WTF #Wearables: making wearables useful
Posted on May 4th, 2015
Make stuff that works – pop-up conference, #makestuffthatworks
05/01/2015 @Loft W, 240 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Liza Kindred @ThirdWaveFashion talked about the 9 billion connected devices that populate our world and why many only clutter our lives. She first compared the me-too products such as “just another fit band” versus some products she sees as both innovative and useful:
- June UV monitoring bracelet – limit sum exposure for skin cancer
- Color correcting glasses – to help those with specific types of color blindness
- Motion sensing baby monitor – to avoid SIDS
- Motorola Tattoo – unlock a user’s mobile device display with only the use of their voice that is monitored by an electronic skin tattoo.
Liza next talked about some guidelines she recommends when developing a new wearable :
- No more novelty – create only for utility or joy
- Future proof the technology – devices can be upgraded
- Provide security – device needs to be secure
- Build for the network – talk to each other
- Build wearables for humans – make the interaction natural
- Blend fashion with technology – people are going to want to wear what we create
- Narrow the digital divide
- Make something the world needs – e.g. the Kite patch makes humans invisible to mosquitoes.
She summarized her thoughts in three key questions for users and developers/designers:
- Would I wear this? Is it beautiful? Is it aesthetically pleasing?
- Will I keep this device charged? – does it have long lasting benefits
- Does the world really need this?