Design principles of wearables systems: an IoT approach

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Stelvaga, Anastasia; Fortin, Clement
Series: ICED
Institution: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Russian Federation
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 419-428
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Wearable technologies comprise a large variety of electronic devices that are suitable to wear on the human body. These technologies were considered initially as an isolated consumer product but are now more and more designed as a component of a set of systems based on the Internet of Things (IoT) concept, where the design of the user experience based on high connectivity, is so critical. The aim of this paper is to formulate a set of new design principles specifically for highly connected wearables. This research work focuses on the conceptual design phase, specifying a set of activities devoted to new product concepts generation, testing, and selection. An overview of technological challenges in wearables design is first presented. Based on these features and challenges, 9 Design Principles were developed. Practical guidance aimed at providing a fluent human-device interaction are proposed. A methodology, describing the order of application of the Principles is also proposed. An analogy of the given Design Principles with an existing design model for the IoT domain is also presented.

Keywords: Design practice, Design methodology, Design methods, Design for IoT


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