Get the (Free) Gist on Wearables


We have just launched a new type of research report, Gists, which will help you get your team all on the same page. Gists provide a brief overview of the current and expected future status of each monthly topic. Each Gist includes an introduction to the topic, a literature review using our Indicators, and a suggested framework for scenario development.

Gists will help you quickly and conveniently appraise the future of a topic, and they will keep you and your organization abreast of issues important to a variety of industries throughout the year. At only 5-10 pages long, they can be shared with a larger team who can quickly assess the implications of each topic for your organization, and Gists are much less expensive than other high level, in-depth reports. Future Gists will only cost US$40, and a year subscription of 12 Gists will be US$400. Plus, you may order…

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Wearables Kickstarter Campaign for Expanding Human Perception

David Eagleman is actually the reason I included Feeling the Data in my report and the reason I wrote Electronic Sensory Expansion


In our recent trend report on wearables, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web, Dennis Draeger explores how wearables are optimising individuals. The most forward looking method that Dennis reported is Feeling the Data–using tactile feedback to interpret sounds, video, or even data feeds such as the stock market feed. The most mainstream example of this is the Apple Watch, specifically its Digital Touch, heartbeat sharing, and particularly navigation.

However, researchers are delving deeper than just communicating sentimentality or simple directions through haptics. David Eagleman and graduate student, Scott Novich, have launched the Kickstarter campaign, VEST: A Sensory Substitution Neuroscience Project, to help further their research of “expanding human perception into new data streams”. Click the link above to find out more.

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Don’t forget to register for our free webinars presenting basic findings of our new report, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web

I am hosting a free webinar where I will present the main points of my latest report, Wearing IT. Please find the necessary links in this post.


Don’t forget to register for the free webinars coming up presenting the basic findings from our new report, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web. One of the webinars is convenient for the Americas:

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

And the other is convenient for Africa, Asia and Europe:

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM GMT

Both are reasonably convenient for Australasia/ Pacific.

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Wearing IT to Work–repost from Shaping Tomorrow

Wearing IT to Work is my latest trend alert based on my report on wearables. I am also hosting 2 free webinars to cover the basics of the report (please see links below).

Wearable electronic devices, or simply wearables, have emerged from specialized markets such as the medical sector and the military and are aggressively entering the mass market. Fitness trackers such as the FitBit, smartwatches such as Samsung’s Gear, and head mounted displays such as Google Glass can accelerate a wearer’s access to information while offering greater convenience.

What is changing?

 Wearable computing is converging with the mainstream mobile sector and driving growth in both industries. Wearables will help expand the mobile sector, but they will also provide significant benefits for almost every other industry as well. Wearables can be categorized into seven primary areas of application:

  • Mobile: One Among Many – The wearables experiencing the biggest push in the market at the moment function as extensions of the wearers’ mobile devices.
  • Measuring Myself – These wearables draw data from the wearers’ activities and physical condition, and they help users better understand their daily activities – sleep, exercise, work.
  • Immersive Experiences – Augmented reality and virtual reality are both rising, and their applications in wearables promise to further immerse users in their digital interactions.
  • Spying on Myself – Wearable recording devices (i.e. cameras or microphones) – previously relegated to spy shops – are being used for liability purposes, personal/ mobile security, and recording personal or organizational legacies.
  • Thinking Outside the Brain – Neurotech is breaking out of the lab to help organisations and individuals gain greater insight on their behavior as well as control certain devices.
  • Wearing My Password – Biometric authentication can be more secure than passwords, but the real benefit will be the convenience of signing in to anything, anywhere with the wave of a hand.
  • Feeling the Data – Haptic feedback is very effective at alerting mobile phone users to incoming messages, but it can communicate more complex information – GPS directions and potentially news feeds such as stock quotes.


 Wearables accelerate access to information, and they increase the types of information made practical in a variety of industries. While maintaining a constant connection, wearers will be able to work hands free allowing wearers to track more information and multitask more effectively. Wearables will also increase security and play a part in improving memory. These benefits will enable individuals to optimize their performance of everything from exercise and driving to teaching and stock trading. One study has already indicated that wearables can increase productivity and even job satisfaction. Wearables will help ramp up the changes spurred by the advent of the internet, but they will also intensify the existing questions surrounding privacy, security and society’s definition of humanity. As the devices enter the mainstream, the cost for R&D will drop, and more organisations will be able to utilize the devices to their full potential. Employees will also want to wear their own devices to work (similar to other BYOD policies), and organisations will have to decide how to regulate their use. The trends and their implications are further explored in our latest trend report,Wearing IT: Trends Expanding the Wearable Web. In it, we also explore wearables’ benefits for:

  • Medical and caregiving
  • Security and defense
  • Training and simulation
  • Transport and logistics
  • Banking and finance
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Travel and Tourism

We are also hosting 2 free webinars that will cover the basic findings from the report. Both webinars will require the download of GoToWebinar software or mobile app to attend. Please register here:

New Online Course–Technology and the Future: Managing Change and Innovation


Shaping Tomorrow will hold its second online course taught by Peter von Stackelberg.

Course Description
In this course we will look into the future…specifically the technological changes we can expect to see over the next two to three decades and how those changes will affect us all. This course links the theoretical with the practical. We begin by examining why understanding technological change is critical to us individually, to businesses, and to society as a whole. We will examine how and why technology changes, the life cycle of new technologies, and the factors that determine whether or not new technologies will be widely adopted.

In the last two modules of this course we pull together the different concepts covered and look in detail at the next technological revolution — the Molecular Age — and what it could mean for our futures.

Throughout the course are a series of readings that highlight some…

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