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Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Cecchinato, M; Cox, AL; Bird, J; (2015) Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly? In: Begole, B and Kim, J and Inkpen, K and Woo, W, (eds.) CHI EA '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 2133-2138). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, United States. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly?
Event: 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15)
ISBN-13: 9781450331463
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2702613.2732837
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702613.2732837
Language: English
Additional information: ACM New York, NY, USA © 2015.
Keywords: Smartwatch; wearable computing; wearable devices; wrist-worn devices; mobile computers; smartphone
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462135
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