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!
Now comes 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.ly, Virgin 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
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!