What is Bearable Computing?
Bearable Computing is a term used to describe the many different types of computer technology that can be worn on the body, worn as implants, or otherwise temporarily or permanently installed in the body. This broad definition can include new wearable items like Google Glass, smart implants like sophisticated pacemakers or cochlear implants, or any other type of technology that moves with an individual. Bearable computing can be used in military development, consumer market research, and many other areas and industries.
The detailed definition of tolerable computing is based on semantics. People talk about wearable computing as devices that are worn on or in clothing or accessories. This category typically does not include implants. In contrast, tolerable computing can include implants and embedded devices, as well as wearable ones.
Endurable computing devices have many uses. They can help complement or replace the body's natural senses such as sight or hearing. They can help with professional or personal multitasking, as is the case with Bluetooth, which enables hands-free communication. Many uses of tolerable computing involve chips or implants that a user need not maintain or physically manipulate over time. Instead, these intelligent devices could provide real-time information themselves.
Another important practical application of tolerable computing is to provide actionable information about the human body. The smart watches that are common today and are worn to collect vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure are good examples of this. Certain types of implants also collect real-time information about vital signs.
While tolerable computing devices can be used to simulate human senses, they can also be used to enhance them in many different ways. New classes of devices known as augmented reality devices can add additional visual elements to a human field of view, either as layers or as a virtual field of view. These types of technologies, showing up in devices like Google Glass, can help provide people with more information about their surroundings, or alternatively they can use technologies like image processing to help them develop more information about what they see .