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Smartwatches: The good, the bad and the Ugly?

Cecchinato, M.E., Cox, A. L. & Bird, J. (2015). Smartwatches: The good, the bad and the Ugly? In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 2133-2138). New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2702613.2732837


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.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © The Authors, ACM 2015. This is the authors' version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Publisher Keywords: Smartwatch; wearable computing; wearable devices; wrist-worn devices; mobile computers; smartphone
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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