Through a pair of Google Glass, or a Narrative Clip camera clipped on their shirt, or a GoPro mounted on their bike helmet, we can explore and collect an infinite amount of qualitative data from our target audience and the people we design for.
Wearable technologies have a profound impact on the way we conduct ethnographic research. But how will it disrupt our research workflow? What are the effects on the researcher and their subject? How do we distill the data and gain valuable insights?
Being John Malkovich - Future of research with wearable tech - Sydney Design 2014
Welcome to ‘Being John Malkovich - the future of research with wearable technology’.
This is a workshop is part of Sydney Design 2014.
We come from an independent consulting company called the Ripple Effect Group.
We’re specialised in helping company communicate
and collaborate effectively using technology.
We share a common interest in understanding human behaviours and new technology
trends, such as wearable tech.
Anthropology User Experience
We would like you to leave the workshop with some interesting take aways around the
value of research, and how to use emerging technology such as wearables to
conduct research effectively and creatively.
You may reach different conclusions from analysing this infographic
on the Average American diet…
…than you would by drawing insights by looking at these fridges.
Source: Mark Menjivar’s ‘You Are What You Eat’ photography project http://www.markmenjivar.com/projects/you_are_what_you_eat
Activity 1: Match the fridge with its owner
Waco, TX | 3-Person
Household | Drummer
for death metal band.
Room Nurse | DeBary,
Florida | 1-Person
Household | Saved
the life of next door
Competitive Food Eaters
| New York, New York |
3-Person Household |
Holds records for eating
most burritos, cannolis,
buffet food, green beans,
sushi, pancakes, ramen
noodles, tamales, tiramisu
and sweet corn.
Teacher | San
Antonio, TX | 3-Person
dog) | First week after
deciding to eat all
Would a fridge in Texas look different to one in New York?
How do the economic trends of a city influence the fridges of
Which day of the week was the photo taken?
Can I tell who owns the fridge from the way they organise the
noun: easy to wear computing hardware
designed to respond to our environment
Not a new concept
An abacus ring, made in China
during the 17th century
Source: Abacus Ring image http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2584437/Is-wearable-computer-300-year-old-Chinese-abacus-ring-used-Qing-Dynasty-help-traders.html
Dash Smart In-Ear Headphones
Google contact lens
For more information, take a look at ZDNet’s ‘History of Wearable Tech: http://www.zdnet.com/the-history-of-wearable-technology-a-timeline-7000030090/
Where else do you think are emerging areas
as application of wearable tech?
Wearables allow us to layer quantitative data with qualitative data to develop insights.
"Fitbit is missing when you got married or bought a car. That context is
missing and these events have such a huge impact on your activity."
Nicholas Felton, Co-founder Reporter App & Daytum
Grandma’s diary in 1942
When Kitty Ireland stumbled upon her grandmother’s
diaries and started to explore the daily entries, she
was struck by similarities with her own life and habits.
Reading the diaries, Kitty saw that her grandmother
used her daily entries as logs – tracking the details of
where she went, what she ate, even the boys she
kissed. She transcribed her diary and tracked the
name of the boys grandma mentioned in her diary in
this graph below…
Lifelogging is not new….
…but technology makes it
Feltron’s Annual Reports
For more on Nicholas Felton’s life logging reports visit http://feltron.com
Activity 2: Design a wearable tech to help you research one of the following subject
correspondent in Iran
What data will your wearable device collect?
Where is it worn?
Why does it fit your research subject?