Guest Lecture: Asta Roseway and Paul Johns from Microsoft Research talking about their work in “Awareables”
Guest Lecture: Aniruddha Das
Wearable technologies bring the notion of “always-on” to an entirely new plane. Our attention span, ability to scan information, the way this very information is delivered, is changing and with it is also changing us. Inevitably this is also changing our perception of time and space, location and distance. We will experiment with this altered sense of perception and how it affects the way we build affordances for wearable interfaces.
Moving from personal space to social space, and from the innate human desire for communication and community, we will explore the transition from one to the other and the role that wearable technologies have, and can play, in this journey.
Guest Lecture: Steven Dean
Following on the findings of a qualified self, how can we redefine well-being? What are the criteria for well-being beyond physiological indicators? With the aging population growing (every day, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65) what are the opportunities of wearable technologies in realizing well-being?
How do we construct our identity? What goes in it and what is the role of wearable environments in this construction? While much has been made of the quantified-self movement, is there room for the exploration of a quantified self? What would the role of wearables be in such an investigation?
Continuing our investigation into the senses, with a focus on sound and hearing and its relationship to perception, our sense of reality and being.
We will continue our investigation into senses and how they relate to wearable technologies, how they can be augmented, used to navigate personal and social space, create new interfaces and ways of connecting us to our self and the world.
Technology has always altered the way we look at the world; interfaces by definition are mediating our relationship to the object at the other end. Google Glass and similar emerging technologies take that mediation further. What are the implications of this furthering of and what are some alternatives?
Introduction to the course and review of the landscape over the past 15 years: what has worked, what has not, what are some of the recurring challenges that prevent wearable technologies and wearable environments from gaining mass adoption.