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Context Rising: Wearable Interfaces

  • Mar 25, 2014 · 5:30 PM
  • VFS

Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm (VFS)
Event start: 6pm sharp (note that doors will lock after 6pm) to 7:30pm (VFS)

The talk

Are User Experience designers ready for the next phase of evolution within their field? How do we operate in an area of design that increasingly has no finite borders or constraints?

Here Kharis will explore the impact of body-distributed computing, and how we must evolve our thinking about just what exactly is User Experience when the separation between physical and digital interfaces evaporate.


Kharis O'Connell is currently the Director of Experience Design at Global Mechanic, an award-winning design studio here in Vancouver, and has over 10 years of international experience in crafting holistic and thoughtful products and services, most recently working at Nokia Design on a multitude of different design projects. Previous works included projects for clients like Samsung, Vodafone and Nike. Outside of design Kharis is also one of the founders of CyborgCamp YVR, an annual event that is dedicated to exploring the impact of technology on humankind, and Regional Ambassador for the forthcoming Wearable Wednesday Vancouver events.


We are going to be charging everyone $5 to attend the event. (we will run it at zero profit). 

A big thank you to our location sponsor!
A huge thank you to VFS for hosting us. They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support!


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  • Kharis O.

    Hi All,

    Thank you so much for a great evening - some really interesting questions and conversations!

    I wanted to let you all know that I have uploaded the slides - sadly lacking notes (but you can all remember clearly right?)



    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Karen K

    March 29, 2014

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    A former member

    Amazing talk. As a UX designer working in wearable tech I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of conceptually innovative information Kharis brought to the table. Truly inspiring. I will be watching his and Global Mechanics work very closely from here on. Thank you to all the organizers and a big thanks to Kharis!

    March 26, 2014

  • Haig A.

    Great talk and excellent questions. A good crowd, I liked where the conversation was going about the merging of VR & AR. Also, lots of good questions about the WHY are we making these gadgets and whether they will actually improve our lives or enlighten us.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Aaron J.

    I thought it was interesting. I'm still curious as to the relationship between 'wearables' and data. At the moment, it's a one way is data going to be turned round and utilized to be meaningful? I think VR is really interesting but do I need to go that step and become immersed to have my data passively change my behaviour? I think that Kharis was right to chunk up the wearables concept into two parts, but I see a lot of middle ground that has potential.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Mike M

    Interesting point you brought up with Fatigue Science. I started working at a company who helped them develop their software solution and interface!

    March 25, 2014

  • Sean F.

    Fantastic talk by Kharis tonight! Really loved the speaker and the content :)

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Anthony H.

    very interesting presentation -- lots of new stuff to think about!

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Mark F

    That was a very informative and forward looking presentation from an exceptional public speaker who really knows his space. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Stephen J.

    Loved it, he said he thinks about the topic night and day. I believe him. Prior to this talk, fiction novels had the most interesting things to say.

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Julien P.

    March 25, 2014

  • Kat C.

    Wearable interfaces? A favorite design school topic coming to life? Looking forward!

    March 24, 2014

  • Carol A.

    I'd love to go but don't have any money in my paypal account and it would take a few days to get it there - is there another way to pay other than paypal? Can I pay at the door?

    March 23, 2014

    • Karen K

      Hi Carol Ann - I'm pretty sure that Paypal gives you the option to pay by credit card too - click to go thru the paymt process to check it out. :)

      March 23, 2014

    • Carol A.

      That worked, thanks.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Krispian

    Too bad. I'm at the UX Book Club that night.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Kai C.

    Two events with the same focus on the same night!

    1 · March 17, 2014

    • Selma Z.

      Amazing - Wearables are hot topic right now!

      2 · March 19, 2014

    • Anthony H.

      I subscribe to the Toronto meet up as well and they are having a similar talk on Thursday! Coincidence??!?!

      3 · March 19, 2014

  • Candace

    How do I buy tickets for this? I don't see a link anywhere. Thanks!

    March 19, 2014

    • Selma Z.

      hi Candace, in the top right hand corner of the event, you should have the ability to RSVP. This will take you through the flow to purchase. Let me know if this doesn't work for you.

      March 19, 2014

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