Globally fit: Attending to international users and advancing a sociotechnological design agenda for wearable technologies

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Abstract

This study investigates cultural perceptions toward the use and design of popular wearable technologies. Through surveys and qualitative interviews of 21 international college students, narrative data were collected and analyzed with a modified grounded theory methodology. This paper reports the preliminary findings from this study, including themes that indicate mismatch between designed features and user expectation due to sociocultural differences. Key distinctions involving cross-cultural literacy practices and technology expectations are discussed. Accordingly, I argue for a reenactment of a sociotechnological agenda as a culturally sensitive model for the research and design of wearables and emerging technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGDOC 2016 - 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication
EditorsSarah Gunning
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344951
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 23 2016
Event34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2016 - Silver Spring, United States
Duration: Sep 23 2016Sep 24 2016

Publication series

NameSIGDOC 2016 - 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication

Conference

Conference34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySilver Spring
Period09/23/1609/24/16

Keywords

  • Cultures
  • International and Intercultural Communication Design
  • Sociotechnological Design Agenda
  • Wearable Technology

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