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A New VINT Report on Wearables, Context and Empathic Computing – Download

Menno van Doorn
March 13, 2014

Empathic Things Download by clicking here or on the image In the past few years, information technology has become increasingly personal and social and has made its presence very much felt. The emergence of wearable computing and other forms of empathic ‘things’ seems a logical further step: even more intimate, more human-oriented, and ubiquitous. There are more and more devices that count our steps, take our blood pressure or measure the indoor temperature, track our location or conversations. We are witnessing a computer boom in terms of kinds, shapes and sizes – around, on or inside the body – that behave increasingly smart and link up more and more intuitively with man’s extremely personal and natural interface. We are offering a look into this latest phase of the post PC era; where the fighting flares up for the new form factor, where the foundation is laid of new ways of communication between man and computer, where Bring Your Own Wearable Device (BYOWD) constitutes a challenge for organizations and the Systems of Engagement will develop their empathic ability to a high extent. In the next decade Personal Computing will become really personal: inside, on and around the person with attention for the context of the individual. In this study we explore this development and present seven manifestations that can define the impact on business, such as the ‘quantified employee’ and the ‘body as the new password’ Download by clicking here or on the cover.



About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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