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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Why Fascination with Wearables and Presence?

As I sat through the sessions at SxSW on Wearable technologies in March, something clicked.  As a lover of gadgets, I am always eager to try new things if they have a purpose that I can relate to. My passion for social strategy and getting people to engage with each other on a deeper level for mutual benefit had a connection here and it was finally becoming clear.  Something about motivating each other by sharing data, about getting out and getting fit, about being more present in the moment with others was standing out.  I was and am determine to dig deeper.  Call me crazy, but I even changed my doctoral dissertation to focus on finding more answers.

Lola, the UP dogMy first really effective wearable was my Jawbone UP band.  When living in Sweden, my Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) became acute. Some ways to combat S.A.D., like many forms of depression, is movement, fresh air and social interaction.  I used the idle vibration alert to get me through the Winter months.  I trained my service dog to respond to the alert.  So that, even if the vibration wasn’t sufficient enough to modify my behavior, her tugging at my sleeve to urge a walkabout resulted in action.  Once out and about, I became progressively more engaged and present with my work, my research and my interactions with my family and friends.  It was the action that created the presence, but I believe the action would not have occurred without the stimulation of the wearable (and a little tug from Lola).

What about other discreet wearables?  I am most curious about wearables that passively monitor and alert us to behaviors that are detrimental to our being present, mindful in the moment.  So, my journey begins here (well, sort of, the sharing begins here).  I look forward to sharing more with you as it continues.  I will continue to share, and I hope you will too.  Feel free to contact me directly if you have stories, wearables, research that you think would be relevant.  I look forward to hearing about them and from you.

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Measuring the Value of the Visual Practice, beyond Anecdotal Data

Thanks to the International Forum for Visual Practitioners for another inspiring event. We had a dynamic and exciting dialog about data and the importance of validating the field through a combination of quantitative and qualitative data on results. I must admit, I never thought I would be promoting number crunching, but it was highly satisfying to see the positive numbers to confirm what we believe to be true. As many found the lexicon from my report to be a helpful guide, I am placing it here for quick reference. Listening to the conversation and buzz of a field in fast growth, is exciting. I appreciate all of your support for the research and I hope you will continue to use the results and build on them. Enjoy!!
Lexicon of Visual Practice

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