What is Wearable Technology?

Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools that track sleep, movement, location, social media. There are even new classes of devices that are seamlessly integrated with a user’s everyday life and movements. Google's “Project Glass” was one of the earliest examples, and enabled a user to see information about their surroundings displayed in front of them. Smart watches are becoming commonplace, allowing users to check emails and perform other productive tasks through a tiny interface. A rapidly growing category of wearable technology takes advantage of the burgeoning interest in the “quantified self.” The Jawbone UP and Fitbit bracelets are two examples that track how you eat, sleep, and move. Empowered by these insights, many individuals now rely on these technologies to improve their lifestyle and health. Today’s wearables not only track where a person goes, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Wearable technology can simplify documentation of the learning process. - stefan stefan Dec 1, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • It can be used to monitor and to document the wearer's interactions with the surrounding environment, and to provide additional data about the environment and the wearer. This makes it easier to experiment, explore and create in physical environments. It also enables documentation of the learning process. - stefan stefan Dec 1, 2014
  • I see both the jawbone and fitbit as great Tools to motivate students to be active and more consiensous of their Health - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Nov 25, 2014
  • will definitely disrupt all tasks and assignments that isolate the individual from human and material Resources and bring about a New paradigm of ecologically valid School assignments - Andreas.lund Andreas.lund Dec 7, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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