Wearable Technology

Library Applications for Wearable Technology and the Internet of Things

Although I expected this session to be about practical ways to take advantage of wearable technology, it was  more an overview of what wearable technologies are out there and why we (librarians) should care. The speaker, Tom Bruno is popularly known as the Google Glass Guy around Harvard, MIT & Yale.

Highlights:

  • “The Fad Factor”– librarians love to jump on the technology bandwagon even before there is a known value.
  • Wearable technology feeds the impulse to augment humanity (armor, glasses)
  • Bought 3 google glass for his library. Users have to write project proposal about what they want to do with it. This helped manage expectations. (Had a Google Glass Petty Zoo to introduce).
  • Privacy is a big deal with wearable technology…be mindful!
  • Go Pros: GET ONE! Easy to use.
  • YOUmedia (Chicago Public)–teen digital learning space

Big question: how do we ensure that our digital services are easily discoverable and usable by our patron base? Using things like NFC, QR codes, and iBeacons (BluuBeam), but it is all QR codes all over again…smartphones can’t read QR codes without another app! (See Andrew Wilson’s article in Journal of Access Services & The QR Code Minute with JP and PC)

Google Cardboard for the win! It can turn almost any smartphone into a Virtual Reality headset.

So there is Augmentive Reality vs. Virtual Reality vs. Blended Reality. Which should we support? Libraries need to be a place where patrons can discover….

 

Books mentioned:

Bruno, T. (2015). Wearable technology : Smart watches to google glass for libraries. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

 

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