Design principles of wearables systems: An IOT approach

Anastasia Stelvaga, Clement Fortin

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)417-426
    Number of pages10
    JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
    Issue numberDS87-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event21st International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


    • Design for IoT
    • Design methodology
    • Design methods
    • Design practice


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