Opening Reception: January 8th, 2015

Opening Reception Invitation Meeting the Challenge - The Path Towards a Consumer Wearable Computer

Please join the School of Industrial Design and the Wearable Computing Center for the opening reception of Meeting The Challenge: The Path Towards a Consumer Wearable Computer on January 8th 2015 from 6PM to 8PM. The exhibition will be held in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture’s newly renovated Stubbins Gallery on the second floor of the east architecture building.

Clint Zeagler | Curator / Designer
Thad Starner | Curator
Kevin Shankwiler | Designer
Yoni Kaplan | Designer
Tavenner M. Hall | Text and Images

Wearable computers and head-mounted displays are in the press daily. Why now? While the basic technology has existed for decades, only recently have these devices become practical and desirable. Using consumer, professional, and “maker” devices, this exhibit demonstrates four challenges along the road to making a consumer wearable computer: power and heat, networking, mobile input, and displays. The groups of head-mounted displays shown here reflect product categories that developed as these challenges were addressed: 

  • virtual reality displays which seek to remove the user from reality
  • portable video viewers for entertainment
  • industrial systems designed to support work tasks
  • early academic and maker systems that provide smartphone-like productivity and communication abilities for everyday use and
  • current consumer devices that leverage modern miniaturized sensors and wireless mobile networks to provide services that are “there when you need it, gone when you don’t.”
The Exhibition will be open to the public from January 5th through January 23rd 8AM – 5PM.  

Future Events: 

January 15th 6PM:    Curator Tour with Clint Zeagler & Thad Starner
January 22nd 6PM:    Lecture - Designing the Exhibition to Travel with Kevin Shankwiler and Yoni Kaplan