Lauren Goode’s run down on wearables and disappearables at SXSW in Verge is worth a read. I found this interesting:
If there’s anything to be said about the wearable tech shown off at SXSW this year, it’s that it falls into one of two categories: it either performs a highly specialized function, or it’s easy to wear..
But it’s also increasingly clear that wearables have to offer this kind of value in order to justify their existence. And if not, they have to exist not as a wearable, but as a disappearable..
..wearable makers are grappling with: can we make a wearable that doesn’t feel like a wearable? It’s the holy grail of wearables, it seems. And if the answer is no, it better do something pretty spectacular.
This concept of almost mutually exclusive functionality and wearability is emerging as a core design principle for stuff that’s on us or in us. While she builds the case for wearables finally moving beyond step counters the most interesting applications as disappearables are not ready for consumer prime time.
Lauren Goode is arguably one of tech’s best writers.