Wear your Computing degree

You have to go to Austria

If you're thinking of going (back) to university, not because you want an extra qualification but because you miss all the free time, cheap beer and young women, you could do worse than go to The Graz University of Technology in Austria and study its new degree in Wearable Computing.

You won't believe this, but the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes are the first of their kind in the world. They are a by-product of the first university-sponsored conference on wearable computers.

And adding extra credibility, the course is closely tied in with corporate sponsor Xybernaut. Xybernaut is "the leading provider of wearable/mobile computing hardware".

So what the hell is "wearable computing"? Well, you know, computing devices that you can wear. And stuff. Anyway, it's not a complete holiday (sadly) as you will be expected to learn (and be tested on) various subjects including computation, communications, signal and video processing, project and change management and man-machine interface (as well as maths, physics and electronics of course).

"The TUG has historically maintained an outstanding reputation for recognizing major industry trends," said the senior VP of Corporate Research and Development at Xybernaut Dr. Edwin Vogt. Professor Reinhold Weiss of Graz University called it "a bold step".

Graz was the first ever university to give a doctorate in technical sciences. Or maybe the first in Austria. ®