Wearable Augmentations

Wearable Augmentations

SAGE 5711

October 24, 2007 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Contemporary discourses of technological progress posit seamless access to and effective use of information as increasingly central to the success, if not survival, of bodies and societies. This premise is evident in a growing number of technoscience projects that emphasise augmentation as a way of linking informational - particularly digital - and physical worlds. In an augmentation paradigm the human body is viewed as being deficient, in need of improvement through the addition of advanced computing capabilities. This imperative stems, at least in part, from the urge to bring the human body up to speed with the new production demands of a society where digital information is the most valuable asset. A primary site for research and development in augmentation technologies are personal wearable computers that are designed to be used in synergy with the human body. This lecture will examine the empirical materials generated in the course of an ethnographic study of the design and implementation of wearable computers, to explore the question of what familiar, and emergent, cultural imaginaries designers and engineers are inscribing into these particular sociotechnical artefacts.
Add to calendar
Share|