SXSW 2014 Wearable Tech Review

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  • Wearable Technology SXSW 2014 Ryan Davidson Technical Director @Discorax

  • The good, the bad, and the WTF!?

  • Youre Doing It Wrong

  • Google Glass

    Was everywhere!

  • What you actually look like

    using Google Glass in public.

    So, who can actually use this?

    Technicians

    Surgeons

    Anyone that could use

    access to alerts or

    information quickly

    On a scale of 1-10

    Usability: 4

    Coolness: 2

    Practicality: 6

    Novelty: 9

    Overall: 5

    # of Sightings: ~42

    There were easily

    hundreds of these

    being worn around

    the streets of Austin.

  • Smart Watches

    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.

    Samsung Galaxy Gear Pebble Watch

    I love snapping

    pictures when people

    think Im just checking

    what time it is. - H. Casteel

    On a scale of 1-10

    Usability: 3

    Coolness: 7

    Practicality: 5

    Novelty: 2

    Overall: 4

  • Gaming Tech

    The wearable

    gaming tech had

    some bright spots.

    Resolution and

    latency are still an

    issue, but both are

    improving rapidly.

    Moff smart toy Oculus Rift

    Usability: 7

    Coolness: 8

    Practicality: 4

    Novelty: 7

    Overall: 7

    Epson Movario Glasses

    Usability: 8

    Coolness: 7

    Practicality: 6

    Novelty: 6

    Overall: 7

    Usability: 10

    Coolness: 8

    Practicality: 8

    Novelty: 9

    Overall: 9

  • Wearable Health

    While not as easily

    spotted, there were

    plenty of people

    keeping track of the

    miles they walked

    between sessions on

    their fitbit, Nike

    Fuelband, and other

    health devices.

    Fitbit Spree Fitness Headband

    Usability: 6

    Coolness: 3

    Practicality: 2

    Novelty: 7

    Overall: 5

    Nike Fuelband

    Usability: 6

    Coolness: 7

    Practicality: 6

    Novelty: 2

    Overall: 5

    Usability: 6

    Coolness: 4

    Practicality: 6

    Novelty: 2

    Overall: 4

  • Other

    Some of the best and

    brightest from SXSW

    2014 included a

    motorcycle helmet

    with 360 views and

    HUD, a solar dress

    that can charge your

    phone, and a wifi

    body suite.

    B.B. Suit

    Wearable Wifi

    Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet*

    Usability: 8

    Coolness: 10

    Practicality: 10

    Novelty: 9

    Overall: 9

    Wearable Solar

    Usability: 8

    Coolness: 8

    Practicality: 8

    Novelty: 8

    Overall: 8

    Usability: 4

    Coolness: 2

    Practicality: 4

    Novelty: 7

    Overall: 4

    *Winner of the SXSW 2014 Wearable Tech Award

  • Key Takeaway:

    The current Wearable Tech is pretty much useless at the moment. Its almost always

    an attempt to replace something your smartphone already does. It makes it so you

    dont have to take it out of your pocket, that is the only advantage. That not enough

    to make it transformative. Its simply novel. However, there are opportunities to

    expand wearable tech and the data it produces to create smarter systems that

    provide us with information that we can use to drive behavioral changes. Thats when

    Wearable Tech will become transformative.

  • THANK YOU