Beyond individuals: exploring social experiences around wearables

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  • Felix Epp
  • Thomas Olsson
  • Andres Lucero
  • Oscar Tomico
  • Eric Paulos


Much of the research in wearable technology focuses on the primary user's experiences and interactions. However, many wearables are inherently social - even public - by nature as they are visible to nearby others. Wearables carry meanings about the wearer (e.g., lifestyle, attitudes, interests, social status). Some wearables are even designed to enable interaction between collocated users or enhance group-experience. While the functions of the technology are often seen to justify its existence, reaching high acceptance of technology requires that also social and cultural aspects are considered. In this workshop, we look into the dynamic and communicative nature of wearable technology designed for both individuals and groups. We are particularly interested in social experiences emerging around personal wearables and the possibilities for technology enhancing group experiences. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a community of researchers, designers, and practitioners who have designed or are interested in designing wearable technology to discuss research agenda and challenges in designing wearable technology as social, communicative artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6869-8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventUbiComp/ISWC '19 : UbiComp Ubiquitous Computing - Lontoo, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201913 Sep 2019


ConferenceUbiComp/ISWC '19
CountryUnited Kingdom