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