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Wearable Computing

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Wearable Computing

  1. 1. Wearable Computing Arjun Balaji
  2. 2. Context and definition • From MIT Media Lab: “an always present, always working collection of personal applications.” • mobile • aware of the user's goals and context • function even when the user is directing her attention elsewhere
  3. 3. The BIG deal • Feeds our human desire to be aware and know • The health graph • • The Pebble story • • Jawbone, Fitbit, RunKeeper 10M raised on Kickstarter 485 million annual device shipments by 2018 • ABI Research
  4. 4. Left: MIT Wearable Computing Group, late ‘97
  5. 5. Cheaper Hardware The “cloud” Location Data What’s driving wearable tech? #quantifieds elf REAL USE CASES U X
  6. 6. In the pipeline • Sensors woven into skin • Augmented reality • Wearable nanotechnology • • Under Armor Opto-electronic contacts
  7. 7. Fun links • Fitbit designer discussing design decisions in the Fitbi • whatthefuckismywearablestrategy.com • NYT Interview with Steve Mann, the ultimate wearable • Encyclopedic reference re: wearable computing on the Interaction Design Foundation site written by the dude, Steve Mann himself.

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