SCS Distinguished Visiting Faculty Lecture

  • Gates&Hillman Centers
  • Rashid Auditorium 4401
  • Professor of Computing and Director, Contextual Computing Group
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Technical Lead, Google's Project Glass
Distinguished Lecture Series

Wearable Computing: Through the Looking Glass


Google's Glass has captured the world's imagination, with new articles speculating on it almost every day.  Yet, why would consumers want a wearable computer in their everyday lives?  For the past 20 years, my teams have been creating living laboratories to discover the most compelling reasons.  In the process, we have investigated how to create interfaces for technology which is designed to be "there when you need it, gone when you don't."  This talk will attempt to articulate the most valuable lessons we have learned, including some design principles for creating "microinteractions" to fit a user's lifestyle.
Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer.  He is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google's Glass, a self-contained wearable computer which was named a Time Magazine Invention of the Year.  Starner was perhaps the first to integrate a wearable computer into his everyday life as an intelligent personal assistant, and he coined the term "augmented reality" in 1990 to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned at the time.   Thad is a founder of the annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  He is an inventor on over 80 United States patents awarded or in process.
 Faculty Host: Dan Siewiorek
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