SXSW 2014 Wearable Tech Review

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<ul><li><p>Wearable Technology SXSW 2014 Ryan Davidson Technical Director @Discorax </p></li><li><p>The good, the bad, and the WTF!? </p></li><li><p>Youre Doing It Wrong </p></li><li><p>Google Glass </p><p>Was everywhere! </p></li><li><p>What you actually look like </p><p>using Google Glass in public. </p><p>So, who can actually use this? </p><p> Technicians </p><p> Surgeons </p><p> Anyone that could use </p><p>access to alerts or </p><p>information quickly </p><p>On a scale of 1-10 </p><p>Usability: 4 </p><p>Coolness: 2 </p><p>Practicality: 6 </p><p>Novelty: 9 </p><p>Overall: 5 </p><p># of Sightings: ~42 </p><p>There were easily </p><p>hundreds of these </p><p>being worn around </p><p>the streets of Austin. </p></li><li><p>Smart Watches </p><p> While cool, these devices Appear to have limited Practical application beyond what a normal watch would do. The form factor is so small its difficult to read much more than your calendar or a tweet and interaction is very difficult. Also, you have to pair it with your phone so you still need your phone in your pocket to use the device. </p><p>Samsung Galaxy Gear Pebble Watch </p><p>I love snapping </p><p>pictures when people </p><p>think Im just checking </p><p>what time it is. - H. Casteel </p><p>On a scale of 1-10 </p><p>Usability: 3 </p><p>Coolness: 7 </p><p>Practicality: 5 </p><p>Novelty: 2 </p><p>Overall: 4 </p></li><li><p>Gaming Tech </p><p>The wearable </p><p>gaming tech had </p><p>some bright spots. </p><p>Resolution and </p><p>latency are still an </p><p>issue, but both are </p><p>improving rapidly. </p><p>Moff smart toy Oculus Rift </p><p>Usability: 7 </p><p>Coolness: 8 </p><p>Practicality: 4 </p><p>Novelty: 7 </p><p>Overall: 7 </p><p>Epson Movario Glasses </p><p>Usability: 8 </p><p>Coolness: 7 </p><p>Practicality: 6 </p><p>Novelty: 6 </p><p>Overall: 7 </p><p>Usability: 10 </p><p>Coolness: 8 </p><p>Practicality: 8 </p><p>Novelty: 9 </p><p>Overall: 9 </p></li><li><p>Wearable Health </p><p>While not as easily </p><p>spotted, there were </p><p>plenty of people </p><p>keeping track of the </p><p>miles they walked </p><p>between sessions on </p><p>their fitbit, Nike </p><p>Fuelband, and other </p><p>health devices. </p><p>Fitbit Spree Fitness Headband </p><p>Usability: 6 </p><p>Coolness: 3 </p><p>Practicality: 2 </p><p>Novelty: 7 </p><p>Overall: 5 </p><p>Nike Fuelband </p><p>Usability: 6 </p><p>Coolness: 7 </p><p>Practicality: 6 </p><p>Novelty: 2 </p><p>Overall: 5 </p><p>Usability: 6 </p><p>Coolness: 4 </p><p>Practicality: 6 </p><p>Novelty: 2 </p><p>Overall: 4 </p></li><li><p>Other </p><p>Some of the best and </p><p>brightest from SXSW </p><p>2014 included a </p><p>motorcycle helmet </p><p>with 360 views and </p><p>HUD, a solar dress </p><p>that can charge your </p><p>phone, and a wifi </p><p>body suite. </p><p>B.B. Suit </p><p>Wearable Wifi </p><p>Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet* </p><p>Usability: 8 </p><p>Coolness: 10 </p><p>Practicality: 10 </p><p>Novelty: 9 </p><p>Overall: 9 </p><p>Wearable Solar </p><p>Usability: 8 </p><p>Coolness: 8 </p><p>Practicality: 8 </p><p>Novelty: 8 </p><p>Overall: 8 </p><p>Usability: 4 </p><p>Coolness: 2 </p><p>Practicality: 4 </p><p>Novelty: 7 </p><p>Overall: 4 </p><p>*Winner of the SXSW 2014 Wearable Tech Award </p></li><li><p>Key Takeaway: </p><p>The current Wearable Tech is pretty much useless at the moment. Its almost always </p><p>an attempt to replace something your smartphone already does. It makes it so you </p><p>dont have to take it out of your pocket, that is the only advantage. That not enough </p><p>to make it transformative. Its simply novel. However, there are opportunities to </p><p>expand wearable tech and the data it produces to create smarter systems that </p><p>provide us with information that we can use to drive behavioral changes. Thats when </p><p>Wearable Tech will become transformative. </p></li><li><p>THANK YOU </p></li></ul>