Social Architecture of Wearable Technology

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Barry Kirby, KSharp

The social aspects of Wearable Technology are arguably the most interesting and defining issues concerning the future of wearable technology. Inherent fear of what technology could mean for our future is shown by the pre-emptive ban on Google Glass while driving in the UK and also in some public venues by owners and managers due to fears of unwanted surveillance. These changes have only occurred as the technology has become more prominent. Traditional wearable technology such as Bluetooth headsets were widely accepted years ago, and new items such as the Smart watch is easily accepted because it is not significantly obvious.

K Sharp has published a white paper looking at the Architecture of Wearable Technology, and one of the 3 architectures suggested is a Social Architecture which leads to interesting discussion about privacy, use of social media, acceptable and unacceptable use of technology as well as the “fear factor” behind unknown technology. This has been followed up by an internal Research Programme, Project Metis, which is exploring the acceptability of developing technology such as IoT and the availability of data.

What is the purpose of your workshop?

To explore the boundaries between the acceptable and no-go areas for wearable technology development and encourage deeper thinking about what the actual boundaries are between acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours.

What key skills, tools or knowledge do you want your participants to take away?

To develop an understanding about what areas within the social constructs are ripe for development and to understand the inherent social boundaries that we enforce on ourselves as a community.

What activities will you use to engage your participants and help them learn?

The workshop will start with a short presentation, technology demonstration, and then leading onto a broad discussion. Then the room will be split into groups to discuss more specific topics, with a view to providing feedback to the rest of the room.

Date & place

19 - 21 April 2016
Staverton Park, Daventry, Northamptonshire

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Institute of Occupational Medicine
Royal Air Force
Health and Safety Executive
Office of Rail and Road
Rail Safety and Standards Board
Greenstreet Berman
The Keil Centre
DCA Design
and many more