Future of Wearable Computing: Constraint, Context and Location

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B202/203

Excerpt

Google will release a wearable heads up display this fall, and it may help to usher in a new era of augmented reality and wearable computing. What does this mean for us? How do we build for the next generation of machines? Who was here before us, and how can we learn from them?

Description

Google will release a wearable heads up display this fall, and it may help to usher in a new era of augmented reality and wearable computing. What does this mean for us as designers and developers? How do we build for the next generation of computers? Who was here before us, and how can we learn from them?

From it’s birthplace at MIT and PARC research, the field of wearable computing has focused on augmenting the human ability to compute freely. As pioneer Steve Mann and calm technology pioneer Mark Weiser wanted, “to free the human to not act as a machine”. Mann didn’t like the idea of crouching over a desktop computer. He instead felt that the computer should contort to the human naturally, so he began his own wearable computing mission.

This talk will focus on trends in wearable computing starting from the 1970’s-2010’s. I’ll cover various HUDs (heads up displays), new tech from Motorola, Google, various invasive and non-invasive tech and how mobile interfaces should take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of get in the way. These are the machines that will be a part of our lives in only a few years from now, and the best way to learn about the future is to dig into the past.

Speaking experience

Keynote SXSW '12, TED '10, Keynote Interaction '11, Keynote Oredev Sweden, Keynote The Conference Sweden '11, OSBridge speaker 2010 with Aaron Parecki. I've given a very light version of this talk before, with good response. This will be much more in-depth. http://caseorganic.com/speeches/

Speaker

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    Amber Case

    Esri.com

    Biography

    Amber Case is the Director of Esri R&D Center, Portland, where she works on location-based technology. Case co-founded of Geoloqi, Inc., a location-based developer platform acquired by Esri in Oct 2012. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She is @caseorganic on Twitter.

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