Published on May 29, 2013
WearablesParticipatingstudios:AmsterdamAustinSan FranciscoMilanMunichNew YorkSeattleShanghaiwear•a•ble(s) [wair-uh-buhls]adjective1. suitable for easy wearnoun1. easy to wear computing hardwaredesigned to respond to our environment
WearablesWe are living in an age when data is not only our most abundantresource—its growth is also wildly outpacing anything we’veexperienced before. This unprecedented bounty could improveour understanding of the world and help us solve problems fromthe mundane to the complex. The questions become: whattools do we have to mine the data, and how do we transform itto meaningfully add to our experience of the world?In 2012 frogs across the globe had the opportunity to investi-gate ways of tapping this surrounding data and conceptualizethe hardware to put it to use. We created frog Wearables to cel-ebrate the cities we call home. Cities are dense, rich troves ofactivity and their physical scale mirrors the amount of data weourselves generate and have access to. As we move throughour cities, our devices collect, transform, and give back the sur-rounding data to heighten our experience of the city.This is made possible because computing hardware is gainingarchitectural scale again—not like the dense room-sized equip-ment from modern computing’s dawn, but as a network ofde-materialized and imbedded ingredients in our surroundings.Chips and sensors are finding their ways into clothing, personalaccessories, urban furniture, floors, walls, ceilings, transporta-tion infrastructure, etc.The following concepts use this movement in technology toinform us about local air quality, to tell us how long a wait forthe next subway is, to harness power as we traverse the city, toreturn a sense of discovery and adventure the next time we headout the door, and more. We’ve just scratched the surface of pos-sibilities, and we hope the following concepts will inspire furtherthinking around the form technology takes as we move throughour environment. In the meantime, look out for some of theseconcepts as we begin to talk about them to the world at large.INTRODUCTION by jonas damonJonas Damon, Creative DirectorJonas is the industrial design lead forfrog’s New York studio, taking responsi-bility for creative leadership and teammanagement within the studio as well ascross-studio and cross-discipline collab-oration. His focus is user experience, asseen through the lens of product design
AmsterdamMnemo is an interactive friendship bracelet that enables you torecord, relive, and share a memory reel of all your friends’ pic-tures, songs, and locations from a single event. Mnemo braceletsare collectible and customizeable. When two or more are linkedtogether, common moments are combined to create collectivememories of shared experiences.MnemoCollecting moments, leaving you to experiencethem without interruptions
STEP 1The user buys the wristbandthat they like. Over time they canchoose to personalize it by weav-ing in colorful threads.STEP 2When wearing the bracelet forthe first time, the user can activateit simply by holding it close tohis phone.STEP 3To start recording, the userarranges the bracelet in therecord position. It begins gatheringtimes, locations, people, mediaand music.STEP 4To share overlapping memorieswith friends, two or more bandsare linked together during or afterrecording. Common memoriesfrom all users will be combined tocreate a collective memory.STEP 5To relive memories after theyhave been recorded, the usersimply taps the wristband ontheir phone, or attaches it toa computer with the dongle.Once connected, they canscroll through a timeline ofcollected memories.CLEAR TOUCHSENSORBLUETOOTH 4.0 CHIPNFC CHIPMAGNETIC SNAPSCAST RUBBER BANDFLEXIBLE BATTERYBRUSHED COPPER &STAINLESS STEELPERFORATED BODY
AustinTree Voice collects data from a series of sensors—dectectingelementslikemotion,temperature,noise,andpollution—todis-play an augmented tree that “speaks” through light and iconicimages. The interactive display provides anyone the opportu-nity to engage with the tree and receive updates on their localenvironment. Cloud connectivity feeds this data into a com-panion dashboard, aggregating data from neighborhoods andcities while also providing an overview of trees over time.TREE VOICEProviding a beacon of environmentalengagement for neighborhoods
Companion Web DashboardThe online dashboard is a companion interface to the onefound on the trees themselves. While you can interact with thetree to get local environment data, the dashboard is a way toget information about different neighborhoods as well as lookat data over time.The dashboard allows people from around the city to viewaggregated information about the environment from differenttrees. We imagine that people would be able to use this infor-mation to make decisions as basic as where to go workout inthe evening or as substantial as where to buy a house.Eventually, we imagine the data could be used to give trees avoice in local government and be used for planning future cit-ies that are data rich and environmentally intelligent.TREE VOICE
San FranciscoWhat if your walk to work or evening bike ride could power yoursmart phone? Kinetik celebrates San Francisco as a hub of anactive, young, and tech savvy community with a commitmentto sustainable living. An energy harnessing device, the Kine-tik stores the kinetic energy created by the wearer’s physicalmovement through their day. By creating enough energy topower mobile devices while on the move, the Kinetik creates atangible reward for staying fit.KinetikHarnessing and monitoring personalenergy creation
Via a companion app, users can access their energy harness-ing patterns and connect to others within a location and goal-based network. This will not only encourage people to gatheraround fitness goals beyond geographic borders, but alsoincrease energy awareness.Store it. Show it. Share it.
