Week of Wearables

Last week I had the pleasure of joining Week of Wearables at Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen.

I must say my inner gadget junkie had craved for this – for a long time. And as a happy surprise I got to see all that I want for christmas…

The reason for joining is that I am still in my second round searching for Industrial PhD Partnership collaborations in tactile user interfaces. Which means I have to keep my ears and eyes open for any opportunity.

And with a background in textile and fashion the term wearable rang a bell!

So what is more appropriate than sitting in a room and get the “Wearables that work – 10 lessons from the field” from Carl Alviani from Ziba? (My favorite lesson is number 8!) And Wearables-are-relevant-when-our-smartphone-and-ipad-are-not-handy-Anders Høeg Nissen from “Harddisken”, the radio version of Danish Broadcast Organisations technology magazine…. Last but least, was the head of Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design Simona Maschi to bring us some of the latest inventions from her students. True admiration!

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What a day – and for you, Carl Alvianis 10 lessons below!

#1 Purpose led wearables beat technology led wearables!

#2 If access isn’t immediate, whats the point?

#3 Body real estate is limited and highly visible

#4 Anything that is close to your body defines your identity

#5 The fashion industry wont save us

#6 Interface should be as light as possible, but no lighter

#7 All wearables have a long social acceptance curve

#8 Medical, educational and environments have much to gain from wearable computing and face fever obstacles

#9 The device matters less than whats around it

#10 Design data and behavior, not screens!


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