Frequently asked questions:

Is there any harmful radiation?

We’re doing our best to minimize the effects of radiation.
1. The antenna module is positioned 30 cm from the head (while a distance of over 2 cm is recommended).
2. The maximum SAR value does not exceed 0.6 W/kg (a EU recommended maximum is 2 W/kg).
3. The user is partly shielded from the antenna module with a “wave guard” screen that absorbs most of the radiation.
4. The outer surface of the necklace is relatively large and is positioned opposite to the user. The built-in antenna mechanism is engineered in the way that it can pick up a signal from a cell tower while effectively shielding the user at the same time.
We promote the use of low-power no-license connections while using the e-necklace as both the analog signal source and receiver.

   

Does the e-necklace overheat?

To prevent excessive heating and overheating of the e-necklace, the following design issues have been addressed:
1. The CPU and batteries are located in different modules.
2. No use of power consuming applications, and not much use of graphics.
3. Force-quitting option for unused apps embedded in software.
4. Electronic blocks can be placed in different blocks to lower the total heat.
5. To remove heat from the inner side of the necklace we use temperature compensators, isolation pads, and coolers.

   

What makes your smart-necklace so special?

1. The largest net volume of hardware within the most comfortable form-factor made for full-time wear. It can be almost invisible because it can be worn under the clothes. It’s operated by the means of keys and buttons. Because their ergonomic location has been calculated and verified, they are easy to feel and find over the clothes, and there’s no chance of accidental push of any button.
2. A modular construction with adjustable configuration and size allows to tune the device to a customer’s needs and preferences. There’s also a chance to make a full-custom option.
3. Organization of cables. Even though the device is not wireless, you can forever forget the agony of dealing with tangling, hanging, slacking, and loose cables.
4. There’s a way to control separate wearables such as the watch, music player, body and environment monitoring sensors, wearable screens, as well as peripheral devices (validators, e-keys, smart homes).

   

Why do you call your device a computer?

The e-necklace form-factor allows a wearable computer to be placed inside. When needed, the computer can be connected with a display or virtual/augmented reality glasses. The glasses can use the resources of the necklace’s processor and the power unit, so that to reduce the weight of the wearable part.

   

Can your e-necklace be used without the screen and augmented reality glasses?

We envisaged a button interface with over 20 managing functions, and a voice interface which allows for an independent control of the e-necklace and the peripherals.

   

Who is your target audience?

Each user can configure his own e-necklace according to his needs. For audiophiles it’s a music player with multi-driver earphones. For athletes it can be various fitness sensors. For the elderly there’s a real-time heart monitor option and a hearing aid that is barely noticeable and that looks like an ordinary earphone for younger people.

   

How much will it cost?

The price of E-necklace v1.0 won’t exceed $200. In the future, we’ll try to stick to that figure for the basic option. The use of more expensive materials, jewelry elements, and precision mechanics in the top models of the e-necklace will drive up the price.

 

 

When will it be available?

The first generation can be pre-ordered in the Fall of 2016. Please check the site for updates.

   

Is there a wireless charging option?

Yes, the e-necklace can be quickly charged with a Qi standard charger.

   

How long does it last when charged?

Under heavy use, it’ll work at least 2-3 days.

   

Is there a need to install a special App on the smartphone?

The installation of a special application is recommended, as it will make it easier to use the device. However, the device can function as a wireless headset without any application.

   

What inspired you to create your e-necklace?

The market for wearables has approached another leap. The wearable devices are making a transition from the pockets and hands of the users onto their bodies. The screens are worn as glasses, and earphones get ever more invisible in the ear canals. The new technologies promote miniaturization of devices in many areas not directly linked with each other. Everything gets smaller - processors and memory, precision mechanics and micro-motors. We now have new materials that can be used to make thin but durable outer shell, there’re thin and elastic wires that can be fit on a micro reel. We tried to intertwine new technologies and use them on the most complicated device of them all - the human body. Our idea is to make a comfortable, inconspicuous, easy to use interface between the e-necklace and the user’s sensors - his eyes, ears, and fingers.

   

Where is the microphone located? How do you solve a problem of communication in a noisy environment?

We have created, patented, and started using a microphone array that consists of at least 3 microphones. That layout allows to compensate for the turning of the user’s head while on the phone and to cancel out the surrounding noise. The microphones are located at the upper part of the loop and at the back of the e-necklace for the isolation and further cancelation of the background noise. To ensure protection from the wind, the microphones are located under the user’s clothes while in operation. A smooth surface of the necklace and a special location of the microphones substantially minimize the noise from the contact with the clothes and the body. There’s an option of placing the microphones in the earphones and the use of bone conduction technology for complete noise elimination.

   

Why do you come up with a new organization of cable in the times when wireless technologies prevail? Haven’t you heard that everyone will soon have a chip implanted?

We do that because we know that battery capacity increases very slowly, while the need to get more and more power to the sensory organs grows quickly. Earphones and screens demand power, the eardrum needs the sound, the eye needs the light. We can place batteries on the scull or inside the ear - it won’t be pretty nor comfortable. We’re all for open space and open face. The implant tech is far from perfect and far from main-stream; we still perceive the world with our imperfect sensory organs, and we don’t think there’s gonna be a lot of volunteers wanting to get an implant… just to get under the knife shortly after to install an upgraded version. And no one will want to run out of the tissue in the nerve tract.
God gave man two ears to hear and two eyes to see (in one direction only). So let us not distort the divine creation (which is almost perfect if you ask us), but let us help the mankind by getting electronics closer to man without having to implant anything.