Wearables Research Collaboratory

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Welcome to the Collaboratory

The Wearables Research Collaboratory (WRC) is an open collaboration and research space for wearables-related initiatives, projects, and ideas stemming from the burgeoning interest in wearables and their impact on users and their work. As a collaboratory, we represent an incubator for bold ideas, an environment where participants explore emerging wearables and share empirical direction for investigating the challenges and opportunities these technologies represent.

We meet every Friday, 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm at Nolte 203.

Please email wrcollab@umn.edu if you’d like to join us. There is no commitment necessary. All undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and faculty members are welcomed to drop by!

WRC is also social! Find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the most up-to-date information about our work.


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class activity

This week, my students spent their class time exploring VR through Google Cardboard. On Thursday, we did two exercises as ways of learning about technology design and rhetoric.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:45am

At our last meeting, Bilal and I were each given a Google Glass device to explore. Neither of us had much previous experience with Glass, but having heard about it from our colleagues we were intrigued and excited to try it out. After playing around with Glass for a few days, it became clear that there are some major issues with the device. While Glass was one of the first pair of augmented reality glasses commercially available, it’s clear that Google’s AR technology still has a way to go in terms of usability, feasibility, and wearability.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 3:45pm