MilanCompassGoReturning a sense of serendipity tothe connected cityIn a world where city-dwellers often “pre-Google” destina-tions instead of discovering new places, CompassGo pro-vides users with unpredictable experiences and unexpectedadventures. When gripped in a user’s hand, CompassGo sug-gests and guides them to an urban discovery by using smart-phone-synced personal data, GPS technology, and physicalsignals. The device reveals a general category—such as cul-ture, food, or relaxation—before providing navigation to a hipclothing store, hole-in-the-wall cafe, or super-secret winerythat’s under mile away.
ICHOConnecting the visually impaired tothe urban environmentMunichIcho is a navigation aid that connects visually impaired usersto public spaces in new ways, allowing them to both navigateand discover urban spaces more freely. Using technology toaugment the current experience, Icho provides a new level ofaccess to connected public spaces by increasing perceptionand proactively leading users through their urban environment.
Aiding with both navigation and discovery, Icho augments itsusers’ city experience by not only increasing perception, withsonar proximity sensors, but integrating GPS functionality inconnected smart devices and gyroscope technology to pro-actively lead users through their urban environment. Ichoprovides tactile feedback using haptic technology to createnew levels of awareness in the connected city along with newopportunities for local businesses and organizations to pro-vide the visually impaired with resources such as retail mapsor guided tours.levels of awareness in theconnected city...
We’ve invested in tools to allow us to get our basic ideas work-ing in a physical sense and to put these assumptions intopeople’s hands. Moving forward, we’d like to bring all of thesemocked up ideas into one working device.We’re planning to speak to potential users in order to answersome of our questions relating to the relevance of technologyin aiding the everyday experience of navigating urban space.
New YorkRelay is a New Yorker’s subway companion. A window into theelaborate MTA network that provides transparency and makesyour commute easier; Relay can fetch specific slices of infor-mation for a rider’s commute at the very second they want it.It’s a slim connected accessory providing the right informationto enhance a city dwellers daily life.MTA RelayNavigating the New York CitySubway system
Approaching a subway stop triggers Relay to wake up. Sensorsembedded near subway entrances sense Relay.The MTA’s net-work pings Relay with accurate transit information, displayingarriving train times on the band. The rider can glance downand see the color of the subway line they are approaching andestimated time until the train arrives.Entering the station, a simple wing of the hand at the turnstilegrants access and updates Relay with the latest available data.Waiting on the platform, Relay is kept in sync with the MTA’snetwork—receiving updates as delays occur and arrival timeschange. The latest information is displayed on the band, indi-cating the arriving train as it approaches the station.Onboard, Relay keeps track of stations approaching, down-loading the shifting arrival times of various trains on a rider’sroute. When nearing a station, a rider can cycle through alltransfers available and see the timing for each train. Transfer-ring between trains will update the main band’s color to matchthe new train. As a commuter uses Relay daily, the MTA net-work will begin to recognize the rider’s patterns and be able toanticipate the correct transfers and destinations.Swipe to enterWaiting for the train Onboard, approaching transfer
On the platformThe band shows a approaching trains along withtheir estimated time of arrival.On the trainWhen nearing a station, the band displays thetransfers available along with their estimated arrivaltimes. Tapping the band will switch between yourdifferent transfer options.Nearing destinationAs the band is used over time, the system willstart to recognize your commuter pattern and cancustomize the information it displays based on yourindividual pattern.Away from the subwaysFor continued use, the band can be worn as a watchwhile away from the subway system.
SeattleThis wearable technology kit consists of accessible Arduinoprojects that are designed to get girls playing with technol-ogy during the pivotal tween years. No programming skillsare needed and the modular design gives girls the freedom tocombine pieces and express their unique styles.Hello World DIYConnecting preteen girls to the technologyand Maker communities
ShanghaiPollution masks are in every-day common good in China,triggered by both the often poor air quality in cities as wellas the Chinese preference for preventative healthcare mea-sures. With it, air quality has gained a lot of public interest anda multitude of mobile apps provide data related information.Being naturally skeptical, the Chinese don’t necessarily trustthe accuracy and timeliness of what they view to be ‘faceless’data. AirWaves aims to build trust, by leveraging the commu-nity, and granularity into this data platform.AirWavesProviding air quality data in real timeand on a personal level
AirWaves adds particle sensors to a contemporary-styled pol-lution mask. It combines the filtering and measuring of air qual-ity in a single product, providing real-time information aboutthe air you’re breathing. That data gets fed and shared into asmartphone app that is part of a larger network of AirWavescustomers. The app allows you to browse and view the data atcustom levels of granularity: in your city, in your neighborhood,in your place.
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