a password. You later go to this Web address and you see a listing of all the people you've met, their contact information and how long you've spoken to them."

It works already... and there's a lot more to come. You can find more information at You can find us at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, for CBS News.