No sooner had we finished discussing smartwatches than something weird happened again. Yes, yet again! The tech innovators decided to take a fruit – a banana, and bind it to your wrist.
In celebrations of the eight years of sponsorship it has given to the Tokyo Marathon, Dole Food Company has decided to turn techie and invent an edible wearable – a banana with sensors and LEDs that can display text, tweets, measure distance, and track heart rate. And, because it is edible, the fruit will also let you know when to eat it! Now, that’s a comestible sousveillance device Dole has given us, with an added supply of Potassium and Vitamin B6.
Yeah, so now we have smart bananas. Facepalm.
This Dole banana is no ordinary, according to the company spokeswoman. It can be wrapped around the wrist like a watch and connected with a cord to another device, which, the user would be carrying during the marathon. The power supply is facilitated via a small battery connected to the fruit.
But how do you get the fruit to be a smartwatch?
The trick is pretty simple. Take the banana, peel it, remove its content, place a smaller banana inside it along with an ultra compact LED display and other electronic parts, reseal it, and bingo! You have your wonder fruit ready. The Dole fruit will also have a built-in GPS so that the participants of the marathon can keep track of different data throughout the race. And, when they are done, they can peel the banana and eat it – the only thing about it which isn’t wacky.
Let’s go bananas!
Okay, the Dole banana is the first edible wearable ever. And, this is big news, as unlike what I had said earlier about smartwatches, these gadgets won’t be tucked inside drawers because they lack sufficient functions. Rather, they would perhaps be on your dining table, with you feasting upon them big time. As for the smartwatch market, that would, perhaps, soon turn out to be a fruit salad….or even a mixed vegetable dish, who knows? Wink.
Or, on second thoughts, will you ever dare to ‘chew on’ a heart rate monitor? Or a tweet displayer? Or a lap time calculator? Or even a banana that, you know, has already been peeled and resealed with weird red lights glowing inside it? I mean, where’s Hygeine, on leave?