What if Wearable Tech was like Press-on Nails?

by Carol Torgan, Ph.D. on June 2, 2014

“Press-on nails?” you might be thinking. “This is really stupid. Where are the cool buttons to push and the graphs? And what about guys?”

Step back from the step trackers and other gadgets crowding the tech conference expo halls and crowd-funding sites. Look around you. Look at how people choose to adorn their bodies. Look at their hands. Look at their feet.

Now go walk through your neighborhood drug store. Look at what’s prominently featured in the big displays at the ends of the aisles.

The nail care business is big business. According to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), 33%  of women surveyed have at least 25 bottles of nails polish. Large chains are creating “destination areas” for products.

As I browse around photo sharing sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, and Flickr, I notice brightly colored nails that span ages and cultures and even gender. People are adorning themselves, expressing their individuality. Sometimes it’s with a loud shout and sometimes with a whisper. They’re having fun.

Isn’t this what wearable tech should be about?

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23 Key Trends Reshaping Health Tracking and Wearable Tech

by Carol Torgan, Ph.D. on January 26, 2014

There’s a lot of hype, hope, and hyperbole crowding the wearable tech and health tracking space these days. Here’s a look at where I see the field headed in the future based on evidence and intuition. Do you agree? Disagree? What do you see in your crystal ball?

NOW
Calories
Weight
Sleep
Physical fitness
Genome
Blood
HR
Steps
3D
Wrist
Social Network
Attached
Black
Flexible
Graphs
Plastic
Bio-monitoring
Quantified Self
Sports Performance
Battery powered
Numbers
Personalized
Predictable
NEXT
Nutrients
Pressure
Circadian rhythm
Mental fitness
Microbiome
Sweat and tears
HR variability
Gait
9 DOF
Foot
Neural Network
Embedded
ROYGBIV
Flexibility
Photos
Paper
Biomimicry
Do-It-Yourself
Performance Art
Metabolism powered
Biometrics
Customized
Predictive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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