Recently Keith Miller and I guest edited a special issue on Big Data. Our editorial featured commentary on wearable computing.
Rackspace have said:
"We have witnessed an exponential rise of smart devices over recent years as cloud computing and ubiquitous Internet connectivity connects consumers to information, anytime, anywhere. This demand for smart, portable devices has seen sales of smartphones and tablets skyrocket.However, the world of technology moves quickly and we are already observing the emergence of a new kind of portable device which can be worn on the body.
Google Glass, due to be generally released at the end of 2013 or in early 2014, is the most high profile of these wearable technology devices.However,there are already examples of wearable technology on the market. The most recognisable are health devices including the Nike+ FuelBand and JawboneUP, which capture the wearer’s activity data in the cloud and provide fitness analysis. Othersinclude wearable camer as such as Autographer, which are enable users to ‘lifelog’, capturing their daily experiences.
Wearable technology has the potential to be both useful and entertaining.However, how interested are we in using these devices? Can they enhance our lifestyles or will they just cause more stress as users suffer from information overload? And will concerns around privacy hamper consumer adoption of these devices? Finally, do we need more cloud infrastructure to support these devices, managing and analysing the huge volumes of data that will be created?"
So SIX types of distinct wearable users include:
- Quantified Selfer
- Self Medic
- Finish Line Fanatic
- Ubiquitous Future
Must say these are very different types to those defined in the mobility sector back in the early 2000s which looked something like:
- Road Warrior
When I really think about the distinctions the wearable space is more about various content types, and the traditional mobile area about voice/data usage types.
Cannot help but to be cynical a little though- the wearable tech types seem to be a little bit about obsessions- the control freak; the one who checks up medical databases as a sort of hobby to perform self-diagnosis constantly; the one who logs everything all the time for so-called QS purposes; the one who always wants to meet deadlines...