Social Through Wearables


Slide deck from keynote on Social Through Wearables. Social optimization requires an understanding of self and others to provide the MUTUAL benefit to relationship building. This study explores wearable technologies as an intervention for bringing greater awareness and presence into social engagement. Slide deck from keynote on Social Through Wearables based on research in Wearables and presence of mind in the workplace.

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#WebSummit Day3 Impressions and Sketchnotes

The flickr album is updated with both sketchnotes and a little video of the guys from Mo’Joes having fun with their product. It has been a great Summit. Hope you all had fun. Please feel free to share the sketches and let me know your impressions and ideas.

I am exited to see the repeated call for added value on the wearables side of things. This positions my research on wearables and presence of mind in the workplace perfectly. For now, back to San Francisco. I will be speaking about Wearables in the Workplace at the StartUp Tech Mixer on the 14th and the Product Summit on the 20th. Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, enjoy the sketchnotes on Wearables and Internet of Things from the Web Summit!

Link to flickr album for Sketchnotes from Web Summit 2014 in Dublin

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Impressions WebSummit, Day Two

The flickr album is updated with both sketchnotes and photos:

Link to flickr album for Sketchnotes from Web Summit 2014 in Dublin

What a great day. The sun even joined us making the stroll to the Food Summit a welcome excursion in the sun (and delicious food!). Met some great people with Jamie Oliver Group doing exciting things in Digital. Loved the Cute Circuit presentation. Wish I had a moment with Mike Bell to talk wearables and the reason for them. I hope my research will provide some good insight there. Took a wander through the start-up stands and saw quite a range of innovations. Great to feel the vibe and passion of these new players in the market. Back tomorrow, until then… g’nite.

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Sketchnotes/Reflections Day One at WebSummit 2014

Link to flickr album for Sketchnotes from Web Summit 2014 in Dublin

More to come, as this is just Day One. I was particularly impressed and excited by Sara Robb O’Hagan’s call for turning insights into action and understanding behavioral change. Lo and behold, she even put in a push for mindfulness. Great stuff from the Equinox. Met some great characters today in the startup booths with passion and innovation burning strong. I just wish they would take Sonny Vu’s advice and design for more the market beyond men in tech. There is some pretty ugly gear out there. Ah, well, there is room for improvement, innovation and creativity. So that is exciting.

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Crowdfunding to Distribution at Wearable World

Sketchnotes: Crowdfunding to Distribution Panel at Wearable WorldIMG_1030.JPG

After hearing the struggles in getting to market from the wearable community, I was excited to have a chance to hear more about Crowdfunding to distribution. This was a great panel put together by Wearable World. The moderator, Andrew Dix of Crowdfunding Insider, wove the red thread throughout. The panelists represented a range of distribution outlets and innovation scouts to Crowdfunding site, indigogo, and an international production advisor.
Another great event hosted at Wearable World. Thanks for the invite Kyle!

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Recruiting for Wearables & Presence Study, update

Now comeWearable Technology Beyond the wrists the moment of truth, my dissertation research study on Wearables and Presence in the workplace will kick off in a month.   The study should help us understand if using wearables can be an intervention for improving presence (in the moment: sense-of-self and sense-of-others). The devices in the study are in the monitor-alert category.    It is an independent scholarly study (not market research) for a doctoral dissertation in Human and Organization Systems at Fielding Graduate University.

I have 100 devices for the study and have just decided to open it to unreleased devices.  More data is better.

Are you a wearable developer and have at least five finished prototypes that can be used for the length of the six week study (starting November 1st)?  Please contact me before October 22nd to discuss. You would need to be able to provide customer support for the participants for the six week study to be sure the results are not skewed from improper use or device failure in pre-release.

Recruiting participants: Are you interested in wearable technologies’ potential beyond utility and/or your ability to be present with yourself and others?  The demographic for the study is mid-career professionals in the workplace.  The modern workplace can have many forms, so this includes virtual office, office and combination situations.  Participants should not currently be using another monitor-alert wearable.  SF Bay Area participants preferred, for ease of distribution and return of devices.  Although some devices will come from other areas (Tel Aviv, London, Toronto, so far) so there may be some local clusters if enough participants.  If you have your own device but have not started using it yet, you may also be able to participate.  Contact me to discuss.  The commitment is: 6 weeks (5 weeks of device use),  Three times weekly online assessment completion (5 min. each), 15 minute exit interview at completion of study.  Your personal device data remains private to you.

As I kick off, I must just give a shout out to the amazing wearable community (tech, wellness and neuropsychology) for your incredible support for this study by providing knowledge, enthusiasm, contacts and/or products: Misfit, Ring.lyVirgin Pulse, Jawbone, Interaxon, UpRight, Samsung, Spire, OhMiBod, Vibease and WearableWorld.  I look forward to sharing my findings and contributing to the knowledge on Wearables Beyond Utility!

hforbesoste (at) email.fielding.edu

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Wearable World Labs Demo Days Inside Peek

Exciting to  see the coming attractions at Wearable World’s Demo Days.  I stopped in to catch up with Redg Snodgrass before he headed off to set up for coming the Wearable World event in London.  I was glad to hear he will be attending the Web Summit and Machine Summit (IoT) in Dublin next month. There should be more to hear then about the future of wearables and what role Wearable World is taking in it.  Some of the ones that inspired me the most during this demo were LoopD, Interface and miriQ’s EPIC case/accessory.  Some on the software side, others on the hardware, each has the potential to change the way we engage with each other and our own big data.  I hope you enjoy the first of my video series capturing some of the vision of wearables for the future.

Note: Keep in mind, I am just getting the hang of the video side of things, including the editing.  But happy to have great tools!  All footage shot with an iPhone 6.  I intend to incorporate my sketchnotes in later versions.  Stay tuned as I will be blogging on Wearables Beyond Utility (getting social) from the Machine Summit!

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Web Summit booked!

Web SummitI am honored by the invitation to blog for the coming Web Summit in Dublin in November.  There are several simultaneous summits.  I intend to spend much of my time at the Machine Summit focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices.  There is so much happening in this space.  I hope the dialog goes beyond utility and function.  There is a far greater potential here.  My hope it is to catch a moment with some of the great minds in this area to find out what is driving their vision and passion.

How do these devices and their founders’ visions connect to the greater social web? What is their potential for impact on the greater global system?  How do they fit in the organizational context? Designing for the other 50% (No more ugly devices, please!! Thank you Sonny Vu for the beautiful Shine.) These topics will be a subjects for many a pub chat. (A visit to a real Dublin pub for some delicious cider and good music will be required while in town.)  Just because I am doing scholarly research in a tech-based world, doesn’t mean we can’t make room for some real authentic engagement.

My dissertation research continues on the relationship between wearable technologies and presence of mind.  By November, I should have some preliminary data to support lively dialog at the Summit (as well as the pub chats).  It is from this lens I will be writing, and hope to extract some interesting food for thought.

 

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