D5.1 Design Methodology for Wearability – first version

The authors conducted an extensive literature survey from desk-based research and looked at existing practices for designing methodologies for a system of devices to be optimised for Wearability. The authors then evaluated the literature to identify case studies and emerging toolkits going on to document factors related to Ergonomics (Human Factors) for usability and their role in practice-based design methods. From this research, the authors defined a methodology for implementation. At this stage the current draft has revealed lacunae and areas for further study in the wider field of research into Wearables. For the moment these are presented as they stand but a future edition of this report is envisaged that would lead to a WEKIT-directed synthesis of the present broad review.

References from the extensive literature survey and case studies covered in it led to a synthesis of frameworks into an overall meta-framework with three clear components to its architecture. The authors determined that an integrated framework for Wearability includes a hierarchy of features in the following order of descending tangibility:

  1. Hard features
    Material features of wearable devices
  2. Soft Features
    Functional features that combine together the material features of the devices
  3. Process features
    Methods that determine how the functions fit into an ecosystem of transfer tasks.

The Design Methodology in practice is likely to follow the above hierarchy in reverse.

  • The Transfer tasks will be defined. Transfer tasks are the methods used to transfer an expert’s skills or knowledge to a trainee through capturing and re-enactment. This include activities such as zooming into an object, looking at an activity in slow motion as well as many other approaches to learning from a training experience.
  • The specific functions needed to be worked with will be extrapolated from the aims, objectives and assessment approaches of the tasks
  • The material devices, sensors or technologies will go through a sequential process of Selection, Placement and Integration

This process will ensure the transfer tasks are clearly identified and implemented.