#Wearable future – panel discussion
Posted on May 24th, 2016
05/24/2016 @Samsung Accelerator Chelsea, 30 W 26th, NY, 7th floor
- Nora Levinson, President & CEO at Caeden (a design-driven wearable technology company)
- Ryan Shearman, Founder & CEO at Fusar (creating an ecosystem of smart helmet products)
- Meisha Brooks, Product Manager/Mechanical Engineer at The Crated (inventing solutions to help companies combine technology and apparel)
- Sumeet Shah, Senior Associate at Brand Foundry Ventures (early stage VC firm focused on consumer brands and connected devices including wearables)
The discussion including the following points
- Successful wearable don’t ask people to adopt new behaviors
- Statement pieces are the exception. E.g. some handicapped people want to show off the technology (rather than hide it). In that case, the challenge is to design the wearable so it can be worn both as a normal as well as a statement piece.
- Battery technology is the limiting factor of wearables. Until batteries hold a charge for longer, advances in wearables will emphasize doing more with less power. E.g. meditation bracelet needs to be small since it needs to have high accuracy without being bulky. Also half of the weight of Ryan’s smart helmet is from batteries.
- Wearables, like other devices, need to be designed so the product line can be broadened over time. The smart helmet started as a motorcycle helmet, but that would have limited the ability to widen the product line.
- The mainstream fashion industry wants to get into tech, but does not want to be cheesy and don’t want to undercut their brand.
- For connected devices, Apple and Google Fit are often the best way to store data while preserving privacy. Eventually there may be specific cloud appliances to store data.
- The panelist were excited about other wearbles including
- Meta – “eyes up” display system – motorcycle helmet – AR display
- Military has invested in smart textiles – medical applications.
- Soles – 3d printing of soles for shoes which offers an apparel alternative to hand sewing and injection molding.
- Carbon3d- changing the way we 3d print.
- Exo-skeletons so workers can lift heavier loads.