What is wearable technology?
Just like it sounds, wearable technology are devices that can be worn—like Google Glass, an optical head-mounted device which displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format. The technology is here, it’s just not a mainstream part of our lives…yet. There is an opportunity for the communication profession to affect thinking around some critical ethical issues.
Sensitivity and constancy set “wearables” apart
We already have mobile devices that can record private conversations, take pictures, send and receive messages, look at social media profiles and the like. So what makes wearable technology different from mobile technology? According to Sean Madden with Ziba Design in a guest post on GigaOm: “What truly sets wearables apart from earlier platforms is their sensitivity and their constancy. This gives it the ability to spot patterns, and to tailor its feedback accordingly.”
…implications for altering perceptions and affecting behavior change like never before.
Because the device is on your body all the time, like your head or wrist, any feedback received is likely to get your immediate attention. It’s that close connection to the device that amplifies the ability for it to connect to its host and creates staggering implications for altering perceptions and affecting behavior change like never before.
The positives and negatives
So why is that a bad thing? Well, it’s not necessarily bad at all. In fact, it could affect positive change on a massive scale—like increasing work productivity and affecting behavior around life-prolonging health habits....
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