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SIT UP STRAIGHT!
HOW WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY CAN SUPPORT
Janna C. Kimel
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• My background
• Motivation, healthcare and why should I care?
• Wearable tech 101
• Product Landscape
• On the market
• Research projects
• Sample projects-show and tell
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AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?
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• The body is with us
• Merleau-Ponty, Husserl
– Internal and external work
– Body as mediator
– Interactions make world
• Skyrocketing cost of
• Quality of life
• Longitudinal access to
We inhabit our bodies and they in turn inhabit the world with seamless
connections back and forth. - Dourish, 2001
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Personal-What motivates us?
•There are very powerful forces that motivate us to
do things (for better and for worse) that seem almost
transparent to us
•As designers, by being aware of these forces, you can
use them to design products, services and experiences
that have a positive impact on people’s lives
•Assist with creating internal motivation – create the
desire for people to “do the right thing”
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Clinical-What insights can we gain?
•Holter monitor being used since the 1960s
•Unobtrusive access to an individual’s daily
•Wearable products that are constantly
present eliminate excuses
•Prompt responses to emergency situations Drmiri.com
A new generation of wearable sensors and systems has recently become
available thus providing clinical personnel with a window of observation in the
home and community settings.– Bonato, 2011
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•Become more and more integrated with technology and
•Ready to hand - where did I put that phone? (Heidigger)
•Flexibility and potential ease-of-use
It is desirable to weave the necessary sensors into forms with which
people are naturally in contact. - Picard, 1997
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• How many
• Am I better
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• How do I get to my goal?
• How does this week
compare to last?
• What should I do
• What did I do differently?
• Future: Preemptive alerts -
let you know what you are
about to do is not healthy.
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• Conductive thread
• Sewable LEDs, sensors, EL strips, etc.
• Hand sewing or sewing machine
• Plot it out!
• Electronic ink
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Wearable, wireless revenue to surpass $6B
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What’s the hold up?
• Disparate manufacturing processes – electronics and
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An ever-changing landscape
• Flexible batteries
• Imprint Energy
• Electronics that can withstand extreme strain
• Electronics that can bend, wrap and stretch into new form
• Embedding electronics into paper, fabric, latex
• Increased durability and wash-ability
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Geek to Chic
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The future is here…sort of
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• Track and transmit vital signs
• Glucose monitors
• Sleep sensors
• Activity monitors (think FitBit, Fuelband, miCoach)
• Heart rate monitors
• Adaptive technology (deaf, blind, neuromuscular)
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Born to run
Electricfoxy.com & amiigo.co
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Blind leading the blind
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Turn signal jacket
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Putting it together
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I want to get started!
• Buy stuff
• Learn stuff
• Make magazine
• Get Inspired
• Talk to real people
• Maker faire – NYC and San Francisco
• Now in PDX! Sept 15-16 at OMSI
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How can we create lasting experiences?
How can we hide and surface information as
How can we continue to personalize the
Do you announce or hide your wearable tech?
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