Wearables design and development in a shifting public health domain towards the “fifth wave”

Sarah Kettley*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Wearables are often ergonomically skin deep, and while technologically proficient, may lack the spectrum of user needs to be truly effective. To discuss the extent of this problem, this chapter situates design and health paradigms in relation with each other, and discusses conceptualizations of wearability as a criterion for wearable technologies. It describes key practices in the landscape of design approaches (philosophies), and presents two innovation case studies to illustrate the key points made. Finally, it summarizes the relationship between design and health as informed by proposals for a “fifth wave” in public health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Health
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Use and Integration of Wearables
PublisherElsevier
Pages319-343
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128189146
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Fifth wave
  • Holistic design
  • Relational design
  • Wearability

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