Wi-Fi Finder Sneakers
The ASRD™ sneaker is equipped with an integrated wireless internet detection unit embedded under the flap of the left shoe. Once the pressure sensitive insole is activated, the unit scans the surrounding area for Wi-Fi signals and displays the result through LEDs.
The three LEDs on the flap enclosure represent the signal strength of any wireless internet signals within a 50 meter area. A blinking LED represents no signal, while a solid LED shows that there is a signal present.
T-shirt helps geeks detect Wi-Fi networks
The Wi-Fi Detector Shirt has a basestation design on its front with signal waves emanating from it that apparently glow according to the intensity of a nearby network’s strength. For example, a weak signal may only light up a couple of bars on your shirt, while a stronger signal could illuminate all of them.
The shirt is only compatible with 802.11b/g and runs on three AAA batteries that sit inside a small pocket sewn into the shirt – but which aren’t included. If you’re a messy surfer, the Wi-Fi decal can be removed so the t-shirt can be washed. link
Wi-Fi Detector Cap
Similar to our Wi-Fi Detector Shirt, this cap combines apparel and technology into an irresistible geeky hybrid. The glowing bars on the cap light-up to indicate the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi strength in your general vicinity… and with your newfound Wi-Fi sense you’ll be sure to make lots of friends like routers and iPhones. link
Wi-Fi Finder Backpack
Aside from being just stylish and efficient, the Wifi finder backpack offers user convenient detection of wifi signal and its strength through its integrated screen, eliminating the need of opening the laptop every time. This backpack has been designed to carry up to 15.6” laptops with all its accessories and all these remains protected from outer impacts. The adjustable strap shoulder enables easy fit for all range of users and features individual compartments for mobile, MP3 players, multiple pen and other accessories. Crafted of high density nylon, this backpack guarantees longer use with maximum durability and stylish functionality. link
Jenny Chowdhury a resident researcher focusing on wearable and physical computing at NYU/ITP created a range of 802.11 (WiFi) Apparel by taking out the ‘geeky’ look of other WiFi shirts we have posted about.
WiFi Finder devices are used to check if the WiFi signal strength is sufficient to use our devices. But as Jenny demonstrates the is more potential into the WiFi detecting technology than being just a cold, hard plastic box.
WiFi detecting technology can be used to add a new style dimension to our clothing, to interact with our environment by changing colors, visualizing the vibrancy of our lifeline (WiFi) to the cyber world (online presents).
The Wifi Jacket is the first of a range of WiFi apparels ‘literally “bring to light” a portion of the invisible radio waves by illuminating five stripes in accordance with the wifi signal strength.’link