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Wearable Technology presentaion at Appnation

Spent a day at the Appnation conference and want to share my notes from my favorite presentation - wearable technology. I'v been a big fan of wearables for some and it's exciting to see how the technology that was used by a few geeks taking the central stage. Anyway, here are my quick notes from the presentation.

DEC 4, 2013 

Q. Why now? 
  • sensor technology becomes affordable
  • cloud is ready, sensor data can be uploaded to the cloud 
  • big companies are making huge investments
Q. Why wearables?
  • wearables provide value now, helping solve problems in daily live
  • Pebble watch can provide contextual information (ex: runkeeper app that is active when user is running). My understanding is that sensors can be used to determine current user's context, if user is walking/running/sleeping and serve user with the information/apps that are appropriate for the context  
Side Note:
"smart wearable" is a cool term, I like it! Check:

Q: Wearable device classification:
  • General purpose devices (phones, watches, etc) 
  • Special purpose-built device (Fitbit, etc) are very popular since they solve particular real problems for user (fitness, diet, sleep, etc)

Q. What is different when wearable sensors come to play:
  •  distributed architecture - symbiotic dependency on smartphone 
  •  micro-engagement - instant access to the information
  •  sensors drive differentiation
  •  next few quarters will bring large number of new devices to the market 
  •  focus on the experience including users who want to use the technology in certain way
  •  there are some experiences that can not be done on phone (bio-context) 

Q. New design requirements that applicable specifically for wearable:
  • Long battery life (week+)
  • Durable, waterproof
  • No friction! People will keep and use these devices on daily bases (all the time?)


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