Rachel Hinman

Our Wearable Future: Opportunities and Challenges for Wearable Technology

Date: This event took place live on October 14 2014

Presented by: Rachel Hinman

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

Hosted By: Lou Rosenfeld

Watch the webcast in its original format

It's hard to dispute that wearable technology is being lauded as the next big thing. With predictions that the global wearable technology market will attain a value of $5.26 billion in 2014, it's difficult to ignore all the hype surrounding wearables today. However, despite the seemingly limitless opportunity of this emergent technology space, new and innovative wearable products and services are in short supply. Businesses, technologists and designers alike are struggling to make sense of this new and challenging design space.

In this webcast, we'll discuss what makes creating successful wearable products so difficult and some of the key challenges facing wearable technology today. We'll provide an overview of the current wearable landscape and outline the four key areas for innovation where designers, businesses and technologists can focus their energies. We'll discuss some of the emerging technologies poised to be instrumental in enabling this new technology inflection point. Finally, we'll provide a set of human-centered design heuristics that can be used to guide the design and development of your wearable technology idea.

About Rachel Hinman

Rachel Hinman is a researcher, designer, and recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Her passions for cultural study, art, and design, coupled with the belief that people can use technology to improve the human condition, have been the driving forces in her career for more than a decade.

Currently, Rachel is a senior research scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California. There she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile interfaces and mobile experiences for emerging markets. Prior to joining Nokia, Rachel was an experience design director at Adaptive Path, and a mobile researcher and strategist for Yahoo's mobile group. Rachel's innate sensitivity to people and culture have enabled her to successfully lead research studies on mobile phone usage in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Rachel writes and speaks frequently on the topic of mobile research and design. She is the creative force behind the 90 Mobiles in 90 Days Project, and her perspectives on mobile user experience have been featured in Interactions Magazine, BusinessWeek and Wired.

http://rachelhinman.com | Twitter: @Hinman

About Lou Rosenfeld

Lou Rosenfeld is founder of Rosenfeld Media, a leading source of user experience books and expertise. He is an author of the best-selling Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O'Reilly; 3rd edition 2006) and Search Analytics for Your Site (Rosenfeld Media, 2011), co-founder of the annual Information Architecture Summit and the Information Architecture Institute, and a former columnist for Internet World, CIO, and Web Review magazines. As a consultant, he's helped AT&T, Ford, PayPal, Caterpillar, and many other large, highly-political organizations grapple with their information headaches.

Questions? Please send email to