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Cracking Ihe CulIural Code oI Wearables 

Simon RoberIs 
 
Cambridge Wireless | 30
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SepIember 2014


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This is noI a Ialk abouI Apple WaIch  
ÌI's abouI Ihe imporIance oI Iocusing on Ihe relauonship beIween.
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Technology
CulIure 
"Noore's Law is Ihe meIronome oI
Ihe modern world" 
 
Nike Naloney, auIhor oI !"# %&'#( !)*&*'+
There's no Noore's Law Ior culIure 
New Iechnologies are rarely immediaIely obvious. 

NoI all new Iechnologies are easily incorporaIed  
Ìncorporauon is a bodily pracuce
 
Incoporation from late Latin incorporat- ‘embodied’, from the verb incorporare, from in- ‘into’ + Latin corporare ‘form into a body’ (from
corpus, corpor- ‘body’).
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|n¦o ¹ ¦·hn cor¦or·re ¦orm |n¦o · |od, ,¦rom cor¦J·, cor¦or |od,).

Wearable Iechnologies highlighI Ihe challenges oI incorporauon  
“Glasshole”
“A Segway for the face”
New Iechnologies give us a Iemporal and culIural hx  
So whaI's Ihe IuIure oI wearables7 
1. Don'I Ihink 'problem-soluuon' or 'unmeI needs'
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2. Build in culIural redundancy
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3. Think Bodywork 
Is he paying any attention to me?
Is he recording our conversation?
Is he fact checking something I
just said?
Is he actually listening to me?
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4. Be poliIe and don'I ignore privacy
5. Play Ihe long game 
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