Art Center College of Design in partnership with Intel is hosting a Symposium today titled, Connected Bodies: Imagining New Wearables. I will be speaking on a panel that will be focusing on the topic of "reflections on today’s wearable landscape", which will include myself, Eric Olson (Karten Design), Steve Holmes (VP Smart Device Innovation, New Devices Group, Intel), Lama Nachman (User Experience Research, Intel Labs), and moderator Syuzi Pakhchyan, Art Center's Intel Technologist-in-Residence. It should be a great discussion as this space continues to heat up. For more info on the event, go here.
I'll be speaking on a wearable tech panel today at CES in Vegas. Come and join me if you're attending. Some information on the talk: Wearable Technology Panel When: January 8, 2014, 4:25-5 p.m. Where: LVCC, North Hall N256
Less than a week into the New Year, many tech experts are proclaiming 2014 the year of wearables. Award winning designer and wearable tech thought leader Jennifer Darmour is joining a panel of wearable tech experts to discuss the future of this hot industry and introduce the highlights from the Kids@Play and Mommy Tech’s FashionWare show.
Get a sneak peek at the highlights from our FashionWare show and hear from the arbiters of fashion-meets-function in wearable, embedded and new technologies. From glitz and glitter, to new fabrics and new ways to get the perfect fit, the fashionable woman is entering the tech world fast.
Moderator: Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times, LLC
Panelist: Jennifer Darmour, User Experience Design, Artefact Marta Hall, President, Velodyne Chris Herbert, CEO, Phone Halo Judy Tomlinson, Founder, AvocSoft and CEO, FashionTEQ Jillian White, Marketing and Product Management, MC10
From my friends at Ziba... Ziba hosted a wearable technology panel back in April including Sean Madden Executive Managing Director at Ziba, Roberto Tagliabue Executive Director of Software Design at Jawbone, and Skooks Pong Senior Vice President of Technology at Synapse. Sean Madden wrote a summary and perspective form the panel that discussed how wearable devices will offer practical, novel and fun usefulness but will also be able to influence our behavior in ways good and bad, creating ethical dilemmas for designers. Worth a read.
"For all the attention we’ve given in the past year to wearable devices like Google Glass, Nike FuelBand and Jawbone UP, the focus on hardware and form factor misses the far more thrilling – and perhaps frightening – topic of how wearable devices are going to change who we are as people. Wearables promise to let technology impact us on a more personal level, and as our gadgets become more intimate it’s inevitable that their influence will deepen.
Psychology researchers have been looking into human behavior reinforcement, and the conclusions they’ve reached are startling. The subconscious mechanisms by which a human brain forms habits are no longer a complete mystery, and that understanding has let us start devising tools for altering them. As a result, we’re now at the edge of an era in which human behavior has become a design problem.
Changing the unchangeable
In a 2011 article on feedback loops, Wired editor Thomas Goetz describes how a single “Your Speed” box on the side of a busy road does a better job of slowing down drivers than the most relentless speed trap, and then illustrates this effect with a number of other examples. They point to a kind of revolution in persuasion tactics: We are able to encourage or discourage behaviors once thought unchangeable simply by offering immediate, actionable feedback. Well-designed feedback changes behavior.
Imagine what’s possible when we apply that kind of feedback loop to a broader range of habits. Health-related behaviors, for example. Or even buying behaviors."
Continue reading at Gigaom.
I'll be speaking at the Smart Fabrics Conference in San Francisco today, which focuses on: Software and services -- building the integrated wearable technology ecosystem
- The key principles the emerging wearable ecosystem players need to take into account as they chart their path to market together
- The role of software and services in developing integrated, compelling and meaningful consumer experiences
- A vision for the tremendous opportunity in front of the wearable technology ecosystem and the roles for each of the players, as the vision becomes a reality
Join me in Austin at SXSW where I will be sharing a vision for what’s next in wearable technology. Here’s a hint: wearable technology represents an entire new era of interaction. It has the potential to change our relationship to technology altogether by making it more discreetly, smartly integrated into our lifestyle, and ultimately, giving us superpowers. With the plethora of trendy new products like, Google Glasses, iWatches, the smartphone as your fitness coach – wearable technology is on the verge of going beyond media buzz to becoming mainstream. In a few years virtually everyone will be wearing some tech piece on their body. The question is: How do we avoid becoming cyborgs and create new wearable technology experiences that make us more human? Continue reading at Artefactgroup.com
Join me Saturday, March 9 2013 @ 11am at the Radisson Town Lake Hotel in Austin, TX. Click here to register.
For anyone with a health & fitness idea that wants to integrate with the Nike+ platform, now's your chance. Nike has offered an accelerator program sponsored by Techstars that will mentor 10 companies to jump start their product idea over 3 months. They will be open up their APIs for Nike+ Running and FuelBand and provide resources to set you up for success. The deadline to apply is quickly appraoching. You have until Feb 3 to submit your idea. More info on the program here.