When the iPhone first came to market, in 2007, it was hyped as the ultimate all-in-one device -- phone, camera, music player and handheld game platform. Younger readers may not be aware of this but, back in the day, we bought and carried all those devices separately. Hence the unfortunate fashion resurgence of cargo pants.
A new earphone device currently in development could be another all-in-one milestone for the digital age. The Aware, currently in high-gear Kickstarter mode, combines a wireless Bluetooth earbud system with the biometric tracking features of fitness bands and other wearables - all in a custom-fitted, 3D-printed "hearable" device.
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But the big breakthrough with the Aware device, according to designers, is that it can measure EEG data and brainwaves with dermal sensors both inside and outside of the ear canal. This is the stuff lab technicians otherwise track with several dozen electrodes taped to your skull.