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Flying Low: A Minimalist Wearable Computer

Nicolas Villar


We present a prototype for a wearable computer integrated into a pair of trousers that notifies the wearer of the potentially embarrassing situation of being found with their trouser fly open. The computer is able to discreetly alert the user of this event, taking its cue from the combined sensed states of the waist button and zipper fly. The implementation is simple and lightweight, with the computing element consisting of only five basic electronic components. We believe this minimalist approach may also be applicable to other scenarios, such as safety clothing.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2008), Seoul, South Korea, September 21-24, 2008.
PublisherSpringer Verlag
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