The ultimate cloud accessory - researchers develop wearable personal cloud

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Hannah Williams.

Cloud is most definitely in fashion when it comes to business tech, but researchers are currently exploring ways in which to literally embed cloud into fashion. US Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are looking into developing a fully functioning, lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing – meaning a wearable personal cloud could soon become the ultimate accessory.

Rajib Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences in the UAB college of Arts and Sciences, and Rasib Khan, a recent postdoctoral graduate student, presented their wearable cloud jacket at the 40th institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society International Conference on Computers, Softwares and Applications (IEEE COMPSAC) in June...

The prototype uses 10 Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computers, an old winter jacket, three power banks and a small remote touch screen display. The wearable system is billed as the ultimate smart device, bringing all mobile computing solutions together. The cloud jacket could result in a shift away from users solely relying on mobile hardware, allowing users to tap into the resources of the wearable cloud via a lightweight, simple and inexpensive solution...

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