Amanda Parkes introduces her fellow panelists Cédric Hutchings, Co-Founder of Withings, and Nikolaj Hviid, CEO of Bragi, along with Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz of CuteCircuit to talk about the future of wearables and their integration in our daily life.
First, Cédric Hutchings presents Withing's smart watch, a Swiss made watch that measures your daily activities and is able to give you tips such as walking 100 steps a day. Trackers are often just worn 6 months. A watch is already integrated into people's life. Next up is Nikolaj Hviid presenting Bragi's smart and completely wireless earphones that similiarly convey the idea of seemless integration.
Parkes addresses the question of data collection. "No data is more personal than the one coming from your body." Collecting this data and building algorithms around it can be sensitive. Hviid says it is not just data, it's your life. The collection and processing of your data allows people to make predictions of what you will do next. No one's data should be collected if the person has not explicitly opted in for it and has fully understood this dimension.
Wearable technology should have the option to turn it off, Rosella adds. Renz agrees and says that companies today often create products as vehicles to extract data from people. The focus should be on creating a meaningful product without having a hidden agenda.
The panel goes on to talk about important principles of Wearables. CuteCircuit explains that most of the systems they design are modular and in fact washable. Closing the panel, the participants share their future visions for wearables as smart and integrable hybrids of tech and fashion.