Smart Wigs in Our Future


I have always been intrigued when I see young, funky gals wearing blue, pink, or green wigs. Who are these women and why do they have such great confidence? I saw a bunch of them on Melrose in West Hollywood today. I thought Andy Warhol couldn’t be too far behind.

Sony apparently thinks so too. The electronics manufacturer has filed a patent application for a “SmartWig,” a new, wearable technology. The SmartWig will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices. The SmartWig can also navigate roads and collect information such as blood pressure.

The Japanese firm said the wig will be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair, or any kind of synthetic material. It doesn’t really matter because the interface and sensors are covered up by parts of the wig during use. The SmartWig could be considered as a technically intelligent item or as a fashion statement.

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