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4 considerations for the UX of wearables

Amreetha UX Consultant 1st Apr, 2015

Although Google Glass did not receive the warmest welcome for number of reasons, it did not mean the end of wearable devices. On the contrary, we expect the market to welcome more smart watches, glasses, jewellery, clothing… the list seems endless. With such wearable devices gaining traction, it’s no surprise big players such as Apple, Samsung and Google are peddling serious research efforts in this area.

Image source - http://www.datamation.com/commentary/tech-comics-wearables-1.html

Complex functionalities coupled with non-UI based interactions comprise some of the interesting challenges that wearable devices pose to product designers. Success also depends on the end user experience. Below, we examine four facets we consider crucial for the UX for wearable devices.

1. Ability to blend in

Wearable devices are designed to fulfil a specific purpose (e.g. track your activities), therefore being non-invasive and blending in with your existing gear is important. Besides being almost invisible, wearables should also seamlessly fit in with existing user behaviour; they should not require users to learn new ways of doing things.

2. Personalisation of its look

In addition to being almost invisible, devices should offer users the option to customise designs to their own personal style or requirements. As much as the technology aspect of wearable technology is important to its success, so too is its fashion component.

3. Long battery life

Batteries are an essential component of wearable devices. And the more complex the functionalities, the more battery life required. If wearables spend more time at charging points and less time being worn, there is a high probability that the product will lose consumer appeal quickly.

4. Minimalistic interface design

The quintessential aspect of a wearable is the ability to use it even while on the move. It should be hands-free as much as possible. Minimalistic interface design is easy on the eyes and hence more effective compared to using complex screen intensive feedback mechanisms.


About The Author

Amreetha UX Consultant

Amreetha (or Amy) was one of U1’s most seasoned staff members. Boasting an extraordinary 10 years of experience in usability and research, she worked with global players in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. She knows the art of client management by virtue of her experience, and brought great depth to projects by studying ethnographic, psychological and social factors that influence human-computer interaction.

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