Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Cecchinato, Marta, Cox, Anna and Bird, Jon (2015) Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly? In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '15. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 2133-2138. ISBN 978-1-4503-3146-3

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Wearable computers are expected to become the next big thing but popular press is divided on whether they will be successful. In this paper we review the existing literature on one type of wearable -- smartwatches -- and extend their definition, in addition to highlighting the need to understand users' everyday appropriation of these technologies. We present initial findings from an on going interview study with ten early adopters that is, to the best of our knowledge, the first to investigate why and how people use smartwatches in real life. We describe everyday use of smartwatches, highlight the added value seen by users, and identify the limitations to mass adoption as expressed by current users.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smartwatch; wearable computing; wearable devices; wrist-worn devices; mobile computers; smartphone
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 13:34
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 21:32

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