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Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
@ChrisMcKirgan 
@ChrisMcKirgan
Pebble, Moto 360 (android wear) 
> a year ~ 2 weeks 
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
@ChrisMcKirgan & #wearabletech...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
What is wearable tech? 
Technology that is worn; 
Carried  Worn  Embedded 
@Chr...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
What is wearable tech? 
Technology that is worn; 
The most profound technologies ar...
Wearable @Ch@risCMhrciKsMirgcaKnirgan Tech: a help or a hindrance?
Wearable @@CChhrriissMMccKKiirrggaann Tech: a help or a hindrance?
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Mobile – wearable relationship 
• Watches and glasses: extensions of mobiles 
(most...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Helping us – Always alerted 
• Never miss an important call 
• Glance & read texts ...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Helping us – Convenience 
• Call a cab from your wrist 
• Pay for your goods with y...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Helping us – Better UX 
• Simple control 
• Better app control (sometimes) 
@ChrisM...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Helping us – Health 
• Always attached 
• heart rate monitor 
• Step counter 
@Chri...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Helping us – Time appropriate 
• Time relevant 
• Location sensitive 
• Its about t...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Hindering us – Distraction 
• Alerts during conversations 
• “unsmart” – meeting re...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Hindering us – Privacy, us & others 
• Other can read your private messages 
• Surv...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Hindering us – data & communications 
• Your data, broadcast over Bluetooth 
• Reco...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Hindering us – “snapchat generation” 
• Further encourages micro-engagements 
• Red...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Hindering us – Gender targeting * 
• Missing the fashion market 
• Fashionable? Its...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Conclusions- Pros 
• Better/easier connected (albeit short) 
• Never miss a call/te...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Conclusions- Cons 
• Unneeded distractions 
• Irrelevant notifications 
• Privacy c...
Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? 
Wearables – what needs solving 
• Privacy invasion (“glassholes”)* 
• Data privacy,...
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'Ignite: For Good' presentation 11: Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance?, Chris McKirgan

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This is Chris McKirgan's presentation which he gave during the 'Ignite: For Good' evening mySociety hosted on 29th October 2014 as part of the Bath Digital Festival. Description: Wearable Tech promises a wealth of benefits: improving health, measuring your insulin levels or even sharing a memory with a blink of the eye. However, the small change from carrying a technology to wearing it brings a huge barrier to social acceptance, raises issues of privacy and security.

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'Ignite: For Good' presentation 11: Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance?, Chris McKirgan

  1. 1. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? @ChrisMcKirgan @ChrisMcKirgan
  2. 2. Pebble, Moto 360 (android wear) > a year ~ 2 weeks Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? @ChrisMcKirgan & #wearabletech @ChrisMcKirgan
  3. 3. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? What is wearable tech? Technology that is worn; Carried  Worn  Embedded @ChrisMcKirgan
  4. 4. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? What is wearable tech? Technology that is worn; The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it. - Mark Weiser “ ” @ChrisMcKirgan
  5. 5. Wearable @Ch@risCMhrciKsMirgcaKnirgan Tech: a help or a hindrance?
  6. 6. Wearable @@CChhrriissMMccKKiirrggaann Tech: a help or a hindrance?
  7. 7. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Mobile – wearable relationship • Watches and glasses: extensions of mobiles (mostly) • Fundamentally, the key difference is the user experience @ChrisMcKirgan
  8. 8. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Helping us – Always alerted • Never miss an important call • Glance & read texts instantly • No excuse to not call back the wife @ChrisMcKirgan
  9. 9. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Helping us – Convenience • Call a cab from your wrist • Pay for your goods with your watch (Apple Watch, US only) @ChrisMcKirgan
  10. 10. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Helping us – Better UX • Simple control • Better app control (sometimes) @ChrisMcKirgan
  11. 11. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Helping us – Health • Always attached • heart rate monitor • Step counter @ChrisMcKirgan
  12. 12. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Helping us – Time appropriate • Time relevant • Location sensitive • Its about the “now” @ChrisMcKirgan
  13. 13. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Hindering us – Distraction • Alerts during conversations • “unsmart” – meeting reminders…in the meeting! • Too tempting to check that alert… @ChrisMcKirgan
  14. 14. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Hindering us – Privacy, us & others • Other can read your private messages • Surveillance • Recording video/audio … incognito @ChrisMcKirgan
  15. 15. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Hindering us – data & communications • Your data, broadcast over Bluetooth • Recording video/audio … just creepy @ChrisMcKirgan
  16. 16. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Hindering us – “snapchat generation” • Further encourages micro-engagements • Reduces real human relationships to a voice reply @ChrisMcKirgan
  17. 17. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Hindering us – Gender targeting * • Missing the fashion market • Fashionable? Its improving. • Not helping the gender divide in the industry * http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1283981/wearable-tech-irrelevant-women @ChrisMcKirgan
  18. 18. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Conclusions- Pros • Better/easier connected (albeit short) • Never miss a call/text again • Super convenient (paying, call glancing) • Health tracking(heart-rate, step counter) • Feel like James Bond. @ChrisMcKirgan
  19. 19. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Conclusions- Cons • Unneeded distractions • Irrelevant notifications • Privacy concerns • Data mining - Google knows my heart rate? • Growing social opposition @ChrisMcKirgan
  20. 20. Wearable Tech: a help or a hindrance? Wearables – what needs solving • Privacy invasion (“glassholes”)* • Data privacy, where to draw the line? • Social acceptance of new technologies • From geek to fashion (past early adopters) @ChrisMcKirgan * https://sites.google.com/site/glasscomms/glass-explorers @ChrisMcKirgan

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