Tokyo is certainly one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is a place where one can see the most bizarre of things. In fact, in the last Tokyo Marathon, among the things that caught the attention of people were wearable bananas that some participants wore. The banana is complete with sensors and LEDs that display a runner’s race time, tweets and heart rate. Since 2008, the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables has served as an official race sponsor. Now, the company’s Japan division is redefining wearable technology with food.
The robotically-modified banana consists of wired parts. These parts are familiar to fitness buffs as they are similar to what you may find in a fitness tracker. The parts are inserted along the inside of an opened banana, which is then stitched back together and replaced with a much smaller banana-filling.
Hiromi Otaki, senior manager of marketing at the Japan division of Dole said in a statement that “The power source is a small battery connected to the wearable banana. Inside the battery there are ultra-compact LEDs and other electronic components.”
Out of the many participants, 30,000 Tokyo marathoners to be more specific, two sported the wearable banana on their wrists in Sunday’s race. The flashing LEDs were able to inform them of their distance covered and heart rate. One more funny thing that the LEDs display are advise on when to eat their next banana. We can only imagine the self-control the runners exercised from eating their banana before the finish line.
With the worldwide market for wearable devices projected to reach $52.3 billion in 2019 according to CNET, Dole’s high-tech banana may face some competition among other wearable food contenders. Among potential competitors is Kagome’s wearable tomato project. Amazing, isn’t it? That is Tokyo Technology for you!
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