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Wearable Horizons

Wearable Horizons

Imperica's event on wearable technology took place over two days in May 2014 at the BFI Southbank in London, as part of the Sci-Fi London festival.

From the calculator watch of the 1980s, things have certainly moved on in terms of uniting technology with wearable objects. The term "wearables" has come into fashion as a bit of a catch-all for anything digital that you can also wear. From the Nike+ to the Samsung Galaxy Gear via Google Glass, it still feels like the wearables concept is in its infancy, but investment and attention is advancing very quickly.

Will your smartphone soon become outmoded? Will you be buying clothing with location technologies? Maybe your socks will record your journey history?

What is the potential for wearable technologies? What privacy and social implications are there? Will wearables become fundamental to our lives, or a fad which will soon burn out and fade away?

The whole two-day event is documented at Storify; there are photos on Flickr; and you can see a selection of the presentations below.

Rob Symes: Wearables - the Outside View

Ulrich Atz: A study of the uses in the Quantified Self

Anna Dumitriu - Wearable bacteria and hypersymbiotics

Andrei Ismail - The quantified lifestyle

Gretchen Andrus - Google Glass and art

Mark Bould - From robot suits to celebrity coldsores

Andy Piper - My quantified self and the promise of wearables

The other speakers were:

Mercedes Bunz

Kate Sicchio

Camille Baker

Ghislane Boddington

Patrick Bergel

Tamara Sword

Maneesh Juneja


Wearable Horizons was sponsored by Intel Intel


Our huge thanks to everyone for their presentations, thoughts, interest, and attendance. To keep informed of forthcoming events from Imperica, please subscribe to our newsletter.

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